A Photo Journal Essay of Life in Anchorage and Eagle River Alaska and Beyond!
Alaska is the place where dreams are made! People come from all over the world to celebrate "The Last Frontier!"
One Cool cat
This cat is so cool you might even say he's "ice!"
This image looks like its right out of some far distant world from it's sun. Potter's Marsh is a haven for water fowl during the spring, summer and fall. During winter it turns into a icy dreamscape!
Out On The Ice
Ice Fishing is just one of the many extreme sports that Alaska has to offer! With the advent of more modern gear it makes this once cold adventure more inviting to fishing enthusiast!
Artists of The Ice
Despite slightly higher than normal temperatures the ice artists in Town Square Park in downtown Anchorage busy themselves with completing their master pieces for the up coming ice completion! Click the Photo Below to see the Artist at Work!
A frozen pachyderm is emerging from the ice as this ice sculptor brings the mammoth to life!
Wow.... is the first word that comes to mind! The Ice Sculptures this year are totally awesome! I will be publishing these frozen wonders of the world soon!
Alien Ice Warrior
What I thought would be an elephant turn out to be an Alien Ice Warrior. That goes to show you one person's interpretation is often different from another. I am almost finished editing the Ice Show pictures and I hope to have all the Ice sculptures up in a day or so!
Check the incredible ice show in downtown Anchorage at Town Square Park! Click the picture below to see the Ice Sculptures!
Despite the lack of snow the trails at Beach lake seem to be still good! Ski On!
A tidal channel is exposed during low tide revealing rivers under the sea!
Ice Climbing along the Old Seward Highway is a popular sport. However the weather has not aloud the ice walls on the roadsides cliff to be maintain. There is hope of snow and colder temperatures in the forecast maybe the ice walls will reform giving climbers another season!
ET rides again!
Park and Skate
What appears to be waves on the surface of a lake is actually ice on a parking lot at Mirror Lake! Be careful out there and if you must walk on it bring ice skates!
Hoping for Snow
The meteorologists have called for snow once again. They have been wrong for the past several predictions! However, cooler temperatures have return and feel is in the air until then this picture from a couple of weeks will have to do!
Hope is Answered!
Snow fell throughout the day and another storm is expected! Time to breakout the ski's!
Even tree's can have Winter fun and build a snowman!
...and ready to go! Kids are not the only one who celebrates the newly fallen snow, animals do also! Hook us up and lets go!
...and ready to go! Kids are not the only one who celebrates the newly fallen snow, animals do also! Hook us up and lets go!
A family trains the next generation of musher's as for the dogs as always "Happy Trails!"
After a hard training run it's time for chow!
The Moon and Jupiter
The Planet Jupiter which appears as a star is near the Earth's Moon. Actually they more than 390 million miles apart!
Even in Snow...
Winter cycling is becoming a more popular sport. The existence and maintenance of these trails encourages riders like myself to push forward in the cold artic night!
Snow is in The Air!
Winter has been a little mild compare to last year but snow is in the air!
Dog teams wait for the signal to go!
The Final Yards
A young musher in training and their instructor finishes another trilling run!
Get A Dog!
Old School and New School meet! Have you ever heard the term "Get A Horse" referring to the cars of old well in Alaska it's "Get a Dog" to pull you out of a jam! Actually what you are seeing is a great training idea!
Driftwood is a common sight in Alaska with it's vast coast lines and rivers!
Mt. Spur in Alpine Glow
The massive volcano Mt. Spur located just across the bay from Anchorage is bathe in red glow! The effect is a combination of the Earth's tilt and angle of long red wave lengths as the Sun sets on the horizon against the snow covered surface of the mountain.
I called these peaks Twin Peaks. They most likely have another name. They are the summits of two very high mountains and are snow cap for most of the year!
An Eagle and I square off eye to eye! Daring each other to blink first!
Off They Go!
Dogs and Musher strike out on another adventure and live the sprit of "The Last Frontier!"
The Cook Inlet is an awesome place to see. Everyday no matter the weather it holds surreal images for those who come to see!
Super Sport Trickster
The Raven is known as the trickster in many Alaska Native Folklore, it also known as the Super Bowl Champions This Year, Go Ravens Alaska's favorite Team!
Rail Track Humor
Sign says look up for overhead lines, clear to space there are no lines gotcha!
The Ultimate Snow Plow
This plow can clear any path!
Blocks of sea ice sit frozen to the Cook Inlet floor awaiting the next tide to float them out to sea again!
Eagle River is full of these wonderful raptors! Make sure you bring a large lens to get up close with these guys, like all wildlife they are to be enjoyed not harassed!
The Friendly Skies
Alaska is a huge state, big enough to have its' own airline! They are a great way to fly!
Their is nothing like a Winter's walk on freshly fallen snow!
When you think of a city skyline you think of its buildings but here in Anchorage the skyline are the majestic mountains that call out for adventure!
A stone sculpture now stands as a testament to the second largest recorded earthquake of modern times. at 9.4 on the Richter scale blocks of land literally slid into the ocean at this location in 1964 Good Friday Earthquake!
Cross Country Skiing
Perhaps is one of the most popular sports in the Anchorage area!
A quiet field glisten by snow a place where one can hear hearts flow! May your St. Valentines day be full of love anew!
Rail tracks lye under a snowy blanket eagerly awaiting the rush of trains that will surely come in the next few months as tourist season begins on the "Last Frontier."
