Here’s most of the 2014 KTNA volunteers gathered in front of the studio for a group shot taken during the ‘KTNA Volunteer Appreciation Picnic’ held on June 12th. Many people have asked what I look like as I’ve mentioned the image I use as an avatar is from 2003; therefore I decided to post this picture. I’m the fat head in the back row with the shaved head and red shirt and vest.
In keeping with the ‘everything’s bigger up here’ trend I share this image. The vehicle was left over the weekend just to the west of my place on East Barge Drive. Its the perfect engineering answer to the need to cut back growth from the boreal forest that encroaches on the power lines. These units are remarkably effective and appear to be able to go just about anywhere!
With the strengthening sunlight the roof snow is melting but when it extends out into the air where the temp is below freezing it often re-freezes. This image captures just such an event; notice the icicle extending downward at a 45 degree angle from the curved slippage of snow.
A glorious morning on The Parks Highway (AK 3) perhaps 20 miles south of Talkeetna; on the horizon one can just make out the ghostly images of (l. to r.) Mount Foraker, Mount Hunter and Denali – all prominent members of the mighty Alaska Range
Anana finds a bit of shelter from the snow and Qanuk decides to have a closer look. Both dogs love the snow and especially love to walk during the snow events; this suits me fine as I do as well..!
On a snowy Tuesday afternoon I was walking the dogs and decided to shoot a picture down my currently absent neighbor’s driveway which looks onto Question Lake which is the white expanse about center of frame
Since I started this blog I’ve had a number of people ask what my place is like; in some cases I suspect they think I live in an igloo or similar! With this in mind I thought I’d share some images of my place:
This is the front of my place taken on Christmas Eve while walking the dogs
My driveway runs from East Barge Drive to Question Lake Circle; this is a view of my place from the latter road
This is the main room in my place and is located on the first floor
This is my kitchen taken from the dining area
One of my current favorite places in Talkeetna! This is the main studio in the KTNA building and is really a view of the desk area. To the lower right you see one of the two manual turntables and underneath them is another cabinet of equipment. Moving further to the left there’s an ancient cart machine with two single play CD player beneath it and then a control panel for auxiliary inputs like iPods, MP3 players and similar; finally the telephone is beneath all that stuff. Further left is the Mac which handles a myriad of duties including the NWS weather reports, the sound bites that identify underwriters, sound clips of show promos and access to the KTNA.org website. On the desk beneath the Mac is the sound board which controls what inputs are going to which outputs along with which pots are active and the gain on each pot; the board is fully programmable and along with the Mac forms the backbone of the newscasts. A bit further to the left you can see the digital temp readout for the station’s exterior thermometer (silver square) and then two of the three studio microphones; the main mic is the pink one while the other two are used with in-studio guests. All in all I’m still learning to use the gear and make regular and often painful mistakes but I’m finding I really do enjoy the work. Just another one of those ‘stretches’ I seem to be enamored of since retiring..! This is especially true as I had no experience with anything like this previously and as a child I stuttered to the point I had speech therapy and hence harbored an all consuming fear of speaking to unknown people and especially in front of groups of people.
Yesterday provided both weather conditions (overcast) and snow functionality (density and flake parameters) to yield that beautiful blue hue when looking into holes in the accumulated snow. This shows why its best to view glaciers in overcast conditions as the blue coloring is not visible in direct sunlight. In the above image look into the footprint hole made by one of my dogs and you can observe that almost other-worldly blue color.
Anana just prior to crossing the Spur from Joan Street to East Barge Drive; I like this image because the white snow and Anana’s classic Alaskan Malamute black and white coloration is set off by the yellow gold color of the light from the setting sun on the trees