Friday, November 30, 2012
Thursday, November 29, 2012
There are hundreds of Mallards at the Public Library Park.
For some reason they stayed behind and
For some reason they stayed behind and
are now here for the winter. The majority are males with about
1/4 of the population being females. I think I will save up my bread and
buy them a sack of corn every so often and bring it to them
when our temperatures dip into the negative numbers.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Monday, November 26, 2012
I saw this beautiful ice formation while on a hike and
thought I would share it with all of you! I love all the crystal
icicles hanging from the snow.
Many of the lakes in Alaska are already frozen over due to our
cold weather. If the weather continues to stay cold this lake should
be frozen over by the end of December.
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Friday, November 23, 2012
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Saturday, November 17, 2012
A beautiful view of the "Sleeping Lady" or Mt. Susitna. Overlooking
Cook Inlet, with the second highest tide in the world (38 feet). On a clear day North
America's highest peak, Denali (MT Mckinley) stands majestically to the north.
Legend tells us that a millennia ago, the Great Land known as Alaska was inhabited by a race of giants. Among these people was a beautiful young maiden and a handsome young man whose devotion to each other was admired by all the villagers. Wedding preparations were underway when word reached the village of a warring tribe approaching from the north.
After a village council it was decided that the young man would bring gifts to the invaders to show the peaceful and friendly intentions of the villagers. Keeping herself busy while waiting for the young man's return, the maiden eventually grew tired and laid down to rest.
Soon after, word reached the village that the invaders rejected the offer of peace and a battle ensued in which the young man was killed. The villagers, gazing at the sleeping maiden, did not have the heart to wake her.
So there she rests today, still waiting for news of peace and the return of her love
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Only minutes from downtown Anchorage is Kincaid Park. This park plays host to bike
trails, soccer fields, cross country skiing, a biathlon and frisbee course, and numerous wonderful
cross country running trails. The trails also lead down to the Anchorages coastal shores and
some wonderful views that will leave you breathless. This particular photo shows the view that looks towards the Kenai Peninsula.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
This is a photo of a winter sunset looking out over Cook Inlet. If you look closely
you can see pieces of ice floating around.
It was such a wonderful warm day this last Sunday out at Kincaid Park. The
temperature was around 34 degrees and no wind. That's pretty warm for an Alaskan
November day! I spent about 3 hours hiking along the Cook Inlet beach. I sat on a log
and watched the sun go down, a nice finish to a beautiful day.
Monday, November 12, 2012
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Saturday, November 10, 2012
I spotted this cute little white Arctic Hare today on my afternoon walk.
The weather has been above freezing, so a lot of our snow has melted away.
I'm actually hopeful that the snow will stay away, but when I look at this
little white hare he brings me back to reality.
His beautiful white coat is a sure sign more snow is on the way!!
Reindeer Lichen, like many lichens is very slow growing (3-4mm per year)
The Inland Dena'ina used this lichen for food by crushing the dry plant and
then boiling it or soaking it in hot water until it became soft. They used
to eat it with berries, fish eggs, or lard.
If this moss is disturbed it can take decades to regrow.