About one hour after a late Fall sunrise, sunlight infuses these two backlit humpback whale blows with a white hot light. When the wind is calm, whale blows hang in the air, a truly beautiful sight, particularly when illuminated by the sun.

Looking out across the fjord where these humpbacks were feeding, our vessel’s Mate Dave remarked that it looked like a watery version of Yellowstone National Park (USA) with all the little “smoking geysers” soaring into the cold morning air, an apt description.

SE Alaska.

October 31, 20009

Canon 50D, Canon 100-400mm lens, shutter 1/350, f/7.1, ISO 400

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  • dinghysailor1
    dinghysailor1almost 5 years ago

    incredible lighting.. superb ! can almost hear them..

  • Thank you, Maggie. I’m very partial to backlit whale blows. The way they curl around in chilly air is so very beautiful.

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Ann J. Sagel
    Ann J. Sagelalmost 5 years ago

    Amazing capture honey. Great timing!!

  • Thank you so much, Ann!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • © Bob Hall
    © Bob Hallalmost 5 years ago

    This is great whalegeek, love the capture…the timing of the shoot had was just right!

  • Thank you, Bob. So very nice of you to write!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • chrythmnove
    chrythmnovealmost 5 years ago

    I just Love this! Thank you…I traveled as a child, 5 weeks in the open sea on a slow moving vessel. All day long these creatures were seen & dolphins & flying fish curiously played with the movement… Feb1960…a recalled memory :)

  • It was so wonderful reading your memoirs of your sea voyage with marine mammals and flying fish. Thank you ever so much for sharing those special memories with me. Yes, I can see how you hold that experience in your heart and understand why it was so special to you.

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • bev langby
    bev langbyalmost 5 years ago

    wow just seeing their spray makes me feel good ,kinda like knowing they are still there i suppose…

  • Yes, Bev, it IS good to know the whales are still there. The very good news is that humpback whale numbers in the eastern North Pacific are growing at c. 7%. Yippeeeee!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • chrythmnove
    chrythmnovealmost 5 years ago

    …Ohh a fabulous photo by the way, skilled :)

  • You’re a sweetie! Thanks for the postscript.

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderalmost 5 years ago

    How very beautiful, I envy you these sights

  • Well, we’ll just have to kidnap you and get you out on a whale boat! Thank you for taking time to write. Much appreciated!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Patty (Boyte) Van Hoff
    Patty (Boyte) ...almost 5 years ago

    Unbelievably beautiful!

  • Thank you, Patty. Everything about whales is beautiful to me but when others appreciate them it makes me very happy. Happy New Year to you and yours!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Rosalie Scanlon
    Rosalie Scanlonalmost 5 years ago

    Cool capture.

  • Thank you, Rosalie. I have to work on getting more whale blows into a photo one of these days. Sometimes we’d see ten whales blowing together but they were invariably not in the right position or too far off to make a decent image.

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Béla Török
    Béla Törökalmost 5 years ago

    Excellent image, dear Gina!

  • Thank you so much, Bela! Happy New Year to you and your family!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

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