Orthodox Christianity is a part of both the fiber and history of Alaska since the the early 19th century.
Gazing Across The Inlet
Amazing view always awakes those who wish to view the Cook Inlet. In different light brings always amazing views to stir one's imagination!
Ice Balancing Act
Tidal changes in the Cook Inlet have created this awesome balancing act with ice flow blocks!
Moments Before Takeoff!
An awesome team of Huskies eagerly await the command to head out on trails of adventure!
Snow Cravers are busy at work bringing out their visions from blocks of snow!
An Ancient Bond Carries On!
Since the earliest days of man there has been a bond of trust between man and his dog, so it stills exist today between a musher and his team!
Fat Cat Bed & Breakfast
Even Cats have their own Inns, this one looks like it has "Dish Net-Work!"
The Snow Sculptors work throughout the evening to ready their master pieces for the contest.
is one of the many awesome events at Fur Rondy this year. A Alaska Native Tradition the blanket toss was developed by the indigenous people of Alaska to see at far distances on flat terrain on the North Slope of Alaska. The Eskimos would use Walrus and Seal Skins to make a hand held trampoline to toss a hunter high in the air to view for game at a distance!
Crossing The Finish
A Musher and his team cover the final yards as day two of the sled dog race at Fur Rondy 2013 comes to a close. Both the dogs and the musher were having the time of their life, enjoying the adventure!
A new breed of hunter emerges from the ice and snow! Stay tune the 2013 Snow Sculptures will published soon!
A Powerful Men tar is shackle to cell by rings of snow. What awesome creation by the artist from just a block of snow!
Alaska is full of surprises even in it's buildings! A solar power building is awesome, I think we should have these on all buildings, going green is the best way!
Letting Off Steam
Mt. Redoubt is venting steam! From time to time the great volcano reminds us that she sleeps and is not extinct!
Iditarod 2013 On its Way, After a Foggy Launch!
Sixty-Seven Musher's begin their push to Nome! Happy Birthday to Newton Marshall from Jamaica as he heads off to adventure!
Bubbles fill the air at the snow sculptures at Fur Rondy!
The Iditarod is well underway, I don't know who is having more fun the dogs or the musher? But from the looks of it there is sheer joy on those dogs faces!
The Ceremonial start in Anchorage was very fog lateen! One musher's idea to have the dogs wearing blaze orange was really a great ideal for the dog's safety!
Birth of Anchorage Education
Began in 1915 at The Anchorage Pioneer School.
Click the Image above to read it's history!
Feel the force of the ice crystals...
and Click Here! to see the rest of the show!
Open Trail Calls!
The Iditarod is at the halfway point but this is how it all began, sailing through a mist of fog with both team and the musher heading out on the road of adventure!
Mr. Personality and Mr. Business
Each dog has its own perspective, the guy on the front left seems to be a camera ham while guy on the right side seems intense in his pull!
A moose cow becomes visible when she reaches for choice twigs, however her yearling in tow remains harder to see! If you look a foot below her ears the yearlings' outline takes shape!
One of Four
In 1924 four Army Seaplane Aircraft were the first to circle the world in a world goodwill tour. "The Seattle" picture here is one of the four and one of many awesome displays that can be found at the Anchorage Museum of Aviation History. The place and the staff are awesome and well worth the visit!
Staying balance on a sled can prove tricky!
Father of The Iditarod
It all began with his dream and love of Mushing. Joe Redington started the Iditarod Race from humble beginnings, which has become a world wide event enjoyed by millions.
A historical Museum of the area of Knik. We stopped by to check it out but it wasn't open. My guess it's a seasonal museum.
A view of Anchorage from Port Mackenzie on the tip of the Knik Arm.
Something not quite right in the picture? Look at the truck, now that's something you don't see everyday! Actually the way it works is really interesting!
A eager beaver sled dog calls out to the team "can't you heard that open road calling let's go!"
Another team on their way!
Represents the sprit of the dogs that run in the last great race!
This Zero was capture at the battle to regain the Island of Attu Alaska from the Japanese Empire during WWII! This pristine enemy fighter now resides at the Anchorage Aviation Museum!
Knik Low Tide
Anchorage has very extremes of high and low tide. This area is cover by water twice a day and twice a day land appears. The tides can be from 30 to 40 feet in difference!
The Dog That Inspired The Iditarod
TOGO was the lead dog that inspired the birth of the Iditarod. He was the dog that lead the team through treacherous weather to deliver the diphtheria serum that save lives of the citizens of Nome during the outbreak of 1925. Click the picture below to read how he made history!
Point Mackenzie General Store
Keeping in the true tradition of western store front, this general store is really interesting and being near the end of the road is only seasonal and awaits Spring and flow of tourist who will once again open her doors!
This young cow has been a recent fight and has lost one eye and has a tongue injury! Overall she still is pretty fit hopefully she will survive as spring will come soon with easier pickings.
Get Better Soon!
Officially called the Catalina, the flying duck was used as a recon and rescue aircraft during WWII. This Duck crashed landed in Alaska and was rescued several decades later and now awaits restoration at the Anchorage Aviation Museum.
Driving a School Bus in Alaska can be tough. These drivers are often called on to drive students to school in weather that the lower 48 wouldn't even attempt and do it safely!
Cabin with Amenities
Soundly built, great roof, strong porch and a Moose parked out back what could you asked for more?
