Monday, November 28, 2005

Nighttime

Unlike in Barrow, AK where the sun set on 19 November and won't rise until 23 January, we still have day and night in Juneau. The past couple of days we've had beautiful weather (no rain) and have actually been able to see the sun!

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Mendenhall Glacier

My husband took this photograph this morning--there was actually a break in the clouds!

Photo Friday: Yellow

This isn't a photograph from Juneau--but it fit this weeks theme really well. When we went to Denmark this past spring, I took the train one day over to Sweden. That's where I took this photograph.

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Friday, November 25, 2005

Thanksgiving


We had a potluck Thanksgiving of sorts this year. We made a few side dishes, some friends brought the bird and the fryer (and some great king crab dip, pecan pie and pomegranates). I've never fried a turkey before, but I have to say it was really tasty. This was our lovely turkey before carving it. Below is one of our pumpkin pies. We all ate way too much--it was great.

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Gold Creek

This is another photo from our hike on Perseverance Trail.

Friday, November 18, 2005

Photo Friday: Imperfect


im·per·fect : Having defect or blemish.

When I saw this weeks theme, my immediate thought was my own personal imperfections. Then, I was upset that I was being so self critical--after all, who is perfect? I started flipping through my Juneau pictures looking for one that matched with the theme, and I came across this rock. I took this picture out at the Shrine of St. Therese.

I couldn't tell you what type of rock this is, or what caused the striation in it. What I can say is that it's the supposed "imperfection" that makes this rock interesting. It's the imperfection that makes this rock beautiful.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Capitol Building

Before our hike the other day we stopped in front of the Capitol Building to take this picture. This was the first time that I had actually stopped to look at the building, and I was pleased that it was such a beautiful day! Some of you might not know, but Juneau held a design competition for a new Capitol building. Below is the artist's rendering of what the new building will look like. (I took the picture from http://www.archidose.org/Mar05/032805.html)
I haven't lived here for long, but the old Capitol building just feels like Juneau to me. The granite pillars and the worn steps make sense here. This new design with the dome soaring into the sky feels almost too modern. It certainly will change the view of Juneau I have from home!

Monday, November 14, 2005

Mine Shaft


"Aside from being one of the most scenic and well-used trails in Juneau, Alaska, the Perseverance Trail is one of the three most historically significant trails in our entire state along with the Chilkoot and Iditarod Trails. The original route, used by natives for goat hunting, fishing and berry picking, was later to become the first road in Alaska after Joe Juneau and Richard Harris found gold in the Silverbow Basin in the 1880's.
The road was used to access at least five major gold mining operations in the Gold Creek Valley including the famous Perseverance mine and the Alaska-Juneau mine, which at one time was one of the largest gold producers in the world" (Taken from www.americantrails.org)

This is an entrance to one of the abandoned mines along the trail.

Friday, November 11, 2005

Photo Friday: Worn

The last Photo Friday I posted, the theme was 'delicate'. I mentioned how I didn't see many delicate things in Juneau. This weeks theme is 'worn'. This is a very fitting theme for Juneau. Everything seems worn here--the mountains, the buildings, even the people.

I took this picture on a hike today up Perseverance Trail. This is an old piece of mining equipment. I was amused that a piece of Chicago Crane Co. equipment found it's way all the way up here.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Sunday Morning

Accumulation

Last Friday night, we had enough snow that it accumulated on the ground and trees. I took this picture Saturday morning at Auke Lake. On Sunday night, we got another 5 inches of snow.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Photo Friday: Delicate

This theme was challenging because when I look around here in Juneau, things just don't seem "delicate," so I decided on an egg.