USS Iowa (BB-61) today at San Pedro, California

The Battleship USS Iowa (BB-61) “The Big Stick”

During World War Two the US Navy built 4 of the 45,000 tonne Iowa Class Battleships to dominate the oceans and Axis navies. Having visited three of the sister ships in 2013: USS New Jersey (BB-62 in Camden, New Jersey), USS Missouri (BB-63 in Pearl Harbour, Hawaii ) and USS Wisconsin (BB-64 in Norfolk, Virginia) I needed to complete the set and visit the class…

Horned Puffin at The Alaska SeaLife Centre in Seward

More Puffins!

The Alaska SeaLife Centre in Seward on the Kenai Peninsula has quite a number of Horned and Tufted Puffins that you can get up very close to in the Seabird Habitat section of The Rocky Coast Gallery. This gallery has the deepest seabird pool in the United States at 6.4 metres deep (21 feet) holding…

Horned Puffins Kenai Fjords NP Alaska

Puffins!

These little birds are beyond cute. Two species of Puffin live in the Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska, the Tufted and Horned Puffin. What’s the difference? The Tufted Puffin is heavier and has white feathers on its face with a colorful beak and two tufts of yellow feathers atop its head. The Horned Puffin has, not surprisingly, a fleshy…

Orca Kenai Fjords NP Alaska

Wolves of the Sea II

Cruising the scenic waters of the Kenai Fjords National Park and seeing a small pod of Orca’s (Killer Whales) was a real highlight of my trip to Alaska. The Orca is a deadly hunter, yet such a magnificent, sleek and beautiful looking creature.  First seeing that unmistakable tall dorsal fin protrude from the water’s surface does not fail to bring a…