ALaska Photo Explorer 2018

A Photo Journal Essay of Life in Anchorage and Eagle River Alaska and Beyond
14 010818 Santa Moose  01/08/18 "Santa Moose"   Back from the road of adventure and ready for a new and awesome year, I will be publishing pictures from the adventure!                 Enjoy! 011018 One Serious Barbque  01/10/18 "One Serious Barbeque!"    Grillers take notice when you think you have the ultimate grill take a look at this rolling fryer! Animals out their, this one ride you want to definitly avoid!                 Enjoy! 011218 Life at 36000 Feet  01/12/18 "Life at 36,000 ft"   A smooth ride across the Continental United States at 36,000 feet on clear and awesome day produces amazing seen's of landscapes far below!              Enjoy!
011418 Santa's Off Season Job  01/14/18 "Santa's Off Season Job"   Santa's moonlighting job off season seems to be a lineman for the state of North Carolina as he's work's to make sure electrical power is restored! I took this photo while back East over the Christmas Holidays.             Enjoy! 011618 Right to Bear Arms  01/16/18 "Right  to Bear Arms"   If its good enough for humans then its good enough for bears as this Teddy arms himself and excerises his constitutional right! This is one bear who you don't mess with his honey!            Enjoy! 011818 Southern Courthouse  01/18/18 "Historic South"   This courthouse located in Pittsboro NC has seem a lot of history from the revolutionary war to the present! Its structures like these that remind us of where we come from and what we can be, never forget or erase history good or bad, it is said "those who forget the past are doom to repeat it!"            Enjoy! 012018 Frozen Stream  01/20/18 "Frozen Stream"   Temperatures are dropping once again on "The Last Frontier" and streams respond by creating ice art!         Enjoy!
012218 Crazy Eagle  01/22/18 "This Bird Can't Sing!"   A Eagle Parked out on a lamp post is seemly starting to lose it as a near by Raven belches out it's out of tune song!         Enjoy! 012418 Snowly Fingers  01/24/18 "Snowly Fingers"   Snow is slowy coming back after a mid Winter thaw! As the snow falls it creates wonderful fingers on the bushes!          Enjoy! 012618 Doorway  01/26/18 "Doorway to Frozen Stream"   Winter is full of beauty but when you out and about be careful of streams as the icy ceilings may not hold you up! When in doubt do not cross look for another way around!          Enjoy! 012818 Winter Sun  01/28/18 "Flowing Light"   Sunlight gently bathes the Winter's snow landscape below with her golden rays!          Enjoy!
013018 Post Civil War  01/30/18 "Post Civil War Law Office"    A local Civil War General like many other war Verterns on both sides return to their pre-war life and this small law office marks his return to society after years of bloody conflict from 1861 to 1865 forever changed! I found this while photographing North Carolina while on assignment.          Enjoy! 020218 Moon Mountain  02/02/18 "Ground Hog Moon"    While the Ground Hog is looking for his shadow down in the lower 48, Moon rises on our local moutains are spectacular!          Enjoy! 020418 Twenty to Zero in two Seconds  02/04/18 "Twenty to Zero in Two Seconds!"    Sled Dog team passes the finish at blazing speed of 20 miles per hour! Their un-harnessed spirit still moving at top speed the musher's has to apply the brakes sending a cloud of snow crystals flying! Wow watching these animals truely embraces the wonder of adventure that Alaska truely embodies!           Enjoy! 020618 First Responder Heros  02/06/18 "First Responders America's True Hero's"  Our first responders are true hero's who brave all kind's of dangers to help those in need! As this car burned on the Glenn Highway, a fire fighter approaches and quickly extinguishes the flames protecting those nearby! These hero's seek neither praise nor glory but truely deserve both from our community!  I just want you to know we are grateful for your service!       Enjoy!
020818 Inside The Duke Chapel  02/08/18 "Inside The Duke Chapel"  Only one word can describe this place "Amazing!" The chapel is located on Duke University Campus located in Raleigh-Durham North Carolina.       Enjoy! 021018 Top Dog  02/10/18 "The Dog House"  When your out and about on a trip you always seem to run into one of those really cool and different theme eatery's. This one is located Durham North Carolina. 021218 Going The Distance  02/12/18 "Racing Onward" Once the dogs and the musher let loose on the trail there is no stopping the joy of adventure! It is always amazing to watch these teams as they pursue the dream and spirt of "The Last Frontier!"       Enjoy! 021418 Loving Snow  02/14/18 "Loving Snow"  Valentines Day for these guys is an adventure through the snow along the trail! Sled Dogs live for the moments when they race into the unknown excited to see what lies ahead!       Enjoy!
