Tuesday, June 30, 2009

A Day On The Water

A visiting friend wanted to do some fishing, so we spent the day out on the water.

I hate getting up at five in the morning--or what's the point of being retired? But there is such a tranquility in the harbor in the early morning, I can answer myself. To be retired is to be able to get up early to spend a day surrounded by beauty.



Even though the sun was shining, we could see the advancing layer of fog over the water. This is looking west from the harbor toward Cook Inlet.



We stayed clear of the fog bank once we were out on the open water. The hills on the south side of Kachemak Bay were obscured, with just the highest peaks poking through.



To the north, Bluff Point was in the clear, though Anchor Point was just at the edge of the obscuration.



We live just behind the ridgeline at the center of the photo above.

And this was what we saw looking east toward the harbor behind us...




The fog had closed over the harbor and most of the Spit, almost to the mainland, where the dark line of spruce trees ends about center left. The water was flat and the weather cool--we headed to a favorite spot off of Bluff Point to fish.

(More photos tomorrow...)

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Frost!

The temperature was in the upper thirties and dipping lower when we got up this morning.



A bit later, we noticed a whitish deposit on the deck furniture. I went out and touched it--thinking it might be some errantic volcanic ash.



But it melted at my touch, so I guess we just had our first frost of the season...



By any measure, it was a very "soft" frost and none of the vegetation seemed the worse for it.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

View From Our Window



A typical summer view out our bedroom window.

For a brief time when we were first building the house, this was our *only* window.

Today it is open to the fresh summer air. The water dish is a favorite with those who like the ambiance of birdsong with their drink. We put the fan in the window at night to blow cool air inside (who needs air conditioning?) because our house retains heat so well.

Beyond the window screen, the greens of summer beckon.

Monday, June 22, 2009

A Green Day

Another showery, cool day that played out in shades of green.

The fireweed is just beginning to shoot upward. By next month, most of these plants will be five feet tall.



The overcast sky casts a subdued light that really intensifies the color of the clover.



I have been wanting to try a recipe for spruce-tip jelly I found on-line last fall, so while the new growth was still soft, I picked a few cups to boil up.



The flavor is slightly mild and slightly citrus-y from the lemon juice added during cooking.



I confess to adding a few drops of food color to get an appropriately spruce-like color. I don't know how successful the jelly will turn out but it looks nice.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Here it is June and I am still trying to get May caught up!

Hang in there--more to come!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Monday, June 08, 2009

Our Sauna

The Alders Again



The alder in our back yard has finally leafed-out with spring-green foliage.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Hazy Bay



The normally unrestricted view across lower Cook Inlet was hazy this morning. I suspect that smoke from the big wildfire near McGrath has filtered its way down our way.