Thursday, October 30, 2008

Cook's Inlet

Sky Watch Friday


Beautiful Summer Day over Cook's Inlet
Anchorage, Alaska, USA
(Click the photo for a full page view)

The famous
Turnagain Arm of Cook Inlet is to the left in the photo.

Turnagain Arm is one of only about 60 bodies of water worldwide to exhibit a tidal bore. The bore may be more than six feet high and travel at 15 miles per hour on high spring tides. Turnagain Arm sees the largest tidal range in United States, with a mean of 30 feet (9.2 m), and the fourth highest in the world, behind Bay of Fundy (11.7m), Ungava Bay (9.75m), and Bristol Channel (9.6m). The ocean's natural 12-hour 25-minute tidal cycle is close to Turnagain Arm's natural resonance frequency, which then reinforces the tide similar to water sloshing in a bathtub. Tidal fluctuations in the main body of Cook Inlet, while not as extreme as the shallow and narrow Turnagain Arm, regularly reach 25 feet (7.6 m) and exhibit currents in excess of 5 knots (9.3 km/h) at full tidal flow. The inlet and its arms have been proposed as a potentially attractive site for the generation of tidal power.

We traveled back and forth along the arm over a dozen times and watched the tidal bore. sometimes the surfers come out and ride the one-time wave as it advances.

For more information on Cook's Inlet (click here).

If you like great 'wide-open spaces' Skies,
Scroll down one post to see some great sky photos from Big Bend National Park.
It will be worth your time.

Leave us a comment here and there.

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see Tom's SkyWatch site here
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Troy and Martha

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66 comments:

willow said...

Radiant. You almost can't tell that the water and sky are separate.

Anemone said...

Is it really posible??? Pictures like this makes me cold and warm at the same time, and I almost shamed to post my simple picture, because yours are like a postcard and 100% perfect...

Nice weekend...

Daryl said...

Did you use a special lens or is it my eyes .. things seem to be rounded .. as if you used a whatchamacallit lens .. fish eye?

in any case wonderful photo

:-Daryl

Photo Cache said...

So beautiful. The text is informative. Happy skywatching.

Bradley Myers said...

A great photo of Alaska, we missed the tidal bore when we were their but we did travel this stetch of road.

Louise said...

Beautiful photo--especially the light.

Very interesting commentary!

reluctantfarmchik said...

Beautiful - can't ever tire of seeing beautiful blue sky with fluffy white clouds - whatever shape they're in! Nice shot.

Rose said...

I hope everyone enlarges this! It is absolutely spectacular!

Dewdrop said...

I learn so much about Alaska from you. What an amazing view you've presented. Never even heard of such a thing.

The Texican said...

I really like that picture. What nice composure. Sarah Palin's not the only pretty thing from Alaska. Pappy

Roses and Lilacs said...

Incredibly lovely. I really like that shot.
Marnie

Pinoy said...

is this HDR? awesome balance with contrast, shadows and colors.

i like the composition too!!!

great picture!

vincibene said...

WOW! Fantastic picture, wonderful landscape!

crete said...

That is a lovely photograph, but Alaska is a mystery to me - apart from Sarah Palin.

Good photography is actually hard work and experience and I see that here. Well done.

Ray

Carver said...

Gorgeous shot and a very informative post. I enjoyed it a great deal.

Coloradolady said...

You are right. Beautiful skies. Loved it. Have a great weekend.

Cicero Sings said...

A beautiful picture and interesting info!

Reader Wil said...

That's interesting stuff Troy and Martha and good that you referred to wikipedia with information about Cook Inlet. Is that James Cook, whose name is used in Australia, in for instance Cooktown?

fishing guy said...

Troy: It looks like you are going off the end of the world, simply amazing.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Gorgeous sky! I think I need to visit Cook's Inlet...it's beautiful. ;-)

Arija said...

Huge sky over that beautiful bay. Lovely shot. Must be pretty good fishing there.

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

Oooooooh! How beautiful!! This photo could/should grace the cover of a high-end coffee-table photography book, Troy. Breathtaking!

Carletta said...

Such a beautiful image! I can only imagine what it was like to see it day after day.
Great info as always.

Rocky Mtn. Girl said...

Fantastic!! I had to squint almost when looking at this photograph... OUTSTANDING!
~Michele~
Mountain Retreat- Canada

Anne-Berit said...

Your photo is beautiful:o)

mirage2g said...

Its not just beautiful...its overwhelming!!! Thanks for sharing such a wonderful photo....WOW!

imac said...

Hey, this is a fantastic photo, love the capture.

Kathiesbirds said...

Troy, I did not know about Tidal Bores, though I did know the rivers flowed backwards out of the Bay of Fundy. I followed the link and learned something new. Amazing photo as always. I've posted Gus' photos from Cave Creek Canyon. I included a link to your post about HDR processing at the end. I was able to increase the color saturation in a couple of the photos using Picture Project by going beyond the automatic enhancement and sliding the color bar further until the colors looked right to me. Tell me what you think. The 2 cliff pics and the blue night we the most manipulated.

