Sunday, July 28, 2013

Hot day at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

Temperatures in the upper 70°s might not seem hot to many of you, but to us in Alaska, it is hot. Then cover yourself in hair or feathers, and it is real hot.

AWCC got a donation of a pallet of expired melons and the animals we excited.
 Even visiting ravens were sneaking in on the banquet.

The brown bears we just devouring ever crumb.

No, the mush ox didn't care. But when they brought over some fresh cut trees, that got their attention. The leaves were stripped off the branches is no time.
Is it me, or does the fireweed look extra beautiful and bright this year?
I'll be adding more photographs of the animals at AWCC often. Check here often.
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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Wanna go for a ride????

Every guys dream is to have a collection of antique or classic automobiles, or at least a couple. But most of us have a reality check and the closest we ever come to it is our daily driver. Well that's the nice thing about Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum in Fairbanks, Alaska.

There are over 55 remarkable antique automobiles and 100 vintage costumes on display and they aren't parked on top of one another.

Picture yourself in the roaring 1920's or as a movie star driving one of these babies around.

Lower the top on this 1933 Auburn Model 12-161A Custom Boattail Speeedster and feel your hair blowing in the breeze. That's if you still have hair. The V-12 could get you to where your going and fast.
(Photo by Nancy DeWitt)
I was fortunate to be visiting my friend Nancy DeWitt in Fairbanks who is the museum historian. She was giving me a private tour when the shop manager asked "do you want to go for a ride in a 1918 Biddle?" I replied " do I really need to answer?"
What a really neat place to visit. If you're in the Fairbanks area or plan to be, plan on visiting the museum out.
More photographs of their cars are here. Be patient with me. I only have some labeled, but will get more done time permitting.
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Friday, July 19, 2013

2013 Midnight Sun Intertribal Powwow

I always enjoy visiting Fairbanks. As for the past 5 years I've gone to the Midnight Sun Intertribal Powwow. It's very inspiring to listen to the different elders talk of their ancestors and what one should do in their own future to make themselves a better person and this a better place.

Alaska Natives, American Indians, and First Nations People of Canada in a powwow setting to share similarities and diversities, to honor the elders, and children, and to educate the general public of the heritage of the indigenous people of North America.

Dancers are invited from all over America. The regalia they wear from their tribal ancestry is nothing less then beautiful.

To see each dancer put their heart into each dance is very inspiring.

Young and older dancers, traditional and modern, they were all represented well.

Right before the ending, an eagle is released back to the wild. One that had been rehabilitated at the Bird Treatment and Learning Center in Anchorage. To hear the crowds reaction to the release and to see tears in many eyes tugs at my heart.

I wouldn't miss next years powwow!
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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Along Ship Creek

It's been a crazy busy summer. You can tell by the lack of post. I'll have a lot of catching up to do.

There's always wildlife along the Ship Creek Trail just a short walk away from downtown Anchorage.

Ops! Missed that one. There's an active beaver lodge and I do mean active.

They're always patrolling the banks for material to remodel with.

And it's always a good place for photography.
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