Wednesday, November 13th, 2013
Dusk Over Douglas Island And The Coast Mountains

Dusk Douglas Island and Coast Mountains - Photo (c) Laurent Dick - Wild Alaska TravelWinter has definitely settled in at higher elevations around Juneau and looking at the forecast it’s now only a matter of days until the snow will start piling up at sea level as well. I am ready!

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Thursday, May 16th, 2013
Weird Spring In Alaska

Sailing In Lynn Canal north of Juneau - (c) Laurent Dick - Wild Alaska TravelIt’s been a weird spring over much of Alaska, and calm and warm days like this one in Lynn Canal earlier this month have been few and far in between. Winter is refusing to leave, as this article points out. Hard to believe that in a little over a month the days will start getting shorter again!

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Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012
Beaufort Sea Sunset

The Artic coast of Alaska is not necessarily know for its great weather, but we were lucky to encounter the clearest skies of our 10-day trip on the north side of the Brooks Range and along Alaska’s Arctic Coastline. Here, the sun sets over Barter Island, the village of Kaktovik and the Beaufort Sea.

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Tuesday, December 13th, 2011
Snowboarder Catching Air At Eaglecrest

Snowboarder Kris Hill, a student at Juneau-Douglas High School, catches some air off a jump on the backside of Eaglecrest, just as the sun is setting behind Admiralty Island this past weekend. Light and subject were in perfect alignment for this shot and I was pleased with how the image turned out.

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Saturday, November 19th, 2011
Tenakee Inlet Sunset

Cold arctic air has pushed into Southeast Alaska, and we are currently experiencing unseasonably cold temperatures. This doesn’t deter Gary Hedges, Sean McKeown and I from heading up Tenakee Inlet every day in our search for deer. We are up by six and listen religiously to the weather report, sometimes several times (!), before we eat breakfast and do a few chores to get ready for the day. We usually leave the harbor before sunrise and return after sunset. Much of the day is spent scouting the beaches for deer, and sometimes we head into the old growth forest for several hours in hopes of tracking down a buck. If we hunt a deer, upon our return to the village we skin and hang it up in the meat shed before heading to the communal bathhouse to soak in the heavenly hot springs. Than it’s time for cocktail hour, dinner and we usually round up the day with a Sherlock Holmes movie. It’s a basic but very rewarding daily routine, and over the course of a week we have found a natural rhythm that is in sink with the tides, the weather, and each other.

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Wednesday, September 28th, 2011
Gorgeous Fall Days In Southeast

The inevitable fall storms are upon us, but last weekend we enjoyed a couple of gorgeous fall days along with the first localized frost. The weather was so nice that we actually slept under the stars, something we don’t do often enough. Here, a vibrant beam of light highlights the edge of the forest in Bridget Cove at sunset.

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Wednesday, August 10th, 2011
Sea Kayaking In Lynn Canal

Greta’s niece Katie McKeown paddles in our sea kayak at sunset near Camping Cove off Lynn Canal last weekend. A fleeting beam of light from the setting sun pierced through the clouds above the Chilkat Peninsula and illuminated our outing.

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Sunday, June 5th, 2011
Chilkat Range Sunset

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Followers of this my blog must wonder why I post lots of sunset pictures, but hardly any sunrise pictures. The sun rises today at 3:57 AM, and even a little earlier in the days to come, whereas the sun sets at 9:56 PM tonight. So the early sunrise is part of the reason, but more importantly the sun rises in the eastern horizon behind the Coast Ranges, and by the time we see the sun, it is already very high on the horizon. In the evening, the sun is much lower on the horizon, creating a much warmer glow to the light.

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Friday, June 3rd, 2011
Fritz Cove Sunset

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We have been blessed with warm and sunny summer weather. The fruits trees around town are blossoming and I have seen people swim in the local lakes. The sunsets have been nothing short of spectacular, like here in this view of Fritz Cove taken from North Douglas Island. Barely visible on the rocks near False Outer Point are two fisherman casting their rods in hopes of catching a King Salmon.

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Tuesday, May 31st, 2011
Favorite Channel Sunset

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The fishing wasn’t particularly hot these past couple of days, but the weather was, with mostly clear skies and temperatures climbing into the 70’s. After a day’s worth of trolling for kings, the gorgeous weather was an excuse to head up Favorite Channel with Uncle Sean and Florian to look for whales and other marine mammals. We saw a lot, and I will post a few shots of this trip in the next few days. As we returned to Tee Harbor, we passed this sailboat anchored near Point Stephens. This shot is looking past Cohen Island up Favorite Channel after the sun had set behind the Chilkat Range. After a few days up in the Interior, it feels wonderful to back in Southeast Alaska.

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