First Light of 2009
A dawn of a new year has risen! Happy New Year!
Alaska celebrates its 50th anniversary of being admitted into the union today!
Eagle River Lions Club put on a fireworks display to celebrate Alaska's Golden Anniversary into the union! Click Here to see more Fireworks!
Eagle River Lions Club put on a Dog Sled Pulling contest as apart of celebrating Alaska's Golden Anniversary into the union! Click Here to see Contest!
Ice Show 2009
Golden Anniversary of Alaska's Statehood continue with a Ice Show in the central downtown park. Click Here to see the ice sculptures!
Sleds from the distant past of Alaska's sled dog tradition were on display at the Eagle River Lions Club as apart of the golden statehood celebration. Click Here to see more past sleds!
An eagle soars quietly overhead as it views the world below it.
Landing in Style
An Eagle applies full wing flaps to come into a secure landing!
When the temperatures reach sub zero beautiful crystalline frost appears from the air and freezes to the snow in crystal sculptures!
Two eagles dive in formation as they head for their target! Forgive the constant changing background themes I am trying to find a new background!
A snow machine goes out and checks ice conditions after the great thaw that took place for the past three days! New snow and temperatures in the low teens is expected for the next several days!
The Waiting Game
This young ice fisher awaits a chance encounter with a fish below the ice but the warm sunshine baits him to sleep!
Like Father, Like Son. A father passes on to his son the joy of ice fishing, as he shows how to prepare the line!
Eagles fly gracefully and they are always a joy to watch!
Hybrid vehicles are nothing new to Alaska, we have been doing it for decades!
Eagles land simultaneously on the same perch creating a cool moment in time!
Eagles take off and land simultaneously on the same perch creating a hot perch!
The lead dog of this team glances back as he awaits the signal to fly across the snow!
Even with temperatures below -0 F the tidal waters of the Cook Inlet continue to flow!
Follow The Leader
A pair of eagles seem to be playing a game of following each other!
Spreading his wings an eagle lifts off its perch in a seemly effortless flight!
Enjoying walks in Alaska can be wonderful and breath taking. In some areas, however, when hiking alone carrying a firearm is sometimes necessary to keep you distant from some types of wildlife!
A Touch of Sunshine
An Eagle Enjoys a beautiful cold sunny day as it touches down on its' perch. The days are growing longer as Alaska begins to head towards Spring, which is still at least a month or two away!
An Eagle Leaps straight up off the perch as another eagle looks on.
Moon and Mountain
The full moon rises over the mountain creating a wonderful view!
Ship Creek located in Anchorage near the port remains ice over from the cold of winter. However, creaks and groans could be heard as the sun warm the ice, signaling the start of spring only a few more weeks away!
This eagle seems to be on a direct path towards me as I took the image. It was an incredible moment for me!
Ship creek is an excellent place to fish during the salmon runs, but for now, it awaits spring as winter continues its hold on her.
70 Snow Carver
With a swing of an axe, the carver begins to hew his creation from the snow and ice!
Are you out of your mind shouts one eagle as another approaches with talons out on a collision course!
Click Here to See Talon Rage!
Tools Of The Artist
Some artist use brushes and paints, while others such as snow carvers use everyday tools to create their amazing works of arts!
An Alaskan Game
When you think of team sports like football, basketball and soccer among the many; Hockey is also big here on the last frontier and is enjoyed by many!
Shooting The Curl
The Fur Rondy Snow Sculptures are nearing completion! Official Judging Starts today! Click Here to see the Evolution of The Snow Blocks and The Artists!
Fur Rondy's Bear Skin's auction gives a new meaning to a Bear Market! PETA need not applied! These furs were obtain by people who live and depend on a subsistence way of life!
Ice Age Squirrel
Fur Rondy's Snow Sculptures were a hit with an excellent variety of frozen beauty! Click Here to see Snow Sculptures 2009!
This eagle makes a straight on approach towards the camera!