Brit' Gal Sarah said...

WOW I would be so proud of this picture, truly stunning, I think we need camera and lense details please!

Kyle said...

Wow, what a beautiful sky-and-seascape you captured here. Picture perfect!

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

I want to go there! Your photo is dreamy :)
I've always wanted to visit the Bay of Fundy, too.

Happy Sky Watching!

~Lisa

Gaelyn said...

Absolutely breathtaking! And informative too.

Gramma L said...

Cool picture - I love the formation of the clouds in the sky.
Beautiful

Reader Wil said...

Thanks Troy for the answer about Captain Cook !

babooshka said...

Sensational image and wonderul write up

Kahshe Cottager said...

Stunning photo! Your photos will inspire many people to visit Alaska I am sure!

Happy SkyWatch!

'JoAnn's-D-Eyes'NL said...

Hi Try and Martha,
very very nice and impressingly great, what a magnificant sky, I like it very much.

Greetings JoAnn's D Eyes
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Happy skywatch

Mine is here: www.joannwalraven.blogspot,com

The Tile Lady said...

Great Skywatch picture, and some great information! Really beautiful view! Surfing in Alaska! Who'd a thunk it!?

Pearl Maple said...

Striking photo, the colours are so brilliant and sparkling.

Thanks for sharing this wonderful view with everyone in sky watch friday.

We have tidal bores on the Bay of Fundy, aways impressive to see them.

ellen b said...

Oh how wonderful to see this in person. Beautiful scenery...

Paz said...

I love this very scenic photo.

Paz

T and S said...

WOW...that's an amazing cloud pattern, I like the way you have composed this as well

Have a nice weekend...Thomas

Anna said...

Oh my what a beautiful view, something that I would like to have from my window. Anna :)

Tash said...

Incredible beauty. Superb photograph.

evlahos said...

excellent light, great view, amazing shot and interesting info. what else can you ask for. well done

Yen said...

Such beautiful skies! WOW!

Mine are up HERE and HERE. If you get a chance ;) Happy SWF!

Sally said...

I never knew that was what that phenomenon is called, though I have walked with an incoming tide at a place called Tidal River on Wilsons Promontory in Victoria.

Lovely photo too - the sky is very deep and blue.

Sydney Daily Photo

Mary said...

Love that sunshine glinting off the water! Happy SWF. :)

naturglede said...

That was a beautiful shot. I love it:)

Jim said...

Neat shot, I never heard of a tidal bore before.

Woody said...

Wow..Thats a great view...Excellant Photo!

Happy SWF

NovaS said...

ola!... that is one of a kind SWF! thanks for sharing this, i was fascinated but the view, check out mine HERE

gen/entry said...

Alaska one day i can visit there. Its pretty looking view.

CharmaineZoe said...

Your photographs are wonderful! I am so glad I joined Skywatch and found your site. Your commentaries are interesting too. I have seen the Severn Bore (the one that goes up from the Bristol Channel) and they surf that too, it's pretty amazing. Hope the weekend weather lets you get some more of these fantastic pics:-)

Rambling Woods said...

What blue skies and blue water..Perfect for SW

AphotoAday said...

Wow -- what a beautiful view... You had such a great trip...

Cicero Sings said...

oops ... that pumpkin/cranberry loaf recipe I put up yesterday ... I forgot ... 1 tsp baking soda ... you said you copied it so I wanted to make sure to let you know.

Gretchen said...

Just gorgeous!

Hope everyone is having a very Happy Halloween and Blessed Samhain!

TCKK said...

Absolutely beautiful photo. Love the blue water and skies!!!!

Robin said...

Oh wow! This is wonderful. The composition is perfect.

storyteller said...

What a spectacular ‘capture’ here … I’m mesmerized by this photograph. I shared cloudy skies in my neighborhood yesterday at Sacred Ruminations and am playing catch-up today.
Hugs and blessings,

Denise said...

Stunning photograph, what incredible scenery. Thanks for sharing it.

indicaspecies said...

Stunning photography and interesting information. Thank you for sharing.

The Brahmaputra River of India/Bangladesh, that is known to exhibit tidal bore is a place I intend to visit sometime in the future.

- celine
http://indicainq8.wordpress.com

Scotty Graham said...

Troy...finally have a decent enough connection to visit you again....this is a fantastic photo...one of your best, in my opinion!!

You are living the dream my friend...keep up the great work!!

Cheers,

Scotty

Ecobirder said...

Wow, great pic. Alaska is such a great place to find the perfect picture.

Susan said...

Was this taken out at the end of the land and the start of the runway, that little park? Looks so familiar. We sat out there and watched final approach of the BIG planes and enjoyed the sun. Turnagain Arm is the best!! I've been up there seven times now, always go down the arm. I've seen the bore tide. Did you get out to Portage Valley? Spectacular stuff. I really enjoy your photos.