Alaska is alive with the long, lazy days of summer spent fishing, swimming at the lake, enjoying nature, animal watching and taking LOTS of pictures. As spring turned to summer, the changing seasons didn’t disappoint and provided a lot of photo ops!
Sometimes there are images I really like, but don’t necessarily have a full post to share them in. So I figured I’d put them in one post, and hope you enjoy!
We drive to the top of Hatcher Pass at least every other week because it’s so close to home; and, you feel as though you are standing in the heights of the mountains.
At the top of the pass near Independence Mine, the mountains are stark and gray as the snow melts slowly away. Last trip, while the kids messed around in the snow, I took a few shots of the hint of green creeping out from beneath white blankets, a distinct contrast of winter and spring clashing.
A couple of weeks later, and the mine and surrounding mountains are engulfed by green and open to visitors for the summer. It was fun to see it deserted and beautifully haunted after a long cold winter.
My favorite thing about the changing seasons in Alaska? Watching the animals. I’ve become particularly fond of moose. We see them all the time, but I still stop and watch. And I worry for the calves as they face such harsh odds of survival.
Jeff and I were commuting to work in Anchorage the other morning when as we passed the JBER (military base), we could see a mother moose running frantically along the outside of the fence and the baby running along the inside of the fence. It broke my heart as a mother, because I could see the panic in the moose’s eyes.
Yes I am that woman that calls Anchorage PD to report this and hoped that momma and baby could find the gates placed every half mile or so to rejoin each other. I worried about it all day, but they weren’t there later. I’d like to think the best.
These lovely ladies were grazing in a marsh near Moose Pass. Summer, Saige and I sat and watched them for about a half hour on a road trip to Seward. It was a nice mother-daughter bonding experience.
When my children are engaged in nature, it feels as though time stands still. Memories like these allow us to connect on deeper levels as the years pass by.
I pulled over at the next turnout, and we all hopped out to watch for the telltale blowhole spray of a Beluga Whale. Salmon are moving up the rivers, and the whales follow them in after the bore tide moves through.
The pod of 4-5 whales were WAY out there showing just an occasional glimpse of white! The girls and I had a fun time searching for them in the photos we took. See if you can find them too! (That big telephoto lens is still on the wish list.)
This is my last summer before I turn 50 this fall. I’m not sure why that is bothering me so much at this point, but for some reason, I feel the need to experience life on a deeper level. Maybe that’s why I take thousands of pictures.
I want to remember these little girls because I know they grow up, just like their sisters. I want to watch Bridger and Jeff plot and prepare for fishing trips and treasure that father/son relationship. And, I want to capture the essence of the world around me because I fear for the loss of wild places.
Maybe it’s the paranoia of aging, but sometimes, I want time to stand still. I know it won’t, so I vow…I’m not wasting a minute of it.
Capturing snapshots is one of the best gifts I can give myself, family and friends. So I’ll keep on looking for those perfect moments where life stops and the memory is priceless.