Happy New Year 2010!
What a perfect day to celebrate the new year! I saw a moose by the side of the road and I got out to take its picture and it disappeared! I walked behind the car a couple of steps to see where it went and without warning it came out of the brush and greeted me!
Fire and Ice
The first ice sculptures for this year's ice show have been craved. Many more will follow in the next couple of days!
This Eagle stares at me from on high while firmly gripped to a ice covered branch!
I don't know who seems to enjoy the ride more but on thing is for sure they are both content and in their element!
With each Stroke a master piece unveils itself! Click Here to see the Masters of Ice at work creating their winder wonderland of Ice!
20 Journal Entry
Where's The Eagle Lady of Eagle River?
The eagles here have been care for during the winter for years and she has help many of these wonderful birds survive the often brutal winters here. Her help has preserved this great national treasure, for future generations. The Eagles can be seen longing for their friend and we hope she does decide to return soon!
Capture in ice this image of an Eagle is excellent. If you get a chance check out the ice show in downtown Anchorage!
Ice Show 2010
What a spectacular show of ice sculptures! The talent and displays are outstanding! Click Here to enjoy the show!
Actually no! This Moose sports a tracking collar so wildlife biologist can track her movements so we can better plan to live with nature as we expand our city!
Unfortunately this ice sculpture did not stand the test of time as it tumble shortly after completion. Most likely the victim of some passerby who did not respect the rope barrier that says look but do not touch! At least we can enjoy some of the beauty as I manage to image it days before its lost!
46 Polly wants some Salmon
This eagle seems to be doing a parrot routine but its definitely not crackers its looking for!
This icy message is crystal clear! If you can give some change to the people of Haiti to help them rebuild and survive after a terrible earthquake devastated their land. It's a good cause!
The moon appears to be rolling down the mountain side when in effect it is actually rising!
Mt. Redoubt Awakes!
Mt. Redoubt began releasing steam sunset, along with a red sky and some Fata Morgana in the back ground create a really cool sunset!
Sunsets here in Alaska are quite spectacular with the cold air mixing with warm air and volcanic ash from Mt. Redoubt still stirring around create amazing colors in the atmosphere. A new master piece with each day!
Alaska's version of the old arcade game called Frogger. Where the Moose much like the frog tries to cross the busy highway without getting hit! The stakes are much higher than a car hitting a frog. Hitting a moose can be both really bad on the moose and the driver! This moose made the crossing! Please watch out and slow down for wildlife!
Lacking turn signals, airbags or proper plates, this Moose remains street legal as he uses four hoof drive to handle the icy road ahead!
The New Kid In Town
A young Bull Moose makes his way into the world! Mom has given him all he needs to succeed, now he makes his own mark in the world!
Moose Land Security
The New Kid in town does a security inspection as he checks to make sure this house is safe and secure!
Winter Cycling is a relatively new sport in extreme cycling and is growing with popularity each year. Riding in deep snow -30 F temperatures and winter whiteout conditions and seeing wildlife from Moose, Bears, Eagles and Coyotes have been my commuting experience for the past six years! People ask me all the time why do I do it and I reply with a smile with all this incredible beauty who needs driving?
Falling snow and fading light create wonderful snow sets such as this one!
Just hanging out and catching some rays an Eagle enjoys its' day!
I landed in What?
A Eagle seems a bit perturbed by the condition of his landing area atop a light post!
This airplane is outfitted with the latest anti-icing gear as the wings edges and the front of the plane are covered to help prevent ice from forming on its' surface!
An unusual flock appears over Mt. Baldy's ridgeline. Actually they are a trio of Para-gliders enjoying the thermals around the mountains!
I saw this for sale sign stuck in the snow bank a while back and at first glance it looks like someone is trying to sell snow!, actually it is for land but the print was so faded it really appear to be for the snow bank!
Passing trains are really cool to watch! Alaska's train system moves more than just cargo and people it builds bridges to dreams!
Entrance to Imagination
Through this snow gate awaits imagination to take form and transform these snow blocks into wonders of imagination!
