Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Fairies' Festival:

Last week, Spring was celebrated with a Big Bang. The whole of Australia was invaded by fairies, elfs and all sort of forest creatures...

Our little Skye and her cheeky mummy decided to borrow a dragon outfit from the toy library to chase those fairies away. Hi hi hi...Quite a devilish plan, don't you think?

The event was full of activities and shows; from poney rides to face painting, from crafts to magic shows and fairies were everywhere singing and dancing.

The face painting...The BEFORE and AFTER photos...

Skye's first taste of the dreamy cotton candy! She LOVED it! ( as you can see).

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Whale Watching!!!!!

Yes, we had a brilliant weekend ! It was like a dream. We went whale watching. After being on a boat for less than an hour, we spotted a mother and a calf. Then later on, 2 other humpback whales appeared. They were so playfull, breaching and splashing with their tails and bobbing here and there. They were BIG , the guide said at least 40 tonnes, that is why they can only jump out of the water 3 to 4 times maximum. They get tired too quickly.The whales were so close! One actually swam under the boat! Yes! under the boat!

They migrate every year during this time and we are so lucky to have them pass these waters...

Whales are as big as a moving van and weigh as much as 8 elephants
Whales lived on land 45 million years ago and had 4 legs
They are mammals, not fish. They breathe air, and their tail moves up and down. (Fish breathe water and their tails move side to side)
A whale can eat 4000 pounds of plankton and krill a day, but can go 8 months without eating.
At birth, a baby whale is 12-16 ft long, weighing almost 2 tons.

And Skye in all of this??? She was over the moon! She did not miss anything and saw every detail. She did not complain once and she has her parents' sea legs. The sea was quite rough and choppy and a few people were sea sick, but not Skye!

Saturday, October 08, 2011

What a Photo!

This photo was taken at the entrance to the bay Katlian, down the road from Sitka , Alaska . The whale comes to the surface to swallow some of the "army" of herring. We see the herring on the surface of the water around the kayak! The kayaker is a dentist in Sitka , he was not injured and survived the experience somewhat terrifying. The whale was opposite the ferry terminal, and all that the kayaker could do was to "Paddle as fast as possible!" He is between the two jaws of the whale!