Wednesday, July 30, 2008

first moose, now whales...

In my last post, I made mention about the sun being out most of the day. This is such a hard thing to get used to. My final line should have read, “It’s 9:45 at night and I’m still wearing my sunglasses.” It doesn’t really get dark until after midnight and then the sun is back up around 6 am.

After I wrote and posted, we drove over to the grocery store to pick up a few things. It’s 10:30 at night and there’s people walking around and doing normal daytime activities when anywhere else in the states, they would be in bed, or at least in their homes getting ready for bed.

I love the sunshine and is one reason my blog is named what it is, but I don’t know if I would want this much of it.

Yesterday we went whale watching and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Since they can’t guarantee that we’ll see any, the fact that we saw many made for a great day at sea. Many of the sitings were of mother and calf so there were double spoutings and fluking. We even saw some playfulness when both mother and calf breached (jumps out of the water). Here’s about the best picture I got of this.

There was another time when we came up on a whale so fast that the captain had to throw the boat into reverse as not to hit it. The next thing we know is that the whale is directly under our boat where we could look down and watch it swim underneath us. Amazing is about the only way I can describe that site.

I found myself in a bit of a quandary. I wanted to take pictures but wasn’t able to simply watch the whales with a camera constantly up to my eye. So I took some pictures, but most of the time I just stood at the railing and watched the show.

What a lovely day it was.


Amber said...

"Lovely day?" I would say AMAZING DAY!

What great pictures!

Jamey said...

I don't think I would like all that sunshine. I love the sun and I'm glad it rises every day. But I love it just as much when it sets and we can settle down in our house alone!

Those pictures are amazing. I have never experienced anything like that and it looks like quite the experience!! I hope you guys are having a good time!!

Penless Thoughts said...

WOW!!! You had a wonderful experience getting that close to them. We saw some but they were a way off. I would have skipped the pictures, too, and watched!!!

Momma Roar said...

That would be hard to watch and not want to take pictures. The two you took are beautiful and I'm sure will serve as wonderful reminders - but those memories in your head are the best!!

Thanks for taking us along on vacation with you!!!! :D

Barb said...

"wow" sums up my feelings. How exciting to be that close to the whales. And great pictures!

I'm so happy that all of you are together and having such a great time. Sure different than Maui, huh.

I don't think I would want that much sunshine either. You have to wait a long time for dusk, my favorite time of day.

Anonymous said...

How neat. I'm glad you decided to take the time to simply enjoy. Pictures are great, but you do miss much when concentrating on a good shot.

I love the sun as well, but there is such comfort in evening blending into night.

Keep having fun!!

Anonymous said...

Very cool, love those pictures!!Glad your making great memories:)

Heidi Jo said...

oh my word, that is amazing!

absolutely amazing.

Heather @ Not a DIY Life said...

I don't think I would be able to take pictures either! How incredible!

The downside of all the daylight now is the darkness in the winter. I know I couldn't handle that!

Sounds like you're having a wonderful time. I hope Dani has stopped screaming. hee hee

Lynne said...

Great pictures! I'm not sure if I would like all that sun-I don't think I would be able to sleep!

I feel the same way when I'm taking pictues, like I might miss something while my face is glued to the camera.

SharonB said...

So AMAZING! It sounds like you all are having a great time!

Dana a/k/a Sunshine said...

Beautiful. Love the picture. Ya know, your post brought up something I often face. I so often take pics of everything so I can relive it later, that i wonder if I don't miss living it as it happens at times because I'm so focused on whatever I'm photographing.

Glad you are having a great time. I'm behind so you are home now, and I can't wait to see more pictures.

MightyMom said...

fabulous! 1 moose + 1 moose = 2 meese right?? well maybe not but I bet it was cool to see them.

and whales a beautiful.

I'd like that much sun myself. when I work like I am this weekend I rarely see the sun.