Beautimous day

I soaked in the beauty that was the sun for two hours.  Just laying there on the tundra by myself.  It was wonderful.  This was the view from my picnic blanket.

Saying goodbye to the sun

On the 18th the sun went down for the last time until it comes back up again on January 24, but that doesn’t mean that it is completely dark all the time.  We still get some lovely colors in the late morning and early afternoon.  This was the first pretty day (if a little blustery) after the final set of the sun so I went out to the edge of Freshwater Lake Road to watch the snow blowing across the tundra.

The great owl invasion

Every October the snowy owls seem to invade town. This year is no different. Some friends from Anchorage and beyond came up for a quick visit hoping to see polar bears. While we weren’t treated to one of those, they did get treated to the yearly owl spectacle. I caught this beauty just as it was taking off. I hope they had as much fun visiting as I had showing off our avian wildlife!

Maclaren Summit, Denali Highway, AK

Maclaren Summit, a photo by missmerv on Flickr. Last week I took advantage of a rare opportunity to get out of Barrow and head south to the subarctic to do a photography workshop along the Denali Highway with my good friend and teacher, Hal Gage. The landscape around Barrow is so minimalist and the beauty so subtle that it was rather overwhelming to re-experience the beauty that is the Alaska Range. The flat tundra of the north slope can make one feel conspicuous and vulnerable.  Its openness is mystifying.   This landscape, though just as open, enhances feelings of anonymity …

Snow. It’s August.

So living in the arctic is something of an adventure and you learn to expect what most would consider unexpected.  One day of snow in August… eh, it’s the arctic. It happens. Two days in a row of snow with some on the ground… reality seeps in and countdown to depression in 3…. 2…… 1………