Our photo blogs are getting some exciting attention! The East County Observer has done a story about how much fun we are having! Last week Josh Siegel sat down with Mary Nell, Patricia and I to find out more about the 52-Week Photo Challenge. If you want to read the full story you can visit an online version of the paper here. While Josh was taking a photo of us, I of course was taking a photo of him! Perfect for the theme, “Other Photographers.”
Finding a photo for this theme might be the easiest choice I have ever had to make for my photo blog. Two weeks ago my husband and I took a dream cruise to Alaska. One of the highlights of the trip was taking a helicopter ride over several glaciers and then landing twice on Bucher Glacier, near Juneau Alaska.
Our pilot Nate, was very excited about the beautiful weather we had that day. He took us to places that he hadn’t been able to get near in some time because of clouds and rain. I sent him photos a few days after and he replied telling me that he hasn’t been back to our magical locations since that day.
It’s nearly impossible to capture in a photo how beautiful the glaciers are from the air. Nate did a great job answering all of our questions. The dark trails in the glacier are sediment ridges or medial moraines, from the constant movement of the glacier and the grinding away of the mountains. Our second stop was near a deep moulin that really did go way down low. Some of them can go as far as a thousand feet down to the bottom of the glacier. Nate was much braver than I was to try and take a peek.
And finally… this is a photo I had been planning long before the trip! No I am not really sliding way down low off the glacier but in fact just laying on my stomach. I asked Nate to tilt the camera just a little to make it LOOK like I am sliding away. Apparently he thought it was funny too because I took a photo of him doing the same thing to email to him!
I will probably be sorry that I used this theme so early in the year. I am always looking for unusual signs. This “No Smoking/No Puffin” sign caught my eye in the store and restaurant windows in Alaska.
Puffins are seabirds that feed primarily by diving in the water. They breed in large colonies on cliffs or offshore islands, nesting in crevices among the rocks or in burrows in the soil.
We were very fortunate during out recent trip to Alaska to have unseasonably good weather. We were able to visit St. Lazaria Island a 65 acre island created when lava pushed up through the sea floor-much the same process that created the Hawaiian islands. The sheer cliffs are a perfect habitat for seabirds: up to half a million storm petrels, murres, auklets, and puffins nest on the island.
I was shopping today for some last minute things I need for an upcoming trip. I saw this and thought to myself, “Oh, I sure do want one of those.” Unfortunately I am saving all my calories for vacation desserts! I know it will be worth it… but for today it was sure hard to keep pushing my shopping cart past all my favorite Ben and Jerry ice cream flavors!