Oh how this bird brings back memories!
Ice Block Flows...
Still fill the entrance to the Knik River as she flows to the sea!
146 Home Base
The Last Great Race on Earth Headquarters' lies beyond this sign. click the image below to see the Iditarod Head Quarters. It also houses a museum and gift shop. It also offers dog sledding experiences during the summer months so if you can check them out!
This day is the day that Jesus Christ rose from the dead so all may come to God through him. God is truly awesome and his love for you knows no end! Open your heart and learn forgiveness and then you are truly free!
Hide Away Moose
Now you see it now you don't! Moose are good at the art of camouflage!
Port Mackenzie sleeps awaiting the thaw of Spring for commerce.
The Mountains surrounding Eagle River are nothing short of awesome!
Spring Has Arrived
The Sun is setting after 9 PM and Winter's grip on lakes and streams is melting away, creating beautiful scenes like this all over South Central Alaska.
153 The Eagle Glacier Emerges
After being covered by Winter's snow the Eagle Glacier Slowly begins to emerge into view.
Here One Moment Gone the Next!
Spring was in the air but Winter was on its way! This view of yesterday is being replace by Winter's last punch as we are getting at least 14 inches of snow in the Anchorage Bowl today, Ski on!
Yesterday's snow fall ended up between 10 and 12 inches and more is predict for tomorrow with another possible 12 to 18 inches! Ski planes like these will need the snow groomed somewhat to take off and land with these large snow falls!
Snow was very heavy today creating white conditions all over the Anchorage Bowl. Another snow front is knocking at the door promising more snow than today!
Winter's releases her full force on the Anchorage Bowl with storms back to back. The image you see here is not fog but the thickness of snow coming down!
The Sun's light on the Cook Inlet shines a path to the distant shore!
On and On
Snow continues to fall as Winter refuses to give to Spring!
A pair of eagles are in preparation for offspring as the female has settle into the nest and the male stands guard nearby.
With overnight temperatures between 3 F to 6 F the Cook remains in a flux of ice and snow!
Stick In Tow
Nest modifications require trips to the lumber yard as this male eagle brings home the stick to make home improvements!
Oh The Joy of Nature's Home Improvement
"You Clumsy Ox! You dropped the stick!" Shouts the female eagle! "I'm sorry," cries out the male eagle as he cowers! " I will get another one. my little raptor bumpkins!"
Click the Picture below to get another View!
After "The Stick Incident" the couple made up and surveyed their domain.
Waiting for a Bite
The art of ice fishing requires patience!
Looking out over the Cook Inlet in a mixture of ice water and Sun. It is a truly breath taking place to drive along!
Winter's last weeks awesome snow fall is finally giving way to Spring's advance.
Enjoying Spring's Return
A pair of mating eagles enjoy Spring like weather as they prepare for nesting.
Spring Brings Construction
With advent of Spring so begins the construction season. Eagle River Road is being widen/repaired and a new awesome bike path is in the works also!
As Spring continues to thaw Winter's Ice Waterfalls now again begin to run freely!
Riding The Storm
Built in 1912, she still plows the waves that snow has brought.
Asks the male eagle to the female, she looks into the nest and replies not yet.
Fierce winds sweep across the mountain tops and create dangerous unstable over hanging ledges that could collapse at any moment!
After months of icy encasement streams are finally flowing free as the season continues towards Summer.
Alaska's mountains are some the best in the world!
Mom and her twins are out walking and forging along the New Glenn Highway. Keeping the boys in line until they are ready to adventure out on their own can be a lot of trouble!
Mom is leading the way with her antics!
Searching for an Entrance
I know its here somewhere...Mom knows this fence line well. She looking for a way for her and the twins to cross over onto the safe side of the fence away from the highway traffic!
Winds on High
What appears to be a calm day actually is quite windy on high. The wind blown snow leaves tale tell signs!
As the Eagles prepare their home they carefully survey the area around them.
The male eagle is weaving a new stick into the nest, while female checks out the floor plan.
The Navy's newest warship the USS Anchorage is being commission today in the port of her namesake. We wish you a long and honorable service in the defense of our country!
Just when you thought it was safe to bring the garden supplies Winter Strikes again!
Stream Ice Retreats
As Spring and Winter battle back and forth stream ice is giving way to longer day light!
South Central Alaska was ringed with fresh snow on the mountain tops!
A downed tree sports an opportunity for a small animal to make a new home since its hollow!
A stream quietly flows through the marsh carrying with her the ripples of life!
Alaska is experiencing most likely the coldest spring on record. Lakes like Beach Lake are still frozen but would be very dangerous to walk on, so don't! Spring like temperatures did arrive today.
It can't decide whether to rain or shine so it's been gray overcast day!
Well its about that time again when the bears are out and about establishing new territories! Hope you all have a wonderful Mother's Day remember all that Mom has done for you so treat her!
I am Hal
An Eagle named Hal takes a bow for the admirers who have come to greet him at the Eagle River Nature Center. Hal was visiting the center along with his guide to teach people about eagles!
Winter gave us a surprise showing as snow fell across the mountains: News Flash Spring has yet again been delayed. So much for those global warming doomsayers!
Road Level Moose
A moose grazes on the slope by the road giving a road eye's view! Also this young bull moose seems really white maybe part albino?
This Moose looks like it's modeling for a postage stamp.
Awesome Record Setting!
