Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Every Sunset is Different...........

I never tire of taking sunset photos...I love that soft glow on my face
as the sun goes down.
It's so peaceful.
Wishing you all a wonderful week of sunsets  :o)

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Orchid Iris

Strolled through a local greenhouse with my camera
and took a photo of an Orchid Iris.  
I thought it was really pretty so I'm sharing with you all.
Have a great week!

Snow Geese in Flight

They are on their way towards their summer nesting grounds.
I saw several flocks flying high above me today over Kenai Lake.
The wind was so strong we could see the flocks being separated and jostled around
by the strong winds.  
It's a good thing these geese are strong fliers!!

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Boar Tide...

Great photo of a incoming Boar Tide.  This was taken a few weeks ago when
we still had some ice floating in Turnagain Arm.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Another Day With the Snow Geese

I have really enjoyed photographing the Snow Geese these last few days.
These beautiful birds have really made my week.

Thanks for letting me get so close!!!!!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

The Snow Geese Are Back!!!

The Snow Goose or also known as the Blue Goose have
arrived back in Alaska.
These geese are now some of the most abundant waterfowl on the 
continent.  I think they are absolutely stunning!!!
They nest in colonies and the females return to where they were born to breed.
These geese mate for life and lay 3 to 5 eggs.
So good to see them back!!!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Great Alaskan Vistas....

It's hard to not find a beautiful view in Alaska...
The last frontier is a beautiful place!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Mount Redoubt Volcano

This is an active volcano that can easily be seen from the shores of 
Kenai.  No signs of activity on this clear day.  It can
send a lot of ash into the air if it becomes active, so its good to see
it at rest!!  

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Shelf Mushrooms

When you see these conk mushrooms on a tree its a very good indication
that the tree has heart rot.  The fungi enter the tree through
wounds in the bark and decay the heartwood inside.
The diseased heartwood softens and the results is that the tree
becomes weaker and becomes more prone to breakage.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Striking a Pose...

This Mallard is taking a well deserved rest after migrating
back to Alaska.   It's wonderful to have all the birds back,
they add so much color to our environment.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Ice Formation

The photo above is of an ice formation that was created from
a  melting frozen waterfall.  
The water droplets that were dropping from the waterfall were
creating these wonderful little craters at its base.

The Canadian Geese are Back!!!

All our birds are returning  to Alaska for spring breakup.
Our quite wetlands and now filled again with noise!!
It's wonderful!!!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Standing Room Only Buffet....

This Alaskan Hare is going the extra mile for a snack.
It must have been worth his effort to get up on his hind legs.
Probably seeking out springs fresh green buds.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

A Springtime Message!!!

I always love finding heart shapes in nature, so I 
was pretty excited to see this heart on one of my hikes.
Had to share it with all of you, It's not a perfect
heart.....but it's pretty close!!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Micro Climate Spring!!

The geese and ducks are returning and the birds are singing 
their springtime songs.  

Alaska is coming out of its cold winter deep freeze.
Little micro climate plants are starting to shoot up out by the 
Seward Highway.  I spotted this tiny little pink bud this last
Sunday....I can't tell you enough how much happiness this sighting
brought me!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Take a Moment.....

After a long day....
I'm taking a moment to reflect....
To say a prayer....
And be thankful....
God Bless You All!!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Springs Reluctant Melt!!!

Our icy winds are keeping us cold, but
there are signs of melting!!!
Keeping the faith!!!!
Spring will come, lol!!!!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

In Search of Grass....

The Dall Sheep have come down from the mountains again in
search of grass.  Pretty soon they will be rewarded
with fresh green shoots.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

My Springtime Garden

To all of you who are already working in your spring
garden...here is a photo of mine.  
It has a lot of catching up to do!!!!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

More Snow!!!!! :o)

There is a lot of snow in our mountains this spring.
I have to admit that it's very beautiful! 

Record April Snowfall!!!

Anchorage just broke it's all-time snowfall record for the month of April.
And.....it's not over yet, lots of snow coming down again this evening.
This Alaskan Hare is proof that spring is on it's way,
his brown summer coat is starting to surface!!!
Can't wait for green grass and flowers!!!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Riding Out The Storm!!!

It's April and we are hip deep in snow.  It feels like Christmas is just
around the corner with all this fresh snow.
I bet this little Redpoll will be happy to see the warm days of 
spring after this snow storm.

Happy April Snow Showers!!!!

Alaskan Sunset on a Cold Clear Day

We had a break in the snowfall today, so I took the time to go watch the sun go 
down out by Point Woronzof.   It was a beautiful site at around 9:30 at night.  
Our days are getting longer, can't wait to soak it all in!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

April Snow Showers

More cold arctic winds are bringing Alaska more snow!!!
A very light fluffy snow is making it's comeback with a vengeance today.
Looks like we can get up to 11 or more inches.
Praying for warmer days ahead!!!

Friday, April 5, 2013

Hanging Glacier Near Portage

Out by Portage Glacier there are several hanging glaciers nearby.  
If the light hits them just right then their aqua blue colors become
very intense and vibrant.  This glacier has a nice blanket of fresh
snow on top of it.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Wolf Pelt

This wolf pelt was for sale during the Fur Rondy and Iditarod Celebration.
I think it would look nicer on the wolf.  
I love the pink hair on the feet.  I'm happy that the love of fur coats
is not as popular as it once was.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Warmer Temperatures!!!

I'm happy to report that our temperature reached into the low 40's today!!
Time to get out the sandals and shorts, lol!!!
I know spring is on the way when I see seagulls displacing all
the ravens that fly to town every morning in search of food.
Sounds so ridiculous, but I get so excited when I hear the gulls squawking.
Our forests are going to be alive with bird song...can't wait!! 

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

A Visit With My Sheep Friends

I have so many wonderful photos of my sheep encounters, I
hope you don't mind me posting another one.
I think they are so cute with their tufted hair!!!

Monday, April 1, 2013

The North Side of a Tree

I love the colors on these tiny little spruce trees...
May the north side always be greener...

Male Redpoll

A photo of a male Redpoll riding out our last big snowstorm a 
week ago.