Thursday, April 17, 2014

Spring along Ship Creek

Well, spring is here and the temps are getting up to the lower 50's during the day. Poor Minnesota got snow. Well, the lower 48 stole our winter, so they can have it.
We still have a lot of piled up snow and ice around, and what tourist I've seen so far are bundled up like Admiral Perry.
 The Ship Creek dam is froze over, but before long it'll be wide open and salmon going upstream.
And these bolders of ice will be all melted away.
The geese are finding some open water. The gull are back in force and friends are seeing other migratory birds. Spring is early and it's here. YaY!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Frozen Catninetails

Even though everyone here thinks spring is on its way, there's still plenty of snow and ice around.
Even frozen catninetails.

Friday, March 21, 2014

It was a beautiful sunny day at AWCC

It was a beautiful sunny day, so it was a good time to take a trip down to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. The bears get fed at 4:00 pm, if we hurry we can make it.

Two minutes to spare and a up front view. Salmon and ground beef, or is that surf and turf. They didn't care, they said it was good.
The lighting was awesome and so was the temperature. It was right around 38° with a slight wind. The buffalo thought it was just right for a nap.
The lynx were awake and enjoying the weather also. Everyone thinks spring is right around the corner.
The eagles were watching the bears and waiting for them to miss some of the salmon or ground beef.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Iditarod 2014

It's been running about a week now. There was the ceremonial start in Anchorage and the restart in Willow. So far 13 mushers have scratched, including always favorite Dee Dee Jonrowe (above), most due to poor trail conditions.
Below are some links to check out if you want updates of the race
It's an exciting race!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

So, I want to grow up and be a photographer

While I was in the hospital a few months ago, I decided I wanted to get more into my photography after I got back on my feet. One of the things I wanted to learn to shoot was sled dog racing. Then of course, Alaska has one of the worst winters ever for the lack of snow. Finally there was enough snow and the fine people at ASDRA maintained the trails enough to where they could finally race.
One thing I learned was, it's not as easy as it looks. The weather never cooperates, to include the sun. Every time so far there was either no sun (cloudy) or too much sun. My first two times out my photos ended up in the recycle bin and I was a little, OK, a lot frustrated.
With a few tips from friends who are fellow photographers and taking a class at my favorite photo store, Stewart's Photo, I'm headed in the right direction finally.
It doesn't hurt that the people of ASDRA, the organizers, the mushers and handlers are pretty cool people. The dogs are always excited and ready to run. Other photographers there are always ready to discuss what they got going on and stay out of each others way.
If you don't know the track rules, their website explains it all. If you got questions, most people are ready to answer them for you.
I'm excited to continue on this quest. Next weekend is the 2014 Fur Rondy and the Rondy World Championship Sled Dog Races and then the 2014 running of the Iditarod is the following weekend. For a photographer wanna be, it's challenging, busy, hair pulling and a lot of fun.
To see more Day 2 race photographs, click here.  
Day 3 race photographs, click here.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

So, you want to be a sled dog racer

Bill Roth / Anchorage Daily News View of the trail from the dog sled of Egil Ellis, a 5-time winner of the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship and a 7-time winner of ExxonMobil Open, who drove his sprint dog team to a second place finish on Day 2 of the ExxonMobil Open at Tozier Track in Anchorage on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014.

Click on the link for an awesome video.

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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year 2014

I wanted to do some dog mushing photography today, but it was cloudy and dark out. Looking south, there was sunshine. By the time Macy and I got loaded in the truck, that had changed too. So we headed south anyways to see what we would run into.
Just south of the weigh scales, there's always tons of ice hanging from the side of the rocks. Today a couple of ice climbers were trying out their stuff.
They always draw the attention of motorist driving by and Macy and I were no exception. I also figured with the cloudy day, there probably wasn't much of anything more exciting down the road a bit.
Between cars zooming by, you could hear some of their conversation. The guy in orange was more experienced than the lady in blue. However, she did very good.
She did way better then I would ever come close to. They also were fun to watch.
Macy said she likes to keep her climbing horizontal. The snow was a little deep for her so she kept it short.
I hope everyone had an awesome New Years. May 2014 be the best ever!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all!

Thank you to all of our service members and first responders who make things safe for me every day! May your Christmas be merry and safe where ever you are.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

How do you discount the cost of freedom?

Sometimes when I have something on my mind that's irritating me, I go for a drive and stay away from others. I try to calm myself and try to think of what I can do at my level to comment or change things. Sitting back and enjoying a gorgeous view of the Chugach Mountain Range always helps.
Sometimes you feel like an old relic. You've been put out to pasture and forgotten about. Nothing can protect you from those who don't think there's a need for your services or of those that have taken your place. Or that the financial price is too high for what they feel they get in return.
 And then I feel like I'm being watched or am I being watched over?

It was +1° when I went to Ft. Richardson National Cemetery to visit with my brothers and sisters that have passed on. Some died in the line of duty, some after they left their service and some retired, lived out their lives and then rest here. Most I don't know, but we all had the same duty.

The new budget, which boosts spending in the short term in exchange for longer-term fee hikes and spending cuts, includes a provision that would reduce the cost-of-living adjustment for military retirees to 1 percent less than the rate of consumer inflation — and even reduces payments for veterans who were wounded in action.

Veterans served you, now support the veteran. Ask your state senator to support Senator Wicker’s amendment to restore full retirement pay for current and future military retirees .

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Saturday, December 14, 2013

It's snowing!

I was beginning to believe some of the states in the lower 48 were stealing our snow. We've had rain in December. I got this photo when I was next to TGI Fridays. These guys were happy to see the snow.
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