Saturday, October 31, 2009

Hey, head south!

The temps at night have been getting below zero and staying low during the day. We had some gusty winds yesterday that kept the wind chill low. So what that means is our lakes and ponds are starting to freeze over. The open water is limited and very crowded.

I went to Cuddy Park yesterday and enjoyed my Latte' and muffin inside my warm truck Lucille. I also enjoyed watching the ducks and geese attempting to share this limited open water. It got to be humorous after a bit. Some were resting and others restless.

The thing to remember is that we need not feed these guys. The more they rely on us for food the longer they wait to migrate. If they migrate now, the less they play bumper cars on ice, or have cold feet.

I know they're hard to resist. They want your muffin more than you. They have that look that makes you feel bad if you don't feed them. But, they need to move on. Don't worry, they'll be back next spring.

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Saturday, October 24, 2009


I took this shot on Friday morning setting at a traffic light on my way to my next account.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Look out! I got new equipment.

It's time to put the Sony H9 away and upgrade. I've been doing a lot of research, checking out the Nikon D5000, the Sony A330 and the Canon T1i. The Canon T1i won hands down.

The Old Sony H9 has been an excellent camera. Sony no longer makes it, but has replaced it with a much cheaper model that doesn't come close to the H9. I've used it right at 2 years now and I've enjoyed it a lot. But if I'm going to have more fun with photography, it's time to upgrade.

I ordered the body only, not wanting the lens that came with the kit. The EF28-105mm lens came highly recommended as an all around lens. Unfortunately it hasn't arrived yet. My friend Britt has loaned me her 24-70mm (WOW, thanks Britt!) until it arrives, hopefully soon.

We went down to Ship Creek for a test drive. The sun was out and a little wind too, but I got a few shots in before we had to call it quits. I have a lot to learn about the T1i, but I'm happy with my decision. I'll be bringing you more photo's real soon!

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Friday, October 16, 2009


I caught this family as I was leaving my favorite coffee stand one morning. I like how they observe the traffic signs.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Frontier Fun Fliers

Not much was happening, so it was time to go for a drive and see what you can find. I was looking for bridges and train trestles when we came upon an RC plane show out at Peters Creek. The folks were very hospitable and told us all about what was going on.

There was constant work going on in the pits of all types of planes at all levels. The weather held off and the worst going on while we were there was the gray clouds.

They all put on quite a show and invited us to another one on Tuesday nite at Begich Middle School in Anchorage at 7:30.

I didn't like any of my air shots, but to see more, check out Britts website. Thanks for the hospitality fellas and a great show!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Life is good!

I've had a lot of ups and downs this year, but all and all things have been good. A couple things helped me make it through the down times. One has been family. I got some great kids. Then there's friends. Good friends are always there, no matter what. The other is to get away and see what is out there for us to enjoy.

I enjoy getting out and doing photography. A good friend told me to be careful to not miss what you are taking pictures of. I almost drove past this moose enjoying dinner. It wasn't too phased by me. I kept my distance because I didn't want to disturb it, or at least keep it to a minimum.

It's OK to miss a good shot if you enjoy what you see. You might not get to share that shot with others, but you'll always have it in that hard drive on your shoulders. Sometimes you can't enjoy what your seeing through a view finder either.

After it stopped raining yesterday, things were pretty quiet. I got to hear mother nature. The leaves have fallen and what ones haven't will be
blown away by the high winds they are predicting today.

Winter is around the corner. I'm ready.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Beauty among the ugly

Our state has a lot to offer, but there are some things that are not easy on the eyes. Both the State of Alaska and the City of Anchorage have spent mega bucks on hiking trails all over.

The Ship Creek area is mainly owned by the Alaska Railroad, ARR, which is owned by the State of Alaska. It has been an industrial area since day one. But it is also very, very close to the center of tourism.

So it has been about time they started cleaning it up and they have been doing a heck of a job. There's still a lot to do, but they have accomplished a lot. The Ship Creek Trail is done and it's a beautiful trail too.

Unfortunately it's lined with old warehouses and junkyards. I know, these type of businesses are necessary. ARR is doing a lot to get these places fixed up, cleaned up and more appealing to the eye. They have their work cut out ahead of them, but I give them a A+ for what they have got done so far.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Fall is hanging on

Fall is putting on quite a fight to stay around. We have been getting below freezing temperatures and night and our fair share of rain, but the leaves are putting on a heck of a color show.

The migratory birds are starting to leave, but a lot of the die hards are still around. It's nothing more amazing then looking up and seeing a large formation of swans overhead.

The snow is holding out in the mountains also. I'm expecting to wake up any morning right now to having a white lawn.

My front yard and garden is all put away. That's a first for me in a couple of years. No looking for the garden gnomes under the snow. Hang in there fall!!