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Welcome to the Dark Side

Juneau is Alaska's capital. But it doesn't look like it at all. Take a closer look at rainforests, glaciers & whales.

Story by Katharina Maria Zimmermann September 4th, 2014

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A walk to remember

Mendelhall was – apart from some Austrian Mini-Glaciers – the first example of these turquoise-white giants. When we arrived from busy Brooklyn, we instantly put on our hiking-shoes and walked to the glacier. As we reached it in all its glory it was inspiring and intimidating at the same time.

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Hence there where floods

Generally rain is perfectly OK in a rain forest. However, in Juneau it rained so much this August that many of the trails – especially those near a river (here you can see Eagle River) were flooded. We tried our luck, but after 1.5 hours of following the trail we couldn’t go on anymore and had to turn around and search for another experience out in the wild.

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Devil's plant

It never became our friend. Unfortunately.

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EAGLE beach

Hello birdies!

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WHAT'S in a name?

Bald eagles only get white feathers, when they get older… this was a youngster!


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Wildlife

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Walk up to lena Point

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and then there was sun!

In Juneau, sun comes out so seldom that, once it is on the sky, you go out and watch it. Sun-sets can be recommended too.

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LEt's go visit the whales

Juneau is right next to the sea. And the Alaskan sea has a lot to offer. Unfortunately the day was … well … NOT awesome. But still: We got on our winter jackets and went out there to go see the whales.

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How whale watching normally looks like:

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How our whale watching looked like:

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The lonely fin.

Fin is used in a double sense here ;)!

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Footnote: All photos shot with my (new) Canon Eos Mark III.
Juneau, Alaska, United States