Saturday, May 30, 2009

Random Shots From Wasilla's Idita/Wonderland Park

I don't quite remember where I was standing when I took this, but I liked the mountain peeking between the trees look.

Yeah, yeah, but I really, really liked these flowers, so I kept taking their pictures.
These were in the general area of the walk-way in front of the play castle area of the park.
I'm embarrassed to say that I discovered a little walk-way bridge that I'd never known was there and this was the view from it. My excuse is that it's behind the building I normally park in front of for shots from that area.
I was standing on the bridge and the gull cooperated by flying in my general direction.
My view as I walked back toward where I'd parked the car.

Eklutna Cemetary, Russian Orthodox Influences

Eklutna Cemetary is always an intriguing place to visit, even more so since for the first time ever, I was able to visit the insides of both the old, historic Russian Orthodox Church, St. Nicholas, and the new structure. Captions later as I need to double check some dates before posting.

Friday, May 29, 2009

A little sunshine, a little rain, a little....snow? Hatcher Pass

The weather wasn't looking real promising when we left but, hey, this is Alaska. We're tough, right?
The Little Su was quite lovely
Huh? What a strange looking....whatever. Almost looks like a curtain is being drawn across the mountainside.
And, dang, those dark clouds hadn't deserted me.
Looking down toward the Valley from about half-way up the main climb.
Taken from my favorite pull-over, one just before you turn a corner and can see the lodge and mine areas. Gotta love the straight line look, huh?

Up at the entrance to the mine area, those white spots you see are snowflakes! More a rainy snow than anything else, but it was definitely snowing.

That's not a mist or haze, that's snow providing the fuzzy focus.

Can you imagine what it must have been like to live here in the "good ol' days" when access wasn't so easy and being snowed on in "almost June" could be downright depressing instead of "cool"?

Without the zoom, it's even difficult to pick out the mine's buildings in the distance.

Heading back down, the spots on the windshield are from the snow-rain.