Running to Adventure
Iditarod 2009 started yesterday and both musher's and dogs will race across the interior of Alaska from Anchorage to Nome for 1049 miles through some of the most extreme weather and terrain ever face!
Faces of Determination
Iditarod dogs are bred to run, and run they do! Neither, cold, storm or terrain will hamper these beautiful creatures as they live for what they do!
An Iditarod Musher looks forward to the race ahead as she passes by!
An Iditarod Musher looks with confidence as he leaves the starting point to adventures unknown! Click Here for Pictures Around Iditarod 2009 Starting Point!
In Alaska a popular way of of getting around is by Sledding! A father gives his son pointers on how to drive!
Too Close for Comfort
A second eagle has it mind to share the same perch but for the other eagle those talons seem too close for comfort!
Deep Freeze Continues
Despite the advancing spring, Alaska continues to be in a deep freeze of winter. This morning we awoke to a temperature of 3 F! The cold weather is expected to continue for the next week!
These ice walls on the Old Seward Highway are favorites for ice climbers during the winter. Despite the sun facing exposure they still remain beckoning for a climber!
Typical March Day
While March may herald spring in many parts of the country, here in Alaska winter has yet to yield it's frozen wonderland!
Over Head Wonder
Eagles continue to soar over Eagle River. I never grow tried of watching these beautiful creates in flight!
As spring continues to turn the tide of winter, Anchorage busy itself to prepare welcome the millions of tourist that will come to visit The Last Frontier!
A old Alaska golden coin press reminds tourist and locals alike of Alaska's golden past of prospectors and miners!
April's Fool Day Bridge
This bridge gives the view of casting for cars on the highway below!
In Flight Snack
A Bald Eagle hauls fish in its talons for a mid day meal!
Monster In The Distant
Redoubt is a huge Strato Volcano located 100 miles south and west of Anchorage. Redoubt's recent violent eruptions have sent ash clouds 65,000 feet into the air and sent ash all over south-central Alaska. Anchorage has received only small amounts of ash so far but future eruptions may alter this. This image was taken through haze and ash at 100 miles distance and I had to use black and white mode to bring out the image
This moose clearly sends me a message about me photographing him by sticking out his tongue at me!
After a long and cold winter this polar bear "Sun's" himself to sleep!
I often find myself visiting the local zoo and appreciating the wonderful animals and the good homes that are provided to them. Sometimes I wonder about their perspective being in an enclosure far from their natural world but when I think how these beautiful animals are illegally poach and the numbers have been pushed towards extinction, maybe just maybe these are the lucky few who will insure the survival of their species!
Even in Spring, winter continues to hold on! We received a new batch of snow today!
Eagles are large birds of prey, even with their immense size they land with grace and style effortlessly!
Moments In Time
Less than a second from capture this Eagle prepares for touchdown!
Mt. Redoubt continues to create its lava dome and build up pressure for its next eruption event. Ash and stream can be seen pouring out of the crater as a sign that something is happening below deep within the crust of the Earth!
Soaring into Air
Eagles fly and glide with perfection!
Dahl Sheep graze on the side of this cliff looking high over Eagle River. They stroll about the cliff side without a care in the world!
Mountains surround Eagle River are very high often they peak through cloud layers!
Eagles gather every weekend in Eagle river during the winter months and swap fish stories!
It's a Photo Finish
Eagles land at the same time on the branch and the observer Eagle seems puzzle to who finished first!
Moose and People often encounter each other in Anchorage. For the most part the encounters are often mutual curiosity but sometimes they can turn intense.
Art of Grazing
Moose are out and about after the long hard winter grazing on new foliage that is sprouting as summer begins to arrive!.
Simple, this means you need to back off or get charged!
Sign of The Times
Bears are out and about! Some local trails have been already close and other have posted sightings and warning signs!
They Call Me Bond...
James Bond. This Para- Glider is doing this flight in the style typical of a Bond Film. Note the Suit and Tie!
