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seldovia critters

I took loads of sea otter photos on our trip to Alaska, they didn't seem to mind our boat nudging up fairly close for a peek.

I found this pot during our foray at the dump, at the same time as I nabbed the roller blades. So I painted the pot before I did the painting on cardboard.

My aunt and uncle had a little bird house on their deck, so we got to see a family of swallows fly in and out all day. I think this is the male one, since his feathers are so bright. There were also lots of bald eagles hanging out across the slough, waiting for salmon to swim by. For some reason, the crows liked to give them hell; they'd even jump on their backs. And the eagles would put up with it until finally they'd crack, and kill one of the crows. It was so weird.

The place was never quiet because the magpies were always squabbling. I wish Gary Northfield had been there, he's always watching the birds from his balcony; perhaps he would've made some sense of all the fraught avian politics.

I was totally in love with the otters.

We didn't actually see any bears, but there was bear scat everywhere, so we were never far from them. Here's one of the piles we saw when we forgot to bring along the bear bells and had to spend a whole hike singing very loudly.

Camel Rock really does look like a camel:

I found this sea slug on the beach. It did this crazy thing where it puked out its whole face to crawl forward. Or something, I wasn't quite sure what it was doing.

And here's a fine specimen of a Great-horned kinsfolk:



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Jul. 13th, 2009 11:09 pm (UTC)
I so love otters! I think outside of kittens, they are the cutest animal ever.

Jul. 13th, 2009 11:15 pm (UTC)
Yes! I think river otters are even more playful and funny than sea otters, but I love watching sea otters use their tummy as a big kitchen work table. And they chew their seaweed SO loudly! Lyle the otter made a daily commute up and down the slough and he'd float along, crunching so loudly I could hear it from the porch.
Jul. 14th, 2009 12:27 am (UTC)

I love them :D Their squeeks!

That Sea Slug is disturbing however. But I'm sure it needs some love.... from afar.
Jul. 14th, 2009 08:09 am (UTC)
Ha ha, either Stuart or my dad took a photo of me taking a photo of the slug:

Jul. 14th, 2009 08:21 am (UTC)
Hehe :) :)
Jul. 14th, 2009 12:45 am (UTC)
OTTERS! That's a great pot!
Jul. 14th, 2009 08:09 am (UTC)
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Jul. 14th, 2009 08:10 am (UTC)
The slug was so fascinating, the way it moved! It was like some sci-fi horror thing, but kind of cool, too.
Jul. 14th, 2009 09:36 am (UTC)
Looks like you had a wonderful trip. I want to go otter watching. I also want the pot...but you can keep the sea slug!

Bear bells? I never knew there were such things. I bet they look adorable wearing those! It must be terribly difficult trying to put them on though.
Jul. 14th, 2009 10:23 am (UTC)
Beautiful photos! Seeing those bald eagles in the wild must be so awesome.

Jul. 14th, 2009 11:41 am (UTC)
I absolutely love the way you've painted that pot - amazing!

What the hell is that sea slug? What a hideous, yet facinating creature.

Jul. 14th, 2009 09:48 pm (UTC)
Great photos!
YOu've become the National Geographic photographer your father always wanted you to marry.
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