021618 One Large Pencil  02/16/18 "One Large Pencil"  Talked about making marks wow, this pencil could write down volumes of knowledge and still have some left for doodling! I found this in Pittsboro, NC on a recent trip, but was unable to locate the giant sharpener!        Enjoy! 021818 Streaming Past  02/18/18 "Steaming Past"  The boiler stands still but the story of her heart echoes her past as she lived the dream of pioneers plying the early days of homesteading. The mighty Alaskan Railway now adventures to many parts of the state today!        Enjoy! 022018 Metal Art  02/20/18 "Metal Art"  I image this place before as it is a cool place which host art of the Metallic Sort! There is a lot of talent and creation that goes into these works of art. The place is located in Pittsboro NC were I was photographing on a recent trip.        Enjoy! 022218 Icy Flows in Streams  02/22/18 "Two Season Begin to Emerge"  Ship Creek is an icy flow as we begin to round the corner to Spring. However Spring is still at least two months a day, so this cycle will come and go as Winter and Summer tug at each other!        Enjoy!
022418 Guiding The Team  02/24/18 "Leading to The Starting Line"  Like old time race cars being position for their start, sled dogs have to be lead to the start by handlers because they are so full of energy they are ready to bolt the minute the musher steps on the sled which would cause a re-start!        Enjoy! 022618 Eskimo Drum  02/26/18 "Beating The Drum"  A snow Eskimo readies his drum for singing out traditional rythiums and stories from ages past!        Enjoy! 022818 Christ Trial Snow Scuplture  02/28/18 "Christ on Trial"  Ever year these snow carvers creates scenes from Jesus Christ Life! It is an amzing work of love and faith one to be admired by all who it touches!        Enjoy! 030218 Snow Guardian  03/02/18 "Snow Guardian Angel"  This sculpture won the snow craving contest and stands guarding over the other sculptures! All the scultures are amazing if you get a chance you should see them, they are truely works of art!      Enjoy!
030418 Rookie Run  03/04/18 "The Iditarod 2018 Has Begun!"  A Rookie Musher and her team start out from Anchorage AK from the ceremonial start to begin "The Last Great Race on Earth!" The official restart will take place on March 5 at Willow Alaska some 90 miles North of Anchorage! The musher and her team reflects the next generation's spirt of adventure to carry on this amazing tradition! Good Luck to all racer's and whether you finish first of last does not matter for you embrace the human desire of living life as it was meant to be an adventure! 030618 In Tandem  03/06/18 "Working in Tandem"  Two dogs of a team move as one as they are apart of the incrediable power produced to pull the musher and supplies across the vast expanse of Alaska to the shores of Nome a 1049 miles from the starting point in Willow AK! It always a amazing sight to see these animals who live to run doing what they were meant to do and lived adventure! The bond shared between the musher and their team runs deep and is one of mutual respect and love! The Iditarod is truely "The Last Great Race on Earth!"         Enjoy! 030818 Snow Fortress  03/08/18 "Snow Fortress"  A fortress of ice and snow stands firm against all attackers! This snow sculpture is apart of Fur Rondy Snow Art and is truely awesome!         Enjoy! 031018 Tight Turn  03/10/18 "Tight Turn"  The first turn in the Cermonial Start for Iditarod 2018 as in past starts is very tricky several mushers over turn their sledds which adds to the excitement of the turn as its amazing how the team and musher handles the adversities as practice for the trail ahead!         Enjoy!
031218 If Reindeers Can Fly  03/12/18 "If Reindeer Can Fly...."  So can I! Sledds dogs often leap for joy as they await the command from the musher to go! I have often said how these beautiful animals live for the adventure well you see it in their pure joy imaged here!         Enjoy! 031418 True Perfection  03/14/18 "True Perfection"  There is nothing like a team in harmony!         Enjoy! 031618 Icy Mammoth  03/16/18 "Icy Mammoth"  A Wooly Mammoth emerges  from the icy block of snow and echoes the creatures of the last ice age!         Enjoy! 031818 One Strange Brew  03/18/18 "One Strange Brew"  Many coffee shops adorn the Anchorage area but some have awesome and creative names like the one imaged! The logo is awesome seems like a good place to find spectacular coffee! That Salmon is sure to overcome any falls it might encounter on the return trip to the spawning grounds!         Enjoy!
