Monday, March 3, 2014

Beautiful Day

I only have time for a quick post, but on this Monday Mother Nature has been kind to us. I had to have my oldest to work in Wasilla at 4am and we were guided into town by the Northern Lights dancing in the sky and then when I picked him up at 1pm its bright blue sky and the mountains looked stunning. I stopped at Wasilla Lake to grab some pictures, here is one of them.
 
 
 


Sunday, February 23, 2014

Well hello there....

I havent been taking many pictures because our warm (for Alaska) temps and lack of snow has had me pretty depressed but today I had good reason to smile and grab my camera....2 moose decided to come say hi! They munched in the backyard for a while and then decided to lay down and rest. They're still back there, chilling out!

This is the older moose (not sure if its a mama and baby, looks like it might be siblings). She stayed in view most of the time while the other one decided to hide in the trees.



Friday, February 14, 2014

So, Lower 48, please tell me again how cold you are....

Alaska for the win today ;)

The US National Weather Service Alaska shared this graphic on Facebook today(Fri). -92....The coldest I've had at my place is about -35 so I cant even fathom -92!


From the National Weather Service Alaska:

Mother Nature has a cold heart this Valentine's Day.

In Howard Pass, Alaska (map:
http://go.usa.gov/BVEC) the cold and wind have combined to produce a wind chill, or feels-like factor, of -92 F this morning. While this is brutally cold, it's even more impressive when you see that the lowest recorded wind chill of record in Alaska is -96 F from Prudhoe Bay/ARCO January 28, 1989. Frostbite can occur in less than 5 minutes if skin is exposed in these conditions.

Howard Pass lies at 2062 feet above sea level, Southwest of Barrow in the Northwestern Brooks Range, an extension of the Rocky Mountains. The region is mostly uninhabited.

Wind Chill Advisories are in effect for significant, though less severe, levels for many communities of Alaska’s North Slope, West Coast and Interior today. For the latest information head to
www.weather.gov/Alaska



Monday, January 27, 2014

I'd like winter back please.....

I've been absent from the blog again but trust me, you should thank me for that. While the Lower 48 is dealing (whining? hahaha!) about the frigid temps and snow they have been getting Alaska has been setting records for all time high temps for the month of January. This does not make me happy. In fact, it makes me very cranky. I live for winter, I need snow and to be several weeks into the New Year and dealing with temps in the 50's...in southcentral Alaska?? It makes me want to vomit!

Today I had to go into Wasilla to pick my son up from work and noticed employees from Wasilla Public Works at Wasilla Lake, removing the poles and lights that are put in for the ice skating area that is made on the lake every year. As the ice has thinned and overflow appeared the poles started leaning and the other day they were completely down, laying in the overflow.


I went over and chatted with the employees after grabbing some pics and they told me that in the particular spot they were in they estimated the ice to be about 18 inches thick, but closer to shore the ice was much thinner or gone completely. It was pretty amazing standing next to the lake and seeing so much water flowing on top of the water. I fully admit to being a wuss....you will not catch me anywhere near the local lakes right now, nope, uh-uh, wont do it!

Lower 48, please send the cold and snow back to Alaska. We actually know how to deal with it and enjoy it :0)



Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Moose Visit

I was doing pretty good with the daily photo, and then I got the nasty bug that had moved through the house over Christmas break. Coughing, dripping nose, headache...all kinds of fun going on here.

Even though I feel like death warmed over I still had to go get my oldest from work today and when I went to my truck I gave it a close look, as my daughter had told me she had moose tongue marks on her car this morning. Sure enough there were tracks all around my truck and obvious lick marks where the moose had had a snack. The moose like to lick vehicles to get the salt that is part of the sand mixture that is used on the roads here. I took a few pics of the marks and went off to get my son.

When I returned home about an hour later I grabbed one of the dogs to take her outside to potty. I was in my own world, not paying much attention, and we headed towards the back of the yard. I happened to look up and notice a dark shape in the snow that seemed to be looking at me. That woke me up and I quickly realized that there were 2 moose bedding down in the wooded section of the backyard! I grabbed the dog and we quickly headed down by the house to give the moose plenty of space and when the dog was taken care of I grabbed the camera and headed back out!


Moose enjoying the salt on the truck:



 Moose 1 laying in the yard:
 Moose 2 laying on the other side of the yard:
 Moose 1 sits for a while and then wanders into the neighbors yard for a snack:





 Moose 2 wandered into the other neighbors yard and found their pumpkins from Halloween and enjoyed a nice snack!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Clearing the Highway

Yesterday when I was coming back from Wasilla I happened to get stuck behind this plow that was clearing the road of some of the slush and muck that had accumulated on the highway. While much of the lower 48 has been hit with a deep freeze Alaska is sitting in unusually warm temperatures. Here in the Wasilla area my high temp hit 35 degrees today. I'll be more than happy to take the subzero temps back, this warm crap sucks!

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Friday Photo

I wasn't able to get online yesterday before I left for work so today's photo is for Friday. It snowed all day here and while I was out and driving I saw several moose. This particular one was just outside the school property, I spotted her while I was on my way to pick my youngest son up from basketball practice. I only had my 18-55 lens and couldn't get any closer to her without stressing her, but I was just happy to see some moose in the area. They have been few and far between this season.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Backyard Fun

I've still got 10 min left on Jan.2nd so I'm sneaking in today's photo. I took it last night when my husband decided to shoot off a few of our fireworks. Waiting until Saturday is driving him crazy, and he may have to wait some more as we're forecast to get high winds again this weekend.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Light'em up, up, up....

On New Years Eve we had intended to set off the fireworks you see in the photo, however high winds that moved into the Mat Su Valley prevented that from happening. Instead, being that we live in the only town where fireworks are legal on private property 365/24/7, we will shoot everything off on Saturday.

We weren't the only ones affected by the weather. The fireworks showed planned for the City of Wasilla was also canceled and rescheduled for Jan.4. It just isn't smart to set off fireworks when you have wind gusts close to 50mph. Its about being smart as well as having fun!

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year

I've been really bad about keeping this blog updated but I am going to try and do much better in 2014. I may even go back to a 365 photo format, we shall see!

I wish everyone out there all the best for 2014.