Alaska Photo Explorer 2017

A Photo Journal Essay of Life in Anchorage and Eagle River Alaska and Beyond
102116 Auroras 010117 Happy NewYear  01/01/17 "Happy New Year 2017"   In with the new and out with the old as the saying goes, may you new year bring you renew hope and joy to you and yours, remember God loves you!           Enjoy! 010317 High Speed  01/03/17 "High Gear"   Seconds after starting these dogs step up their game into high gear as head towards the trail of adventure!           Enjoy! 010517 Howdy There  01/05/17 "Greetings"   I found this Eagle high above a tree in Eagle River as I went to photographic him, he turn his attention to me and gave me a glance to see what my purpose was! I took several photos and we enjoyed our visit!            Enjoy!
010717 Biking over Frozen River  01/07/17 "Cycling on The Frozen River"   With extreme cold temperatures during the Winter months, The Eagle River has frozen over! However, new traffic now plies these frozen beds of water, as fat bikes take to the river bed suing then as a new and temporary trail system through the natural setting leading towards the Nature Center!             Enjoy! 010917 Full Team  01/09/17 "Sixteen Dog Power"   With the exception of the Iditarod this is the largest team I have seen out at Beach Lake! This much dog power prove to be a quick start as the team quickly disappeared out of site moments after starting!              Enjoy! 011117 Moon Rise  01/11/17 "Moon Rise"   Moon rises on the last frontier can be quite awesome when drape against a mountainous sky!              Enjoy! 011317 Cirrus  01/13/17 "Cirrus Clouds"   Thin and wispy high altitude clouds are quite common over Alaska! Alaska has some of the most awesome clouds and landscape interactions, "The Last Frontier" is truely a magical land of wonderment!               Enjoy!
011517 Cool Highway  01/15/17 "Cool Stillness"   Many places such as this can give a cool still silence where one can come and relax the day's challenges!               Enjoy! 011717 Fire and Ice  01/17/17 "Fire and Ice New Years Show"   Every New Year, Anchorage puts on an awesome display of light, ice, fireworks and sound to celebrate the new year! Thousands brave the cold Winter's night to celebrate this fun fill family friendly atmosphere as we ring in the New Year!              Enjoy! 011917 Anchorage Tourest Office  01/19/17 "First Class Visitor Center"   What better structure to have for "The Last Frontier" but a cabin it's awesome and when you come and visit stop by the people are friendly and always willing to help!              Enjoy! 012117 Snowy Moose  01/21/17 "Snow Blinding Moose"   A Moose out forging yesterday had to snack in the mist of a snow blinding down pour of Winter's magical gift! It was also hard for drivers to see as dozens of cars were stranded on local roads and highways!              Enjoy!
012317 Swony Scene  01/23/17 "Snowy Scene/Quiet Peace"   Standing out on the middle of Beach Lake I take this tranquil image of quiet among the cold to reflect what a truely beautiful world we live in!              Enjoy! 012527 Ready to Land  01/25/17 "Paragliding"   In Eagle River Alaska paragliding is hugely popular! Gliders can be seem riding the currents of wind regardless of the temperature or the season! In the Winter, Fire Lake often provides these soaring adventures a open space in which to land!              Enjoy! 012717 Awesome Way to Travel  01/27/17 "Awesome Way to Travel Around"   Winter cycling has been around for at least the past 15 years! Fat bikes are still relativity new on the scene althought they been around for the few years and vast improvements have been made! Now these awesome bikes are the Jeeps of the Cycle World and are the preferred bike on "The Last Frontier!"                   Enjoy! 012917 SNow Slide Potential  01/29/17 "Snow Dangers"   With a pattern of melting then refreezing and the 12 more inches of the magical stuff, areas in the mountain are becoming snow avalance areas. What appears to be a former glacier valley is the perfect setting for such events to occur!                    Enjoy!
