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Imageakfishergal
Dec 2, 2010 1:49 AM CST
Name: Ava Eads
Seward, Alaska
Yup.....45 years back!
"Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature."

Gerard De Nerval
Imageeweed
Dec 2, 2010 5:31 AM CST
Name: ernie weed
Everson Wa.
Jon great pics I spent many summers in Alaska working for salmon canners. When the canning was light we fished at night after work. I never tired of throwing scrap fish to the eagles.I tried to get a decent picture of one picking up the bait but never did. It is a shame I didn't have a digital camera then.Oh well such is life I have lots of Alaska burned into my feeble brain.
ImageMagpie
Dec 2, 2010 10:43 AM CST
Name: Jon, Chris or JC Deisher
Eagle River, Alaska
So ... what'dya think?
Hello Ed,

I worked in the canneries during my teens ... long hours, tedious work. Seemed like lots of money back then, but when you're young, what do you know? When the fish were in, there was no spare time from the slime line, cold storage or ice house. Ever drop a frozen salmon on your cold feet when you haven't slept for a day or two? Wakes you up real fast. Sometimes the "good old days" are best left in the past ... but they make for good stories today.

I worked for charter boats, too. We'd throw black bass, tom cod and scraps for eagles for the tourists to get photos, but that wasn't for our photographic pleasure. Usually, the sea gulls were lots faster than the eagles in getting scraps.
"Magpie" Jon
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Imagestarlight1153
Dec 5, 2010 4:09 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Ya... I can see the pics now. : )

Wow.. Look at all those Eagles resting in that one tree. Don't remember if it was from tv and then me making a post about it a ways back to Ava. Or her just sharing about how in some parts you have too many Eagles up there and folks re being asked not to fee d them.

Even being carrion eaters is a part of there majestic impression.

I think the one bird pic that will always be a favorite of mine and is how I will always remember Ava is the one of her holding the bird in her hands. Makes you want to race up there just to do the same thing.

I enjoy all wildlife and marine pics and the flora too. I just a curious type person. Will enjoy anything you want to share.
ImageMagpie
Dec 8, 2010 11:15 AM CST
Name: Jon, Chris or JC Deisher
Eagle River, Alaska
So ... what'dya think?
Speaking of portraits, Ava ... I did one of Carol, too ... and of Robin Shingleton ... have no clue what happened to those. I have heard from Robin on Facebook along with a fair number of other folks from the "old days" (some are still in Seward, of course ... but others are spread out all over the country.)
"Magpie" Jon
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ImageMagpie
Dec 8, 2010 1:31 PM CST
Name: Jon, Chris or JC Deisher
Eagle River, Alaska
So ... what'dya think?
Hello Folks,

I got a very pleasant note from CLUSIANA ... who has a strong interest in Irises. In the Spring, Alaska has fields (acres and acres) of wild Alaskan Iris, especially in a place called Eklutna Flats. My wife and I don't miss the opportunity to get out and make some images of them. (There are many other kinds of flowers there, too .... perhaps I'll post studies of the others at another time.) So ... while I hope everyone enjoys these, Clusiana, these Irises are for you!
(She has posted a wonderful page devoted to the varieties of Irises Go here: http://cubits.org/irisforum/thread/view/31401/)

Uh ... Okay ... the last one is NOT an Iris. It's a "Magpie Columbine" ... it's my namesake. How could I resist?


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"Magpie" Jon
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Imageirisloverdee
Dec 8, 2010 6:13 PM CST
Name: Dee Stewart
Willamette Valley OR
Snowpeak Iris
Hi All

Well we have been blessed to have up North to Alaska, not once but twice. Once in 79 and again in 89 as we had family in Anchorage and in Soldata. First time was there for 2 weeks which was not enough time and the second time for a month. When we first went up we fell in love with Portage and Athabaster Glaciers and we could not believe how much both had shrunk At PG my son stepped onto the glacier from the side of the building, then in 89 it was so far back you would need to take a boat or something to see it again. I remember taking pictures at Peterson Lake at 11:30PM without flash like it was broad daylight. Those were the days with the kids we went all over. Picked blueberries the bog ones, the bog cranberries (oops when you have someone put in a highbrush one) made fireweed honey! Oh those were the days. The second trip we were at milepost 37 and the night before they had killed a wolf that its paws where bigger than any of our hands spread out. We went past the Aritic Circle the second time to as far north as you could drive a car. Both times we drove the Alcan Highway!

On the way back we started seeing the snow and knew it was time to leave. I do not think I could live up there year round but oh the late spring as the thaw starts and summer, it is a truly magic and wonderous place.

D

Something I will always remember with great love
Denise Stewart
541-259-2343
Snowpeak http://snowpeakiris.com

ImagePollyK
Dec 8, 2010 6:37 PM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY

A wonderful Cubit! I have been watching the photos all along.

Your photography is outstanding, as of course are your subjects.

I had the pleasure of visiting Alaska as a teenager. It was awe inspiring, and actually overwhelming.

Thank you for the pictures of irises. Iris setosa, the wild iris of Alaska is a stunning iris!

