One Man's Paradise

Anticipation

Winter made his first foray into central Alaska with snow and freezing temperatures. It seems unreal to read about fall colors just arriving in parts of the lower 48s. Nevertheless, the writing is on the wall: Winter is coming. I am taking it easy, currently. No work commitment, no deadlines. That gives me time to go through memory cards from last winter that are still loaded with some unedited images.

It makes quite a difference to sit in a warm cabin and look at the pictures taken at dawn, the coldest time of the day, when it takes some determination to step outside and set up the camera. In February the lowest temp was -45 degrees Fahrenheit. For most people that’s cold.

Nevertheless, the light and sounds in those circumstances are remarkable, I can’t say much about scent, since nose hair are frozen and nerve endings seem temporarily disengaged. Well, here are some pictures that bring back memories of a silent, cold winter morning in the Brooks Range.


Never forget that anticipation is an important part of life. Work’s important, family’s important, but without excitement, you have nothing. You’re cheating yourself if you refuse to enjoy what’s coming.”

― Nicholas Sparks


Ah, the quote. Why am I writing this? Am I looking forward to another winter in Alaska? The jury is still out on that. However, I am looking forward to unrestricted travel and a manageable pandemic. Please do your part to get this outbreak under control.

Cheers

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Good Morning – № 2

When the temperatures drop into the teens overnight we are waking up to spectacular mornings: Mist in the valley, hoar frost on the trees. Together with bison grazing snow covered meadows and you get the proverbial Yellowstone winter scene.

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“The morning is in itself a miracle, the chance to be able to live life – is the greatest gift we have. The morning is a reminder of that, every day.”

J.R. Rim

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Brrrrrrr…

Bearly

Bearly

It’s going to get cold! A couple of days around -20°F are in the forecast.

Time for comfort food, reading near the fire place, dreaming about the beach? No, it’s great here the way it is. Wouldn’t want to miss this winter experience. A couple of inches of the white fluffy stuff and the place will just look like in the post cards. The ice crystals that were covering the trees are all gone. The humidity dropped and they just disappeared.

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