A large snow fall across the Anchorage region has set a new snow season record as the longest snow season ever recorded! The records date back to 1917, Mmh maybe global cooling perhaps?
Wonder Spring Land
We have a new season its' called "Winspring!"
Smelling The Flowers
Well at least what was left from last year. This Moose searches for opportunities along the roadside at Potter Marsh to dine.
Another Record View
I decided to published this view of the record season snow fall. It was a really cool imagine. Sorry about the late publishing lately, I have been really busy!
Better Late Than Never!
The first true day of Spring like weather has arrived, just in time for Summer!
I was telling the Moose to say cheese as I photograph him, instead he gave me the Mooseberry!
Eyes lock and one ear prop! This Moose is trying to figure out my next move!
Back Country Skiers need to take caution and stay off slopes as they have become extremely unstable!
Switch back trails line alpine ridges
Yeah, I Eat Bark, So What?
This Bull Moose has a so what expression on its' face as I watched him consume the bark off a fallen birch tree.
All those who have paid the ultimate price for freedom this day, as we celebrate Memorial Day.
Wild and Free
A stream flowing at the top of what I call "Little Switzerland" flows freely as snow packs melt during the Summer Season.
Just a few steps off the beaten path, I found a small hidden stream flowing through grasses near Sprit Park located high in the mountains in Eagle River.
A small pocket park located high in mountains surrounding Eagle River is a really cool getaway to enjoy peace from the everyday stresses of life. The beauty that surrounds this place truly lifts your sprit!
A pair of twin Moose Calves play in a stream along Eagle River Road under the watchful eye of mom who is nearby!
I image these guys yesterday but I decided to show them again from another view point. It was really an awesome experience!
It rain all day and suddenly the clouds open and reveal mountains soaring among them!
Summer View of The Eagle Glacier
Remnants of the Mighty Eagle Glacier that once carve the valley seems to slightly be advancing again.
Water races down the side of the Chugiak Mountain Range and creates numerous water falls such as this!
A Moose grazes on the thicket that hides him from plain sight.
Each of our two seasons up here Summer/Winter as we see it always has spectacular views!
Abound in the ice as Summer melts Winter's hard freeze.
A dog longs for the wind in his air and the call of the open road as he greets a pair pf cyclist and ask can he come along for the ride!
...Abound everywhere you turn in Alaska!
Meet and Greet
One of the triple Moose Calves raise it's head up and sniff into the wind to see if I was a friend or foe. The calf remain unalarmed deciding I was just passing by and I kept my respectful distance using my large lens!
With three baby calf's to keep up with mom is definitely being kept on her toes!
Another scenic falls breaks the silence of the air!
One In Tow
One of the triplets is keeping close in tow with mom as they forage for food.
Reach, Stretch and Chew
The triplets mom is keeping pace by forging non-stop getting all she can during the short Summer of the Far North!
A young Bull Moose grazes among the swamp near the Eagle River Nature Center.
Here is Something You don't See everyday!
A Dome shape house high on a mountainside. Alaska is truly a unique place for individuals! Happy Fathers Day!
High above on mountain slopes are these beautiful flowers called Arctic Lupine!
After two very cold and wet summers we are having fun in the Sun!
Recent record setting highs have lead to increase melting of snow. Rivers and stream are flowing wildly, so be careful. Cooler temperatures are returning soon!
Dandelion Para seeds have missed landed on a Western Columbine. The seeds will again drift into the wind where they will bring forth many new generations as lawn adversaries.
Best Place On Earth
Being consider somewhat remote by our lower 48 states standards, it has advantages. In Alaska we enjoy the majestic beauty of unspoiled nature right in our own backyard. It is truly a great place to raise your family!
Mom is telling her kids lets go and snack, the leaves are up!
With triplets to feed, the moose calves have to take turns, as only two can fit at a time!
A Little Affection
The Moose Calves take a moment to let Mom know she is appreciated!
238 Journal Entry
Now You See Me!
A Moose appears from the trees, where she was well hidden moments before!
Water in motion is awesome thing to watch! It's flow and comforting sound helps to create serene scenes!
When hiking along a trail sometimes things just seem to blend. It is often in these moments if you just take the time to look beyond the background awesome surprises awake to be discovered!
A Great Place To Reflect
Taking a walk in nature is a great place to give your mind a bit of relaxation and your body a good workout and your soul to take in God's wonderful creation!
Fallen But Not Swept Away
A tree fallen into a glacier silt swept river refuses to yield to erosion has it holds own by its roots!
Often called "Little Sue" is anything but that. She is a beautiful rive that winds through the mountains and the Matanuska Valley!
Trail to Riches
Two friends and I headed out to do some gold prospecting near Hatcher Pass. Gold Panning is one of many favorite pastimes here in the Far North!
Devising The Plan
My friends pictured here are planning strategies for areas to search for gold along the creek's edge.
Working The Sluice
After digging sediment out of the creek bed, it's time to wash the sediment in the sluice. The black sands containing the gold will settle out, then panning it will reveling whether you have found gold!
Happy 4th of July
A riding club not even detoured by the rain celebrates our nation's founding day, as they ride through Eagle River with high sprits.
Gold Bearing Stream
This stream near Hatcher's Pass is a gold bearing stream but a lot of work is required to reach the gold. I found a few specks for my effort, it was more fun than profitable!
Cool Looking Float Plane
This plane is all decked out!
No Problem, just another excuse to go fishing!
