Sunday, May 25, 2014

Off to see Barbara Falls in Eagle River

Saturdays have turned into little adventure days with photography and Amanda. Yesterday we went off to Barbara Falls aka South Fork Eagle River Falls in the Chugach State Park. We had a heavy overcast of smoke from the Funny River Fires a few hundred miles south.
 The hike is pretty fair and the scenery pretty good, but better yet when you get to the falls. You can hear them up ahead from the start of the hike. You  expect them around every corner because of how loud they are.
 It was hard to find a spot that didn't have a good view or were we able to take good photos. Lighting was a little challenging though because of the overcast.
 The temperature did take a dip, but we brought hoodies and flannels. The mosquitoes were out pretty good too.
 But, even with all the little challenges, it was worth the hike.
 And to take a closer look to feel the power and experience the roar.
This definitely made it to our list of places to return to.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Memorial Day

It doesn't take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who go into battle.
Norman Schwarzkopf

Have a safe holiday weekend.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

In search of ??? in Portage, Alaska

Amanda and I headed out to Portage again for the second time this weekend. This time we took Macy along and it's probably a good thing. Yep, Macy is my best bud, she's a lot of fun and lets me live in my house. But there wasn't a lot that caught my photography eye, so she got some extra attention.
 This stream reminded me of when I lived in South Carolina.
 Except for the mountains in the background of course.
 Macy was getting her workout for the day. I think our hike was a little longer than our normal daily walk.
 Dueling photos.
 Nice peaceful spot that took me several hours to re-find yesterday. I hadn't been back in here in a few years, and the National Park Service had make some nice campground improvements. With these improvements, I knew where I was but couldn't find where I wanted to go.
Macy was being adventurous, but I kept a close eye on her. There were plenty of bear signs around. Didn't see any though.
This is where she was checking out. I love this little fall. Actually it's not all that little. It runs down the side of a mountain, but it's nice and peaceful. 
These chunks of Portage Glacier were of pretty good size. With the wind blowing, you could feel the temperature change. The wind did keep the skeeters off of my pasty white legs. Yep, I was wearing shorts.

Monday, May 12, 2014

We didn't find beavers yet

Macy and I went down to the pond where we normally see beavers, but we've struck out the last two nights. We'll get lucky and get some photos. We just have to be patient. We did see muskrat and a belted kingfisher, both too fast for my camera eye.
 We did get to see some greater scaup in a pond near the dam. Some were diving and some were snoozing.
 There were about a half dozen. They were enjoying the sun either way.
Something tells me were going to be having more mew gulls soon.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Who let the bears out

The weather has been great. The hell with yard work, there's photos to be taken. You know the bears have to be active at AWCC.
This black bear just had to stand up and see what was around. We arrived right after their feeding time, so Kuma was probably looking for a place to crash.
This one found its place and was looking around one last time.
It wasn't the brown bears feeding time yet. So what else do you do on a hot 65° day? Wrestle in the pool er ah pond. Joe Boxer and Patron splash some water around.
 I bet this guy is thinking "Silly bears!" This eagle is a wild one just stopping by for a visit.
Thanks to my photography partner for the day, Amanda. We kept the laughs going and still got some good shots in.