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This week Cherie Rowlands at WordPress chose the topic “Descent” for this week’s photo challenge! I like this topic! Let’s see what I have for you today, shall we?

The sun sets…

The sun descends in the sky

The sun descends in the sky

A plane making its descent…

Landing

Landing

A photo from a recent post of the Margerie Glacier. Here it is with a chunk of the glacier descending towards the water in the bay.

Calving

Calving

Check out the descending arms of the Bryn Mawr Glacier located in the College Fjords of Alaska! Click on the photo once to see the details of this amazing glacier!

Bryn Mawr Glacier

Bryn Mawr Glacier

I am behind this fellow as we make our descent into a narrow opening in the Moaning Cavern…

The first staircase down

The first staircase down

Please take the time to check out some of the other entries into this photo challenge! Have one heck of a good weekend! Happy Halloween! :twisted:

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Conor Bofin of One Man’s Meat inspired me once again! This time with an enticing recipe for pork chops with plums in his post The Cure for Meat Anxiety – Pork Chops and Plums! Now plums are pretty well out of season here, so I substituted the plums for pluots, which are a hybrid combo of plums and apricots! Yum! Ready to head into the kitchen?

Conor’s Ingredients
2 big pork chops – bone in, I used pork loin chops about 1″ thick
5 – 6 plums, or pluots
2 cm of ginger – almost an inch here in the U.S.
1 tsp dark brown sugar
Lots of salt and pepper
Red wine
Olive Oil

The beginnings of a great meal!

The beginnings of a great meal!

First, preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Then get the pluots ready. Slice them in half following, as Conor put it, “the bum-like crease as a guide.” Remove the pit. Chop up the ginger, the skin removed. Place the pluots on a cookie sheet covered with foil, and evenly add the ginger and brown sugar to each pluot half.

Pluots with ginger and brown sugar

Pluots with ginger and brown sugar

Place this in the preheated oven. I found that these took about 40 minutes to cook to a soft “sludgy” texture.

Conor serves this dish with garlic mashed potatoes. I used Yukons, and I got this ready to go!

Soon to be garlic mashers

Soon to be garlic mashers

The next thing is to get to work on those chops! Slice them along the fat edge to cut through the membrane beneath the fat. I then seasoned these with a healthy dose of fresh ground salt and pepper, then rub with a bit of oil (something I forgot to do, but it worked out just fine). Heat about a TBS of olive oil in a oven proof skillet. Start your mashers now. When the skillet gets hot, add the pork chops and cook for 5 minutes. Leave the chops alone as they cook! After 5 minutes, turn and cook another 5 minutes.

The pluots should be done by now. I removed them from the oven, and then add to the oven your skillet of pork chops. These will sit in the oven for 10 minutes. While these are in the oven, mash those pluots with a fork, skins included, which adds flavor!

The cooked pluots

The cooked pluots

Get your mashers done too!

Garlic mashers

Garlic mashers

After cooking in the oven for 10 minutes, remove the pork chops. Take the pork out of the skillet and set aside to rest. Place the skillet on the stove and turn the heat to medium. Add a good dose of red wine to de-glaze the pan,

Deglazing the pan with wine

Deglazing the pan with wine

scraping up the browned bits! Cook this down to a thick gravy.

Plate up the pork, potatoes and pluots!

Dinner is served!

Dinner is served!

This was a fabulous meal! Make sure you have a perfect bite: A little bit of each together! Thank you again, Conor for the recipe!

Have a lovely Friday and thanks for stopping by! Be well! ^..^

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I truly enjoy the creativity of others and I enjoy art, so for today, I thought, why not share some of the art that I have enjoyed? I am not sure who the artists are on most of these. Even so, I did want to share these photos of art with you that I took! Are you ready to take a look at some cool artwork?

Here is just one of the panels of painted glass that I enjoyed when I was in Denali!

Painted on glass

Painted on glass

If you have not visited Lisa over at Zeebra Designs and Destinations, then I ask that you take a moment to check out her amazing artwork! This piece, not yet done, reminds me of her work!

Reminds me of Lisa's work over at Zeebra Designs

Reminds me of Lisa’s work over at Zeebra Designs

Here are two pieces made from tile. The salmon is by artist Terry Pyles and is entitled “Yeltatzie Salmon.” The second done by another artist is a leaf design!

Yeltatzie Salmon by artist Terry Pyles

Yeltatzie Salmon by artist Terry Pyles

Ginko leaf in tile

Ginko leaf in tile

The next three pieces are metalwork. They are each so different.

Bronze work

Bronze work

Caribou in metal

Caribou in metal

Metal work

Metal work

This last one is by a native Alaskan.

Native art

Native art

I hope that you enjoyed all this art! I certainly did!

Have a wonderful Wednesday, and thank you for stopping by! Be well! ^..^

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A while back I had the opportunity to visit the great State of Alaska. Going inland, I wanted to see that famous mountain which is the highest peak in North America at a height of 20,320 feet, or 6.194 meters. The mountain: Mount McKinley! Most folks that visit Alaska with the hopes of seeing this mountain do not. Only 30% of people who visit the various areas with hopes of see this mountain do! And, I got to see this beauty! So, for today, I wanted to share with you various views of this amazingly huge mountain!

Early in the morning, Mount McKinley made an appearance!

