Friday, September 25, 2009

Signs of Fall

Taken Tuesday afternoon at the Hope Junction of the Seward Highway...

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Misty Autumn Road

Driving to Anchorage on Tuesday...

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Tern Lake

Tern Lake sits just before the junction of the Sterling and Seward Highways and as such is a natural stopping point. The parking area can be bustling during the summer tourist season but on a Tuesday morning in mid-September, Tern Lake provided a point of stillness along our path.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

On The Road to Anchorage

Just after eight this morning, hurtling down the Sterling Highway toward the Mystery Hills. Stopping for photos was out of the question, so I snapped as we went, lending a watercolor-like quality to the image....

We crossed the Kenai River at Cooper Landing. Looking upstream, Kenai Lake catches the subdued light of a cloudy autumn morning. The lingering, lonely patches of last winter's snow wait on the hill tops for reinforcements.

Although we were in the shadows of the mountains for a while after daybreak, the forest was bright and full of light from the changing colors of the leaves.

Morning light on the peaks of Turnagain Pass.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Monday, September 07, 2009

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Friday, September 04, 2009

Late Summer Blooms

One of the best garden purchases I made this past spring was two packets (at $1.49 each) of a seed mix called "Alaska Scatter Garden" from Denali Seeds. I used the seed mix in almost all my containers this year and it has put on a show for most of the summer.

I recognized the Bachelor Button and Nemophila but I was surprised by this glorious flower. After searching the seed catalog, I discovered these are the blooms of Godetia--a species I wasn't familiar with before this but now has my attention. They are just hitting their peak of blooming and are spectacular.

Of course, I always have my violas. Most of this year's blooms are from seeds I have saved from past seasons.

There is something about violas that appeals to me. I love the way the light comes through their petals as they face the sun.