Sunday, June 7, 2009
April was cold and snowy and the following images were taken on some of the snowiest and coldest days.
Fresh snow on the rocks and trees makes for a good black and white image. A few hours later wind blew most of the snow from the trees. More on that in a later post to the blog.
Snow wind and an overcast sky can make an ethereal image.
This was a chance sighting of a Cooper's Hawk. Once again the dreary sky makes for an interesting image.
This is part of a series of images of this fox "collecting" voles. The image of the actual capture is somewhat disturbing. Yes, foxes are cute but not if you are a vole.
On a short hike to find foxes I came across, what I call, "Puddle Ice". The water in the puddle, which is in the middle of the hiking trail, has many minerals from the nearby rock. When freezing the minerals cause the ice to form in unusual crystaline structures.
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Wednesday, April 22, 2009
After many... many attempts I was able to get a RWBB in backlight just as it took flight. At this point in early spring the RWBBs are gathering cattail "fluff" to work into nests.
Intermittently the RRWBs will stop nest building and perform a territorial call. Early in the morning the bird's breath is warmer than the air temperature and each modulation of their voice is mapped in puffs of "steam".
Friday, March 20, 2009
"Respite" gulls resting between being driven by Red Tail Hawks
"Pine Street Abstract"
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Sunday, February 8, 2009
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Some of you might also know about Mt Redoubt, a volcano near Anchorage that is planning an eruption very soon. Vulcanologists are saying that the Mt Redoubt could blow any hour or day. Anchorage isn't in any eminent danger from pyroclastic flows or lava spews but the ash cloud would most likely engulf the city. City officials are telling residents to stock up on food, purchase breathing masks and goggles.
So, most likely I will cancel my trip. Getting stuck in Anchorage in an ash cloud where you can't drive a car (the air filter clogs in minutes), can't fly a plane (jet engines die when flying through ash) and aren't supposed to leave your house (limiting your exposure to ash is advised) makes taking photographs of anything other than ash impossible.