Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Walk Along A Snowy Lakeshore

Sharing a few of the photos I took from my last walk along Kenai Lake.

Bitterly cold at about 13 degrees.  I'm sure it was several degrees below
zero if I factor the wind chill in!

Thank goodness for warm boots and gloves!

On my walk I came across some great icicle formations hanging from a log.
Nature always has its surprises even in harsh circumstances.

I continued my walk  to one of my favorite places on a secluded little cove.
This little cove has a great grove of cottonwood and aspen trees.  I think it's so
beautiful here!

In the mornings or late afternoons the sky can light 
up with intense gold or deep pink colors.
I have been checking on the Aurora  nightly, but so far it's been too cloudy. 
 I would love to capture it on film.

Kenai Lake is shaped like a boomerang and is over 25 miles long
and can reach depths of 540 feet.   

Stream flow comes from the Harding Ice Field and its several glaciers, 
so the water is very

Sometimes the lake stays open all winter, but not this year!!
November has seen sub zero temperatures, so the lake is mostly
frozen except for Quartz Creek, Trail River, and the Snow River entries.
These should also freeze over within a month or two.

The lake is home to a lot of diverse wildlife.  I always see
rabbit tracks along the edge of the shoreline.  I'm glad
I can walk freely without the fear of bears, thank goodness
for hibernation.  Believe it or not every once in awhile I  see a few
mosquitoes in the dead of winter.  They are very slow
so no worries of getting bit!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Monday, November 21, 2011

Alaskan Sunset

It's very cold in Alaska right now.  Up north in Fairbanks they are 
setting a new record for low temperatures for this
time of the year.  Fairbanks has had a tough week of minus 37 below!!!

People are out buying warmer coats and boots.  There is a great 
need to buy gear that exceeds 12 below temperatures to stay warm!!

Definitely no need for air conditioners in Alaska!!

Right now it's 11 degrees in Anchorage, so compared to Fairbanks we are
in the tropics!!!

Nevertheless cold can be beautiful!!!  Enjoy this beautiful sunset overlooking 
Cook Inlet in the warmth of your own home.

When Captain Cook originally sailed in he could only enter the front of the inlet,
because a glacier was in his path.

Stay warm everyone!!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Beautiful Winter Views

Thought I would share some beautiful winter photos of Alaska
Even though it's very cold right now
our state has magnificent views to take in.

The top photo was taken in the Ptarmigan Pass right after a fresh snowfall.

This view was taken down in the flats of Girdwood.  
There are lots of glaciers hugging the mountains in this area.

And....this last photo was taken at Kenai Lake.