A humpback whale breeches on a sunny December afternoon in Sitka Sound. (Dan Evans photo)

Before you start griping again about the cold December rains in Sitka, think back to last Tuesday (12-11-12). Cloudless skies, glorious sunshine, and lots of whales. Photographer Dan Evans and this humpback whale were both having a good day. One difference: the whale is going to spend the rest of the winter in Hawaii!