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Alaska: Kenai Peninsula

December 7, 2010

I spent the last week of my June 2010 trip in the Kenai Peninsula, which juts out from the southern coast of Alaska just south of Anchorage and is known for its wildlife and fishing. If you missed it, check out the first Alaska blog post for images of the Chugach Mountains, Alaska Range, Denali National Park and Mount McKinley.

Two brown bears wrestle at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center in Portage, an organization that takes in injured and orphaned animals from throughout the state:

Two brown bears wrestle at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

A Black-billed Magpie at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center (not injured, just enjoying the view!)

Black-billed Magpie at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

The Alaska SeaLife Center, a research facility and public aquarium in Seward, had an amazing native sea bird exhibit that included colorful species like the King Eider…

King Eider at the Alaska SeaLife Center

…and Tufted Puffin!

Tufted Puffin at the Alaska SeaLife Center

I spotted this sea otter relaxing in Seward’s Resurrection Bay:

Sea otter relaxing in Seward's Resurrection Bay

Part of Exit Glacier, a rapidly receding glacier near Seward:

Part of Exit Glacier, a rapidly receding glacier near Seward

Fishermen hoping to catch sockeye during the first of two annual salmon runs on the Kenai River:

Fisherman hope to catch sockeye during the first of two annual salmon runs on the Kenai River

Homer’s Kachemak Bay and the Kenai Mountain Range:

Homer's Kachemak Bay and the Kenai Mountain Range

Flowers along Homer Spit:

Flowers along the Homer Spit, which juts out into Kachemak Bay

The Bald Eagle, until recently considered a threatened species in the continental U.S., can be found in abundance in Alaska, especially in Homer:

Bald eagle

Bald eagle in Homer

A paraglider floats down from Mount Alyeska:

Paraglider with Turnagain Arm at low tide in the background

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Sasha permalink
    December 7, 2010 9:36 am

    Avi, thanks for sharing your beautiful photos with me. I am also impressed that you also know the names of the birds and flowers of Alaska! Sasha

  2. judyminardi permalink
    December 8, 2010 3:17 pm

    Fantastic. Your images are stunning.

  3. May 15, 2011 2:16 pm

    Scanning through the photos before I read (like an idiot) I became very upset when I saw your photo of the King Eider-> I assumed that you just happened to have spotted this in an adventure or something. :) I was pleased to read that it was displayed in an exhibit. This knowledge reassured me that you were in fact human.

  4. September 6, 2012 1:33 pm

    Reblogged this on Up Close and Personal Alaska – The Kenai Peninsula and commented:
    Well put. “The Kenai Peninsula, which juts out from the southern coast of Alaska just south of Anchorage and is known for its wildlife and fishing.”

  5. October 4, 2012 5:47 am

    Great pictures..Nicely said.. think you really had great time at Kenai Peninsula.

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