Southeast Alaska Day 11 – Petersburg

July 9, 2012

Another day of rain, light enough in the morning, but heavy enough in the afternoon to discourage wandering from the hotel.

Petersburg was first settled a couple thousand years ago as a Tlingit fish camp.  But it earned the name Petersburg and the nickname “Alaska’s Little Norway” when Norwegian Peter Buschmann built a cannery and a sawmill here in 1900.  The waters of Frederick Sound remain one of Alaska’s most productive fisheries.

Norwegian heritage runs strong in Petersburg, which still celebrates Norwegian Constitution Day.  I spent the early morning trying to keep raindrops off my lens while capturing a few scenes around the Sons of Norway Hall.

We also managed a dry morning walk out to Sandy Beach to find a Tlingit petroglyph and to watch icebergs from the LeConte Glacier floating in Frederick Sound.

Sons of Norway Hall, Petersburg, Alaska

Sons of Norway Hall, Petersburg, Alaska (Canon EOS 5D Mark II, EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM)

 

Viking ship Valhalla, Petersburg, Alaska

Viking ship Valhalla, Petersburg, Alaska (Canon EOS 5D Mark II, EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM)

 

Viking ship Valhalla, Petersburg, Alaska

Viking ship Valhalla, Petersburg, Alaska (Canon EOS 5D Mark II, EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM)

 

Viking ship Valhalla, Petersburg, Alaska

Viking ship Valhalla, Petersburg, Alaska (Canon EOS 5D Mark II, EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM)

 

Linnea on Sand Beach, Petersburg, Alaska

Linnea on Sand Beach, Petersburg, Alaska (Sony NEX-7, Sony 50mm f/1.8 lens)

 

Linnea on Sand Beach, Petersburg, Alaska

Linnea on Sand Beach, Petersburg, Alaska (Sony NEX-7, Sony 50mm f/1.8 lens)

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