With each passing stroke of the axe, a form takes place from within the block of snow!
A steady eye and timing connects to that perfect moment in time as this player connects with the ball. Snow Shoe Softball are one of the many cool and fun events at Fur Rondy!
An expression only a mother could love. This Moose really ham it up for the the camera, it was definitely one in a million!
Say Ahh!, The snow sculptures are nearing their finishing touches, they are really cool. I will be publishing the snow show this Friday!
Plastic Snow Surgery
Taking a little off the edge! Watch the Snow Show 2010 Click Here! transform from blocks of snow to shapes of imagination!
The 2010 Iditarod has begun! The weather is perfect with snow today and through next Tuesday will give the race an excellent course to run! This year features the first ever Jamaica team now that's cool!
This fellow is traveling first class, the other dog is wondering when is it my turn!
Going for Four
Jeff King is a three time Iditarod Champion! Here is Jeff balancing a sharp turn shortly after leaving the gate going for four!
Where's' Bull Winkle?
Mmh.., A set of antlers a beloved missing moose TV character is there a common thread? No not really most antlers are harvested when they fall off the moose.
Ranger Smith's Revenge
Hey Bo Bo, what want to steal some picket baskets? Yoga, I don't know, Ranger Smith might get upset. Actually bears like many animals are important source of subsistence hunting that many Alaskans use to feed their families you PETA people need not applied, leave our Alaskan way of life alone! We hunt only what we need and waste nothing!
An Eagle enjoys its view hidden within the branches. He appears to be doing some aerobics exercise with his talons!
Nature Makes A Call
I had been photographing this young bull as he wandered through our neighborhood and keeping what I believed a safe distance. He up expectedly changed direction and headed straight towards me! I tried to give him a wide berth but I slip on the ice and fell, I snapped this image as I recovered from the fall as I continued to move away from this unexpected greeting! At no time did he charged or threaten me. I believed he was curious about me and just wanted to say Hi!
The King and Queen of the Fur Rondy waves to me as they pass by! Fur Rondy was held the last week of February to celebrate through games and races and contests the gathering of trappers and subsistence hunters and was a great time for all!
Its not just other cars you have to watch out for! Wildlife seems to disregard traffic signs also. I guess this moose fail to read his DMV manual!
Our feature Moose continues his evening stroll down the bike path as he searches for food.
Here Kitty Kitty...
Uh, maybe not! If you want to have a bad day just try tangling with this guy! Lynx's look cute but they are definitely fur with an attitude! Click Here to see more Lynx shots!
The Slopes They are a Calling
Even with Spring near at hand the Ski Slopes of Arctic Valley still beckon!
Wind continues to redefine snow packs on the upper mountain tops as Spring approaches!
A little military humor...actually they mean business there's more than a cardboard card waiting at the end of the road if you don't take this serious!
Spring is fast approaching as Winters' snow slowly melts.
Four by Four
is a relative term here in Alaska which could mean four wheel drive or four hoof drive depending on what's' park in your driveway!.
It you see Flamingos don't panic global warming has not arrived! You been flocked by someone you know. It is a great way to bring awareness and raise money for a worthy cause!
Even through Spring is here, people still enjoy the slopes at Arctic Valley/Alpine Glow Ski Resort!
Take A Picture
... it will last longer! Our friendly? somewhat neighborhood Bull Moose is out and about so enjoy the view but respect the wildlife give it plenty of space, remember although he appears to mean no harm wildlife can be very unpredictable!
A Moment in Time
Look, Listen, let your mind feel at ease! Most important of all
Winter Makes a Stand
We were all but sure Spring was well on its way but Winter sent us a gentle reminder that she was not quite done!
Sun Bathing with a View
Spring is trying to return while Spring and Winter work it out this Eagle bathes in the Sun's warmth and thaws it's talons out!
Snow blowing is a great indicator of winds that are on high.
Hide and Go Moose!
Up for a game see if you can spot the Moose! Look carefully or you might just "Moose It!"
Homemade syrup is on its way!