013117 Nature Center  01/31/17 "Nature Center"   The Eagle River Nature Center is an excellent place to give oneself a retreat from the hectic schedule that life often poses on us! This place gives a sense of connection to a greater world that surrounds us and gently reminds of all the wonders that can be experience if we only listen!                    Enjoy! 020117 Polar Peak Glow  02/01/17 "Polar Peak Glow "   The polar peak which stands nearly 7000 ft is ice covered year around. A morning sunrise illuminates the peak in a soft glow!                    Enjoy! 020317 Winter's Own Decerations  02/03/17 "Winter's Decorations"   Icicles hang from roofs edge all over Alaska as Winter decorates with crystal wonderment in frozen water!                    Enjoy! 020517 Pulling In  02/05/17 "Pulling In"   After a amazing trip through the snow and ice on the adventure trail both the musher and the team are ready for a relaxing break only to dream of their next adventure ahead!                    Enjoy!
020717 Musher's Choice  02/07/17 "Musher's Choice"   There are many kinds of sleds use in Dog Mushing on "The Last Frontier" but it seems the Hornet XC seems to be the choice of mushers here in the Eagle River/Chugiak area!                    Enjoy! 020917 Ski Jougan  02/09/17 "Skijoring"   Sleds are not the only way to get around on dog power, Skijoring is another awesome way to experience the Mushing without a full team! The skier and the dogs have the time of their life as they experience the awesome joy of adventure!                    Enjoy! 021117 Final Push  02/11/17 "Final Push"   Skier and Dog make for the final push across the finish line in a race not for glory but for adventure!                    Enjoy! 021317 Waiting Their Turn  02/13/17 "Waiting Their Turn"   A pair of lead dogs wait while others are being joined in the line. By the expression in their eyes, it's as if they are thinking how much longer, while their hearts are screaming let's go!                    Enjoy!
021517 Frozen Iron  02/15/17 "Frozen Iron"   A iron bridge of yesteryear still spans the Knik River while motorized traffic no longer crosses her, she offers her service to many visitors and locals alike to stroll across her span and remind us of the way it was when iron was king!                    Enjoy! 021717 Peering Through The Twigs  02/17/17 "Discovery in The Twigs "   An Eagle is seen through the twig branches of the tree. This shot was difficult to get because of the angle in which I had to take it!                    Enjoy! 021917 We Love Snow  02/19/17 "Loving Snow "   Alaskan's love snow it is one of the traits that make us who we are and the Winter sports in which we enjoy. It is also a great source of clean water for the up coming Spring as seasons begin to flow into another!                    Enjoy! 022117 Build On  02/21/17 "Art in Progress"   Snow Sculptures are a highlight each year at Fur Rondy! Teams are busy at work creating master pieces as the compention nears!                    Enjoy!
022317 Einstein Appears  02/23/17 "Einstein Emerges"   Einstein begins to appear from th snow and ice as this amazing snow sculpture takes form of E=MC2!                    Enjoy! 022517 Snow Sculptures  02/25/17 "Snow Sculptures Fur Rondy Style"   Snow Sculptures abound at Fur Rondy in Anchorage! They were all amazing with detail and themes as aways treat for the crowd!                     Enjoy! 022717 There is No Try  02/27/17 "There is No Try"   Only Do.... Those that crave this amazing sculpture certainly had "the force" of a creative mind as they did an awesome job of bringing Star Wars to life!                     Enjoy! 030117 First Class Chicken Coop  03/01/17 "Chicken Condo"   This most definitely a first class chicken coop for sure! Saw this display near Fur Rondy and you can tell that a lot of work went into these structures. Any Chicken would count themseleves lucky to live in one of these first class units!                     Enjoy!
030317 Rasing  Money  03/03/17 "Alaskan Tradition"   Fur Rondy started in the early days of Alaska when trappers would gather to auction of their furs! The tradition has been passed down from generation to generation and many youths in the Alaska Bush today make their money for necessities by following the tradition of their ancestors!                      Enjoy! 030517 Pals  03/05/17 "Pals"   Pals stand guard as if they are expecting someone in the distance, these many more amazing scluptures await to be seen for their sheer beauty and awesome building talent!                      Enjoy! 030717 The Run  03/07/17 "The Run"   Winter, Snow and Dogs and a Musher have one thing in common "Adventure!" Fur Rondy, Has the annual sleddog Mushing contest every year teams compete for the prize but the real prize is joy of the run! Iditarod 2017 is now going on and is its 3rd day of racing!                      Enjoy! 030917 Rocket Owl  03/09/17 "Rocket Owl"   Move Over Buck Rodgers here comes Rocket Owl with Rocket Propulsion to catch all his mice prey! Awesome sculpture!Enjoy!
