Catch of the day

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Above: Expect more of a “fishing perch” than a “fishing hole” when dip-netting the Copper River in southeast Alaska. Spirit Mountain pokes above the big and fast glacial-fed river that’s full of silt and very cold. Copper River Reds, the salmon in the net, are some of the most sought after in the world. 

The river is also an excellent of the Weekly Photo Challenge of boundaries. Rivers are some of Earth’s most common boundaries. For the fish in my net it is a boundary of left and death, or for a person if they fall in. 

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Sometimes sweeping is necessary — a time- and labor-intensive technique during which the fisher sweeps the net with the current, resets and repeats.

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Even when fishing is done much work is left to be done. Here a king salmon is butchered. 

iPhone photos – dragonflies, logs and a dog. Oh my!

Time for another iPhone photo collection. For me iPhones are true slivers of life. It could be my other camera is just out of reach, or I need to be quick – dramatic light in a restaurant or a dragonfly landing on my leg. My favorite is attempting to capture the impromptu; that picture that must be shot out of a car window with little time for composition, a logging truck or a man and his dog.

Dusk and Dawn Landscapes

It’s a subject I’ve talked about before, long Alaskan summer light. Dusk and dawn, referred to as “golden light” in photography, are but a few short hours apart. A fishing trip to the Copper River Valley early June gave me a prime opportunity to photograph both ends.

In the first image: Alpenglow illuminates Mount Drum, left, and Mount Sanford, right. Shot at 11:10 p.m., June 11, 2013.

Alpenglow highlights mountains along the Richardson Highway,11:10 p.m., June 11, 2013.

Alpenglow highlights mountains along the Richardson Highway,11:10 p.m., June 11, 2013.

Before getting on the boat the next morning I walked down to the Copper River to photograph a gorgeous sunrise, At 4:30 in the morning, just over five hours later.

Sunrise over the Copper River at 4:30 a.m., June 11, 2013.

Sunrise over the Copper River at 4:30 a.m., June 11, 2013.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette

Probably a little too much detail to be a true silhouette. But the dark outline of the boat emphasized against the cloudy background offers the same effect. I really like the boat far in the background. Image taken in Prince William Sound, outside Valdez, 2011.

Fishing vessels outside Valdez.

The second image is a true silhouette. Mountains at sunset in Denali National Park.

Mountains at sunset

Weekly photo challenge: Everyday life.

In Alaska, everyday life is a rather subjective term. Sure there are things done every day: eating, conversing and work. Then there are the things that are everyday life dependent on season. In winter skiing, outerwear, shoveling snow, even cars in the ditch are everyday life. In the summer biking, hiking, gardening and fishing are just a few everyday life sights. Not to say that these events can’t cross seasons, such as ice fishing or roller skiing.

Here are my two photos of everyday life from summer in Alaska. Please click on the images to view full size.

Fishing, farming and gardens are popular with the near 24-hour daylight received during Interior Alaska’s summer.

Digging potatoes in Fairbanks, September 12, 2012.

Fly fishing on the Chena River, downtown Fairbanks, June 16, 2012.

Fishing in Valdez: The people, the fish and the boat.

Here are two images of life on the water in Valdez.  The first image I believe is a combination of family and friends that work together commercial fishing Silver Salmon. Trollers go out in smaller skiffs deploying nets before they are winched back in. It’s hard work, and despite the apparent calm in the fishermen there is noticeable tension in their postures.

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Next, a fishing boat sits in the shade as the light falls on the hill behind.  The boat had overnighted in Sawmill Bay, sometimes it’s easier to find calm water to sleep on then sail back to the harbor. Even though in this case Sawmill Bay is only 15 miles outside Valdez.