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Stunning landscapes and skyscapes in Southeast, Alaska


East Twin Glacier in southeast Alaska

Two weeks ago, I had the great fortune to visit Southeast, Alaska and several of its glaciers. Whereas Southeast, Alaska has a temperate rainforest climate, with precipitation on about 80 percent of the days, no rain fell during my visit allowing stunning views of the earth and sky.

A highlight of the trip was the opportunity to view several of the glaciers (such as seen above) of the Juneau icefield via floatplane. The glaciers are awesome to behold. The entire region is a feast for the eyes and it’s difficult to take a bad picture.

What follows is a set of my favorite photos from my trip. I took hundreds so it was hard to select just a few. But I hope you enjoy...


Cumulus clouds surround mountains on the Inside Passage (between Vancouver and southeast Alaska)

The tail of a humpback whale outside Icy Strait Point, AK

Three humpback whales spout in unison near Icy Strait Point, AK

Glacial ice on the approach to Hubbard glacier


Hubbard glacier

Calving at the edge of Hubbard glacier

Departing Hubbard glacier


Mendenhall glacier, and, to the right, a waterfall.

Mendenhall glacier a bit closer-up

A close-up view of the Juneau icefield from a floatplane

Panoramic view of section of Tongass National Forest and the Taku River


West Twin Glacier


A large black bear outside Taku Lodge in southeast, AK

Related: Dramatic videos: Glacier calving in Alaska, ice shelf in Antarctica

Jason is the Washington Post’s weather editor and Capital Weather Gang's chief meteorologist. He earned a master's degree in atmospheric science, and spent 10 years as a climate change science analyst for the U.S. government. He holds the Digital Seal of Approval from the National Weather Association.

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