Voyages North

22 September 2017 | Posted in Seattle
08 September 2017 | Posted at Spencer Spit, San Juan Islands
18 August 2017 | Posted at Spencer Spit, San Juan Islands
17 August 2017 | Olympia
22 August 2016 | posted at Prideaux Haven, Desolation Sound
29 July 2016 | Posted at Hakkai, Fitz Hugh Sound
29 July 2016 | Posted at Hakkai, Fitz Hugh Sound
29 July 2016 | Posted at Hakkai, Fitz Hugh Sound
08 July 2016 | Posted at Ucluelet

Reid Inlet, Glacier Bay. July 4, 2011.

18 July 2011 | posted at Sitka
Elsie Hulsizer
Photo: wildflowers at Reid Inlet.

When I give talks about Southeast Alaska to promote my book, Glaciers, Bears and Totems, I like to say that Reid Inlet is the best place to see plant succession underway because you can stand at the head of the inlet next to the glacier on barren rock, then walk away past pioneer plants of Dryas and dwarf fireweed and through alder patches to willow near the mouth of the Inlet. You can see about a hundred years of plant succession in a few miles. But I didn’t expect to see a change in only four years.

In 2007, when we went ashore on the old terminal moraine near the inlet’s mouth, we found alder, willows and grasses. This year we were astonished to see a whole field of paintbrush: red, orange and yellow. According to the plant book I have on board the variety of color is probably due to hybrids between red paintbrush and Unalaska paint brush. It’s worth a trip to shore just to see them.

Vessel Name: Osprey
Vessel Make/Model: Annapolis 44 sloop
Hailing Port: Seattle
Crew: Steve and Elsie Hulsizer (author of Glaciers, Bears and Totems and Voyages to Windward)
Elsie and Steve Hulsizer have sailed northwest waters since arriving in Seattle via sailboat from Boston in 1979. [...]
2017: local cruising including South Puget Sound and San Juan Islands 2016:north up West Coast VI, across QC Sound to central BC coast 2015: trip to SE Alaska 2014: Seymour and Belize Inlets through Nakwakto Rapids 2013: SE Alaska and back. 2012: from Seattle up the west coast of Vancouver [...]
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