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Rain, Mist, and Clouds – № 3

“So fine was the morning
except for a streak of wind here and there
that the sea and sky looked all one fabric,
as if sails were stuck high up in the sky,
or the clouds had dropped down into the sea.”

Virginia Woolf

Another beautiful morning in the Taiya Inlet. Despite the gloomy forecast we had some amazing days. Not all visitors may appreciate the mist and fog providing a mysterious backdrop to our mountains. I have never been to Misty Fjords, but I imagine that’s what this place could look like.


Misty morning in the Taiya Inlet, Alaska

The rainy  weather has brought out the mushrooms in droves. More about that later.

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Tutshi Lake, Yukon

There is silver blue, sky blue and thunder blue. Every color holds within it a soul, which makes me happy or repels me, and which acts as a stimulus. To a person who has no art in him, colors are colors, tones are tones…and that is all.

All their consequences for the human spirit, which range between heaven to hell, just go unnoticed.

Emil Nolde

Emil Nolde was an Expressionists and is considered to be one of the great painters of the 20th century, mostly working in oil and watercolors. He is known for his vigorous brushwork and expressive choice of colors. His watercolor works include stormy, vivid landscapes.

Emil Nolde Marsh with Clouds

Marsh landscape with clouds – Emil Nolde

I guess it goes without saying that I am a fan of his paintings. His biography is interesting to read. He grew up on a farm at he German/Danish border, realized that he is not made for that work. He was 31, when he decided to pursue a career as an artist. Rejected by Art Schools, he took private painting lessons until he could support himself. In 1913-14 he participated with his wife in a colonial expedition to New Guinea traveling through Russia, China, and Japan.


Sometimes I prefer traveling over arriving. This year’s road trip went from Salt Lake to Alaska. It’s the third time that I made the long trek up north. For the first time in July, which made for amazing weather and beautiful wild flowers along the way.

See for yourself.

On the Road

Road trip

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First Light

“A person whose head is bowed and whose eyes are heavy cannot look at the light.”

Christine de Pizan


First Light – Chilkat Mountains – Alaska

On a rare, clear day, after sunrise, this is my view across the Chilkat Inlet: first light on mountains with no name.

Winter in a remote corner of Alaska is my way to recuperate from a busy summer schedule. One could say I am living under a rock. A weekly trip into town running errands to replenish my food supply, pick a book and some DVDs from the library and check my PO box are my direct encounters with human society. I have access to the internet, so I can, or should I say I could (?), stay in touch with world news.

Part of my home entertainment consists of watching TV marathons, my way of catching up. I had not watched TV for years and this is when I realize how detached I have been. No regrets here. Watching “House of Cards”, “The Wire”, “The Shield”, and “Homeland” I am wondering how close fiction is to real life. Full of violence, intrigue and deception. What I read in the news is not so different from what I see in the TV dramas.

So here is my simple request to you. What feel-good TV series should I watch, or which books should I read to restore my faith in human society?

While patiently awaiting your response I am looking up and forward to another splendid sunrise. Maybe not tomorrow. Maybe not the day after. But some day the sun will be back and expel the gray.

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The view from above…

“A desk is a dangerous place
from which to view the world.”

John le Carré

Last week I had the privilege to be on a flightseeing tour with Mountain Flying Services, seeing the beautiful Chilkat Mountains and Glacier Bay National Park from above. Another picture perfect day in Southeast Alaska. On the way back to Haines we crossed the delta of the Chilkat River feeding into the Upper Lynn Canal. At low tide a maze of small channels became visible, finding their way into the ocean.

On this day, sitting in a small plane, was the perfect place to view the world.

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“The love of wilderness…

is more than a hunger
for what is always beyond reach.

It’s also an expression of loyalty to earth,
the earth which bore us and sustains us,
the only paradise we shall ever know,
the only paradise we ever need,
if only we had the eyes to see.”

Edward Abbey

Today was a No-Ship day.



Lower Dewey Lake, AK

That means most everybody in town gets a day off to relax or take care of personal business. We decided to go on a hike. Lower Dewey Lake was our destination. A short hike leads to a 3 mile loop around the lake: beautiful. Spruce and hemlock surround the lake, which was almost like a mirror this morning.

The light was just right. A secluded, pristine paradise. Foamy bubbles drift on the surface of the lake. Sometimes they connect to form swirls and twirls, floating along the shore.

A short hike from our sleepy little town, awaiting the next big ship.