032018 Frozen Phantom  03/20/18 "Frozen Phantom"  The F-4 once called by her Pilots "The Lead Sled" could out gun and out fight any airplane in the sky during the late 60's, 70'and early 80's! She got her nickname because when she did tight turns across the sky, she actually slide across the sky light a flying brick as she made her tight turns! She was almost impossible to bring down as she could take a direct hit and keep on flying!         Enjoy! 032218 Last Run of The Season  03/22/18 "Until Next Season"  With a blast of snow this musher takes her team on a final run before the trail close because of the advent of Spring! When thawing and freezing cycles occured the trails become icy. However, even with the coming of Spring and Summer, Winter is only a few short months away until the next amazing adventure!          Enjoy! 032418 Gliding High  03/24/18 "Riding The Thermals"  As the season changes so comes the thermals lifting power gliders high above the mountain ranges!          Enjoy! 032618 Twin Peaks  03/26/18 "Twin Peaks"  A favorate mountain to view for both locals and tourist!Twin Peaks is a awesome site to see!           Enjoy!
032818 Sking at Hatcher Pass  03/28/18 "Sking at Hatcher's Pass"  Thousands of people took to the slopes this past weekend to soak up Sun and awesome sking conditions!           Enjoy! 033018 A Good Idea  03/30/18 "A Skiing Must"  If you are in the backcountry skiing or sledding even snow shoeing having a transmitter is a safety must as conditions at this time of the year make snow loads unstable and avalanches are quite often a reality!           Enjoy! 040218 Glowing Sunset  04/02/18 "Glowing Sunset"  The day ended with a perfect Sunset!           Enjoy! 040418 Hatcher Pass Lodge  04/04/18 "Emerging from Winter"  The snow depth around the Hatcher Pass Lodge is at least 10 feet deep and this is with some melt off! It's a awesome place to visit and stretch Winter a bit longer! However, with the melting and freezing cycles this time of year avalanches are always presence!           Enjoy!
040618 Indepdence Mine in Winter  04/06/18 " Independence Mine in Spring"  Located near the top of Hatcher's Pass The Independence Gold Mine still slumbers in it's Winter sleep even though Spring has arrived in Alaska!           Enjoy! 040818 Eagle River Glacier Check Up  04/08/18 " Eagle Glacier Checkup"  Once a year I imaged the Eagle Glacier to see it's progress, the process has been on going at least 12 years check it out at Kinder Science!           Enjoy! 041018 Snow Hike  04/10/18 " Have Snow Shoes Will Travel "  Hiking in deep snow is almost impossible but with snow shoes even the deepest snow becomes an easy hike!           Enjoy! 041218 Cross Coutry Skiing  04/12/18 " Cross Country Skiing "  Many people consider alpine skiing to be the most popular when in fact it's cross country skiing that is most common form of skiing!           Enjoy!
041418 Yeti Containment  04/14/18 " Yeti Containment"  Must be a sign of Climate Change when a Yeti migrates to Alaska to keep cool!           Enjoy! 041618 Avalanche Area  04/16/18 " Avalanche Area"  Several small series of avalanches appear on the slopes of the mountains in the Hatcher Pass area! The area  is still being enjoy by winter sports but the slopes are becoming unstable due to the changing of seasonal temperatures!"            Enjoy! 041818 Snow Entrance  04/18/18 "Snow Entrance"     Even in late April the entrance to Hatcher Pass lodge is still deeper than most cars are tall, it awesome diving into this miniature snow maze!         Enjoy! 042018 Now That's awesome  04/20/18 "Now That's Awesome"    After a amazing day in the snow what better way to relax the muscles than hangout in a portable Hot Tub! The Time Machine reference comes from the movie "Hot Tub Time Machine" I believe! Anyway, you look at it, it's awesome!!!!!!         Enjoy!
