Sunday, June 26, 2011

1 Picture = 1K Words

She's Back

Amy just recently published a new post to her blog. Check it out at "Isle Aside." Here's hoping she posts a little more frequently.

She's also turned to the dark side and joined up with Mark Zuckerberg and "friends" on Facebook. Check it out if you're into that.

A Few Scenics

Here are a few random shots from the island and surrounding areas from this spring.

Someday I want to photo-document all the wildflowers I see in a year. We really have some very beautiful flowers here.

You can't go wrong with a baby deer for your subject.

One of those magical days when the fog and sunlight battle for superiority. This shot was taken moments before the sun burst through.

A beach on the south end of Gravina Island near Ketchikan.

From the beach in the previous photo I hiked up to this overlook at about 1000' elevation.

I'll admit we take eagles for granted at times here, but they really are a very impressive bird, especially up close.

A view of one of the bigger mountains on the island.

A Few of My Research Volunteers

These volunteers signed up a couple weeks ago.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Twenty-Seven and Four Months

Re-Stocking The Freezer

I was graciously invited by a friend to spend a day last week looking for a good king salmon fishing spot. We found one. Six kings were brought to net including this nice 25 pounder. We had fresh king for dinner that night. The next night our very generous neighbor supplied us with fresh caught dungeness crab. The season of harvest is here. Soon the berries will be ripe and of course hunting season is just around the corner.

New Wheels

Good-Bye Toyota Tercel. We'll miss your 30+MPG, but we won't miss riding with our knees against your dashboard. You served us well for two years, but you gotta admit we always knew it wasn't going to be a long-term relationship. We wish you well in your new endeavors.

Garage Sale Culture

Our small town LOVES garage sales. It's so hard to get stuff here that folks jump at the chance to see what someone else may have acquired from down south that they didn't know they needed. Plus it's as much of a social gathering as a sale. In Anchorage when we had garage sales it was just about getting rid of stuff. You expected to barter and if you made a few bucks it was gravy. Here folks pay asking price without even a question and although we did want to get rid of stuff there was potential for genuine profit. We took four pick-up loads of items we've purged over the last couple years to a multi-family, multi-lodge garage sale. We didn't sell half our stuff but still came home with an extra six Franklins. I think we are going to have to have another sale to try to move the rest of the pile.

Helpful Tips

Parenting Tip #7149: Broccoli goes down much easier when dipped in ketchup.

Household Maintenance Tip #1484: A useful tool for clearing those stubborn shower drains is an arrow with a broadhead.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Flickr Update

Sorry for the delay, but I've been pretty busy with the field season at work. There's more pics of the girls at flickr.