One Man's Paradise

Simply beautiful…

“I see Earth!
It is so beautiful.”

Yuri Gagarin


Visiting Lake Minchumina, site of the annual rock skipping contest, stays in my memory…

A place right in the middle of the interior of Alaska, 100 miles from Kantishna. In the distance you can see the Alaska Range. From the plane surrounded by glacial ponds, lush green, flat as a pot.

Raspberries and rose hips.

A few houses scattered around the lake shore.

And a landing strip for B2 bombers.

Three fishermen trying to land a pike…

What a trip.

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Flowers – № 3

Red poppies, Garden City of Alaska, Skagway

Red poppies, Garden City of Alaska, Skagway

“People from a planet without flowers

would think we must be mad

with joy the whole time

to have such beauty around us.”

Iris Murdoch

Red is the color of my soul according to a silly fun quiz. After a few days without internet I googled for a few hours, rode around town with this incredible manual f/2 135mm lens and found a marvelous garden. The red poppies called at me… And then I found out that the color of my soul is red.

“Red is the color of fire and blood, so it is associated with energy, war, danger, strength, power, determination as well as passion, desire, and love. You are a fireball! Fiesty but warm, you are friendly when handled with care. But the moment someone screws up… Watch out! They might just get burned.”

I might have to retake that test…

What color is your soul?

Monochrome poppies, Skagway, Alaska

Monochrome poppies, Skagway, Alaska

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One Man's Paradise

Beauty below Zero

“In the depth of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.”

Albert Camus

Today was one of those days. After a clear night, almost full moon, the temperature had dropped below zero Fahrenheit. It may have been a drag to work outside before sunrise to take care of the dogs, but then winter had created beautiful surprises for us on our window panes. A garden of flowers and leaves came to life in the early morning light.

Life was good. And still is.

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They say no two snowflakes are alike. I believe the same can be said about ice flowers.

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