As I prepare for my next great adventure to pick up my R-pod from a rural farm in Three Forks, Montana I thought perhaps I should finish clearing out some of more memorable images from my Alaskan life and visits. Included in this collage is an image taken on The Alaska Highway in British Columbia during my relocation trip from SE Michigan to Talkeetna. I mention it only because technically it isn’t Alaskan weather or Alaskan skies but it was tied to moving up here. I hope to be able to share some amazing images from the majestic provinces of Alberta, British Columbia and The Yukon Territories as well as from Montana and, of course, Alaska. Here’s to the wonder and majesty of Nature regardless of its location!
Smoke from my burn barrel slowly drifts upward as my German Shepherd Dog – Qanuk – heads out to visit me while I’m burning paper and cardboard which are two items not recycled in the Talkeetna area along with glass.
A cold afternoon at the Tesoro gas station located at ‘the Y’ which is formed by the Spur road intersecting the Parks Highway (AK 3).
An October sunrise from my front porch featuring the very common pastel pinks and oranges.
A September sunset over the northern portion of Cook Inlet reveals the Aleutian Range mountains of the west side of Cook Inlet.
The ‘big sky’ effect so common in the plains of Canada and across the provinces pushing up against the Rocky Mountains.
Long shadows etched into the Kenai Peninsula are created by the Kenai Mountains and the setting sun.
The toe of the mighty Matanuska Glacier as seen from a pull-out along the Glenn Highway (AK 1).
The remnants of ice fog ablaze in the afternoon sun on Riven Street.
Sunset on Question Lake which is just a few hundred feet from my house and home to a myriad of waterfowl and other Alaskan ‘critters’ year ’round.
A valley in the far distance – located center right in this image – is visible as a break in the low clouds along the Dalton Highway (AK 11).
A faint rainbow is just visible over a section of tussock tundra just west of Savage River basin on the Denali NP&P road.
Although very wimpy by lower 48 standards these are some of the few mammatus clouds I’ve observed in Alaska.
These buried mailboxes along the Spur bear witness to the heavy snow Talkeetna sometimes sees as well as the dearth of wind during such occurrences.
The glaciated Kenai Mountains form the backdrop to this image of Homer Spit – in the lower left of the image – thrusting 4.5 miles into gorgeous Kachemak Bay.
A favorite of mine, this image shows Anana and Qanuk wandering East Barge Drive amid the majestic fall color.
The awesome beauty of the Mendenhall Glacier reflected in Lake Mendenhall.
Denali and The Alaska Range bisected by split layer clouds as seen from The Alaska Range overlook just a few miles from the village of Talkeetna.
Spectacular Mt Redoubt, an active strato-volcano in the Aleutian Range, as viewed from around Kalifornsky on the Kenai Peninsula. If you look very closely there’s a float plane just visible in the air to the right of the volcano’s peak.