Sugar water is flowing from the tap to the collecting bucket below. When refined it will make a sweet Birch syrup!
Without a outward sound this stand of trees begins to awaken after a long Winter's sleep!
Almost Ready For Float!
Lake Hood, the world's busiest float plane runway in the world still is ice over. Float planes ring the shoreline awaiting the final thaw to take to the air!
Stop and Smell The Grass!
This Moose takes a moment to savor the smell of new grass emerging from the old before eating. Signs of Spring are everywhere!
This Moose shows a Beaver how its done as he breaks the branch with his teeth!
A late evening cruise is getting underway!
With the Spring melt off streams carry away Winters' Wonderland to give new birth to Summer!
Spring has come and with her breezes and warm temperatures. With Sun on your back and a steady wind to steer by one word describes this moment...Bliss!
Strong winds fill the sky full of kites as they race against the wind!
Seconds from Flight
This large kite is ready to taste the wind as its' hander raises it into position for flight!
Living on The Edge
All I can say is WOW! What an incredible experience, my family and I had! God's creations never ceases to amaze me!
Why does the Brown Bear Cross the Road? Don't stop and asked why just let it by!
The Bear went Over The Mountain...
So sang my daughter as she watched the bear climb up the mountain side and out of sight, what a perfect way to end the experience!
Where Winter Never Sleeps
While Alaska enjoys a beautiful start to Summer there are always reminders high above us that Winter is only a few months away which we do love!
One Look Says it all!
What it was we will never know as this Brown Bear decides to eat what she has found, but it really peak her interest so much that she claw at it till it was hers!
Are one of the many food sources for woodland animals, If you decide to feast on local berries consult a wild flower guide before you sample. Some berries can be wonderful while others could pose great danger!
Climbing can be fun and rewarding but with summer here, snow at altitude can be unpredictable as warm temperatures and direct sunlight light can make slopes more dangerous as block slides occur more often!
They Came to Remember!
by the hundreds to join the more than thousands at the Alaska Veterans Memorial in Denali Nation Park to remember those who serve and still serve and those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms.
River of Wealth
The Trans Alaska Pipeline is one of the greatest engineering wonders of the world. The pipeline runs from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez Alaska and it has provided Alaska and the world with much needed energy!
Looking Both Ways
A Black Bear in Denali National Park makes a quick decision to cross after checking for clearance!
Every year Alaska with its vast untouched wilderness experiences natural fires usually from lighting strikes in the interior this one at Healy is being monitor with some fire fighting to help contain the spread of the fire.
A majestic view of a rail bridge is clouded by low visibility created from wildfires that are burning in the interior! These fires happen each year and often lead to the renewal of the forest!
Not a chance! While a very idyllic setting one should camp on the shore not on the bar. Rain showers can come at a moment notice and send a torrent of water down stream flooding out this camp site!
Yes, There is a Santa Claus...
There's a place where Candy Cane light poles and Santa's Workshop can be found in Alaska, its kind of neat where you can be a kid again and for the young ones a chance to hold onto a dream a little longer!
I Can Touch My Nose!
A nimble Moose proves his flexibility as he touches his nose with is back hoof while he bathes and grazes in the water.
World's Largest Igloo?
In the heart of Denali National Park there sits a abandon Icon perhaps from the sixties of a really cool ideal for a hotel. There are so few of these theme hotels left in the world standing, now hotels just look like buildings and some of the imagination that made road trips fun is vanishing.
With a new Gas Pipeline on the horizon to be built, politics and routing as usual get in the way. One camp wants to take the line from the North Slope and hook into Canada's pipeline and the other wants to rout it all the way to Valdez. Hey guys lets just get the thing built so our nation and state can get back to the business of growing!
Ready, Set, Go!!!!
A Mother Moose and her calf race side by side down the street to see who will finish first! Take a good close look at Mom notice something different? She is an Albino, that's rare and cool!
Moose Among the Weeds
A Moose Calf poses among the Dandelions. The calf appears very light in color but not white like her albino mom.
A Moose of A Different Color!
