Sunday, June 30, 2013

Coyote Sighting

I spotted this Coyote the other day making its way along the roadside.
I have seen several searching in ditches for roadside kills.
I was amazed that this one didn't make the usual mad dash into the woods which is
usually the case.  

Wednesday, June 26, 2013


These tiny little flowers belong in a fairy landscape.
They grow on runners and are really low to the ground, so taking 
a photo means you have to get down low to your subjects.
There is no exception to that rule...enjoy!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013


I'm just learning how to identify dragonflies, but
I am pretty sure this is a Common Blue Damselfly and not
an Azure.  Whichever dragonfly it is, I am grateful for them
because they have an appetite for mosquitoes!!!
And these year we have more than our share!!!

Saturday, June 22, 2013


Alaskan Cotton-grass or Cottonsedge.  These are perennial plants with 
slender, grass-like leaves.  The seed heads are covered in a fluffy mass of cotton 
which also serves as "down".  This helps elevate the temperature of the 
reproductive organs by trapping solar radiation....
Nature is so neat!!!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Tree Swallow

I love this bird!!!   This is a Tree Swallow,  
they average about 5 inches long and they weigh 
about 20 grams.  The males have beautiful iridescent blue-green 
backs and white underparts.

Thursday, June 20, 2013


Loons are such beautiful creatures.  I was lucky 
enough to get a photo of this one....enjoy!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Baby Birds Are Everywhere!!!

The Canadian Geese have chicks now and so do almost all
the other birds.  I think this warm weather has helped
the hatching process.  This little chick was in a group of about
eighteen.  They steal your heart right away when you see them.
This chick is only several days old at most.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Baby Arctic Tern

I didn't know it, but this chick was right at my feet.  I could have reached
out and picked it up.  It was such a wonderful day I decided to sit on a inviting  rock out by Potter's
Marsh that was vacant.  It was the perfect spot to observe all the dragonfly's buzzing around.
It was very peaceful for about 15 minutes when all of a sudden an Arctic 
Tern decided he wanted to feed me a caterpillar.   After several dive
bombings I decided a quick exit was in order.  That's when this little guy
jumped up on the rock I was sitting on.   I had no idea....bad little pair of 
parents to leave their chick unattended!!!!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Canadian Goose

This Canadian Goose and I had a heart to heart talk. I
was honored to get so close to her. 
She had so much soul in her eyes, I wonder what she
was thinking.  When animals let me get close to them
I try to give them their space.  She seemed as
curious about me as I was of her.
It was a very good day!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Arctic Tern

This little Arctic Tern let me get really close to him.  I 
think he was trying to cool off on his perch.  We both
eyed each other for about 15 minutes and then I left
him alone to revel in his breeze.  

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Wild Alaskan Strawberry Flowers

I found a wonderful patch of wild strawberry flowers 
today.  It was so exciting to see so many flowers in bloom!
It's going to make for a wonderful harvest in the fall!!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Portage Valley...

Portage Valley is beautiful anytime of the year.
I took this photo about three weeks in the evening.
I am sure a lot of the snow is now gone.  We have been
blessed with warm weather lately...
Unheard of warm days in the 70's & even into the 80's!

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Turnagain Pass

It's springtime in the pass right now and all the yellow
meadow flowers are blooming!!!
I'm loving our warm weather right now!!!!

Spring Violets

I was amazed to find so many little violets along the Seward Highway.
Hundreds of little clumps everywhere.
All these years and I never spotted them before!!