The photo was taken at the entrance to Katlian Bay. The whale is coming up to scoop up a mouthful of herring. The kayaker is a local Sitka Dentist. The whale's mouth is fully open with the bottom half under the boat by Mark Tennant.
I think this Abandoned Asylum symbolises the story. It shows how Blanche is crazy and confused about her life. This relates to the story by describing how this asylum symbolises Blanche. Also Blanche does go to a insane asylum at the end of the story.