Most Moose are brown to red brown in color but here is a white moose and her calf which are but one in a million! Click Here to see more images of the White Moose!
What most people think of a air point runway would consider this nothing more than a path however, here on the last frontier this type of runway is common, flying is truly an adventure here!
Chena Hot Spring
Geothermal sources naturally heat the waters in Chena Hot Springs. People from all over the world come to bathe in the heated springs!
Longing to Ride
One of the original models of snow machine from 1959 has seen better days, it seems as if it misses the thrill of the trail and longs to be restored and ride once again!
A mother moose is out showing her calf the art of food testing by licking a car! The calf is thinking we can eat that? Click Here to get the calf's reaction!
Milk to Go
After enjoying a variety of leaves the calf washes down the meal with a quick glass of milk.
Ring and Run!
A baby moose prankster appears to ringing doorbells and running!
Now That' Got to Hurt!
A mother Moose smacks herself in the nostril while trying to sooth an itch. The calf looks on with and expression of ice please!
Darwin Award Winner
I am sure the food is great but perhaps a little to close for comfort!
Rounding The Bend
A river flows through a canyon located in Denali National Park.
196 Journal Entry
Road Side Couch
I found this abandon road side couch outside of Fairbanks, which in itself is a uncommon sight in the wild's of Alaska It seems passer buyers have added stuff animals and created some sort of road side shrine/art.
New Truck/Heavy Moose
A good reason to stop and save both! Besides enjoy the wildlife!
Striking Up The Band!
At the recent Bear Paw Festival local band play for people as they gathered on the green for this musical treat!
With rainy season mushrooms abound. A rock will remain dry from the approaching downpour with its own brown derby hat!
This mushroom opens its gill structures to release spores for the next generation!
Order of The day is...
Soup! The weather has been rainy most of the summer! In fact we are beginning to call this the year without summer!
Awesome Moon Rock!
What better way to get out of the rain and touch the moon, well not quite, I had to settle for looking at the moon rock brought back by Apollo 15, I was totally amazed at this, I found myself longing for the day we return to the moon! I also enjoyed other cool exhibits at the Anchorage City Museum!
Best Way to See Town!
Anchorage has one of the greatest bike trail systems, get out and ride!
A small local glacier called the Eagle Glacier is doing well during our year without summer!
Finally sunshine! The wetlands below eagle glacier bathe in the the light of High Summer, soon Fall will fast approach!
It's No Secret..
University of Alaska is a great school !
Ekulta lake is a blue green lake that is on the road system but is out of the way of most people. The lake is an excellent place to hike and enjoy nature and is one of many sources of water for the city of Anchorage.
On the way to Ekulta lake is a road that full of natural surroundings with only a house here and there and suddenly a last chance ice cream shop, laundry and general store. A great stop on the return trip after a day of hiking!
And the rain continues...with all that water runoff is enviable, flowing creeks such as this one have become torrents of water flow!
Room of Discovery
There are many rooms of wonders at the Anchorage Museum but some of the coolest let the mind experience and wonder through imagination!
With all the recent rain for the past two months mushrooms abound everywhere most are really cool to look at but they should not be touch as most are poisonous.
The Anchorage Museum is first class with its' exhibits. Touch screen computers and really well done displays make this a must visit for anyone!
There's Gold in Them, There Hills!
Alaska is rich in history and folk lore. Gold rushes are among the many tails of adventure from Alaska. The Independence Mine at Hatcher Pass is one of the many gold mines that are throughout The Great Land!
Fall in The Air
Leaves are turning and with it another season is beginning! Snow is around the next bend!
At first leaves appear but look beyond the obvious and you will see something standing out!
104 and Still Holding!
but barely...After more than a century a small wooden dam still retains water in a small holding pond at the Independence Gold Mine at Hatcher Pass!
To Be or Not to Be that is the Question!
After more than a century the Independence Gold Mine at Hatcher Pass has been partially restored the rest seen here needs to follow soon or be return to nature that is the question, I think it should be restored to keep our history alive!
The last few days have been really great!
