Photo Friday February 8, 2013 “Seal and Glacier”

I was organizing some photos from a vacation last August and this one caught my eye after being ignored the first few times through the pile. It was taken at the foot of the Sawyer Glacier in southeast Alaska. The original version of the photo was much flatter with the whites decidedly skewed toward blue and little contrast. With a little bit of work, it has turned into one of my favorite pictures. The seal’s expression is so perfect and the reflection of the ice, glacier, and seal reflect the quiet and peaceful area.

seal on an iceberg near the sawyer glacier in tracy arm fjord in southeast alaska


About jheem

I grew up on a diversified dairy farm in southeast South Dakota where I learned how to throw a hay bale, pull a calf, deal with death, and "name" the cows. I was in 4H and FFA, and was privileged to serve as a state FFA officer. In college, I studied animal science, focusing on beef cows, mostly because I figured they were less work than dairy cows....I ended up with a Masters Degree in ruminant nutrition and went to work for the University of Nebraska, first as a research tech coordinating data collection for a swine unit and beef feedlot on a research farm and then as an extension educator. In my current job, I focus on environmental issues related to animal agriculture (which is a nice way of saying I talk about manure alot). My husband and I live and work on a seedstock cattle operation in northeast Nebraska. You can learn more about our cattle operation by visiting my husband's blog at
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