This year’s Sitka Summer Music Festival is just getting underway, and although the first concert will be after our departure Saturday, we were treated to a wonderful preview tonight at the Larkspur Caffe. Having heard of this opportunity from some locals, we arrived early to be sure of a seat, and were pleasantly surprised by the wide variety of luscious treats on the menu. Fondue and lox appetizers, chowder, panini, and local Baranof Island Brewing Company Spruce Tips IPA and Dark Lagers were all excellent as we enjoyed conversation with other folks at our large table.
The real excitement began, however, Read on
Think Ketchikan, and your mind should overflow with images of eagles, mink, bears, humpback whales, fishing, and eating seafood, all set amongst glorious mountain and ocean vistas. (See the Clover Pass album for a small sampling.) To that, I’ve now added a note of awe for the cheerful, generous, helpful nature of Ketchikanites (Ketchikaners? Ketchikanians? Others wonder too.) in response to these three incidents.
The gum where my tooth was extracted in March was feeling a bit tender. Read on
We are blessed to have many friends and family nearby, so it almost seems like folks live our daily ups-and-downs with us. However, for the sake of those further afield, here is a quick recap of our most recent year.
We were delighted to see trees, water, and, yes, even snow on our visit to Mount Lemmon today. About an hour north of Tucson, the Catalina Highway winds 26 miles through Coronado National Forest, climbing about 6,000 feet up the Santa Catalina Mountains to the village of Summerhaven atop Mt. Lemmon at 9,100 feet. Ski Valley, the southernmost ski destination in the USA, was closed for lack of snow, but we enjoyed a chat with the caretaker who cheerfully filled us in. The big story was the Aspen Fire of 2003 which destroyed over 90% of the area’s buildings, leaving only 20 residents today compared to some 2000 before the fire. Touring with friends Terry and Sue is always fun, and pizza at The Cookie Cabin was great. You can see some of the pretty vistas in the 12-02-29 Mt Lemmon album.
Continuing my HDR experiment (see previous post), I made several images that, as seen in the side-by-side comparisons below, Read on
Our visit to the Pima Air & Space Museum on Friday produced the usual (for me) dichotomy of feelings: awe and pride for our country’s military prowess and accomplishments, interwoven with a profound sadness that we do not find ways to direct more our formidable ingenuity, resourcefulness and will toward the good of mankind instead of its destruction. Sigh.
The time was enhanced by good friends Terry & Sue Baughman and Jim Zimmerman. Jim further spiced up an already interesting day by sharing many of his experiences as an Air Force mechanic before the start of his farming career, and as a restoration volunteer at this museum since his retirement.
The day also produced lots of photos. I frequently thought of Susi’s dad, Tom, who has taken me to many an air museum throughout the years, which further pushed me to try and get the best images I could. Tom, I hope you enjoy the images in this 02-24 Pima Air Museum album.
Several of these images were produced with HDR photography (i.e., High Dynamic Range, Read on
The University of Arizona promoted a walk through their ecological research facility on Tumamoc Hill on Sunday, enabling some sweeping views of Tucson and the surrounding mountains. Check out a few photos in the 01-29 Tumamoc Hill album.
The Tucson Botanical Gardens offers a Butterfly Magic exhibit that delights everyone from youngest children right on up. Check out some photos of these beauties in the 01-28 Butterflies album.
Each time Susi suggests another tour, she silently accepts my quiet grumbles. “What? Another boat ride?” I’m just glad she’s gracious enough to never say, “I told you so,” because our Kenai Fjords Tour was such a magnificent day that we had to upload two albums of pix and videos titled 07-14 Kenai Fjords Wildlife and 07-14 Seward & Kenai Fjords at right. Read on
Most spring days in BC – many other spring days in BC.
A cause for celebration…
We’ve mentioned before how much we enjoy St. Rose de Lima Church, and today we thought that you might like to see it too. Read on
The Bay Waveland Yacht Club, along with a vast mixed neighborhood ranging from large, old mansions along the water to well-kept middle class houses on neat orderly streets was Read on
A few of the Habitat staff recommended that we attend St. Rose de Lima Catholic Church to “wake us up on Sunday morning”. Read on