Local Photography

Exit Glacier retreat continues

Exit Glacier retreat continues

I  checked out Exit Glacier on Saturday, joining the many other visitors from all around the world. The glacier has retreated an astounding 264 feet since last August, in part due to a dramatic change in the outflow of water from the ice field and glacier. The toe of the […]

RV Sikuliaq at homeport

RV Sikuliaq at homeport

The impressive, 261-foot oceanographic research ship Sikuliaq returned to Seward in early July. She is currently docked at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Seward Marine Center at the base of Third and Railway Avenue. Carol Griswold  

Love and Tough Love for Baby Walrus

Love and Tough Love for Baby Walrus

Eleven days ago, the baby walrus was less than enthusiastic about feeding from a bottle. Today, he waited impatiently and watched anxiously as the Alaska Sealife Center staff prepared his bottle. It apparently took forever; he alternately drooped against the enclosure door, stood up on his hind legs for a […]

baby walrus

baby walrus

What a treat to watch the orphaned baby walrus at the Alaska Sealife Center. Every day, there is something new to see. Only about two weeks old when he first arrived from Nome, he immediately learned to seek love from the 24/7 ASLC staff, cuddling against their slick rain pants. Now […]

Racers train on Mt Marathon Race Trail

Racers train on Mt Marathon Race Trail

Parked vehicles lined Lowell Canyon Road and adjacent side streets today as Junior and Senior racers practiced on the rugged Mount Marathon race trail. Conditions were ideal under sunny skies with a nice south breeze and temperatures ranging from the high 50s to 65º. Race rules require that first-time racers must […]

Humpback whales lunge feeding

Humpback whales lunge feeding

It’s always a treat to hear humpback whales breathe, see the explosive misty plume, watch them majestically cruise along, then wave their powerful flukes before sounding. Today, I watched what appeared to be a mom and a juvenile do all of the above from shore. White clouds of kittiwakes and other gulls shrieked above them, diving on […]

Volunteer Fire Departments test water pumps

Volunteer Fire Departments test water pumps

The Seward and Bear Creek Volunteer Fire Departments joined forces this afternoon to test the water pumps at Preacher Pond. According Seward Fire Chief Eddie Athey, this is an annual event. From the looks of the strong flow and high plumes of water, the pumps worked! Many thanks to our dedicated fire […]

Bears and Mt Goats at Exit Glacier

Bears and Mt Goats at Exit Glacier

Now, before the leaves emerge, is a good time to visit Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park to view bears and mountain goats. On Monday morning I just missed seeing three black bear cubs high in a tree waiting for their mom near the glacier overlook. Visitors from all […]

Hummingbirds are Back!

Hummingbirds are Back!

I  spotted a flashy male Rufous Hummingbird this afternoon at the beach at Lowell Point State Recreation Site, sitting at the very tip of a small spruce tree, checking out the scene. Weighing less than a nickel, this tiny wonder recently flew 2000 miles or more, following the Pacific coast from wintering […]

Humpback whales along the Waterfront!

Humpback whales along the Waterfront!

Two humpback whales cruised along the Waterfront and Lowell Point Road yesterday. What a thrill to hear their explosive breath, see the vapor plumes erupt, and watch the enormous dark back and dorsal fin slide up then back into the water. Steller sea lions also surged along the shore, surfacing […]

OUR town moose

OUR town moose

Many Sewardites enjoyed watching OUR town momma and calf as they rested peacefully in our yards or walked along our streets. I took photos of them near my house on February 12th. The little guy, guided by his good momma, survived a lot of brutal winter weather and almost made […]

Crazy Snowfall Contest Winner and Best Submissions

Crazy Snowfall Contest Winner and Best Submissions

Seward City News is happy to announce the winner of our first, and probably not last, Crazy Snowfall Picture Contest.  Valerie Swinson of Seward submitted a picture of her father John’s Thunderbird under what appears to be about six feet of snow. Valerie will receive a $50 gift certificate to […]

SCN Crazy Snowfall Picture Contest Rules

SCN Crazy Snowfall Picture Contest Rules

It looks like good old fashioned winter in Seward, Alaska has returned after a three-year hiatus. This past week has leaned toward the extreme side of snowfall in a short period of time.  The snow piles at the home office of Seward City News are up to the second story windows […]

Super Summit Sunday: Fourth of July Peaks

Super Summit Sunday: Fourth of July Peaks

I didn’t witness the superb athletes who marked the Fourth of July Peaks and glacial cirque on the east side of Resurrection Bay. Unless I missed seeing these tracks yesterday, it could have been part of today’s apparent Super Summit Sunday. Judging from the four sets of tracks, unless one […]

Resident Trumpeter Swan Family Returns

Resident Trumpeter Swan Family Returns

This afternoon, our resident Trumpeter Swan family, two adults and 3 cygnets (of the original 7 cygnets) flew over the Lagoon past the houses on the cliff. What a surprise for anyone who happened to be looking out their window to see them stroking past at eye level! The swan family […]

Snowboarder powers straight up Mt Marathon

Snowboarder powers straight up Mt Marathon

A phenomenally strong and determined snowboarder powered straight up the steep face of Mt Marathon today around noon. I did not see the swift descent, but later noticed his tracks, zigzagging back down. Take a look tomorrow; they will probably still be there, etched into the snow. Seward sure has […]