A brief opening in the rain allowed me to take this picture of downtown Anchorage. Sunny weather is expected over the next few days!
Alaska is known for its oil, gas and coal but few realize the great potential that is now starting to be tapped on the Last Frontier, Wind!
An Eagle is out sunning himself after a couple of days or rain.
The Eagle's mate from yesterday's photo sings out a joyful note as she also enjoys the sunny weather!
Cargo to The Far East
An Air China Cargo 747 breaks ground at Ted Stevens International Airport in Anchorage on its way across the Pacific.
Riding For A Cause
The Bear Paw Parade was spectacular, there were many floats and organization represented. These riders are riding for Breast Cancer Awareness.
Another real cool float that travel the sea of floats as it may its way along the parade route!
I have seen this auto-tron band for many years and it still really cool to watch. It's playing at the Bear Paw Festival in Eagle River!
For a moment, it look as if Jerry's Garcia demise might be part of some conspiracy theory as this guy look like an older Jerry. Actually he was really good at playing and singing and he did remind of those Grateful Dead Days!
I found this really neat pictograph on the side of the Afognak Native Corporation located in Anchorage.
Pilgrims You Need That Bug Spray!
As "The Duke" would say! Alaska is home of the giant mosquito and they have been very busy this Summer unlike the pass ones, however, they are declining now!
many settlers in the past cross the continent in wagons such as this!
263 All Aboard
The Palmer Rail Station a throw back to the 1930's provided a link between South Central Alaska when the Matanuska Agricultural Colony was being founded.
The Old Number 5
Located at The Palmer Rail Station is an old steam engine longing to ride the rails once again!
Great Place to See
The Palmer visitor Center offers a friendly staff and a look back into the past! It also sports a wonderful flower garden which to browse through!
Fun In The Sun
Alaskans are enjoying an incredible Summer of Sunshine! Mirror Lake is a popular designation for many locals to enjoy cool water and rays!
267 Sea Of Fire
Fireweed as it is known is a beautiful flower that grows in waves. It is also a great indicator of season change.
A young ducking is making waves near the shore at Mirror Lake.
Thar Be Fish Out Their!
A couple fisherman cast off in their canoe in hopes off catching dinner.
A favorite spot for locals to have fun in the Sun and to Ice Fish in the Winter!
Taiga Forest/Swamp are quite common in the low areas of South Central Alaska! The forest makes a great ecosystem for many different forms of life!
With abundance of sunshine animals like this dog seeks shade every now.
I am taking a break for a couple of weeks from publishing as I am on a photographic assignment. Stay tune for up coming photos in the weeks ahead!
Mt. Saint Helens!
. . . and part of the Cascade Range peers above the clouds! The Cascade Range consist of Strato Volcanoes which are the most explosive for of Volcanoes on Earth! Mt. Saint Helens picture on the right blew a third of the mountain away in her 1980 eruption!
Mt. Saint Helens Close Up!
A mighty Strato Volcano sleeps for now! As a apart of the Cascade Chain along the North West Coast of the United States she will in time reawaken as she lines the trench area known as the "The Ring of Fire" that circles the Pacific Ocean Coast line!
The Origins of Dr. Pepper
I was in the town of Rural Retreat and my uncle told me about how Dr. Pepper soft drink was first create in the Drug store in the town by Dr. Pepper. Although some in Texas would dispute this, others visit the grave site and leave a Dr. Pepper drink in honor of its name sake!
Capital in The Distance
The United States Capital lies in view of Regan National Airport in Washington DC. The wavy effect in the photo is caused by the heat of the runway in front of the picture.
I found this fire dog in front of Station 7 in Roanoke Virginia. It's pretty awesome but I don't think it will fit in the fire truck!
Life at 37 000 ft is a sea of white clouds in an endless dream!
As world speeds forward we too often forget the past. It is important to save historical places such as this to reminds of who we are and where we are heading.
Bars and Stars
This Confederate Grave site is located in Bedford Virginia and honors those who fought for states rights during the American Civil War.
Prepping to Fly
A pair of United Airline Jets are readying themselves for their journeys from Regan National Airport.
Kinder Valley, Photos from the Road continue...
Originally Settle by the Kinder's from Germany in the 1700's is a land of rolling hills and farms in Virginia deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Grand Old Lady
The Grandin Theatre is an early movie house that dates back to the at least to the 1930's. I remember as a kid going to see movies in her in this historic part of SW Virginia.
Dreaming A Loft
A loft on billowing clouds I see an ever changing scene before me. I will be returning to Alaska Photos tomorrow stay tune!
Keeping groomed is an important part of a raptor's life and a quick snack!
With all the rain lately mushrooms are appearing everywhere!
I spied this small mushroom among the grass in my yard. It will become like the mushroom picture yesterday, if allow to grow.
Racking it Up!
A very large Bull Moose appear in front of my camera today, it was truly an awesome experience! I will be featuring "Bull Winkle" over the next few days!
I believe that thus Bull has at least 23 points and the rack is at least six feet across!
A Moose stares into the puddle and sees his own reflection and perhaps contemplates his existence but who knows for sure for they are truly awesome mysterious creatures!
Over lips and through the gums look out stomach here it comes, Bull Winkle is filling up!
Eagle River Glacier
I image it every so often to see how our local glacier is doing. We have had an unusual warm summer the first in many years but the glacier has seem to hold it's own.
