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ImageSharon
Dec 6, 2010 10:43 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
As per your request, Star....here's your new thread.

We came from here: http://cubits.org/bluegardens/thread/view/39506/

Happy Holidays!!

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ImageMagpie
Dec 6, 2010 11:14 AM CST
Name: Jon, Chris or JC Deisher
Eagle River, Alaska
So ... what'dya think?
Hello Folks,

Anchorage is situated on a "delta" shaped piece of land, with Chugach mountains along the East and then the Turnagain Arm and Knik Arms of the Cook Inlet bounding the other two sides. Along 8 to 9 miles of the coast is a "coastal trail" that is basically a long thin park used by runners, strollers and bikers in the summer and cross country skiers and winter trekkers in the winter. Wildlife is often found out there: moose, bear, fox, rabbits and all manner of birds. There are periodi turn-outs and benches where one can pause and enjoy a moment of reflection. About a mile and a half from the southern end of the coastal trail, someone had decorated this bench with a Christmas wreath. Thought you might like it ... you'd never know it was there unless you took the stroll ...

Heres a facebook page on the some of the community activity of the coast trail: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_161264550563232&ap...
Scroll down and see a movie about the development of the Light Speed Planet Walk. There are discussions about making the planet walk "the longest garden in the solar system."

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"Magpie" Jon
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Imagekaglic
Dec 6, 2010 11:33 AM CST
Name: Kiska (Jackie)
Palmer, Alaska
aka Kiska at other sites
Good morning~
Catching up, again:))
Thanks for the new thread, Sharran.
14* snowing/dark
Sunrise this morning: 9:56
Sunset: 3:38
Not much longer and we'll be gaining daylight:)
Jon~the bench looks very festive. My favorite place to go when we go to Anchorage, is down to the overlook at the end of NLights/past Earthquake Park. Lots of people pass by as they use the trail.
Matanuska River-Palmer
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Imageakfishergal
Dec 6, 2010 2:02 PM CST
Name: Ava Eads
Seward, Alaska
Nice picture Jackie. Glad to see you back here. We been missin' you..

Chris....In the winter of '08 - '09 we had finches here by the hundreds (I think I went through 600 pounds of BOSS that winter), then last winter we had very few Siskins or Redpolls and just a handfull of Grosbeaks. For some reason, they passed us by and went South for the winter. There was internet chatter all last winter about the invasion of Siskins in the lower 48. They did show up here in the early spring, although in way smaller numbers than I'm used to seeing here. So far this winter, there have been no Crossbills, Siskins or Redpolls at all and the Grosbeaks are just now showing up. It remains to be seen what winter will bring us this year.

This is what my porch looked like through the winter of '08 - '09....
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"Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature."

Gerard De Nerval
ImageMagpie
Dec 6, 2010 3:11 PM CST
Name: Jon, Chris or JC Deisher
Eagle River, Alaska
So ... what'dya think?
Hi Ava,

Clearly there's a cycle to things ... as with rabbits and foxes, maybe the same with various species of birds. Winter of 2008 we had hundreds of red polls ... 2009 just a few ... this year almost none. Curious. Usually we don't see the grosbeaks at our bird feeder, but they are around ... this year, we see them at the feeder. I guess I donno what goes on in the mind of a bird ...
"Magpie" Jon
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Imagestarlight1153
Dec 6, 2010 3:40 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Thanks Sharran!!!!!!! I be here.

When I was in Germany, I spent the weekend s out Volksmarching. That bench reminds me of that time. Your right, you never knwo what you might see. One time out in the middle of the wood s in the side of a hill was all these benches made out of stone folks had carried and next to a small spring coming out of the mountain, that carve d out this small shelter and put candle s and a statue of Mary into it. When I asked about it they said, the town had built it there as a thank you for their town being spared from destruction during the war.

