Every now and then Barrow gives you a day that makes it all worth while. What was intended to be a quick walk on the beach, ended up taking longer as there were I think two whales, one a baby, 50 feet off the beach. They come in to scrape the barnacles off their bodies on the shallow shelf. Then as we were getting back in the car, I noticed these beautiful clouds casting a shadow on the horizon and looking all moody. Perfect.
The ocean has been as calm as a lake this week. The Arctic Ocean fascinates me in many ways. I’m always finding interesting creatures, beach combing here is particularly fun as you can find something as large as a whale vertebra down to something as small as beach glass, and the water itself is ever changing. From waves big enough to surf to you-can-skip-stones-on-it calm. My favorite part of summer is having the water back and I’ve been spending as much time as possible being near it.
Icebow, a photo by missmerv on Flickr. Our first beautiful day of winter. Highs in the 20s, not much wind, fresh snow underfoot, and a beautiful icebow over the Arctic Ocean. Days like this are rare this time of year, so we all bundled up to play in the snow. Unfortunately, my son prefers to play when there’s a stiff breeze and it’s nasty out. Go figure.
What turned out to be the last pretty day, a photo by missmerv on Flickr. The day after I returned from Anchorage we had what would be the last day of summer. I’m glad it waited for me to return because it WAS glorious, even if for only one more day. The snow is here to stay.