Pint Size Moose
This young bull moose has been cut loose by mom or mom has been removed from the picture and now he is on his own. I am a little worried that he is so small and Winter is approaching but perhaps he will be fine, I hope so!
After some quick trimming along the house edge the young moose decides to approach me, I guess it was curiosity or maybe lonely, I gave it distance and back away, wild animals must remain wild. I did however appreciate the weed eating job it return to after this encounter, save me a lot of work!
Never Ending Promise
Some people like to think of rainbows as only various indexes of refraction, but I like to think what they really are God's promise as a reminder of his love to us that he will never destroy the earth by flood again because of our wrongs.
A warren of rabbits have been steady growing into our neighborhood. They are venturing further with each year and their population is growing! They are not native Arctic Hare but domesticate rabbits who escape and now are breeding, they are still easily approach but wild enough to run if you get to close.
This small bull moose who I feature a few days before is sending mix signals while the pose is playful, his hair is standing on end signaling a warning that he is not to happy!
Rare and Beautiful
Sundogs, are like rainbows that do not bow they seem to hover in mid-air. They are not common but always cool to see!
Weighing in at 1101 pounds now that's a lot of pumpkin pie!
Alaska is full of places that the view just is breath taking!
We celebrated 9/11 by taking our kids to the zoo to celebrate life so that we don't ever forget what so many paid for with the ultimate price. Our enemies should be aware like the Polar Bear we shall be ever vigil!
A really cool clam like mushroom form from two mushroom grow outwards from this tree!
Cooler temperature and the leaves they change as nature turns another page!
As fall brings the changes of color big leafs like this one really add to the splendor of the this short but colorful season!
1. Fishing Poles
2. Tackle Box
4. Bug Spray
5. Fishing Permit
6. AK-47 Clone
Yep, were ready, fish on!
Fireweed is a good plant indicator of the approach of Winter. When the plant has seeded out Winter is at hand. Fireweed is exploding all over the area, change is in the air, Winter approaches!
As the leaves change they paint the landscape with brilliant colors and give impressive views!
Nature paints the roadside a golden road! The colors are truly beautiful, God's plan is truly amazing!
What One Day Difference Makes!
Only the day before Autumn was in full swing with brilliant colors and Sun, now the first snow happens the next day on Sept 26! The race is own to prepare for Winter, the snow has begun!
Pint Size Moose Found!
I located our missing mini bull that was hanging around the house a few journal entries ago. He was wandering down near the Eagle River Nature Center feeding. He's put on a few pounds but needs much more to brace the coming Winter.
A Winning Note...
The annual Beach lake Jamboree drew over 900 of all ages at Chugiak High School! Families and their children race and ate some great food as they celebrated physical fitness together!
Everyday, it seems that snow is slowly advancing down the mountain slopes! Winter and all the beautify that it brings is near at hand!
Sam I Am, The Cat in The Hat and Thing 1 and Thing 2 visit upon my board, a perfect moment!
Termination dust leaps from one mountain ridge to the next cooling down the area priming it for Snow!
A cloud rises up and forms a pillar above the snow cap mountains!
Yesterday's Sunset was truly awesome!
The Great Distant One
Even at almost three hundred miles away the 20,320 ft summit of Mt. McKinney dominates the skyline!
Termination dust is starting to dominate the mountains, a preview of things to come...Snow!!!
Even in nature, animal families at times tend to disagree on topics Double Click Here to see the Moose Family Dispute and Resolution!
where are you! The Mystery Machine is up for sale and Shaggy, Fred, Daphne and Velma are no where to be found! Relax at $6000 it will be a while, that's a lot of Scooby Snacks!
Alpine Glow has dominated the skyline for the past few nights! It is truly beautiful to see!
Mole Day 2010
Over 300 students at Chugiak High School brave the dark and the cold to celebrate Mole Day. It was a great time had by all! I would to thank Mr. Bell who took the picture and I also would like to thank all those who helped in making Mole Day 2010 a great success!
Tired and exhausted these two salmon make their run upstream to begin a new generation.