I spotted this lesser bull moose along the glacier road which is under construction. He was more of a "Country Moose" and did not get as close as the larger bull previous imaged!
A Bull Moose blends well with his surroundings!
Nature's Weather Gauge
Fireweed is nearly done blooming! After Blooming snow son follows, I have already seem termination dust on some local peaks!
In Hopes of Clear Skies
August to first part of September tends to be our rainy season. Alaskans are looking forward to cooling periods and snow as seasons are changing!
Valley of Plenty
The Matanuska Valley is a land of plenty with rich soil and 24 hour Sun to grow the most amazing produce!
Good Side of Rain
A Rainbow often results after periods of rain to remind us of God's Promise to never flood the Earth again.
Big and Small
Another result of our rainy season is mushroom abound everywhere in all shapes and sizes!
Alaska is truly a place unlike any on Earth!
Where it All Began
The original site of the famed Arctic RoadRunner is a must see/visit in Alaska to enjoy the local food!
Fingers in The Mist
Fingers of low lying clouds quickly obscure the mountain from view!
Termination Dust has reappeared on the mountains in Eagle River. As the dust spreads from peak to peak and comes down the side Winter is not far behind!
Rainbow Over Baldy
A rainbow appeared briefly over Mt. Baldy, it lasted only a few moments and then it was gone but awesome while it lasted!
America will never forget what happen on this day 12 years ago! We are ever vigilant!
Rain, Clear, Soak Repeat...
The cycle of weather for the past two months. If the moisture continues then their will be lots of snow this Winter!
Many streams out in the wild like this bear gold in various form. Getting to it is not easy and often requires a lot of back breaking work but just ever now and then you might just get lucky. The real treasure is not the gold itself but reliving apart of Alaska's pioneer past it truly gives a perspective of what it was like and I can tell you it's not as easy as some history books might implied!
The Alaska Zoo has many indigenous species of the Last Frontier along with some exotic species from around the world waiting to share their beauty with you!
Only At The Zoo
Exotic Species like the Amur Tiger can only be found in the zoo in Alaska!
After a crowd pleasing job, The Polar Bear is ready for his break!
Snow Leopards bask in the Sun for great cat nap! Come an enjoy these and other wonderful animals at the Alaska Zoo!
I have been showing some portraits of the wonderful animals at The Alaska Zoo! If you get a chance its a wonderful place to visit and enjoy some of nature's finest creatures!
The termination dust continues to jump from peak to peak and now is slowly starting down the mountainsides!
A Little on Top
As termination dust quickly spreads from top to top it starts as a small covering then rapidly moves down elevation!
Stretch and Yawn
This guy is indefinite need of a nap as he begins the first stage of napping!
First Lower Elevation Snowfall!
Snow has been kissing the mountain tops now it is starting to touch the valleys!
A Difference in a Day!
What started out as a simple snow fall turn into 2 to 3 inches of Winter wonderland. Snow came early not even the trees have turn yet!
Fall and Winter
...standing side by side!
A bear's curiosity is one of it's awesome traits. This Brown Bear at the Zoo seems to have spied something and is taking a second look.
Recent dustings of the mountains and a surprise valley snow are clear signs that Winter is not far away!
Rain and Snow with a dash of sunshine continues to persist over the area as two season Fall and Winter struggle to control the area!
The weather open up and I was finally able to get out and take some photos this morning, I ran across this yearling and her mom on Eagle River Road.
I was heading back to Eagle River when I saw not one but four 1920's to early 30's fords parked at a restaurant!
Leaves they are a changing and Moose are out forging about trying to store up for the lean Winter months ahead!
A Mother Moose "Cow" stands guard as her yearling forges for food to stay fuel for the Winter!
The Yearling is in step not far behind mom as it learns all of mom's secrets for survival when it time's come to set out on it's own!
Mom Brazing The Leafy Trail
This way she tells her calf lets go and find some foliage!
329 10/10/13 Mountain Unveiled! As clouds pull away from the mountain tops, aWinter wonder appears!
330 10/12/13 Stocking Up! A Brown Bear garbs all the food that it needs for the long Winter's sleep that lies ahead!
331 10/13/2013 Lightly Dusted As rain falls peaks such as these will become Winter's Wonderland!
332 10/14/2013 Image this Moose Near the Eagle River Nature Center along the road side enjoing some greens for dinner!
333 10/16/13 Overcast Skies continue throughout the area leaving really awesome dustings on the mountains to view!
334 10/17/13 More clouds and snow caps grow as seasons change is near at hand!
335 10/19/13 A Hole in The Sky! After a long period of cloud cover, rain and wind, Sunlight punched a brief hole in the clouds and ligth poured forth as a welcome sight!
336 10/21/13 Totem Art! This unique totem was spotted outside "The Discover Center" It really is a neat piece of art. The Center which helps kids with diabilities sports a art gallery with many works for sale, check it out!
337 10/22/13 Zoo Yoga A Brown Bear prepares his daily relaxation stretches and invites the viewers to join in!
338 10/23/13 Mole Day Alaska Style! Nearly 400 Students brave sub freezing temperatures and ice fog to celebrate this wonderful moment in Chemistry!
339 10/25/13 Overcast Mountains Mountains lie obscured in a misty cloud cover as Autum fades into Winter!
340 10/26/13 Traveling Waters flow down the mountain sideas the light of the day fades.