042218 Trail Maintance  04/22/18 "Trail Maintance"    Snow Machines traverse the trails checking their status!         Enjoy! 042418 Constant Reminder  04/24/18 "Constant Reminder"    Sign's like these dot the landscape all over Alaska as heavy snowfalls and then Spring melt causes many unstable slopes on the mountainsides, so their caution should be well heeded!         Enjoy! 042618 Avalanche Remains  04/26/18 "Avalanche Remains"   What appears to be rough patch of snow is actually a avalanche flow that has come to rest! These rivers of snow have been clocked at sixty miles per hour and need to be respected!          Enjoy! 042818 One of Many  04/28/18 "One of Many"   The Rugged Peaks that across the landscape of "The Last Frontieer" is one of many that tell of Alaska amazing and violent geologic  past and present! These mountains were made from the very force that still changes our world everyday!          Enjoy!
043018 Sledding Fun  04/30/18 "Ready for Fun"   Sledder's as snow machiners are called ready for a fun and adventurer as they prepare to navigate the trails!          Enjoy! 050218 Swinter Returns  05/02/18 "Swinter Returns"   Swinter, you may ask, whats that? It is Spring Winter a new season to be added to the other four! Fresh snow adorns the mountain tops as Swinter introduces itself!          Enjoy! 050418 Moose Pond Awakens  05/04/18 "Moose Pond Awakens"   After a long winter's sleep Moose Pond as it is called by locals is beginning to teem with life as many of nature's inhabinants come to drink and feed in it's water's or just take a quiet moment to reflect!          Enjoy! 050618 Ridgeline  05/06/18 "Ridge Line"   Snow packed ridge lines define and outline the shapes of the mountains!          Enjoy!
050818 Snow!  05/08/18 "Snow!"   Another surprize by Swinter!!          Enjoy! 051018 Eagle Eye  05/10/18 "Eagle Eye"   A eager Eagle is out for your business! The saying is true "the early bird gets the worm!"           Enjoy! 051218 Moose Tag  05/12/18 "Moose Tag"  Moose will often run out in front of cars and this is one animal that you dont want to play tag with! Please give wildlife a break if it should suddenly appear slow down and enjoy the wonder!          Enjoy! 051418 Have Rabbit Will Travel  05/14/18 "Have Rabbit Will Travel"  An Eagle carrying an in-flight snack soar straight at me as it carry it's prize to a branch! What an awesome experience!          Enjoy!
051618 Fresh Snow  05/16/18 "Swinter Lives ON"  Snow continues to fall on the mountains as Swinter lives on!          Enjoy! 051818 Meal Prep  05/18/18 "Prepping His Meal"  The Eagle preps his meal and gives me a look and seems to be asking me "Hey would you like some rabbit stew?!          Enjoy! 052018 Rabbit Tossing  05/20/18 "Playing With His Food"  Trying to make a rabbit salad? An Eagle tosses the rabbit a bout as he de-furs him!          Enjoy! 052218 Soaring Along  05/22/18 "Soaring Along"  Not the sharpest image but I like the concept and perspective, the picture makes you feel as if your are soaring along with the Eagle!          Enjoy!
052418 Coyote Dash  05/24/18 "Coyote Dash"  Catching these guys can be a little tricky as they do not remain in the open long! So I get a fuzzy image this time oh well at least the experience was awesome!          Enjoy! 052818 Automated Moose Wash  05/26/18 "Automated Moose Wash"  Have sprinkler Have Automated Moose Wash! MMh... she thinks I should have gone for the Ultra Wash, now I have to redo these ears, where's the attendant?              Enjoy! 052818 Moose Kisses  05/28/18 "Moose Kisses"  Being new to the world can often be a little scary and unsure! Nothing like a little kiss of reassurance to help each other as they face a new world and all it's uncertainties!              Enjoy! 053018 Flowing Ice  05/30/18 "River of Ice"  The mighty Matanuska Glacier is 27 miles long and 4 miles wide! It is the largest glacier that can approached by car in The Unites States, she is awesome sight to see, lets protect our glaciers!              Enjoy!
060218 Always Face Traffic  06/02/18 "Learning Moose Ways"  Now remember son always walk facing traffic, yes mom I will!              Enjoy! 060418 Baby Bear  06/04/18 "Brown Bear Rising"  A Brown Bear Cub follows his mom around learning the ins and outs of what it means to be a brown bear!              Enjoy! 060618 Rail Diver  06/06/18 "Rail Diving"  A Brown Bear Cub invents a new way to cross the rail guard  instead of stepping over it like mom, he dives under it! Little Bear enjoy it while you can as you will grow so fast soon you will be leaping the rail like mom!              Enjoy! 060818 Hidden Ice  06/08/18 "Hidden Glacier/Hidden Ice"  At first look it appears the glacier ends with the visible but if you look closer you can see the glacier extending into the rock field as the sediment on top hides the true extent of the glacier!              Enjoy!
