Field Trip Friday


"July 13, 2004 – 10:15 p.m. Chatham Straight, SE Alaska. Wow! Dark is descending and the boat is surrounded by humpback whales. We counted 22 at least. A calm sea, twilight hovering, gentle flukes gracefully arcing through the water. 


The sound of the exhale so clear and extraordinary. Five or six in quick succession. It was hard to hear the inhale, people were talking. I wished for a more silent experience, but it was so exciting it was hard not to talk. 


I went out just in my night gown with my fleece jacket and my legs are still cold as I write this. I'll never forget the feeling of being surrounded by the whales, the sounds of their exhale and the cold, Alaskan wind on my bare legs at twilight."

3 Responses to Field Trip Friday

  1. nancy neva says:

    what memories!! that beautiful journaling you do ~~~ precious!!

  2. Seth says:

    Wow. What a beautiful and unique journal. I love that it is in black and white, with just a pop of color.

  3. Stephanie says:

    Fran, this pages are so beautiful, your drawings so lovely.

    Did you draw these from photos on the trip or when you returned…or from when you watched them dance in the waters around you?


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