We live on a large bay named "Port Clarence". It is the only sheltered water in the whole Bering Straits region. Because of this we occasionally see ships and boats hiding out from rough weather on the Bering sea. Most of these boats are barges that are hauling fuel and supplies to area villages.
The last few days we had a more interesting vessel hanging out. This is the NOAA ship Fairweather. They are up here mapping and charting the sea floor and ocean depths. There has been a lot of interest in shipping in the arctic in recent years and NOAA has decided to update their navigational charts.
You can learn more about it at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's website.
The photo was taken by holding my camera up to the lens of my 30x spotting scope. The Fairweather was about 5 miles away and the zoom on my camera just wouldn't do it alone.