Won’t Back Down

Every year at this time I look for the new blooms of July.
One of my favorites are the Bluebells of Scotland, a tiny plant with a relatively big statement of a flower.
I have a favorite place I go to look, not too far from here, along the inlet.
I get there and I look up at the rock crags, and decide which one I want to photograph.
Then I move up the rock, gingerly balance myself, and go to work.
These little flowers grow on the cliffs in a seemingly inhospitable world by our standards,
but they are there year after year.
They don’t compromise, they don’t bend to our will, they don’t back down and they never will.
On the eve of our nation’s anniversary of freedom, this is profound to me.

KSP_6578 a Bluebells of Scotland

To the little plant with uncompromising drive in life, and to our country…from me in Alaska.

Won’t Back Down

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Rainy Day Crossroad Blues

With summer comes some rain, and I catch up on a few projects waiting for a clearing.
Summer here is about new growth and visitors.
If you follow my photos on flickr you know I am crazy about our Arctic Tern visitors.
I finally posted a photo which is a composite of 5 frames I took back in June of 2008.

Arctic Tern Composite

Of course summer wouldn’t be summer without the new wild flowers.

One of my favorite shots from last week is this Starflower, of the Primrose family,

the flower is only about an inch wide.

KSP_6432 ac Star Flower

The name of the blog is taken from a song by the Doobie Brothers on their Stampede album.

When I got that album I lived in Petersburg Alaska, where it rains allot, that was back in 1975.

That was my first year in Alaska, some nice memories from long ago.

Rainy days are for visiting memories sometimes.

The rain becomes a soothing noise at night after you get used to it.

After I left Petersburg I had a hard time going to sleep without hearing the rain at night. not so much so anymore.

I still like the song as much as I did then though!

I can’t seem to get the link to open in a new window like I like to do, so if you hit it you may be wisked away

>>>  Rainy Day Crossroad Blues

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For Jana and David

Jana and her husband David are up in Alaska on vacation, so we got together to meet and have coffee.
Jana has been my friend on MSN Spaces for awhile.
Jana and David

P6220007 Coffee with Friends

Me and Jana

P6220008 Coffee with Friends

I was telling them about a moose encounter I had the other evening, that turned into a photo shoot with this bull,

so for Jana and David, here he is! This is his serious side.

KSP_6003 a More Serious Pose

In this one he is posing as a flower child in the wild roses.

KSP_5976 a Flower Child 2

Isn’t he pretty? He will be a handsome fellow come fall.

Hey Jana and David, hope you have a great time up north and it was great to meet you!

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Aquarius’ Meditation

Yes I am an Aquarius, and true to the sign I am drawn to water.
An all sensory and saturating experience here in my sanctuary shown here;
Sight as you see,
Smell of the rich earthy foliage of summer,
Feel, the cold airy blast of the icy torrent,
Taste of freshness,
Breathing Ki (life force of the universe).
Mind emptied of thought, soaking it all in.
KSP_5913 a Aquarius' Meditation
To all my space friends, it has been a challenging time with changes,
but that’s what life is all about, changes and challenges,
may you find the sanctuary you need to thrive and be happy.
Love to all from Alaska!
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Shedding Winter, and Standing Proud Wild

After a particularly brutal winter in Turnagain Arm she stands tall and proud wild.
She is shedding the coat that allowed her to survive,
and will have to grow a new one when freezup comes again in three to four months.
Proud wild is not like our pride, it is not arrogant nor self indulgent,
but a posture of an absolute commitment to a dignified survival in a wild and harsh environment.
Ewe Dall Sheep, Turnagain Arm, Chugach Mountains Alaska.

KSP_5342 a Shedding Winter

Note: Proud Wild is my term and my (humble) interpretation

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Turnagain Arm Summer

Just a few weeks ago the Eagles, Coyotes and other indigenous scavengers were starving,
now the shores of Turnagain Arm  are strewn with the first run of fish.
Hooligan, a fish about 6 to 8 inches long are a subsistence staple to local natives.
Nothing is wasted in nature, suddenly this is a land of plenty. Such is the circle of life.

KSP_5018 a Circle of Life

When the savage winds lay down and the ice is only on distant glaciers Turnagain Arm is like a bit of heaven.

This is a 2 frame panorama from the other evening.

Pan 24-25 875 Balance

Turnagain Arm was named by William Bligh of HMS Bounty fame. Bligh served as Captain James Cook’s Sailing Master on his 3rd and final voyage, with the aim to discover the Northwest Passage.

Upon reaching the head of Cook Inlet, Bligh was of the opinion that both Knik Arm and Turnagain Arm were the mouths of rivers and not the opening to the Northwest Passage. Under Cook’s orders Bligh organized a party to travel up Knik Arm, which quickly returned to report Knik Arm indeed led only to a river.

Afterwards a second party was dispatched up Turnagain Arm and it too returned to report only a river lay ahead. As a result of this frustration the second body of water was given the disingenuous name Turn Again. Early maps label Turnagain Arm as the Turnagain River.

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On a recent flight over Mount Redoubt, one of our local stratovolcanoes.
She is not on the alert list for some time now,
Still she is active…this is the summit caldera and lava dome.

KSP_4826 a Witches' Brew

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