Mt. McKinley early in the morning

Mt. McKinley early in the morning

Then the clouds move in but I still can catch a glimpse!

Hiding behind the clouds

Hiding behind the clouds

With cloudy skies above, one break in the clouds really shows off the beauty of this mountain!

Sun shines on the mountain

Sun shines on the mountain

Here is a photo capturing the mountain a bit closer!

A bit of a close up

A bit of a close up

I had the opportunity to see the mountain while standing along the shore of the Susitna River.

River view

River view

The sun sets, and as it does I capture this dramatic shot!

At sunset

At sunset

Traveling behind the mountain, I snap a photo of Mount McKinley from the backside!

The backside of the mountain

The backside of the mountain

I felt very privileged to see this amazing wonder of the world! I hope that you enjoyed these photos of this North American beauty!

Have a great Tuesday, and thank you for dropping by today! Be well! ^..^

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I came across some Asian artwork, and snapped off a bunch of photos so that I could share the amazing pieces that I discovered. The details of this artwork is amazing to me. If anyone can identify which culture this comes from I would love to hear from you!

Happy faces

Happy faces

A beauty

A beauty

Dancing

Dancing

A lion

A lion

Isn’t this artwork cool? Well, thanks for stopping by today! Have a spectacular Saturday! Be well! ^..^

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Guest host Pete Rosos has chosen the subject “Cover Art” as this week’s WordPress Photo Album. This got me thinking about what photos that I can feature that would make for good cover art for a music album or a book. With this in mind here are the photos that I feel meet this week’s challenge!

The Old Man

The Old Man

Blue Dasher

Blue Dasher

A break in the storm and a rainbow pops!

A break in the storm and a rainbow pops!

Respect

Respect

Stained glass wings

Stained glass wings

Winter

Winter

I hope that you enjoyed this selection of photos! You too can join this challenge by clicking HERE!

May you have an amazing Friday and a wonderful weekend! Thanks for dropping by! ^..^

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Many times I have had the opportunity to watch the salmon spawning. They move in from the oceans, miraculously back to the place where they were born. The colors of the fish change from the lovely silvery color to shades of black and red. After spawning they die, washing up along the rocks at the sides of the rivers. There are also hatcheries which help in the reproduction of salmon, providing ladders for the fish to go up, where they head in to tanks and do their thing. The next years fish are also contained before they are released out to sea. So, let’s take a look at this cycle beginning with the fish going up a river, and then to the hatchery! Be sure to watch the video at the end!

Here is a shot of a healthy salmon before spawning. They are silver in color before they head into fresh water to spawn.

Salmon face

Salmon face

Once they head upstream and into the fresh water they lose this color as their bodies get ready for spawning. Standing along a bridge near the mouth of the river, I capture a number of shots of the salmon. Their colors have changed. See if you can spot the salmon in the water in these next shots.

Three spawning salmon

Three spawning salmon

Five spawning salmon

Five spawning salmon

Ten spawning salmon

Ten spawning salmon

Here is a shot of the salmon from the above photo a bit closer…

Close in on some of the ten

Close in on some of the ten

We headed to a hatchery, and the folks there help the salmon species to continue on. The salmon that head to this hatchery were born here. Along a river, they have set up a ladder to resemble the uphill climb. The fish head for this ladder.

This is the ladder at the hatchery

This is the ladder at the hatchery

As the tide comes in the ladder fills up. Looking through a window set into the ladder you can see the fish…

Going up the ladder

Going up the ladder

Once they hit the top of the ladder, the fish go into holding tanks. There is a mechanism that sorts the fish by size. Here are some of the salmon in the holding tank. There are a lot of them!

Before spawning at the hatchery

Before spawning at the hatchery

Here they will collect the eggs and sperm and raise the babies. Here are the babies…

Baby salmon

Baby salmon

Out in the wild, the male salmon go through a number of phases in their spawning process. They develop humps on their back, and their mouths enlarge to create a hook at the snout. Both male and female, when they enter the fresh water they both stop drinking, relying on a gland in their bodies that has stored salt so that they do not get dehydrated.

Here is a salmon heading upstream! You can already see the color change on the fish. From the hump and the curved snout this appears to be a male.

Heading upstream

Heading upstream

The male is the first to arrive at the spawning ground and mark off their territory where the gravel is not too small and not too large. When the female arrives she uses her body to create what is called a “redd.” This is a depression in the gravel and will become the nest for the eggs. With her body she signals the male that she is ready to lay her eggs. The males fight and it is the dominant male that gets to spawn with the female. Swimming side to side she releases her eggs and he releases his sperm. The sperm, called milt, mixes with the eggs. They do this again a bit farther up the stream and the gravel she moves covers over the eggs and sperm from the first batch.

The male dies fairly quickly after spawning is done, and the female hangs around for a couple of weeks by her nests, and then finally dies off, and her body gets carried downstream. Here are two salmon who have done their job, their bodies have floated downstream. They don’t smell to good either!

They have done their job!

They have done their job!

Here is a quick video that I took of the spawning salmon, the river and the little babies. Click on the link, and then on the button at the bottom right to enlarge to full screen. The sound you hear is natural sound and was not dubbed in to the film.

Well, this got to be a lengthy blog! Thanks for stopping by and for hanging in there to read this thanks! Be well! ^..^

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