341 10/27/13 Moose Mobile: Pretty neat vehicle to see on the road but not one you would want to take into the woods during Moose Season!
342 10/28/13 Potters Glaze: As temperatures cool ice begins to glaze over the waters!
343 10/29/13 Sunset Over Eagle River After wind storms of 95 mph and torrents of rain the shy final began to clear in the evening sky and produce a wonderful Sunset!
344 10/30/13 Dusting Returns Mountain tops are recieving new layers of snow as Winter approaches after a delay start!
345 10/31/13 Cat Tails Cat tails rise above Potters Marsh symbolizing a wetland habitat for many wildlife species!
346 11/01/13 Evening Sky As Winter approaches sky sets become more spectular!
347 11/02/13 Winter Beds With sub frezzing temperatures for half the year flowers need a warm place to rest why they await Spring.
348 11/03/13 Snow Mountain The termination dust lines can clearly be scence as Winter places a new coating on the mountain tops!
349 11/04/2013 Weather Bowl The Anchorage Bowl is a great place for weather systems like snow to become trap and as a result heavy snowfall! The lower elevation snow is late this year but change is in the air!
350 11/05/13 Mount Spurr A sleeping Volcaneo is blankented with a covering snow hiding the awesome forces of nature which lies just below the surface!
351 11/06/13 Mountain Passes will soon be filled with snow!
352 11/07/13 Sleeping Lady continues to slumber in her dreams!
353 11/08/13 Fiery Sunset! The Sunset this evening put the sky on fire! Enjoy!
354 11/09/13 Volcanic Sun A volcano produces a silhouette across the Sun's surface!
355 11/09/13 Wonderful Sunset! Also snow started to fall and accumulations are expected to be greater than six inches!
356 11/11/13 Veterans Day! Please take time and thank those and remember those who serve, so you can be free!
357 11/12/13 Moon Rise over the mountain at 10 F was awesome tonight!
358 11/14/13 Frosted Berries with recent snow fall and temperatures around 9 F have produce this wonderful frozen scene!
359 11/15/13 Foggy Set SunSets lately have been really awesome so I have been publishing them a lot. Hopefully I will get a Moose soon, as they seem to have disappear lately!
360 11/16/13 Mt. Baldy Mt. Baldy is a local favorate to climb. The terrian is moderate to difficult depending on your route of asecent! Enjoy!
361 11/17/13 Frozen Rock Water bathes over this rock adding layers of ice as air temperatures hover around 2 F! Enjoy!
362 11/18/13 " Icy Waters" Streams still flow despite the extreme cold! They slowly transform into works of art as stream slowy freezes! Enjoy!
363 11/19/13 "Freezing Bed" Rivers are rapidly freezing over as temperatures are around -8F!
364 11/20/13 "Moments Before Sunrise" Glowing light can be seen just over the mountain tops as the Sun will soon make its apperance! Enjoy
365 11/21/13 "Snow Plumes" Winds on high drive snow over the peaks creating snow packs on the opposite side. The sun can be seen shinning through a plume on the right side! Enjoy!
366 11/22/13 "New Ice" New flowing ice continues to freeze streams and rivers and they will soon be strong enough to support Winter Sports!
367 11/23/13 "Snow Slide" reveal a "Snow Shute" between the peaks. As Winter progresses this "Shute" will load up with snow and slide as the load becomes heavier!
368 11/24/13 "Snow Branches" Snow layers up on small brances and bend the twigs under their strain. Enjoy!
369 11/25/13 "Snowy Sentential" A Snow Peak in the distance marks the rugged beauty of "The Last Frontier!"
370 11/26/13 "Snow Trees" Three Spruce Trees all decked out for approaching Christmas Holidays!
371 11/27/13 "Frozen Tails" These catails are frozen as Winter's breath has fianlly arrived! Snow continues to fall and transferthe landscape intoa Winter Haven! Enjoy!
372 11/28/13 " The Great One!" Rising more than 20 320 ft Denali also known as Mt. McKinney is the tallest peak in North America. Regradless of the sky color or light level she is always awesome to see!. Happy Thanksgiving from "The Last Frontier!" As you go about the day remember to give thanks to "God" for the bounty he has given us and be kind to those in need! Enjoy!
373 11/29/13 "The Iron Horse" Is one of the many independently own coffee shacks that dot the landscape of Anchorage and Eagle River with various themes. I visited this one on several occasions and they serve great Hot Chocolate and the service is great! Enjoyed!
374 11/30/13 "Frozen in Time" The Cook Inlet seems frozen in the moment but tidal forces move the pack ice twice a day creating awesome icescapes!
375 12/01/13 "If You Freeze it, They Will Come!" Winter tourism is on the rise! Truely experiencing "The Last Frontier" is experience living the Winter Wonderland! I was out imaging "The Cook Inlet" for Alaska Photo Explorer when I saw the tour group pull up. As these tourist step off the bus, a cool wind at -25 F wipped off the Cook Inlet! Despite the extreme cold they seem to enjoy embracing life on "The Edge!" Enjoy!
376 12/02/13 "Sledding in Season!" Crisp coldness in the air,blanket of snow on the ground and eager teams await adentures on the trail!
377 12/03/13 "Ready to Go!" "Lets go shouts out the lead dog!" Anxious to head out on adventures unknown, I think the dogs have all the fun as they are born to run! Dog Mushing is such an excellent and awesome sport which truely defines the spirt of adventure here on "The Last Frontier!" Enjoy!