No Room For Error!
The Para-Glider touches down on a perilous landing pad that leaves no room for error!
Mt Baldy Summit
The Summit at Mt. Baldy is a favorite place for hikers to ascend in the Eagle River Area. The Mountain is much higher than this as I took this photo several thousand feet up at the base of the summit!
Snow and Ash
As summer approaches and the snow retreats a layer of snow ash is exposed from Mt. Redoubt's recent eruptions on near by slopes.
This eagle has a look of determination of completing it's mission!
After launching from the base of the summit at Mt. Baldy this Para-Glider makes a flight over the valley that lies between Mt. Baldy and the Sleeping Lady in the back ground.
Golden Light Glide
Sun light gives this Para-glider a radiant glow as it moves through the air.
A Bull Moose stays practically hidden by some brush as I approach. I would have love to get closer but every shot was interrupted by under brush and decided not to encroach any further has the Moose began to take a real interest in me.
A time to reflect what has been gain and lost. Thank-you all who have served this country and given us the freedom to reflect and dream!.
This female moose is on a run after a playful splash in the water moments before!
Rain has been falling for the past few days, except if your high enough you can say it's been snowing!
Many mountains in Alaska remain snow cap throughout the year because of their high elevations.
Spring and Summer are very short seasons in Alaska! Even with this short window of opportunity nature finds a way to renew herself!
Remnants of treats from the past, such as this drive up of a long gone Tastee Freeze define the term of fast food of yesterday!
The Alaska Railroad stills carries many locals and lots of tourist on breath taking adventures. The routes are dotted by vintage whistle stops in many towns and cities along the rail belt. Every stop is an adventure! Click The picture below to read the history of the station!
A mother moose gently baths her calf as the calf forges leaves from the tree. The whole experience was totally awesome.
Look Both Ways...
A mother moose seems to be shouting at her calf to look before crossing!
Even Gas Takes a Ride
The price of gas is climbing again just in time to cash in on summer fun. While not as bad as last year at this time, even gas people have been seen lining up to take the local bus! Might I add, The People Mover is really great and very friendly!
Both a the mother moose and her calf enjoy lunch together!
Looks like their monitoring this moose, as she sports a radio collar and tag! For the moose's sake, I hope there aren't any bears out there with radio directional finders!
Mom and her calf pose exactly the same for the picture!
The Moose calf gives me one last glance before heading out with mom!
Wow now that's a salad in one bite!
Shy and Elusive?, Yeah Right!
Whoever said that Moose are shy and elusive creatures never met these two! These two are most definitely camera hams! As they allow us to take their pictures at will! By the way thanks for trimming my tree!
Tug A War
A baby moose learns quickly from it's mother on the art of eating as it emulates. It look more like a tug a war contest between the tree and the calf a course the calf won!
Water Towers upward against a sun lit sky. This radiant beauty between light and water is a really cool effect that I got at the ice fountain at the Loussac Library in downtown Anchorage!
Magpies are abundant birds that can be found everywhere in Anchorage. They remind me of a cross between a Crow and a Blue Jay.
Everything begins small and from that springs hope!
Watching water fall is really cool and so serene. Alaska is truly wonderful! Happy 233rd Birthday America, God truly has blessed us remember all those who made your freedom free and thank them!
Despite gloom and doom of people who say global warming will alter our planet, Alaska's glaciers still stand! Alaska is also having a another cooler than normal summer that makes four in a row I believe! Is global warming a reality or is it cyclic, only time and our response will tell! Be green in any event it is good for our planet and our future!
Traveling The Marine Highway
Alaska's ferry system is second to none! Alaska has several ferry's that connect the inside passage to central and western Alaska. The system is a great way to travel and a lot less expensive as other cruse ships that also ply these waters!
Cruise liners also travel up and down the inside passage and to South Central Alaska. They truly make travel a first class experience!
