Friday, August 04, 2006

Ursos Arctos in the Wild

We've entered another stretch of poor weather here in Juneau, but I found a website where you can watch Grizzly Bears in the wild via a hidden camera. The following is a little background taken from the National Geographic website (photo also curtosy of the website):

It happens every summer. On any given day from late June to early August, as many as 50 brown bears may converge on Alaska’s McNeil River Falls. There they feed on the abundance of salmon running through its tumbling currents along the McNeil River. And during the season, small groups of people quietly observe them, striking what may be the perfect balance between wildlife and humans.

That formula has worked at McNeil River State Game Sanctuary since the mid-1970s, when the Alaska Department of Fish and Game—with protection of the bears in mind—began limiting viewing access at McNeil River Falls and nearby Mikfik Creek to ten people per day, selected by lottery. But why is this wilderness so special?

Established in 1967, the 200-square-mile (518 square kilometers) sanctuary protects the world’s largest concentration of wild brown bears (also known as grizzlies), and in late June they begin to congregate at McNeil River Falls to indulge in a salmon feeding frenzy. As salmon migrate upstream toward their spawning grounds, the rocks and boulders that form the falls slow them down and—along with the shallow depth—make them vulnerable to capture. For the bears, it’s as if they hear a dinner bell ringing, drawn by their appetite for chum salmon.

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Fireweed

We haven't really had a summer this year--it's been really rainy and not too warm for the most part. We do get a couple of days here and there that are just perfect though! The past few days have been like this. The purple weed in the photo is Fireweed, it's blooming all over Juneau right now!

Thursday, July 13, 2006

4th of July -- Revisited




As I mentioned before, we went to the parade on the 4th. Looking back over the photos I've realized what a wide variety of things we had in our parade here in Juneau! Small children riding bikes, city officials, Star Wars characters, bag-pipers, the volunteer marching band, fire trucks, lots of military vehicles (from Humvees to small Coast Guard boats), we had it all! Here are a couple of my favorite photos.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

4th of July

Happy 4th of July!

Ok, so this isn't a photo of the fireworks in Juneau, it's from Washington, D.C. You see, here in Juneau we have our fireworks at midnight on the 3rd because it stays light so late.

Staying up until midnight, trying to find parking downtown, and getting cold isn't really my idea of fun--so we didn't watch them.

We did go to the parade today though, so stay tuned for photos from that!

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Little Cabin

We drive by this little cabin often. It sits out in a field--no one lives there, it's falling over--but it makes for nice photos. I'm waiting for the fireweed to bloom in this same field (a very pretty weed I think) and then I'll take some more photos.

We're in the midst of the 4th of July weekend, and amazingly the seemingly endless clouded skies cleared overnight. With any luck it will stay like this for a couple more days. I've given up hope of ever being tanned while living here, but I still take advantage of the little bits of sun we do get!

Friday, June 16, 2006

I know, I know....

I know it's been a long time since I have posted any pictures. Do I have an excuse? Sure....ok, not really. We've actually had quite a bit of decent weather here recently, but I've found myself doing things like sitting in the sun or taking long walks instead of looking for photographic opportunities!

Regardless, my grandmother gave me this little vase when she was visiting not too long ago. I found this yellow flower (weed?) in our yard and took the photo. Then I made the mistake of bringing the vase and flower inside. The cats promptly discovered it and removed the flower and small fern from the vase. It was a losing battle trying to keep it all together, so I finally gave up. I think the mangled bits may still be laying around here somewhere.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Three Generations

My Mom and Nana came to town for the past week. It was pretty amazing, for three weeks we worried that the weather would stink (it had been raining profusely). They arrived and the next day we had SUN! And not just one day of sun....we had good weather for pretty much the whole week. I think Spring is finally here.
They were our first guests since we moved here, and from what they said we were very nice to them (I guess that feeding them and not making them go on a 6 mile hike is "very nice"). Regardless, we had a good time showing off Juneau and hanging out.