Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Cuteness abundant

Let's start the new year with some cuteness. I dare say we are all in need of something to cheer us up in these trying times. I am going to continue posting some (over due) pictures from my past trips to Greenland here. Huskies are the first thing you notice in Greenland. Summer is the season for them to rest, breed, and get ready for the winter. The bigger dogs are chained outside, and for a good reason too. The puppies are running around and are just about the cutest little things you'll ever see.
If you go near them, the big dogs try to scare you away, and the puppies try to emulate them, except they are kind of scared themselves. So they bark in their baby voices and fall back at the same time. Very amusing.

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Thursday, December 25, 2008

The way back

On the way back from Gakona to Anchorage I didn't have much time to stop and take many pictures. 'Many' is a relative term of course. Although I don't recommend it, I must admit that some of these pictures are taken from a moving car (VERY slowly moving, which you can do since there is practically no traffic at all). But really, can you blame me for wanting to take a picture of a house by a frozen lake with a float plane parked on it ?

It was a beautiful day. Perfectly blue skies that brought out the color in the mountains.

And the water vapor hanging low in the valleys all day.
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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

The golden sun

Here it is. The grand entrance of the much-awaited Sun. It's golden. It makes everything colorful and breathes life into the surroundings. For me, the sun doesn't just provide life, but also livelihood. It makes my science worthwhile to study and helps me be useful to the society by aiding the exploration of the unknown.

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Sunday, December 21, 2008

On the horizon

It's only moments before the sunrise. The sun is just below the horizon. We had been waiting to see the sun and clear skies. Because clouds = no experiments. Let's see..we can already see the first rays making the clouds blush on the top of Mt. Sanford.
Pull up a chair on the deck to watch the sunrise. Enjoy the steaming cup of coffee and the steaming river in -10 F.
Almost there. We can already see that the sun is hiding behind Wrangell. Once it makes it up in the sky, it'll make everything nice and toasty. Or not, you know. Stay tuned for the grand entrance.

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Morning coffee

As the sun starts giving warmth to the frozen earth, the flowing river wakes up and starts breathing. We watched this work of nature comfortably sitting close to a fire in the breakfast room with the morning coffee in hand and contemplated if the blue skies were there to stay.

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This is the place I typically stay at in Alaska. The Copper River flows right next to the B&B, hence the name - Riverview. The river wasn't yet frozen in October. I am sure it has, by now. When it does freeze, sometimes the wolves like to cross it, so I was glad it was October. The first view here is looking across the river at the layers of shrubs and trees, each with a distinct shade. The second photograph is a log cabin at the B&B.

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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Last rays

Winter evenings in Alaska are special. The sun is usually hanging low in the sky almost all day. When it sets, the last rays turn the mountains pink. It's the most beautiful thing you'd have ever seen. Here is Mt. Sanford on one such evening from an earlier trip. This time alas, I didn't get to view this. Look how different it looks from the previous post.

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Wrangell Mountains

A few minutes later I was looking at the magnificent Wrangell Mountains nat'l park in the distance. Mt. Drum and Mt. Sanford. These are the mountains I was looking forward to viewing from different angles for the next seven days. However, the weather decided to get in the way for the most of my trip, battering us with heavy snow fall, cloudy skies, and fluctuating temperatures. I had posted on these views back in this, this and this entries. Winter is really the best time to come here.

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