031117 Family Time  03/11/17 "Adventurous Family Time"   Mushing brings out for all the spirt of adventure in all of us and gives many families in the area quality family time, a bonding that will endure as these memories will live on in each of us through future adventures!                       Enjoy! 031317 EEquals MCSnow  03/13/17 "E = MC Snow"   This the smartest snow sculpture I have ever seen and wise it is! It also won the Fur Rondy snow sculpture Contest! Albert would have appreciated it!                      Enjoy! 031517 Young Eagle  03/15/17 "Young Eagle"   A Young Eagle now on his own learns the tricks of being an Eagle from fellow Eagles as he forges his way into his brave new world!                      Enjoy! 031717 Go Pro Moment  03/17/17 "Go Pro Moment"   A musher films her adventure on Go Pro as she rounds the bend to the finish line! The team are the true stars as they provide the means to accomplish the amazing adventure!                      Enjoy!
031917 The Garden  03/19/17 "The Garden"   A snow sculpture captures very important story from the Bible where Jesus is taken from the Garden of Gethsemane. Each year a labor of love is captured in snow of Jesus's life here on Earth at Fur Rondy. It serves for more than a artwork but also as a reminder of God's love for all of Us that we might be saved through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior!                      Enjoy! 032117 Weathering The Cold  03/21/17 "Frozen in Place"   A ski plane is trapped by wind drifted snow as it awaits a change in weather that will free its' skies so that it can once glide over the snow into the freedom of the wind!                      Enjoy! 032317 Raven Dancer  03/23/17 "Raven Dancer"   The Raven is a bird that is common in Alaska but also is wrapped deep in her mystery of folk lore, it is fitting to see a sculpture in snow and ice telling the story of the Raven!                      Enjoy! 032517 Finishing Joy  03/25/17 "Finishing Joy"   Tired from their run of adventure a team and their musher cross the finish line only to dream of runs to come!                      Enjoy!
032717 Snowy Rose  03/27/17 "Snowy Rose"   Imagination comes in all forms as snow sculptures create the most amazing forms from giant blocks of snow with just the simplest tools at hand! This snow rose will warm every heart!                      Enjoy! 032917 Hey Im Sleeping  03/29/17 "Hey I'm Sleeping"   As schools across Anchorage for a rare snow day Moose also try to get into the act of sleeping in, however,they must not have gotten the bulletin Moose don't attend public school, so it should be back to forging time!                      Enjoy! 033117 Led to The Gate  03/31/17 "Looks like this Season will Last"   Weather Stations are predicting that snow on the lower elevations may now last until June! So mush on!                      Enjoy! 040117 Snow Mountain  04/01/17 "Snow Mountain Season"   Alaska is always amazing with its natural beauty, the high mountains are usually covered with snow giving the state a sense of Winter Wonderland no matter the season!                      Enjoy!
040317 Heart of Snow  04/03/17 "Heart of Snow"   Alaska and Snow has always been a Winter Wonderland love affair between Winter and Summer as it seems! We still have about 18 inches of snow on the ground as of today with Summer insight at least according to the calendar!                      Enjoy! 040517 Skijogring  04/05/17 "Sometimes You don't Need a Sled"   Love Mushing but don't have a sled,no problem dogs love to take you skiing in a sport called Skijoring!                      Enjoy! 040717 Russan Orthodox  04/07/17 "Religon and Alaska "   Religon has deep history and influence on "The Last Frontier!" Faith continues to influence her today! God's presence is very important in people's lives here and one of the things that makes living here an awesome experience!                     Enjoy! 040917 whos Mushing Who  04/09/17 "Who's Mushing Who?"   Psst..hey buddy I am supposed to be in the front pulling you! Ok , I will be the musher this time!                     Enjoy!
