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There is nothing that compares to looking out over the rail of a ship, standing in the bitter cold, and looking at a massive glacier! Best viewing of glaciers, so that you can see the amazing colors, is when the sky is overcast. Luck was with me when I took these photos. I love the color blue, and, for today, I wanted to share with you some amazing photos of glacial ice up close and blue!

Jagged

Jagged

Bands of blue

Bands of blue

Blue and floating

Blue and floating

Swirls

Swirls

Dropped

Dropped

Shades of color

Shades of color

Lines

Lines

Isn’t the ice amazing?

Thanks for dropping in today! Have an amazing Saturday! If you are in my neck of the woods, stay dry! Be well! ^..^

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My head is in the clouds today. Clouds can be dramatic, wispy and revealing! Let’s go and check it out, shall we?

Fingers across a glacier

Fingers across a glacier

Hovering over the mountains

Hovering over the mountains

The clouds part revealing the mountain tops

The clouds part revealing the mountain tops

Breaking through

Breaking through

Wispy

Wispy

Peaking through

Peaking through

Aren’t they just lovely?

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a wonderful Wednesday! Be well! ^..^

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I love a challenge, and I certainly enjoy the challenge that Alastair Forbes hosts: Sunday Photo Fiction! The challenge is to write a bit of flash fiction using no more than 200 words, and the story has to go with the photo prompt. Here is my entry for today!

After the Snow

After the Snow


He predicted snowfall measuring no more 6″. Forecast models indicated that the days to follow the storm would be sunny and bright. Would he be right?

Cody sat outside on the deck, wearing a down jacket, mittens, and sipped on hot chocolate. The snow was light at first. It started to get heavier with flakes as big as half dollars. He headed indoors early. He had to leave for work at 3:00 a.m.

He awoke to the shrieking alarm clock, wiped the sleep from his eyes, and crawling out of his nice warm bed, made his way to the kitchen. With the coffee just beginning to brew, he went off to shower and shave.

After enjoying his coffee and toast, he donned his jacket to head off to work. Opening the door, he found himself staring at 2′ of snow, and it was still coming down! This was much more than expected.

Heading back inside he realized that he would not make it in to work. Calling the station, he let them know. He loved his job as a weatherman. Why did he? Because it was the only job, where you could be wrong and not get fired!
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Thank you Al for hosting this challenge! And, thank you dear reader for taking the time to stop by for a quick read!
Be well! ^..^

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Taking a trip into the Denali National Park and Preserve, all on the bus are on alert, each looking for any form of wildlife. “Moose at 9:00!” shouts a person from the back of the bus. All heads turn in that direction. The bus slows to a stop, and there off in the distance we are all amazed at the sight of a lone moose. And, it is a male, as only the males are adorned with palmate antlers. I was lucky in getting these photos with such clarity. The moose was between 1/2 mile to a mile away from us. Here are the photos of this moose that I was able to capture!

Please click on each photo, first to isolate the photo, and then click again to enlarge it. That way you can see the details of this amazing moose!

As I searched the area, I was able to spot the moose.

A lone male moose

A lone male moose

He is on the move…

He is on the move

He is on the move

He heads into a depression.

He heads into a depression

He heads into a depression

Watching him, he heads into the bush, his rump barely visible!

And disappears from sight

And disappears from sight

He re-emerges from the other side. He is on a mission.

Then re-emerges from the other side

Then re-emerges from the other side

His mission: To find a female hoping to impress her with his huge rack!

He is in search of a female

He is in search of a female

It was exciting to see this massive creature! Considering the distance he was from us kind of gives you an idea of how massive moose can be. The male stands at almost 7′ tall, and weighs about 1,550 pounds. Those antlers can span up to 6′!

I hope that you enjoyed visiting with this moose in Denali! Thank you for taking your time to drop on by today! I appreciate it! Be well! ^..^

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This week Michelle over at WordPress has selected the topic “achievement” for this week’s photo challenge! Today I am featuring achievements!

They made it through the rapids!

Looking back

Looking back

Making it to the top of Big Hill, I look down upon a lake below.

Union Valley Reservoir

Union Valley Reservoir

I made it to the bottom of Moaning Caverns having navigated this staircase!

The staircase leading up to the surface

The staircase leading up to the surface

Being able to grow vegetables and actually harvest some was a major achievement due to the fight with the critters!

The rest of today's pickings

The rest of today’s pickings

The next is having the opportunity to see Mt. McKinley, or Denali as the locals call it. Only 30% who come to see it get to actually see it!

Denali

Denali

I hope that you enjoyed today’s photos! Thanks for stopping by! Be well! ^..^

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I always find being near water soothing. There is something about the sound and the sight that just calms me. There is a quiet beauty as I sit by the river. I am lulled by the lapping of the water against the shore. And, the surrounding landscape is truly majestic! Come and sit with me by a river!

I found myself along the Susitna River with the majestic Mt. McKinley (Denali as it is referred to in Alaska) as a backdrop. The river is the 15th largest river in the U.S. and Mt. McKinley is the highest peak in North America.

Susitna River and Mt McKinley

Susitna River and Mt McKinley

Small waves roll along the shoreline.

Small waves roll against the shoreline

Small waves roll against the shoreline

Rafters laugh gaily as they head towards the shore.

Rafting on the river

Rafting on the river

As my gaze wanders I notice the lovely colors not only in the rocks in the river but along the shoreline as well!

Amazing colors in the rocks

Amazing colors in the rocks

Amazing colors along the shores

Amazing colors along the shores

Looking closer at the rocks, I notice how smooth their edges are. This is due them being smoothed as they come off the glacier and roll along the river. The water can be powerful in its ability to sculpture that which is within.

Rocks along the waters edge

Rocks along the waters edge

The river is calming and hypnotic as I watch the waters move along…

The calm of the river

The calm of the river

One final shot of the amazing and majestic beauty from the shore!

Final shot of the Susitna and Denali

Final shot of the Susitna and Denali

Do you find water soothing and calming?

Have one heck of splendid Saturday! Thank you for dropping by! Be well! ^..^

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Jen H. over at WordPress has chosen the topic “minimalist” for this week’s Photo Challenge! She states,”Minimalist photography is characterized by a large portion of negative space, a fairly monochromatic color palette with good contrast, and an interesting subject that is able to stand on its own to capture the interest of the viewer.” Let’s see what I can do with this one, shall we?

A God like moment

A God like moment

Flying away!

Flying away!

Alone on the rocks

Alone on the rocks

Lighthouse

Lighthouse

Bunny tracks in the snow

Bunny tracks in the snow

A 2008 view of redwoods and vines

A 2008 view of redwoods and vines

One lovely mushroom

One lovely mushroom

I hope that you have enjoyed the photos! Thanks for stopping by! And, have a great weekend! Be well! ^..^

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