Kenai for a Day

July 19, 2012Matthew BoyerNPF Blog

Matthew Boyer is the Director of Development for the National Park Foundation, he is blogging from Alaska.

Sweeping from rocky coastline to glacier-crowned peaks, Kenai Fjords National Park encompasses 607,805 acres of unspoiled wilderness on the southeast coast of Alaska's Kenai Peninsula. The park is capped by the Harding Ice field, a relic from past ice-ages and the largest ice field entirely within U.S. borders.

I've been on the road in Alaska leading a group of National Park Foundation Stewardship Circle members in Katmai National Park & Preserve on an excursion. After our expedition in Katmai (see blog: Katmai Calling) I took a trip to Kenai Fjords National Park to scout out Kenai as a location for our a possible Stewardship Circle Expedition and what I witnessed was an incredibly unique landscape with an abundant wildlife population. During my boat trip near the Northwest Glacier, I witnessed orcas, otters, mountain goats, puffins, endangered settler seals and humpback whales, just to name a few. Numerous animals make their home in this ever-changing place where mountains, ice and ocean meet and I am excited to share some of my photos from this awe-inspiring place.

Northwest Glacier at Kenai Fjords National Park

Northwest Glacier

Water fjord at foot of Glacier mountain

Water fjord at foot of Glacier mountain 

Jellyfish on the shore line at Kenai Fjords National Park

Jellyfish on the shore line at Kenai Fjords National Park 

Humpback emerging from the water at Kenai Fjord National Park

Humpback emerging from the water at Kenai Fjord National Park 

Seals laying on iceberg

Seals laying on iceberg 

Sea lions basking on rocks

Sea lions basking on rocks 

Group of Puffins gathered on rocks

Group of Puffins gathered on rocks 

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