A rare phenomenon but very cool if the conditions are just right the moon will create a circular rainbow through the clouds. The Moon Bow was a lot nicer and look like a rainbow. The imaged was taken in dark conditions which made it very hard to capture.
Snow Cap and Happy!
One expression says it all! Winter is here!
A beautiful sunset set the stage for Halloween. Look out for the tricker-treaters running amuck in search or treats!
An unexpected effect appeared as I took a picture of this sparking stream. The sparkles look like stars in a constellation, now that's cool!
Daily Snow Shower
It's been snow daily a little at a time. The area is cooling down and more snow is expected through this weekend!
Alaska is truly a place of Winter wonderland!
A Story Worth Telling
The homeless come from many places and backgrounds. Some educated, some not. They are either there by choice or by decisions they made in the past. The one thing they don't need is pity. What they need is not to be overlook. Please remember those in need.
A Raven displays words of wisdom from a nest of letters.
While you enjoy your day, take time to remember those who have served or still serve and those who have pay the final measure for your freedom.
A Dog's Perspective
A dog is interview about the weather and he replies it's "ruff!"
Glacial water has a true blue tint to the water due to the glacial silt.
Moon On The Horizon
Moon rises have spectacular the past few evenings!
On the way home today I notice birds filling up all the lamppost spacing along the route. It was really different. I think maybe since it was really cold the birds found a place to sun themselves trying to stay warm.
With the dawn of each new day there lies endless possibilities before you!.
As their hunting grounds continue to freeze over eagles return to Eagle River to Winter over!
This young eagle has many things to be thankful for. We too need to remember and be thankful for all that God has provided us!
A snowman rejoices at the nice thanksgiving snow we received! Let Snow, Let Snow ,Let snow!
Seconds Before Flight
I capture moment in time as this eagle leans and begins to release his wings and talons for flight.
Tree Hugging Moose?
I think not! This Moose is not standing guard over this small defenseless tree, protecting it from logging. He's in between bites of it!
Not really, the neighborhood Moose has return from the glacier area back with us for a while. My guess is he finds enough food and has a safe haven from the wolf pack that inhabits the glacier area and there is little meat out there for the wolves and he doesn't want to be what's for dinner!
The Good Ship
Sailing to collect toys for children who are in need for the Christmas! The US military does so much good! God Bless Them and help donate to their cause!
Never Forget Pearl
It has been 69 years since that faithful day of the unprovoked attack by Japan on Pearl Harbor that officially put America into WW II. Remember to thank those who served to protect our freedoms and way of life in those darkest days when the world was at war!
Room to Spare
Two eagles land at the perch at the same time! There landing was so precise they were able to make room for each other and not lock talons!
This eagle practices air diving as he takes flight!
Sled Dog At Heart
Inside every dog there is a sled dog. Both the skier and her dog ,enjoy the solace of a quiet evening run!
One eagle stares on as another cleans his talons!
A Raven gives his full attention to his bigger wing cousin!
Only In Alaska!
Could every dog hope for and get his own truck door with an open window!
Straight for You!
This eagle makes a straight flight path for me, It was a really cool experience as he soar over head!
For some the ice age is not over as they live to climb ice curtains hanging off the cliff edges. What a cool experience, I hope someday to do!
Alaskan Christmas Eve Luminary
When most people think of luminaries they think of candles in tissue paper bags well up North we do things a little different were a little short of tissue paper but have plenty of ice instead. When I think of luminaries especially at Christmas, I think about what they truly mean Jesus said "I am the light of the world" and that is the true meaning of Christmas of God's love for us!
Is the day of God's greatest gift, his love and our salvation through the birth, life and resurrection of his only son our Lord Jesus Christ
Setting The Ice
Ice blocks are carefully lowered into place for the ice cravers to come create their wonderful masterpieces at the up coming Ice Show!
The Sun peers through the ice and snow of the mountain top as it illuminates the icy Cook Inlet below!
Reading The Ice
Being able to interpret how the ice is going to react is an essential aspect in safely climbing ice walls!