On Knik Glacier

December 26, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

On Knik GlacierOn Knik Glacier


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I was fortunate to be able to go on a 5 day boat tour of Kenai Fjords National Park in mid-June, 2019.

It was an amazing adventure!

Before that trip, I looked into doing a helicopter tour of a glacier while in Alaska. Since I would be in Alaska anyway - and who knows when I might be back?! So I stayed an extra day and WOW, WOW, WOW!!!

I found Alaska Helicopter Tours who were a professional, first rate operation who even provided transportation from my hotel in Anchorage and back when done. They normally do not do doors-off helicopter tours, but at my request they were happy to do so. Great service.

The doors OFF helicopter flight was INCREDIBLE. Our pilot was exceptional (an Army pilot vet, he did two tours in Afghanistan) who knew exactly how to handle the cross winds off the mountains extremely well, and was a terrific person. He flies in Alaska during the summer and in Hawaii in the winter! How cool is that?!

Flying between the very scenic Chugach Mountains flanking the 3 mile wide Knik River Valley was indescribably beautiful. After we spent some time photographing Dahl Sheep on the mountainside across from the lodge, we then approached the massive and ancient Knik Glacier.

When we got over the glacier (25 miles long and 5 miles wide) it literally took our breath away providing seemingly unending photographic compositions everywhere. Flying in at about 100 mph, I was snapping away everywhere. These images are in my website gallery...


It took 3 attempts to land safely on the heavily fissured surface of the glacier; but the helicopter pilot was an experienced pro and was able to set the helicopter down safely. We never felt like we were in danger!

Once landed, he immediately put cramp-ons on our boots for incredible traction on the 10,000 year old ice. I felt like a little kid in a candy shop roaming around on this 300' deep ancient icefield. Mind blown!

When I noticed this impossibly aqua blue pond and rivulet, I immediately saw the compositional potential.

But the only way to get the shot would be to straddle the creek leading out of the pond. So I did - why not?!

Fortunately another person on this tour captured me taking the photo below of me straddling the surface creek with the helicopter in the background with NO doors on! I was totally safe at all times.

Before we left the surface for our flight back to the Lodge (which included flying over a forested canyon with a horse bend!), we all had a drink from the aqua blue water on the surface.

It was easily THE best water I have ever experienced!

The full visual experience can be viewed on this website -


and in a video-slideshow on YouTube at 


This video/slideshow, which also includes images of 'Marine Wildlife of Kenai Fjords', is just under 11 minutes long, and is accompanied by 4 songs. The ideal viewing experience is on a big screen TV using the YouTube APP and search DavidAndersonWard and there it will be along with Canadian Arctic Wildlife and Iceland videos.

This image is a 30" x 20" Matte Acrylic done by one of the the best labs in world for Acrylics. 

The details are incredible and the image is fully protected by the acrylic finish.

The cost is $649.00 for this stunning, original, one-of-a-kind wall art on Matte Acrylic.

This is considered one of the best ways to display large images.

Another option would be to order this on HD Matte Metal. This also provides incredible, almost 3D detail, accurate and vibrant colors; and, the best part, with their incredible matte finish, there are ZERO reflections. 

In addition, this lab has independent studies proving they will not fade for at least 65 years! Incredible!

The cost in HD Matte Metal for a 30" x 20" would be just $405.00 including shipping.

This also includes their ingenious aluminum rail hanging system on back - the best hanging system I've ever seen. 

Any image in this gallery (or from any gallery on my site) can be ordered on HD Matte Metal, too.

We can also provide Custom Wood Frames for any HD Matte Metal Image, regardless of size or aspect ratio. This turns any HD Matte Metal image into a Museum Quality Piece. No glass is ever needed, which maintains the ZERO reflection advantage of HD Matte Metal over traditional framed prints. 

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Below is a photo another helicopter passenger took of me taking the image above. I saw this composition and realized the ONLY way to make the image was to straddle the impossibly aqua-blue stream on the surface. With the cramp-ons on my boots, it was totally safe.

Stradling the Pool on Knik GlacierStradling the Pool on Knik Glacier


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