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“This was essentially the most unbelievable scene I’ve ever photographed,” stated Robert Zaleski. 

Robert, a journey and life-style photographer, took this picture whereas on task in Alaska. In it, three paddle boarders seem dwarfed by Bear Glacier as they drift by the misty lagoon in Kenai Fjords Nationwide Park.

The journey occurred in July of 2012. Robert was joined by Dave Shively, who was writing a narrative for SUP Journal. Alaska had simply skilled 20 straight days of rain and a heavy winter, so when summer season lastly arrived, water was in every single place and the creeks have been gushing. This meant that the paddle boarding alternatives have been countless.

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SUP paddling the lagoon close to Bear Glacier. © Robert Zaleski

Their first cease was Anchorage, then onto the Alaska Railroad certain for Seward. As soon as arriving, Robert and Dave met two others on the Seward docks to finalize the gear they would wish for the journey’s subsequent leg. They might be bringing their Canon 5D MK II and Canon 7D, plus a listing of lenses together with a Tokina 10-17, Canon 50 f1.2, Canon 17-40 f4 and Canon 70-200 f2.eight.

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Loading gear on the harbor in Seward, Alaska earlier than departing for Bear Glacier. © Robert Zaleski

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Transporting SUP’s from a seashore in Seward, Alaska to Bear Glacier (approx. 45 minutes.) on a water taxi boat with Captain Louis Harding. © Robert Zaleski

With in a single day baggage additionally in tow, the plan was to journey in a 16-foot inflatable boat 12 miles down the Kenai Peninsula. They would wish to make the most of excessive tide so they might make it up the river to their SUP (arise paddle boarding) base camp close to Bear Glacier. It was all a part of a take a look at to see if in a single day SUP journeys in that space have been attainable. Nomadic information Chris Mautino, who was becoming a member of the group, reminded them that this would really be an journey.

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Tenting alongside a rocky seashore with Bear Glacier within the background. © Robert Zaleski

The following cease was Lowell Level the place they might choose up their paddle boards earlier than heading to Bear Glacier lagoon. As soon as reaching the lagoon, they solely had a number of worries about falling ice. 

Dave wrote, “In geological time, issues are occurring quick. The glacier inches towards the lake like a river of ice, stretching and compressing, the march ending on the waterline. However, winding down from the mountains at such a low angle, we’re not too fearful about chunks falling from the wall into the lake. Fairly, it’s the smaller chunks of berg rolling and breaking up into the shallow lagoon water.”

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Icebergs float in a lagoon in a distant a part of Alaska. © Robert Zaleski

Their worries have been quickly forgotten because the group bought misplaced within the surroundings. Mentioned Dave, “We turned kids staring into the clouds.”

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Two paddleboarders paddle beneath a big archway of ice at Bear Glacier in Kenai Fjords Nationwide Park close to Seward, Alaska. © Robert Zaleski

As they continued on, emotions of tranquility have been out of the blue interrupted by a thundering “growth.” Lower than a mile away, a piece of ice had fallen off the most important berg. They anticipated waves or a big surge inward, however nothing occurred.

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SUP paddling within the lagoon at Bear Glacier. © Robert Zaleski

It was silent, they usually felt fully alone. Robert remembers the scene vividly.

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SUP paddling the lagoon at Bear Glacier. © Robert Zaleski

“If you’re in an setting like this, it’s troublesome to gage a way of scale,” he stated.

“I simply bear in mind being astounded at how small we’re as human beings, and the way huge our influence is on our planet.”

This one picture sums up that thought, and has additionally taught Robert the significance of persistence.  

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SUP paddling the lagoon at Bear Glacier. © Robert Zaleski

By the point he arrived at Bear Glacier, he’d already been taking pictures for per week, capturing totally different scenes and compositions. It was finally nature that helped pull the weather collectively to create a putting second.  

“After I have a look at this picture as we speak, I’m reminded that once you journey and search journey, you expose your self to countless potential,” Robert stated. “You may solely achieve this a lot analysis and planning. However in the long run, it’s possible you’ll by no means anticipate all the probabilities that will unfold in entrance of your digital camera.”


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