Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
One of my favorite places in Seward is Lowell Point Beach. It is just a mile or so south of town, but doesn't it look so secluded? If you were to turn around and look behind you, you'd see the last few houses on the edge of town.
Monday, June 28, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
There were so many sailboats exploring Resurrection Bay and Kenai Fjords while we were there. I know my husband was longing to be aboard one, so we are going to work on my sea legs and maybe next time we are in Seward, we will be seeing it from a catamaran.
Good Morning! If anyone out there is local, I wanted to invite you to come to the grand opening of the Gilchrist Gallery this evening from 11-4 p.m. I am one of 12 artists who is showing their work and will be there tonight as part of the celebrations. There will be door prizes and wine and snacks, and of course you'll get to see all the wonderful, diverse art of the gallery. I hope to see you there.
And if you can't make it tonight, regular gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, from 1-6 p.m. The gallery is located downtown on Gilchrist Street, two doors down from the book store.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
And look at these neighborhoods. There are very few monstrous homes. Most are on the smaller size, making it look like a very normal place to live. Except for the mountains in your back yard. And do you see the dandelions in the front? They were everywhere, and for the first time in my life, they really didn't look like weeds. Yes, even the dandelions look better in Seward. They were big and fluffy and looked so natural and right.
One of the best views I stumbled upon was the high school track. I wish my track meets were here so I could spend hours looking at the gorgeous view.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
The females kept very close together, and surfaced as a group, blowing spray from their blowholes.
Then they all swam beneath our ship and headed out. It was nothing less than amazing.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
As per a friend's request, we are back to Alaska this week in photographs. This may be my favorite shot of the coast that I got from the cruise ship. I'm not sure I even know why, but it is so representative of how it all looked. We were so lucky with the beautiful weather that day.
Monday, June 21, 2010
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Friday, June 18, 2010
In most National Parks, when you see a vehicle pulled over on the side of the road, it means there is something to look at, usually an animal. But sometimes they are just admiring the view or photographing a pretty vista. I thought that was the case when we pulled over here, and after the car in front of us departed, we moved up and were headed back toward the main road. Then I saw this magnificent bird, perched at eye level, in this tree. He was actually hard to miss once we were along side of him. "Back up!" I yelled to my husband, and he did (he is so great about maneuvering the truck so I can get the shots I want). We turned off the radio and rolled down the window and I got four shots before this huge bird (nearly the size of an eagle) flew away.
I had been thinking about ravens the week before, when one of my blog friends posted that every artist has some sort of raven imagery. "Not me," I thought at the time. Now that I have been so close to such an incredible bird, I understand the attraction, the almost mystical, reverential feeling you get, and am just giddy to have gotten this shot.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Rocky Mountain National Park is famous for the elk that call it home, and they were out and about just as we hoped. This was the first herd we saw, and included some mommas and some yearling males (you can see the little spikes on the boys, as opposed to the full rack of antlers you'd expect on the older males). The cow in front in the third picture is the only elk we saw with a tracking collar all day, though we aren't sure exactly why she is being studied. Anyway, they grazed along and along and we had a great time watching them for about a half an hour.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
This past weekend my husband and I drove down to Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. It was a rainy, misty day, but that really made it all the more beautiful.
Monday, June 14, 2010
Hello everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. My husband and I went down to Estes Park in Colorado and, even though it was rainy, had a great time exploring Rocky Mountain National Park. I'll share some photos tomorrow. And I still have lots of Alaska photographs to share with you, too. But I didn't want to forget all the beauty that was blooming in the garden. The lilac just began blooming while we were in Alaska and was still laden when we returned. The flowers were a little lackluster this year, I think because of a late snow, but pretty, nonetheless.
Friday, June 11, 2010
Here is one last view of the Chiswell Islands, which are part of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. We are actually approaching them here, from Kenai Fjords, on our day cruise. Not only are they home to the colony of Stellar Sea Lions I shared with you yesterday, but they are also the nesting ground for many birds, including puffins, auklets, and kittiwakes. We did see many of these birds when we were closer, swooping along the cliffs, however, the puffins we saw were bobbing in the water near the whales.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Monday, June 7, 2010
Hello! I hope everyone had a great weekend. I just wanted to let you know that several photos from my "Wyoming" Collection are hanging in Coal Creek Coffee (the downtown location) in Laramie for the month of June. So if you're local, go check them out and enjoy a coffee or some lunch at one of my favorite places in all of Wyoming.