It just can't get any more exciting than this.
On my trip back across Kachemak Bay two days ago, I saw some big splashes head of me as I piloted Skookum home from a day of charter fishing.
It was two humpback whales fishing together and fluke-slapping the surface of the water to signal one another. After sounding (deep dive), the whales breached the surface, coming more than two-thirds out of the water, spinning and crashing back down.
Whale biologists hypothesize that this is a feeding technique in which the whale stuns schools of small fish they're feeding on. Whatever the reason, it's an amazing show!
Here's proof positive that I'm no longer a legend in my own mind!
Doug Kelly, a writer who has visited Alaska, and Homer, many times has just published a historical accounting of Alaska's Greatest Outdoor Legends. Don't ask me how I got on that list.
All joking aside, I'm flabbergasted that I would be included with such real Alaska legends like Sydney Huntington, Jim Rearden and Jay Hammond.
All I can say is that my three decades as a staff photographer at the former Anchorage Daily News gave me such incredible opportunities to roam Alaska's great outdoors and bring back photographs from many great assignments.
Every budding photographer's greatest dream is to work for National Geographic. Well, I DID work for NG, because the Daily News offered their photographers constant opportunities to get out into the great wilds and return with images to show our readers the beauty of where we lived.