Saturday, November 29, 2008

Be careful of what you ask for

Ruth and I went out to see what was going on around Anchorage on Thursday morning. We were finally getting some snow. We're still getting some snow. It actually looks like winter now. I'm happy!

Potter Marsh wasn't busy with people but there was wildlife going on. How many eagles do you see in the second picture?

It was nice to have a long holiday weekend. We both have been so busy with different things that we haven't been able to get out and get some pictures taken. She was on call on Thursday, but we stil got out for a bit.

I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving. We had dinner at a friends house. She made us take left overs home. How dare her. :)

Anyone for a picnic?

Friday, November 28, 2008


What's so special about this parking that you have to be authorized to use it?

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Cold trains and old trains

I've always liked trains ever since I was a kid. The newer trains don't get me as excited as the older ones. I had to get out this morning. I haven't been doing much photography and I sure haven't been posting much. So I had to go find out what was going on.

Actually things were pretty quiet. It was snowing a little and the only wildlife I came across was a few ravens, magpie's and ducks. They weren't doing anything exciting, just feeding and sleeping.

Alaska Railroads main office and yard is next to Ship Creek. They always have some pretty neat looking stuff around. Those frozen cars in the first picture are self propelled. They get used a lot in the summer.

The cabooses look like they are being retired. The logo's have all been painted over and stuff. I guess we had a smorgasborg of colors for them.
The trains next to the building have been made into a shop or something. They have the ARR colors but have the logo's of when ARR was owned by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Possession of the ARR was transferred to the State of Alaska in January, 1985.

The train by itself with no windows and some primer paint had written on its side "retired". I guess that's a good thing.

I sure like the looks of their main office.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Thank a veteran!

I'm going to sleep tonight in a warm bed in a warm house. I'll get up tomorrow, watch the news on TV, read the newspaper and then go to work doing what I like to do. After work I'll play with photography, birds or maybe my kids or even better, their kids. After that I watch what I want to watch on TV or listen to what I want to on the radio.

After all of that, I'll go to sleep in a warm bed in a warm house. Because I can do all that, all I can say is "Thanks Veteran!"

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Welcome back Sarah, now back to work

Well thank god the national elections are pretty much over. You never have the luck to see all of your candidates do as well as you wish. I do believe that the best will happen and we all need to support who's in office. The best thing that happened to Alaska is that we're getting our governor back.

In the short time she has been in office she has done more for the people of Alaska than anyone in recent memory. With oil down $40 a barrel she's going to have her hands full, but I believe she can handle the job. I've had the pleasure of meeting her in person and she has quite the personality.

West Chester Lagoon is under full reconstruction. They drained the lagoon so they can do the work shown here. It should be awesome when it's done.

The temps have been staying below freezing but we haven't got much snow at all. So repeat after me " Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!"

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Seward trip

I like going to Seward. It's one of my favorite places in Alaska. To me it's never boring. There's always something of interest going on. We went down to attend to some TLC business and then it was our time.

The nice thing about digital cameras is that you can collect all the junk you find and take it home and put it in your hard drive not your front yard. In Seward there is plenty of junk.

Seward is mostly a fishing town. We visited the dry docks to see what was put up for the winter. Along the beach near the dry docks there was some remnants of ships long ago.

We also got to visit with some Pelagic Cormorants that were enjoying the sunshine. Where we were at the wind wasn't so bad, but if you look at the white caps in the background you can tell it was on the other side of the harbor.

We always eat at Christo's when we are in town. I always prepare anyone who goes with us. I let them know that the service is slow, getting your food is slow, getting the check is slow and paying the check is slow. But' the food is the best in Seward. So when you go in there be patient and you'll enjoy a good meal.

One last shot of an old bulldozer on the way out of town. Wouldn't that look good in my front yard with a few plants around it?