Southeast Alaska Day 18 – Alaska State Museum

July 16, 2012

Seal decoy helmet, Alaska State Museum, Juneau, Alaska

Seal decoy helmet, Alaska State Museum, Juneau, Alaska (Sony NEX-7, Sony 50mm f/1.8 lens)

The Alaska State Museum in downtown Juneau provides world-class exhibits on the culture of early northern Native Americans, settlement of Alaska by Russians and the subsequent sale of the territory to the United States, and Alaska’s role in fighting the Japanese in the Aleutian Islands during World War II. For me, the most fascinating exhibits were the kayaks, hunting equipment and clothing used by northern Native Americans when hunting and fishing, including the Alutiiq-style seal decoy helmet pictured here used as a disguise when hunting seals by boat.

Bald eagle exhibit, Alaska State Museum, Juneau, Alaska

Bald eagle exhibit, Alaska State Museum, Juneau, Alaska (Sony NEX-7, Sony 50mm f/1.8 lens)

Hoping to photograph more icebergs, I returned for another evening trip to Mendenhall Lake.  Icebergs near shore were difficult to find, and I need a berg that ground enough to prevent it from bobbing around in the waves.  After searching all the shorelines accessible from the visitor’s areas, I only found one.

Since the wind was so calm, I was also able to capture some fireweed blooming along the shoreline.

Iceberg, Mendenhall Lake, Juneau, Alaska

Iceberg, Mendenhall Lake, Juneau, Alaska (Canon EOS 5D Mark II, EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM)

 

Fireweed on shore of Mendenhall Lake, Juneau, Alaska

Fireweed on shore of Mendenhall Lake, Juneau, Alaska (Canon EOS 5D Mark II, EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM)

 

Nugget Falls falling into Mendenhall Lake, Juneau, Alaska

Nugget Falls falling into Mendenhall Lake, Juneau, Alaska (Canon EOS 5D Mark II, EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM)

Continue to Day 19 – Tracy Arm! Wow!

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