041117 Hidden Moose  04/11/17 "Hidden Among The Branches"   A yearling Moose is hunker down getting a well deserved nap after forging for breakfast!                     Enjoy! 041317  Saying Good Bye to Winter  04/13/17 "Saying Goodbye to Winter "   And yet the world turns another page as we head into Spring at last! The mushing trails are closed and the grass is finally beginning to emerge as the season once again change!                      Enjoy! 041517 Frozen Knick  04/15/17 "Knik Thaws"   Rivers once frozen during the Winter begin to surface as Spring Approaches, sorry folks no leaves yet!                      Enjoy! 041717 Russian Christanaity  04/17/17 "The First Alaska Christains"   A very common form of Christianity throughout the State of Alaska, severices all populations of Alaska and was the first Chirstian group that came with Russian traders in the early 19 th Century!                      Enjoy!
041917 Wintering Over  04/19/17 "Its Mine all Mine!!!!"   A little Red Bird stands guard over its find of a seed stash!                      Enjoy! 042117 Still There  04/21/17 "Still Covered"   The mountains surrounding Eagle River still dazzle in Winter Mode as Spring has arrived!                      Enjoy! 042317 Tuff Bear  04/23/17 "Tuff Bear"   This spirt bear with all the themes of Alaska paint on her is wearing Tuff rain boats so she is ready for all kinds of weather to "Tuff Through"!                      Enjoy! 042517 Skater  04/25/17 "Skater"   With the change in season so goes the change in popular equipment as this girl skates from The Anchorage Museum!                      Enjoy!
042717 Empty Street  04/27/17 "Empty Street" A rare sight to behold as Anchorage is usually a very busy hub of trade and sight seeing!  Enjoy! 042917 Spreading Wings  04/29/17 "Spreading Wings"   A Swain challeges my presences even as I photograph with my large lens at quite a distance to let me know that this pond for at least a moment was his domain. Nature always surprize's you when you least expect it, that is what makes the moment so awesome!                      Enjoy! 050117 Glacier Checkup  05/01/17 "Glacier Check UP" The Eagle Glacier is still hanging their but it seems it has taken a hard hit last year when snow levels were low. This recent Winter has provided some really needed snow for it, but it takes a while for it to be turn back into glacial ice. Hopefully its on its way again! Enjoy! 050317 Past and Presence  05/03/17 "Past and Presence"   The best of both worlds merge as mushers carry on traditions that date  back thousands of years against the background of modern reality!                      Enjoy!
050517 Perment Cap  05/05/17 "Permanet Cap"   Even with seasonal change some mountains in the area will retain their snow cap features because of their height!                      Enjoy! 050717 Past Ride  05/07/17 "Past Ride"   Now's here's something you don't see everday a 1920's car tooling down main street. Wow what a cool ride!                      Enjoy! 050917 Moose Pond  05/09/17 "Moose Pond Revisited"   It seems like I picture Moose Pond about this time every year! The Pond seems to be doing better now that construction on Eagle River Rd has finally been concluded more than a year now. Wildlife seems to be returning to the road edge more often as they have come accustom to its presence!                     Enjoy! 051117 Busy Bee  05/11/17 "Busy Bee"   Have Nectar will travel! A bee goes about his work gathering Spring's nectar for the hive, while pollinating the flowers along his travel!                     Enjoy!
051317Two Seasons  05/13/17 "A Tail of Two Seasons"   While most areas of the world have four seasons, Alaska seems to have only two! Winter and Summer and often the two are pictured together such as this scene!                     Enjoy! 051517 Snow  05/15/17 "Snow!"   With trees leafing out one would think that Summer has arrived, suprize Winter lets us know that it still reigns in the higher elevations as snow blankets the surrounding mountains in Eagle River!                     Enjoy! 051717 Turning Green  05/17/17 "Turning Green" Despite the snow covered hill Spring returns to the valley as life Gree's Up all around! Enjoy! 051917 Mom and Twins  05/19/17 "Mom and Twins"   A new Moose Mom takes a rest watching over her new calfs as she begins to instruct them on the life of being a Moose!                     Enjoy!
