I recently went to Cordova, Alaska for a few nights to photograph a wedding of an awesome local couple, Vivian and Jared. I went by myself and it was such a fun little adventure! It was really great exploring Cordova, a town of 2400. It rained most of the time but that didn’t take away from its charm at all. The town had a lot of character. Vivian loaned me her car and it was entertaining listening to the radio. I had a lot of laugh-out-loud moments while alone in the car, especially at the public service announcement reminding Cordovians to “Lock your car and take your keys!” I also loved the incredibly random song selection – pop one song, country the next, then rock, then an oldies song…. pretty great. : D Cordova had a lot of character and interesting nooks. There was also a shorebirds festival going on while I was there. Shorebirds are small birds that fly in large groups and in perfect synchronicity. Really beautiful to watch. I had planned to get some photos of them the day after Vivian and Jared’s wedding but there was a very windy rainstorm all day and I wasn’t able to.
Many roofs in Cordova got crushed by the “Snowpocalypse” they had this winter. I love that cool boat on the right!The three shots below are of the super neat boathouse I got to stay at. It had so much character – I loved it! Thanks to my lovely hosts Neil and Anne!The neighbour’s dog liked to accompany me on walks.Vivian’s friend, and Cordova photographer, Chelsea Haisman (below, with her daughter Isla) was so sweet and gave me a tour around Cordova.Thanks for taking these few pics below of me Chelsea! Despite being a photographer, I still never know what to do in front of the camera. haha.I “otterly “love this li’l guy. This old cannery was so beautiful.My last morning in Cordova, a few hours before my flight home, Vivian called me and said, “The weather is finally good enough for a plane ride! Wanna go?” I happily accepted with a, “Heck yes!”The airplane Jared flew us in was a Cessna 185 that seated four people. Jared piloted the plane, Vivian flew shotgun and their friend Pete and I rode in the back. The plane belonged to Jared’s best man, Brad, who had just finished restoring it this winter.First, we flew out over the town and Orca Inlet. Well hello there, Mr. Bear.Vivian’s friend, Pete, and I. I think Vivian took this photo right after Jared did the “roller coaster” and we were all giddy! It was so cool experiencing being almost weightless for a few seconds as Jared dove down with the plane. Right after, I was giggling like a school girl and squealing, “Again, again!” Vivian set a lens cap on the dashboard one of the times we did it and it floated up as the plane dove down. So cool. Sheridan Glacier. I didn’t even know we were going to see a glacier until we were flying over it! Amazing!Pete snapped this shot of Jared, myself and Vivian. We started the plane ride at a smaller landing strip in a different part of town and they dropped me off in their plane at the main airport for my flight home. That’s how I roll. Haha.
Here are a few instagram pics I took of my trip with my iPhone as well: