Tip Of The Iceberg

25 01 2010

Finally, we’ve had an outdoor adventure and remembered to bring the camera!  And what better place to have our first big outdoor of activity of 2010 than the frozen Mendenhall Lake.  While we considered making the trek up to the face of the glacier, the ice was not quite solid enough to make us feel comfortable.  Instead, we climbed on an iceberg and checked out the waterfall up close.

Here’s the iceberg that kept our attention for about half an hour…

And here’s Michele and Barkley having a seat on the iceberg…

Now one of Barkley and me.  I am sporting my 2010 BCS National Champions ski cap that Michele bought me in Pasadena…

Barkley is surveying the lake for any signs of another dog…

We were amazed at how well this photo turned out.  Who knew Barkley was so adept at using our camera…

I made a quick run to the top of the mountain…

There were some huge rocks frozen in the iceberg, which was quite the sight.  Here’s an close-up look at one, then the big picture view…

There were some cool-looking scrapes along the ice…

And some arsty designs as well…

Again, surveying the lake for other dogs…

And a family photo some other iceberg visitors were nice enough to take for us…

I thought this one turned out really well.  This is the top part of the iceberg, with the top of a mountain seen in the background…

Here’s the waterfall in all its glory.  We couldn’t have gotten a photo from this angle in the summer without being knee deep in water…

You can see some of the frozen water in the middle…

As the water came down the waterfall, the mist would fall on the rocks in the area – then apparently that all froze over, forming this thin layer of ice…

And finally, this photo will show you why we decided not to walk all the way out to the glacier.  You can see where the lake is still quite liquid coming off the waterfall, then slowly turns into the frozen portion of the lake…

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We’re Still Here!

21 01 2010

Sorry it’s been a while since we’ve put anything up! Work has been really busy for the both of us, and our weekends have not been as adventurous in recent weeks.

Hopefully Michele will have a few minutes tomorrow to tell her tale of Pasadena. And we have plans this weekend for a day trip out the road. I am betting we’ll have something entertaining to report come Monday!





Another Glimpse At The Trip

13 01 2010

Michele wanted me to go ahead and get this photo of a national landmark on the blog.  I believe she took it from the plane.

Yeah, that’s right – it’s Mount Cody!





Little Old Lady In Pasadena

12 01 2010

Well, she’s not an old lady, but that’s how the song goes.  As many of you know, Michele made the trip down to southern California last week for the BCS Championship game.  Her pals Kate and Jeanette came along as well for the fun (though they did not go to the game).  I’m gonna give you a few quick highlights, then let Michele post something a bit later detailing all that went on.

She was lucky enough to get a great seat that was both near tons of Bama fans and in the end zone where most of the action occurred.

Here’s a shot she took from her seat before the game…

We have been in a battle over what was the best photo Michele took at the game.  This first one below gets her vote.  This is an action shot of Heisman winner Mark Ingram scoring the Tide’s first touchdown…

And now here’s the one that gets my vote so far as the best photo.  This one, also, is an action shot…

And finally, here’s a quick video from the post-game.  It’s a little wild, but I think you can get the gist…





Moon In The Morning

6 01 2010

No, no, not that kind of moon – the actual moon.   Yesterday, the official sunrise was at 8:42 a.m., so when I walked outside to head to work the moon was still out.  Since it was also reasonably bright, I decided to try a photo or two.  I think they look pretty cool myself, but I am slightly biased.





Northern Lights 2010: You Decide

5 01 2010

A little after 11pm on Friday, I took Barkley out before heading to bed.  While outside, I saw some greenish-looking haze in the sky.  To me, it looked a lot like the aurora – a faint showing, but it still had that look to me.  Michele came out to check it out and thought it might just be clouds lit up by the moon – but she gave in that it could very well be the northern lights as well.  Of course, I had to grab the camera to memorialize the maybe-aurora.

The photos are not the greatest, but I think you can see the faint green streaks we were seeing.  Unfortunately, an article came out in the Juneau paper today about how the aurora should not be as good this year as in year’s past, so maybe we were just seeing things.  Nonetheless, I will post these and let you be the judge…

In these two, you definitely cannot see any type of aurora showing.  However, I thought they accidentally turned out to be kinda cool.   Since it was dark out and I was photographing something in the distance, you had to hold down the button for about 5 seconds for the flash to get all set.  On the first 4 or so, I did not realize this.  These two are results of me moving the camera in mid-shot…