Last year I had two orders from Alaska for irises, one on the coast, but the other in Wasilla. I am anxiously awaiting news of how they survived the winter. Wasilla looked, from Google maps, like a beautiful home for my irises. Are you familiar with it?
ImageMagpie
Dec 12, 2010 8:52 PM CST
Name: Jon, Chris or JC Deisher
Eagle River, Alaska
So ... what'dya think?
Hello Folks,

Took some quick photos at sunset this afternoon ... about 3:30pm. With the temp right at zero F (-18 C) at my house, I drove up to Mt. Baldy for some sunset photos, which is about 1200 feet higher, so likely a bit colder. We're at about 5 hours and 30 minutes of daylight, sun-rise to sun-set right now.

1) Sunset from Mt. Baldy
2) Sunset behind Anchorage and Cook Inlet from Mt. Baldy
3) Sunset afterglow behind Anchorage and Cook Inlet from Mt. Baldy
4) Mt. Redoubt (right) and Mt. Illiamna (left) - both active volcanos - in sunset afterglow
5) Mt. Redoubt in sunset afterglow
5) Alaska Range across Knik Arm in sunset afterglow

Enjoy.

Magpie


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"Magpie" Jon
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ImageSharon
Dec 12, 2010 8:54 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Beautiful, Chris, so very beautiful.
ImageMaria
Dec 12, 2010 9:41 PM CST
Name: Maria Ramspott
Massachusetts
Wow-- they take my breath away, so beautiful
Maria

"Those who do not learn from the past are condemned to repeat it"
G. Santayana
ImageMagpie
Dec 13, 2010 12:36 PM CST
Name: Jon, Chris or JC Deisher
Eagle River, Alaska
So ... what'dya think?
Thank you, Sharon and Maria ...

There is much about Alaska that is similar to Austria ... especially Glaciers. A large part of Austria contains major part of the Alps. Here are some images of Glaciers for Maria.

The first two are of Raven Glacier ... it took about a four mile hike up the Crow Mountain pass for these images.
The third, is from Exit Glacier, near Seward ... perhaps Sharon visited there when she went to Carol's memorial.
Fourth, is from Prince William Sound ... this is a glacier that is falling into the sea.
Fifth, is from Byron Glacier, near Portage, Alaska ... one can walk right up to the Glacier
Sixth, is taken from the air while flying with a friend ... it is of Portage Glacier, south of Anchorage.

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"Magpie" Jon
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ImageSharon
Dec 13, 2010 8:06 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Much like what I saw from the plane when I arrived in Anchorage, June '08. I thought I was in alien territory, took a long time of glacier viewing before I finally saw signs of cities. Looked much like pictures of craters on the moon, except I knew it was snow and ice.
ImageMaria
Dec 16, 2010 4:01 PM CST
Name: Maria Ramspott
Massachusetts
That's Austria too Jon, only the very eastern part of it is on the flat side but it has some hills. If the South Tyrol had not been snatched away from Austria after World War I we'd have even more aloine country. I the Italians win anything in the Winter Olympics, you can tell by their name that they are not Italians from way back.
Maria

"Those who do not learn from the past are condemned to repeat it"
G. Santayana
ImageMagpie
Dec 24, 2010 11:51 AM CST
Name: Jon, Chris or JC Deisher
Eagle River, Alaska
So ... what'dya think?
Hal Gage is a life-long Alaskan who took this series of the recent lunar eclipse. He is an example of Alaska's hidden talent pool ... although he has been widely shown both nationally and internationally. Other long-time Alaskans will probably remember Hal's family business in Anchorage from the 1950's: Gage's Jewelry. The store is gone now, as Hall didn't stay with the merchant interests of his parents. He's a professional graphic artist and photographer. He offers his images for sale and does excellent photography workshops ... my wife takes them from him regularly. I tag along, usually wandering off by myself while the workshop folks "do their thing." He's neat guy and talented in many ways. His website is here in case you'd like to see more of his work: http://www.halgage.com/hg/

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This image is copyrighted by Hal despite the "overwrite" of the cubits copyright with my name on it. It's Hal's image not mine. Thought you'd enjoy it.
"Magpie" Jon
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ImageMaria
Dec 24, 2010 4:29 PM CST
Name: Maria Ramspott
Massachusetts
Wonderful photography Jon, I missed because of cloudy weather.

Wish you great holidays
Maria

"Those who do not learn from the past are condemned to repeat it"
G. Santayana
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ImageMagpie
Dec 31, 2010 7:52 PM CST
Name: Jon, Chris or JC Deisher
Eagle River, Alaska
So ... what'dya think?
Hello whomever finds this cubit!

Here is a series of photos representing various times of year through 2010 in Alaska, between Fairbanks (Interior Alaska) and the Kenai Peninsula.

Happy New Year!

Magpie JC

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"Magpie" Jon
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Imageakfishergal
Dec 31, 2010 9:03 PM CST
Name: Ava Eads
Seward, Alaska
Beautiful photos Chris. I love my Alaska.

Happy New Year to you and yours....

Ava
"Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature."

Gerard De Nerval
ImageSharon
Dec 31, 2010 9:37 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Beautiful!!
I love your Alaska, too, Ava.

Happy Happy New Year!!
ImageMaria
Jan 1, 2011 5:17 PM CST
Name: Maria Ramspott
Massachusetts
Never been there but I know I would just love it
Maria

"Those who do not learn from the past are condemned to repeat it"
G. Santayana

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