Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Snow Comes to the Mountains...but not my yard

First, a quick shot of Betty's spruce tree, still dressed in green, not even sporting a white sparkle anywhere. I mulched the leaves in the front to the best of my "I don't have a mulching mower" ability, but you can still see a pretty thick layer on the ground to the south of the house (which is to the right) as I look back at the tree from near the pasture gate.

So, do you think I need to unbury the snow blower? Please note the green, one-wheeled fertilizer spreader front center that is totally useless now but I can't quite bring myself to throw away.

Early afternoon's view of the Talkeetnas from the end of the driveway.

View from Lucille, heading back toward town. Loved the floating mountains effect.

Uh, yeah, I'd say the mountains got some snow. This one from the Home Depot parking lot as are all those that follow.

I'm sure glad I'm not down in all that fog/cloud area and having to drive!

From the general area of the back (loading dock) area of Home Depot, looking down and across Wasilla Lake. toward the Talkeetnas.

Gotta love some of these trees. From loading area of Home Depot looking down toward Fred Meyers (center).

More of the Talkeenas across Wasilla Lake. Their more rounded appearance as opposed to the dramatic peaks and valleys of other mountains indicates their age, btw. They've been around longer than those "dramatic" peaks, long enough to have been worn down by weather and wind.

Playing with the idea of "tree as frame".

Looking back toward the general south, lots of fog, haze, and low clouds.

I followed this darn raven with the camera for five minutes and this was the best shot I got cos he was sure in the mood to dart here and there without slowing down.

More artsy "tree as frame" shots.

Oh, a really artsy moment: "Tree as frame with leaning trees".

Just a wide shot of Wasilla. That's Parks Highway sorta running across the middle of the photo, tho' hard to pick out, even now.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Snow on the mountains....again

The Talkeetnas are still pretty much snow-free, tho' a few patches that can be seen elsewhere.
On the other hand, the snow is slowing building back up elsewhere. My hunch is that the band of clouds hovering here is probably dropping quite a bit on the mountains' slopes where it is sitting.

But, in other directions, this one ENE, snow is sparce.

Looking across Wasilla Lake

The mountains across from the Best Western on Lake Lucille have snow and they're the ones perhaps getting snow right now, tho'. It always amazes me how distinctive the snow line can be on the mountains.

Zoom, zoom, and I'm looking at more distant mountains to the SE. More snow.

From the docks at Lake Lucille, looking easterly.

And another look across the lake, wondering if these are the clouds dropping snow on those who report seeing signs of snow.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Wannabe Sunrise

I was keeping one eye on the sky this morning in hopes this would turn into something genuinely phot0-worthy, tho' this was about as good as it got. It was really windy, so maybe the winds blew my sunrise away? In any case, I did like the streak of pink running through an otherwise still dark sky.

Saturday, October 10, 2009


As anyone who has known me awhile can attest, I don't tend to greet the sunrise often (except in the winter when it arrives very late), so enjoy.