061018 Moose Call  06/10/18 "Moose Call"  This Bull Moose is looking towards me as I pretended to make Moose Calls as if I am crazy! He's probably thinking come down the hill and I will stomp you!              Enjoy! 061218 Bear Crossing  06/12/18 "Bear Crosswalk"  Where are the Bear Crosswalks? Wherever the bear decides to cross. Just slow down and stop and enjoy the view!              Enjoy! 061418 I'm Coming Mom  06/14/18 "I'm Coming Mom"  Little Bear follows in close pursuit of it's mom as learns all the do's and don'ts of the bear lifestyle!              Enjoy! 061618 The Shot That Almost Was  06/16/18 "The Shot That Almost Was"  A Cow Moose comes out into the open in front of Moose Pond and no I would not shoot a Moose, I am talking about getting an awesome image but she is a Country Moose and quickly turn to the shelter of cover before I could get a close up!              Enjoy!
061818 Not A Good Idea  06/18/18 "Not A Good Idea"  Some signs may give the wrong idea! Bumping a Moose and her calf is an invination to get stomp!               Enjoy! 062018 Napping  06/20/18 "Keeping One Eye Open"  A Moose Cow settles down for a mid-day nap! She appears to be asleep but on a closer look she has one eye open looking for danger and is merely resting                Enjoy! 062218 Like A Rock  06/22/18 "Like A Rock"  Standing against the rushing waters, like a rock was made to stand the test of time, like a rock I  can face the wind.....                Enjoy! 062418 Tree Hugger  06/24/18 "Tree Hugger"  This little shaver climbs a tree to get a bird's eye view of his surroundings and look for adventure! Baby Black Bears can test their mother's patience as she is not far away eating dandelions which as far as I am concern she stop our house any time!               Enjoy!
062618 Thats Me in A Couple of Years  06/26/18 "That's Me in A Couple of Years"  A baby bears looks on with Mom in the background as one generation passes to another!               Enjoy! 062818 Feeling Dejected  06/28/18 "Feeling Dejected"  Don't worry little guy one day you will grow into an amazing Black Bear until then hang in there!               Enjoy! 063018 Too Much Fiber  06/30/18 "Too Much Fiber"  A Black Bear muses to herself....Oh man all there is grass and some daisies, way too much fiber that's gonna to really hurt later on! What I am really Jones'n is some berries, yeah raspberries or wait blue berries now that's the ticket!                Enjoy! 070218What's Up  07/02/18 "What's Up Man"  Rocky the Bull Moose is pond diving for some water greens with a side of water! It seems I caught him off guard with my presence and he seems to be saying to me What's Up Man!                Enjoy!
070418 Happy 4th of July  07/04/18 "Independence Day"  Happy 4th of July, Celebrating The Greatest Country on Earth!                Enjoy! 070618 Ear Inspector  07/06/18 "Ear Inspector"  Did you wash behind your ear's? Mom gives her cub a diligent inspection!                Enjoy! 070818 Eagle Glacier  07/08/18 "Eagle Glacier Exposed"  The true extend of the Eagle Glacier can now be seen with recent warm days! The glacier seems to have gained a little ground go ice age!                Enjoy! 071018 Can I Go  07/10/18 "Can We Go?"  Mmm... this might be just what we are looking for!  A mama Moose seems to be church shopping for her family as she studies the sign! Her calf seems to asked her mama if they can go!                Enjoy!
071218 Flowers What Flowers  07/12/18 "Guilt by Association?"  Just because we are herbivores, doesn't mean we eat every plant we see! Hey, we are only stopping to smell them we arn't going to eat them!                Enjoy! 071418 Moose Month Continues  07/14/18 "Late Night Food Raid"  People aren't the only ones who seem to enjoy a late night forge of snacks! I caught this Bull raiding nature's fridge at 9 PM, he seems to say, "Hey it's a healthy snack, mmmh... no wait I am sleep walking, yeah that's it, yeah!"                  Enjoy!