Forget-me-nots on Alaska Day (observed)

Today is (observed) Alaska Day. The official Alaska Day is Oct. 18 and recognizes the U.S. flag raising at Fort Sitka on Oct. 18, 1867.  The U.S. flag replaced its Russian counterpart following the purchase of Alaska for roughly $7 million. Alaska Day is being observed a day late this year because it is a paid holiday for state employees.  Since I didn’t post…

Dreamy cherry blossoms

Above: Water on whimsical cherry blossoms. Dreamy is the current Weekly Photo Challenge. To me, dreamy conjures feelings of contrast. Dreams are often simultaneously crisp and cloudy. Things that don’t make sense feel true. Entire dreams can be vague narratives shrouded in mist, except for one hyperreal detail — perhaps a pair of eyes. In these photographs a shallow depth of field helps create a dreamy and uncertain…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Eerie Spiders

Above: The much smaller wolf spider can be seen in the clasp of an orb weaver.  The weekly photo challenge for Nov. 1 through Nov. 7 is eerie. Of course it was announced just one day after I posted about the Paris Catacombs, which would have fit the bill perfectly. Not uncommon for me to have great ideas ahead of their time.  So for…

Potatoes and Romanesco

Above: The odd green color makes romanesco feel even more bizarre. Continuing the harvest theme from my last post about blueberries, it is fall after all, today includes some vegetables grown in my garden. Few things are more satisfying then a delicious home-cooked meal made with food you grew. Much like the blueberries, it can be difficult to find time to photograph vegetables rather then…

Vibrant and Healthy Blueberries

Above: Handfull and bucket full of berries. Fall in Alaska brings much more then decreasing temperatures and less daylight. Gorgeous colors fill the hills while harvests fill the pantries. The near total daylight of summer allows great success over the short growing season. The harsher, cooler climate vegetation endure make for sweet and succulent food. Blueberries are both incredibly tasty and incredibly healthy. Packed…

Redpolls, robin egg, beehives and PRI.

My old theme had been giving me problems, hence the new appearance. A very similar story to the subject of this post was on Public Radio International during my drive to UAF: Magpies as pests. The story about how magpies, cousins of the fascinating raven I love  to photograph, are often exterminated because of their aggressive nest-plundering habits. In defense of the magpie it…

Weekly Photo Post: Color at Washington Park Arboretum.

It’s been a long time since I participated in Weekly Photo Post, and what a perfect theme since my return from Washington and Oregon. While Fairbanks has been receiving a mid-April snowstorm, resulting in lots of white, the Washington Park Arboretum had very-vibrant warm, spring hues. My botanical identification skills are sub-par, and the only plant species I recognize are tulips, which were actually…

Mt. Rainier: I fell asleep beneath the flowers

Wildflowers are a main attraction to be found on Mt. Rainier. There are obviously many others: great views, unique structures, waterfalls, glaciers and abundant wildlife. I will feature them all in the weeks to come. But it’s Friday, so let us relax, enjoy the beautiful fall and maybe daydream a little. To facilitate those feelings take a look at the pretty purple flowers. Please…