Eagle River Bear Paw Festival has begun with many attractions and games, its a great way to spend some family time or just keep cool curtsy of the Anchorage Fire Department!
One Look Said it All
I wonder what this horse is thinking? Mmh? Horse drawn carriage rides are apart of the Bear Paw Festival, they offer a really cool way to experience transportation of past era's.
With its' mighty weight and the pull of gravity these relics from the previous ice age still shape the land! I will be on an assignment for the next week, stay tune for up coming photos of my latest adventure!
I saw this guy on a tree going to my Alutiiq camp which I was studying their culture. Mask such as these have many meanings but basically celebrate the ancestors of the people. Watch for exciting up coming photos of this really cool experience!
Passing on Traditions
Apart of the culture camp experience was the passing on of culture. An artesian is seen here teaching my fellow travel companion a lesson on playing traditional song!
The skiff we were in failed to start after our Seal hunt. We were force to shore in an area called Port Hobren which is deserted part of Sitkalidak Island and most definitely Brown Bear Country! We set up a signal fire and a red flag from a life preserver. We also had to condemner two deserted cabins looking for survival supplies. We waited for our rescue which never came. We ended up rescuing ourselves seven hours later when we manage to get the boat going!
Preparing The Halibut
After a successful catch of Halibut, the fish are being cut for dinner! Halibut is absolutely great!!!
How does one keep clean in the wild's of Alaska?
A Banya is a sauna fueled by a wood stove wrapped with rocks with a steel tub on the stove with the hot water. Cool water is mixed in another can like a un-used trash can and the bather can rinse themselves off and leaving them with a fresh steam clean feeling!
Rookeries are small islands that jut out of the ocean and are home to thousands of birds of many species. The coast of Alaska which is longer than the rest of the United States Coast put together has countless Rookeries that encircle our wonderful state!
Enjoying The View
A wonderful panoramic view from Sitkalidak Island off of Kodiak Island. I'm off on another assignment see you soon!
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
I see some dinner looking at me! I took this shot and got out of there as quickly and quietly as possible! As this young Brown Bear was sizing me up for his evening snack! I'm off on another assignment see you soon!
Beware of Bear Bearing Gifts!
What appears to be a peace offering after an aggressive stance is only a ploy to draw me closer which I did not follow! It's good to be home!
Water Color Delta
The vibrant colors peak from the delta below giving it a water color appearance! The Delta is located on Kodiak Island in Alaska!
Flying in small bush planes while going to remote regions of Alaska one must keep a good follow on the planes instruments!
No Room for Error
Often flying in the Bush of Alaska affords pilots little room for error, while landing!
Russian Orthodox is the main Christianity Religion among the Native people of Alaska. Despite the purchase of Alaska from Russian in 1867, the Russian Church has continue to be a very positive influence among the people of Alaska!
Close Call/Good Tent
A tree came down on my tent while at the Alutiiq Culture Camp! Myself and the tent escape unharmed!
Winter's Time Keeper
When the Fireweed plant has bloom and gone to seed, Winter's approach is just around the bend!
The underneath of a mushroom looks like Flying Saucer out of a old sci-fide movie!
I was out walking the trail near my home when I look up into a tree and notice this really cool mushroom formation. The multiple mushrooms are branching off a common source!
Harnessing Sea Breeze
Alaska is more than just a land of Oil and Natural Gas. Alaska also holds great wind potential as her coast line is longer than all the lower 48 states put together!
Tis the season when bears are gathering as much food as they can before they begin the long sleep! Many trails around the area will soon be close to keep bears and people apart!
Located on Kodiak Island, this high altitude lake is 1,000's of feet above sea level and is fed by snow melt!
The moss/lichen are turning fire red and the trees a golden color marks the brief fall of Alaska before winter sets in!
Today was a beautiful day to get out and enjoy the sunshine!
Cabbage to Spare
This monster will make coleslaw to spare! A new world record at 127.0 pounds! Now that is a lot of Cabbage!