378 12/04/13 " Pac-Man Sun"
I saw this really awesome cloud formation rising up off the Cook Inlet! The center of the cloud looks like "Pac-Man" eating a fleeing ghost! I thought it was pretty cool!
379 12/05/13 "Fire and Ice" The contrast between extremes is always present in nature along the Cook Inlet. There is always a dance of light between the "Sun Fire and Ice!" Enjoy!
380 12/06/13 "Ice Seeding" These ice drapes are the seed for ice build up along an ice wall that is created by the exteremy cold temperature blowing off the icy "Cook Inlet along with springs that flow from the face of the wall. Soon these structures will thicken and beckon ice climbers to Climb! Enjoy!
381 12/07/13 "Reindog"
Reindeers are not the only thing that seems to fly when harnessed up! Also this is day of remembrance as we remember Pearl Harbor and the day that will live in infamy! Always remember that freedom is not free and thank those who have served and are serving to keep America free!
382 12/08/13 "Light Parachute" I got this really cool light effect from shooting towards the Sun across my lens. It looks like a parachute of light dropping out of the Sun for a soft landing on Earth! Enjoy!
383 12/09/13 "Tow Package" When you need a little extra power to get through, dogs are the traditional choice! Enjoy!
384 12/10/13 "Pack Ice" The Cook Inlet is a vast ice pack this time of the year! As winds howl along the inlet extreme cold temperatures are quite common!
385 12/11/13 "Flash Frozen"
Barren rock beside the Cook Inlet is often flash frozen with each tidal change!
386 12/12/13 "Volcanic Skyline"
Anchorage lies near the center of three major fault systems just off the coastline! These areas of plate subduction create a volcanic skyline that ring around the city adding majestic mountain scenes and truly making Anchorage life on "The Wild Side!"
387 12/13/13 "Mt. Redoubt "
Mt. Redoubt a composite volcaneo lies about 100 miles from Anchorage her tremendous size makes her still seem a giant looming just on the horizon! She is very active and is constantly letting off steam!
388 12/14/13 "Eyes of a Champion "
The lead sled dog is getting it's game face on readying itself for an upcoming run! I had a really awesome experience today as I got to mush for the first time and the experience was breath taking!
389 12/15/13 "Cooling Down "
After an excellent run, what better way to cool down as this sled dog rolls its face in snow!
390 12/16/13 "Maintance Run"
Keeping the trails open and safe for both the teams and the mushier's is a constance task but if you take one look at the team's expression any chance to get out on the trails and run is all worth the effort!
391 12/17/13 "Sheer Joy"
One look tells a thousand words as these beautiful animals await their turn at a run to adventures unknown!
392 12/18/13 "Pre-Flight Check"
Prepping the team is only one part of a successful run. Making sure all the parts of the sled is another. Awesome rides are created by the team, the musher and the equipment working as one, ride on!
393 12/19/13 "Snow Dust Trails"
Rocketing off from the start, the team with only four dogs still manages to leave a snow dust trail in it's wake!
394 12/20/13 "Layers of Color"
Yesterday's Sunset was filled with layers of color throughout the clouds!
395 12/21/13 "Icicles"
One of the many wonders created during Winter in Alaska are spirals of ice that cling to any overhang they can find. Like snow flakes it seems that no two are exactly alike and they offer amazing structures to view, if you only take the time.
396 12/22/13 "Sparta Vs Vikings"
Special Olympics in Anchorage, Alaska holds it's annual Polar Plunge to raised money to train athletes with mental and physical disabilities so that they too can compete in the Special Olympics. Thousands came out to support this worthy cause by either taking the icy plunge or cheering on these new members of "The Polar Bear Club" who raised money and awareness for these athletes in need!
397 12/23/13 "Solace"
Riding out along the trail gives one a sense of solace where you can hear your own thoughts and reflect on the awesome wonders that surround you!
398 12/24/13 "Reason For The Season"
Shopping, Prepping the Sleigh for Santa is all nice for the kids but let us remember beyond the commercial is the true meaning of Christmas the birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ, God's greatest gift of love for all!
399 12/25/13 "Merry Christmas"
May your and yours have a very Merry Christmas as we celebrate the birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ, God's greatest gift of love for all!
400 12/26/13 "Eagle Tree"
Eagle River is known for it's Winter inhabinants who flock to winterover as they await Spring to thaw fishing grounds. They can be seen all over town and often hangout in trees together!
401 12/27/13 "Taking Five"
After a long run of an awesome adventure these guys are ready to take five and recharge!
402 12/28/13 "Tasty Village"
A ginger bread community built for the Christmas Holiday gives viewers a new look on the tasty side! The village can be seen but not eaten at "The Captain Cook Hotel" in downtown Anchorage!
403 12/29/13 "Icy Fire"
Ice covered trees amidst a fiery sky. Winter sky's produce some of the most cool scenes as extremely cool temperatures and low Sun angles produce really unusual optical effects!
404 12/30/13 "Slowly Gaining Light"
There are only a few hours of day light during the first Winter months. We have passed the Winter Solstice and we are slowly gaining daylight with each day!
405 12/31/13 "Out With The Old"
It's been a year with ups and downs, I look forward to a new year with all the possibilities it holds. What makes a year good one is not the number itself but how we choose to use it! So when you are out there making new year resolutions for yourself always put the one's you love first for they are what life is all about!