Was a cool thing to see. Now I the type of person that need s to have a GPS tracker attache d to my ankles, because I love to hike and explore and I see one thing and have to check it out and then another and I will be out and about and forget where I been and how to get back. LOL

I remember one year Ava posted pic of birds all over the place. Had never seen so many birds.
Imagekaglic
Dec 6, 2010 6:38 PM CST
Name: Kiska (Jackie)
Palmer, Alaska
aka Kiska at other sites
Loved the photo of all the birds, Ava. We have mostly Chickadees; haven't seen a Pine Grosbeak for more than a year; redpols, a few.
Star~that sounds really interesting; bet you did have fun hiking over there. Up on the trail to a local peak, there's a picnic table that someone hauled up to a valley. I've not climbed that high, but my daughter and friends did and told me about it.
This is Byers Peak-the picnic table is 1/2 way up.
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Imageakfishergal
Dec 7, 2010 10:17 AM CST
Name: Ava Eads
Seward, Alaska
We had a beautiful sunset yesterday afternoon.

This pic was taken @ 4:15 p.m.
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@ 4:20.....
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"Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature."

Gerard De Nerval
ImageSharon
Dec 7, 2010 10:19 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Somebody watercolored the sky!!!
Beautiful, Ava!
Imageakfishergal
Dec 7, 2010 10:32 AM CST
Name: Ava Eads
Seward, Alaska
This would look good on a blue plate. (hint, hint, hint).... Hilarious! .....
"Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature."

Gerard De Nerval
ImageMagpie
Dec 7, 2010 11:16 AM CST
Name: Jon, Chris or JC Deisher
Eagle River, Alaska
So ... what'dya think?
Seward has some of the most beautiful skies! This time of year, from sun-up to sun-down, they're kinda brief, but beautiful just the same.
"Magpie" Jon
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Imageakfishergal
Dec 7, 2010 11:31 AM CST
Name: Ava Eads
Seward, Alaska
Roger on that!....
"Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature."

Gerard De Nerval
ImageSharon
Dec 7, 2010 7:28 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Got the hint, Ava!!!
Will do.
ImageMaryE
Dec 7, 2010 9:11 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Sharon, what do you call that pink/purple/gray color? And of course we all need to see what you are going to paint.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
More ramblings at http://thegatheringplacehome.myfastforum.org/forum54.php
ImageSharon
Dec 7, 2010 9:16 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Mauve-ish-y.
ImageMaryE
Dec 7, 2010 9:26 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Ok, I was thinking mauve. Our sky has a lot of that color at times, other times it's pink/orange. It changes so fast that sometimes by the time I get back in the house and out with the camera it's all different.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
More ramblings at http://thegatheringplacehome.myfastforum.org/forum54.php
ImageSharon
Dec 7, 2010 9:33 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Pink/orange = salmon-y-ish.
Or peach. Depending on the ratio of red to yellow.
Or something.

Freezing to death down here. Fingers are too cold to type. It might have been about 30 today and that's well below my freezing point.

Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr..........
Imagestarlight1153
Dec 8, 2010 3:33 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
That sunset is enough to take your breath away. Such Beautiful colors.

What about stars? Do you all see a lot of the stars at night. I love going out at night , more so when it nice and warm and just spending hours watching them.
ImageMaryE
Dec 8, 2010 8:25 AM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Lots of stars here. We live way out of town. Not many houses and not many yard lights to compete with the stars. Night before last, or maybe it was the evening before that, the moon was a skinny sliver. I saw it just at twilight, getting pretty low on the horizon. My favorite winter night is full moon on snow, gives a sort of flourescent effect. We are too far south to see the northern lights. We saw them when we lived in Alaska and could even hear the crackling sounds. They are amazing!
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
More ramblings at http://thegatheringplacehome.myfastforum.org/forum54.php
Imagekaglic
Dec 8, 2010 9:51 AM CST
Name: Kiska (Jackie)
Palmer, Alaska
aka Kiska at other sites
Sunsets/sunrises are fantastic this time of year-the short daylight seems to bring out the pinks and seems to linger. Yesterday we went to Anchorage; sunrise is 10am, and the alpenglow on Mt.McKinley made it, and the Alaska Range, glow like a big pink cotton candy cone. Was a memorable sight.
9* Dark
Sunrise: 10:am
Sunset: 3:36
Ava-those beautiful skies are amazing.
MaryE~I went out this morning, around 6, there were NLights, but not much more than the glow; no dancing. Do you miss seeing them?
Star~the stars were glittering and the Big Dipper; awesome. Really love the quiet of this time of day.
hi Sharran~
Our drive to Anchorage yesterday.
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