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Charlie Shugart
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p.1 #1 · Alaska- Turnagain Arm


The long fjord that runs about 50 miles SE from its opening by Anchorage to the land connection with Kenai Peninsula. The railroad and the Seward Highway follow the edge of the fjord to its beginning at the Portage Road turnoff. The fjord ends there, but the highway and rail lines continue south to the port town of Seward.
Unlike most fjords along the open ocean, Turnagain Arm is very shallow because it opens into Cook Inlet- and the heavy amounts of glacial silt feeding into it are very slowly carried away. At low tide much of the fjord is mud all the way across. There is a 40-foot+ tidal change in Cook Inlet, but very few waves or other turbulent sea water movement.



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Nov 19, 2012 at 01:53 AM
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p.1 #2 · Alaska- Turnagain Arm


I like the clean, crisp look to this one, Charlie. Catching that moment of reflection is a real plus. Nice work.

JBR



Nov 19, 2012 at 02:05 PM
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Thanks, JBR.
Because Turnagain Arm has such great tidal fluctuations- the water sometimes flows like a river when the tide is dropping. In fact, Captain Cook named it Turnagain River when he first explored the area. A few years later, Captain George Vancouver sailed in and realized it was just an arm of Cook Inlet- so he changed the name.
The water in this image is quite still because it was a slack tide- and a windless part of the day.
Charlie



Nov 19, 2012 at 10:35 PM
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p.1 #4 · Alaska- Turnagain Arm


Very serene, it looks tempting to walk across to the flats visible in the middle.
Mirza



Nov 22, 2012 at 10:13 AM
 

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Mirza Ahmad wrote:
Very serene, it looks tempting to walk across to the flats visible in the middle.
Mirza


Mirza-
Tempting perhaps- but extremely risky:
The "mud" is squishy glacial silt that is very hard to move through. And when the tide comes in, it comes in faster that a person can move to escape it.
The occasional person and moose ignore that fact- and drown.
Better to stand on the rocky edge (where I was) to enjoy the view.
Charlie



Nov 22, 2012 at 08:02 PM
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p.1 #6 · Alaska- Turnagain Arm


Lovely serene shot!


Nov 22, 2012 at 09:54 PM
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p.1 #7 · Alaska- Turnagain Arm


Charlie, great shot!


Nov 23, 2012 at 03:30 AM
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p.1 #8 · Alaska- Turnagain Arm


Thank you Helenica and Alatoo,
It pleases me greatly that you like the image.
Charlie



Nov 23, 2012 at 07:28 PM





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