Looks like some unethical Genetic Lab has blended DNA of a Chicken and a Cat. Mmh I wonder if it chases itself?
Its been eight years since 9/11 We shall never forget those who lost their lives on that tragic day nor will we ever forget those who harm so many until they are no more!
Seasons, They are a Changing
So goes Autumn as clouds remove their vale and the first termination dust has appear on the mountain tops!
The Mother Ship landed at the Alaska State Fair a couple of weeks ago and they had this really cool incubator on display.
Signs of Winter are everywhere as leaves fall and dust adorns the mountain tops!
There are many great artist but nature is perhaps is the best among us, as she continues to inspire us all!
At 572 pounds which is far short of the 1019 pounder two years ago this pumpkin is still impressive in its own right! I understand can pumpkin is short in supply. Maybe the can pumpkin people should look towards Alaska to fill their orders!
Seems our winter is coming early this year! Get your Ski's ready!!!!!
I took this picture awhile back and it's been raining here today, so I thought it would be a good time to publish it.
Turning to Snow
Yesterday's rain turn to snow! Skiing is getting close at hand!
A Magician performs a card trick at the Alaska State fair earlier this month. Notice the change in seasons a few weeks make, really amazing!
I was out looking for wildlife this evening and was about to call it for the evening when a cow moose and her yearling came out of the woods and grazed by the road side. I pulled up to the moose and roll down the window and she posed for the camera. The image is a little fuzzy because of the engine vibration, oh well it was a cool experience!
At first glance the picture seem really disappointing but more I thought about it another perspective emerged. I caught the yearling in motion as in darted about its mother, really cool!
It's been raining here for the past two days on the 1200' elevation. Above us snow continues to collect and is beginning to cool the valley below. temperatures are in the low 30's at times which means snow fall for the valley is near at hand!
As I took this parting shot of the moose, she looked puzzle by our encounter. Maybe she was wondering hey what is this guy doing out of his car running around the road trying to take picture. Anyway, she was a good sport about the whole thing!
Tale of Two Seasons
Winter and Autumn continues to battle it out to see who will be here. Temperatures were slightly above normal today but Winter's approach is on track!
Today was a really windy day that play havoc with anyone raking the lawn. The winds also made some really interesting cloud features such as this cloud bridge!
A mother moose grazes along side her yearling. Soon this young moose will began to forge on his own as he makes his way into the world.
So far winter beginning is laying an egg. Snow came early now we are having a bit of sunny Autumn. Score Autumn One/Winter Zip.
Ready to Play, this Mustang shows his spirit as The Chugiak Mustangs take on the Bartlett Bears for Alaska State Football Championship!
Each day we lose 15 minutes of light it seems as the Sun sets earlier each evening as we progress towards Winter!
A plane passes low overhead as I took the photo. The plane was doing a series of touch and goes!
Mole Day/Alaska Style
Today is Mole Day were we celebrate the Mole in Chemistry! There were more than 300 individuals who brave the cold and rain in the last frontier at 6:02 AM and had a Mole of a time!
There were many excellent moles at Mole Day this year including Ozzy Oz-Mole!
After being kick around a bit Winter has finally arrived. Snow fell throughout the area turning the mountains into a winter wonderland!
Dust in The Wind..
Glacier Dust has been blowing through the air and is now reaching dangerous levels of dust pollutions. The winds are expect to die down and the dust to settle the next few days!
What appears to be a genie being released from his bottle is actually a steam plume from the local power plant. Happy Halloween!
With cooling temperatures and ice crystals in the air the sunsets have taken on a new orange golden glow!
Lakes have begun to freeze over for the Winter. Sorry the shot was terrible I took it to late around 6 PM and it was already dark!
Without a sound the Moon slowly crested over the mountain! Sorry I forgot to use my moon filter the image was not the best!
