While reminiscing over pictures from Alaska I stumbled across these two images. I think the similarities are pretty striking. Most apparent is the S curve of the trail and the stream as they meet the vanishing point. Also, in each image a dark mass fills the left of the frame. As a further coincidence, the... Continue Reading →
The toughest dog in Alaska (see earlier post for explanation), Tank the terrier, has remained vigilant all summer long. Night and day the streets of McCarthy are safe under the watchful eye of this dog. With the nearest law enforcement located hours away in Glen Allen, it's important to have a local presence of order. ... Continue Reading →
"Time don't fly, it bounds and leaps" John Prine Fall in the Wrangells. Nature performs another crescendo. It gets dark again. The stars are visible at night, along with your breath. The soap berry bushes have withered, while the cranberries ripen into robust translucent orbs. All the animals are fat. Everyday is crisper. The air... Continue Reading →
Greetings from Peavine cabin. That's me on the porch waving to you. The camera is on a ten second self timer. I produced this picture in one take, but nearly broke my ankle running from the tripod to the camera. Actually, I didn't hurt my ankle in any way. I just had to run really... Continue Reading →
The hike to Erie Mine has a bad reputation. A few years ago someone attempted to hike up to the bunkhouse and got what mountain people call “cliffed out”. That’s the human equivalent to a cat climbing a tree and not being able to get down. Very steep rock walls can be like that. A... Continue Reading →
What do you do with giant glaciers? Go hiking on them. Take some pictures. Fly around them. Maybe designate the whole thing into a park. Use the ice for mixed drinks. Here are some select images from this summers many Root Glacier adventures. Pictures on Ice, shaken not stirred.
Obligated to road or established trail, a person can engage with only a small part of this park. The other 12.9999999 million acres is only accessed through dedicated backpacking trips, flightseeing, and base-camping. The images in the following gallery are from a base-camping trip taken a few weeks ago in the Chugach Ranch. On a... Continue Reading →
The Root Glacier, the ancient conveyor of ice, recedes near McCarthy. This part of the glacier is covered with moraine - rocky debris scraped from the mountains at it’s source. Underneath this debris lays the actual white ice most people associate with glaciers. The toe of the glacier, as it’s called, is a wild place... Continue Reading →