052117 Do Not Approach  05/22/17 "Do Not Approach!"   Mom has turned agressive and attacked a walker on the trail! When observing wildlife please be cautious as it will defend its piracy and its young!                      Enjoy! 052517 Bear Arama  05/25/17 "Bear Arama"   Black Bears were out and about last night! In the span of a few minutes I spotted three different individuals out for an evening of forging and exploring! Usually curious in nature, they seem to shy away before I could get a good photo opportunity as this was taken through the front car window but the experience was awesome and worth more than any photo!                     Enjoy! 052717 Twin Power  05/27/17 "Twin Power"   Twin baby Moose look forward as Mom gives them a nudge of encouragement as they begin their adventure into their brave new world!                     Enjoy! 052917 Shy  05/29/17 "Shy Bear?"   Shyness is only a temporary state with these guys! If Black Bears feel corner or generally are in a mood, they will atttack and unlike their larger brothers the Brown Bear, you can't play dead with these guys or be submissive, there is only one way to end that conflict and that's hold nothing back, because they are like small dogs, they have a big bark and want to prove it!                       Enjoy!
053117 Chill Out  05/31/17 "Taking in The Sights"   A Moose lays chilled out by the fence line taking in the sights!                       Enjoy! 060117 Snack Time  06/01/17 "A Mom's Work is Never Done"   Keeping watch, teaching her calves Moose ways and feeding her list of choirs never seem to end!                       Enjoy! 060317 Yard Stalker  06/03/17 "Yard Stalker" A Moose Cow does her rounds much to the joy of the  home owners as they amired their visitor!  Enjoyed! 060517 My Best Side  06/05/17 "My Best Side"   Hey you with the camera, yeah you future lunch, get this photo its my best side, don't you think? Hey, what no Bear Spray? Come a little closer.....                         Enjoy!
060917 Bull Among The Brush  06/07/17 "Hidden Bull"  While out and about in the woods of Alaska you never know when the next amazing encounter will occur!                         Enjoy! 060917 Walking Bear  06/09/17 "Walking Bear"  After taking his picture several times My Black Bear friend has decided to check me out! Bears are very curious in nature and like people often want to know whats going on! As he approached me, I slowly backed away to a safer position!                         Enjoy! 061117 Memory Lost  06/11/17 "Forgetful Moose"  Wow I must have Moose that! A Moose is struck by temporary memory lost as seems to gesture by striking its head with hoof when it realized something it forgot to do!                          Enjoy! 061317 Bike Race  06/13/17 "Cyclist Race"  Cyclist Raced to the Nature Center and back tonight in a 20 mile ride! The road condition was excellent and the chance of encoutering Moose or a Bear along the way was highly probable giving the race an even more exciting element, although none were to be found tonight!                           Enjoy!
061517 Not What You Want to See  06/15/17 Surprize! When hiking this is not what you really want to see if are bush wacking through the brush! This could lead to some very intense moments! Enjoy! 061717 Scenting  06/17/17 "Scenting"  While Bears are curious in nature they often asset their surroundings like scenting the air, This Black Bear is determining if my presences is a problem! He did decided to act on his curious nature and came up to greet me! I on the other hand not in need of a bear hug decided to slowly move away but the encounter was awesome!                            Enjoy! 061917 Whats This  06/19/17 "What This Mom?"  Moose Lessons begin almost the moment they are born! They are taught under watchful eyes whats good and whats bad where everything is new and untested as they come to understand their surroundings!                            Enjoy! 062117 Like My Claws  06/21/17 "Hey Can I Borrow Your Nail Clippers?"  Black Bears can have incrediably long claws which they use for marking territories and and digging for food!                            Enjoy!
062317 Remodel  06/23/17 "Remodeled"  A old school bus stop shelter gets a much needed makeover as it gets new shingles, stain and paint! The stop is looking forward to the next generation that will seek shelter as they wait for the magic school bus to adventure!                               Enjoy! 062717 Raging River  06/25/17 "Raging Waters" The Little Susita flows over time and rock as she makes her way down the mountainsides of Hatchers Pass! Enjoy!