My wife and I were lazing on the shore watching dozens of California Gray Whales pass in the distance, and it occurred to me that this view pretty much tells the story of Kodiak Island. Unfamiliar to most folks for anything but bears, its hallmarks are rugged shorelines and cliffs leading up into glaciered peaks. It’s formed by the collision of continental plates on the Pacific Ring of Fire, some parts uplifted sedimentary rock with fossils as in the foreground and further along the shore, transitioning to granite peaks and crags as you move inland. All that earth moving and erosion has pocked the island with deep fjords around its entire circumference as well.
The topsoil overlaying all that rock is thin and fragile, with coastal erosion of the cliffs creating overhangs beneath which puffins, guillemots and other sea birds burrow for nesting. Myriad smaller islands have formed to provide rookeries safe from predators.
While not a great photo, I like its storytelling potential and will return in search of just the right light and framing. If nothing more it will always be a favorite place for picnics with whales, and not another soul in sight!
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Nikon D750 w/ 24-120mm f/4 lens handheld.