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Homer Spit

Homer Spit, Homer, AK 99603, USA
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Kachemak Bay, Grewingk Glacier and the Chugach Mountains Homer Alaska United States

Kachemak Bay, Grewingk Glacier and the Chugach Mountains

Viewed from the Spit in Homer, the midwinter sun reflects off the surface of Grewingk Glacier in the Chugach Mountains at the southern tip of Alaska's Kenai Peninsula. In summer, anglers inundate this "cosmic hamlet by the sea," but in winter, Homer becomes the silent and insular site of Tom Bodett's "End of the Road" tales, a town of 5,000, situated on the shore of a glistening bay with glaciers and mountains surrounding the shoreline and active volcanoes looming in the distance. Artsy, outdoorsy, fiercely independent, self-reliant, but fun loving, Homer's eclectic population, in my experience, is best encountered in winter.

This image, licensed from me by National Geographic, is part of a portfolio of photographs from my western odyssey appearing in this AFAR collaborative.