What had been a low light day and the area covered in clouds with intermittent snow produced an unexpected and glorious sunset, God's Creation never ceases to amaze me!
I Have Return!
The first of the winter Eagles have shown up in Eagle River. Soon the sky will fill with these raptors giving all a wonderful show that helps makes Eagle River a truly wonderful place to live!
Land Above The Sky
At first what appears to be land in the clouds, is actually a really tall mountain that rises above the clouds along with the power line pole giving this cool effect of mountains hovering in the sky!
These hikers carryout their dog's trail gifts to keep the area clean for those who follow. Only if others would be as courteous then the only surprises we would find , would be those intended by nature!
One Perch two Eagles not a good sign! One Eagles flies straight at the other attempting to take the perch and perhaps score a piece of fish! The defending Eagle manages to ward off the aggressor at the last moment!
Square Dancing Eagles
Grab your partner and Doe-See-Doe, round and round and here we go!!!!
This pair of Eagles take turn leaving their vantage points to scout out the terrain below for opportunities!
With right wings stretch back these to two Eagles keep in time!
Landing With Grace
Feathers spread and wings cup to create maximum air resistance this Eagle lands effortlessly!
Eagle Fest Continues
A very young adolescence Eagle surveys his new domain! The Eagle will eventually turn white on his head and tail feathers develop a yellow bill as he matures into a adult Eagle
A Snow Shower cross the area today leaving between 4 to 9 inches in it's path! More snow is the forecast!
Sled Dog racing is pass from one generation to the next. The bond between man and dog flows throughout time!
These sled dogs stand waiting for the signal to go! Sled Dogs love to run and are well care for! These guys are even sporting shoes to protect their pads from the ice and snow!
Call Of The Wild
A primal howl bellows out of the sled dogs as they call to each other!
All About Timing
What looks like an accident about to happen is a feat of timing between these four eagles to advert a mid-air and ground disaster!
Destinations All Points
Alaska Airlines the state airlines flies to many destinations all over the country and various parts of the world! Today we should remember this day as day the world change "Pearl Harbor" and thank the "Greatest Generation" for the hard fought freedom they gave all of us!
Smoking Volcano/Fata Morgana
Seeing is believing, not always so! The volcano seen venting steam and gas is real but it's size and the surrounding topography has been greatly exaggerated by the Fata Morgana Effect! Click Here to see more cool Castles in the Sky created by this rare and cool effect!
This bush plane is armed and ready for action in the last frontier!
Someone lock up their bike and went into Fred Myers to shop while a ice fog rolled into the area leaving the bike frosted for its' owner's return! Ice Fogs are dense fogs of ice crystals instead of water droplets like regular fog!
Ice frost dons the feathers of these two eagles. Eagles gather to shelter for the winter here in Eagle River to the delight of all!
A tower wave of snow takes form on a tree as snow falls across the region. We have about twenty four inches of the magical white stuff with more expected on the way!
As if on the edge of nowhere this ice fishing hut and core drill continues the cat and mouse game between fish and man!
The Big Plunge!
Hundreds of adventure seeking people took the plunge into the icy waters of Goose Lake in Anchorage to support "The Special Olympics" and became members of the exclusive Polar Bear Club with their dive! Click Here to see the inauguration!
Stringing The Lights
This Moose gets into the Christmas Holiday Sprit by stringing lights to the tree. Click Here to see how the Moose tried to plug in the lights. Remember while loveable, Moose aren't the brightest creatures around!
From Anchorage enjoy the day that God in Heaven gave us his greatest gift, his son, Our lord Jesus Christ!
Go Ahead Make My day....
People encountering Moose here in Alaska is quite the norm, and is often a wonderful experience. Moose will often lay back ears and raise fur to let passerby's know its time to move on. This is the first one I seen that looks as if its' shouting something!
Mushing training begins at an early age as the bond between the musher's and their dogs is past from one generation to another!
View On High
What a spectacular view from the top of Mt. Baldy of the surrounding terrain!