Friday, December 31, 2010

Sideways Glances - December - Part Two

Some times it's the photos that don't quite turn out that are the most interesting.

Maggie turned away just as I clicked the shutter on her Christmas Day portrait.

I only captured the image of the wing of an over-flying eagle. Yet to me the part suggests so much more than the whole.

Venus and the frosted branches leave ghostly traces in the gathering night sky.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Sideways Glances - December - Part One

Some times it's the photos that don't quite turn out that are the most interesting.

If Santa had peered through our kitchen window on Christmas Eve, he would have caught Denny transfixed by the seductive blue light of the interwebz. What has him so entranced? Either the RV forum or the wood stove list.

Mr Twitch moved just as I tripped the shutter, smearing his features into a softness. He had been watching the little white bunnies nibble on the spruce saplings by the porch light.

The light wasn't optimum but you can see one of our wild Alaskan bunnies here.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Midnight Visit

It was actually closer to four am when I poked my head into the shop to check the wood stove. Max came down from his snug bed in the rafters to greet me.

Our late-night interactions with Max make the winter chore more of a pleasant break than a tiresome task.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas Eve

No Christmas tree this year--we just don't have the room. We made do with a couple of small, table-top trees around the downstairs.

During the colder months, our nights are punctuated with frequent trips to the adjacent shop building, where Max, our only outdoor cat, makes his domain. Hours before dawn, I am greeted with a feline smile when I make my morning wood stove check.

Returning from the shop, I pass the laundry room, where Gilbert the Houseguest enjoys the snuggle bed.

(He is such a nice cat, I wish I could keep him, but I know his family will be glad when he can rejoin them.)

All is calm and bright in our little home. Hope the same for you.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

New Camera - Around the House

My trusty Kodak Easyshare DX 4330 camera finally decided to die, so I have been without a camera for a couple weeks. Didn't realize how much I enjoyed having a camera ready at hand until there wasn't one. And none of our old SLR cameras had a charged battery amongst them. So when I saw that Amazon was having a pre-Christmas sale on the Canon PowerShots SD1300, I ordered one.

After I charged the battery, I pointed the camera at the nearest cat (much as I had done with our Kodak digital camera,) and tripped the shutter.

That is a typical view of Frannie, amidst the throw rugs and plywood floor of the upstairs.

I took a more flattering view of her after a few more photos.

Then I went downstairs and surprised Dennis on the computer. He spends more time there then he'll admit....

The box on the floor contains about a dozen fire bricks for our stoves.

Oddly, not a single actual cat appears in that photo. That is unusual around here.

Monday, December 20, 2010


Farewell sun, the longest night is here.
Hello, Mother Night. We join at the still point before life, after death, and lay our dead at your feet. Let their pyres light the long night. Here on the dark shore we give up our dead.

Thursday, December 02, 2010

The Dark of the Year

I think of January and February as being the bleakest months of winter. The coldest days come then. But the nights of November and December are long and dark. So I deck the house with candles and evergreen.

This is the dream-time of the year, the time of sleeping under snow. Too close to autumn to be thinking yet of rebirth, now is the time of rest after the harvest.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

The Glorious Sky

I will never get tired of watching the sky.

Every day, Nature puts on a free show for us.

How can you witness this and not know that we are loved by Something a lot bigger than any of us? Because there is Beauty...dancing on the clouds.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


The cold stillness of a November morning, heading into the long tunel of winter.

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Last Survivor

Cats Around The House

Bart was calling me to come and look--a deep, throaty cry unlike any of his other vocalizations. He had caught the dreaded pink twinkle puff and wanted me to admire his skill.

Midget is adjusting to her status as no-longer-the-new cat.

And as I have said before--no one sleeps quite as profoundly as a deaf cat.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Autumn Visitor

Denny called me to the kitchen window this morning. In the newly-cleared area out front, our visitor was grazing on the fading vegetation.

Living in Alaska is definitely cool. I've been here most of my life and I still get a thrill sharing my space with Nature.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Backyard Visit

This little guy seems to be facing winter without his mother. He was working the back yard pretty well this evening.

Friday, October 08, 2010

The Queen of Mordor

She's rarely seen during the day. She prefers the back closets or the enclosed turret on top of the cat tree upstairs. Often she is just two menacing eyes staring at you out of the darkness, daring you to try to touch her.

At present, she is the closest thing to a Queen we have had in the house since Punkin died.

I have taken to calling her "the Queen of Mordor," which seems to fit her since she was originally a Toe Wraith, only coming out at night to attack our feet as we slept.

Out East End Road

Heading out East End RoadHeading out East End Road.

Kachemak Bay from East End RoadKachemak Bay from East End Road.

Old homesteads and small farms define East End RoadOld homesteads and small farms define East End Road.

View of the upper bay from Greer RoadView of the upper bay from Greer Road

An evening in October in south-central AlaskaAn October evening in south-central Alaska...

The bluffs of Kachemak Bay as seen along East End RoadThe bluffs of Kachemak Bay as seen from East End Road.

Out East End Road
Fall colors on the hay fields and homestead.

Winter whispers on the peaks across the bayWinter whispers on the peaks across the bay...