Sunday, June 21, 2009

Summer Solstice -- Wasilla's Midnight Skies

Betty's spruce tree against the sky at about 9:46 PM, the true solstice time.
Taken the same time as the spruce tree, only looking east, go figure. Blue skies and interesting clouds.

I found these clouds wonderfully strange and interesting.

Taken across Wasilla Lake, probably about 11:30'ish.

Don't turn your computer upside-down. This was the reflection in a huge puddle in the parking lot at Lake Lucille's Best Western.

Interesting sky, a sky of many colors.

Yet, look more easterly and, gasp, sunshine and you could even see the shadows on the mountains.

Looking sorta westerly across the lake. Note the layers of clouds.

I've turned the camera a bit more northerly and you can see the dark clouds hovering, just waiting to rain on me again.

As huge as the mountains appear, they're dwarfed by the sky and clouds.

The same northerly look as before, clouds a bit lower.

Can you tell it was the scene directly across the lake, tho', that was holding my attention?

More easterly view, view with bird.

Time out for a flower break before I gave in to the cool (40's) temps and abandoned the music playing and headed to my warm car.

I'm not even quite sure where I took this cos I was just driving around.

This one was taken looking sorta NNW from the Chevron station that's alongside Parks near the bottom of my hill.

From Idita-Park, looking easterly.

I'm back up on my hill, looking toward the Talkeetnas. Taken somewhere along the line just before midnight. It was starting to rain, so wanted to be sure to get something as close to the bewitching solstice midnight hour as possible.

Snuck inside to download the previous photos but went back out and snapped this one at midnight. Same view, the Talkeetnas from the end of my driveway. Chatted with the neighbors, got cold again, and we all waved and went inside.

Snapped this as I walked toward the open garage door. This is what midnight looks like in Alaska right now.

From beside the garage, Betty's spruce tree around midnight on the solstice.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

More Pretty Flowers, Yellow and Otherwise

Since I'm hopeless with flower names, this flower (actually, a Globe Flower) has become known to me as the "Pretty Yellow Flower" that was the very first to ever bloom after I moved into this house. Here they are on Saturday after a light rain. CLICK FOR LARGER VERSIONS

One day's difference....

Sunday, they're much further along, looking far more like real flowers than yellow buds, pretty as even the buds are.

Considering the fact that I didn't even know what it was called when I first encountered it, this has become one of my favorite flowers.

Of course, it's hard to ignore the Columbine, too, with its interesting array of colors and shape. This is the first one this season.

Rhubarb anyone?

I'm back into the "I don't have a clue what its name is" realm here. Sure is pretty, tho', even if it isn't at my place.

Even better, it had lots of company.

Look at the background of this one. Can you guess where this display is located?
Even in the rain, it's quite the lovely greeting as I drive through.

Give up? Believe it or not, the last few, starting with the big, orangish one, are planted alongside the McDonald's drive-thru here in Wasilla.
Back to my that I've eaten.

The lilac bush is beginning to show off. Considering the fact this thing was coated in ice only couple months ago, not too shabby, huh?

Yeah, yeah, I know. Intellectually, I know the dandelion is a weed. But, for a weed, it's darn pretty and I love the burst of yellow in the pasture.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Taking photos

Blame this entry on Bonnie Lundberg, who told me I needed some new photos of "me". Doesn't she know there is a reason I'm more often than not designated photographer and it isn't cos I like to be in front of the lens? In any case, here you go, Bonz. You owe me. Ha

BTW, I think I should sub-title this one, "Portrait of Photographer in Rear-View Mirror".

This one could be, "Portrait of Pensive Photographer in Rear View Mirror" or perhaps "Portrait of Pensive Photographer Who Should Have Brushed Her Hair".
This one should be, "How to Cut Your Head in Half in One Easy Lesson", but, hey, I got part of the lake behind me!
PS: Boy, Bonnie's tough. She insists that I tell you that it's my birthday today, too. I've decided that 49 is a nice number, even matches my state (AK), so I think I'm going to be 49 from this day forward, forever.