In Need Of Some Input

23 09 2010

We are always checking out photo contests online to enter, but I must admit – we always have a tough time deciding what photo or photos to even enter.  Here’s where some assistance would be greatly appreciated.

We would love for you to let us know what photos you think are the best ones out there.  So if you have the time or if there is one in particular you like, let us know!  You can post in the comments section what the post was and which photo from the post you really liked.  There is a limit of one Barkley photo per person.

And don’t worry, the photo of Michele in the F/V Abundance is already on the list.

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Fish Creek Afternoon

15 09 2010

Our nice weather up here in Juneau continues!  Last night, I took a little stroll around Fish Creek with Eric and Lisa – and let me tell you, there were potential reflection photos everywhere!  And you should know by now how much I like taking those.  Not only that, we got a great sunset too.  All it took was a 15-minute drive and a 15-minute walk.

I had not been out to Fish Creek in quite a while.  When we lived in North Douglas, Michele and I would hit up this spot often.  The major change I saw is that they are putting up a bridge right at the beginning of the trail that runs over the creek.  Right as I walked up, the workers were lowering the bridge down on the side I was on.  Pretty cool…

Then I started on a run of reflection shots in the lake near the creek…

I’m somewhat obsessed…

And there were a number of eagles out and about…

All the fireweed was beginning to die and was turning a bright white color…

Up close, it looked like a neglected cotton plant…

Once we got to the end of the walk and looked out over the channel, there were hundreds of birds swirling…

And here’s the Mendenhall Glacier…

In this one, you can see an adult eagle atop the tree on the left and a juvenile atop the tree on the right…

Stick in thrown in the water = Barkley in the water…

Another eagle…

We were not sure what glacier this was, but the photo looked like it would be a good one…

Last eagle photo on this post…

And now for the sunset.  I could not decide on two or three, so I’m just throwing all the sunset shots up.  Enjoy…

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Another Trip To The Farm

14 09 2010

I made one more trip down to Shreveport over Labor Day weekend.  It was a quick stop, but we still had a lot of fun.  And the weather was far more comfortable than my visit in August.  However, the only time I actually took photos over the weekend was on our trip out to the Dickson farm.  We had another great afternoon there, and I took plenty of photos.  After looking back, I realized that I forgot to ask anyone to take one with me in it – but oh well – I still got some great ones of the ladies (Michele, Karen, and Wendy).

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A Near No-Hitter

9 09 2010

Last Friday night, on our way down to Shreveport, Emily and I spent the night in Seattle and took in a Mariners game.  As you may know, the M’s are not very good (55-85 at the moment). The upside to that is that tickets are not very hard to come by and not expensive.  The official attendance for our game was 17,271, and I think the stadium holds about 43,000.  They don’t even play that game where you guess the attendance!

But the entire process of going from the airport to watching a game is ridiculously easy.  We hopped on the light rail for $5 round-trip and got dropped off 5-minutes from the stadium.  We got our tickets from our new friend, Van, who promised to hook us up with tickets on Saturday night if we were around.  He failed to mention our seats were directly behind the foul pole.  Fortunately for us, there were about 25,000 empty seats, so we moved.

As for the game itself, we witnessed a no-hitter through 7.1 innings, which was awesome.  That is the closest I have ever witnessed to a no-hitter.  And at least the hit he gave up was a solid single, not a garbage hit.  With a 1-0 final score, the game only took 2 hours and 9 minutes.

Anyway, this is Emily and me near our first seats in the outfield…

As you can see, Emily was sporting my Mariners’ jersey.  This is a really cool one of Emily with the Safeco sign in the background…

This is the Indians’ pitcher for the night, Fausto Carmona…

The next two are of everyone’s favorite Mariner, Ichiro (though I’m partial to Felix Hernandez).  Ichiro has a rather unique batting style…

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Here’s the scoreboard, our proof that the no-hitter was occurring…

This is one of M’s pitcher, Luke French, working his no-hit bid…

This just turned out to be a pretty cool shot of an Indian’s player, Shin-Soo Choo, on first – he was not the one to break up the no-hitter…

And finally, a photo of the skyline just after sunset…





Glacier Bay 2010 (Part 3)

3 09 2010

And finally, we have the Marjorie Glacier.  This glacier provided the non-wildlife highlight of the trip.  The tour does a great job of hugging the coast line so that you cannot see the glacier on the approach.  Then all of a sudden you round this edge of rock and – bam – there’s a huge 3-mile wide glacier sitting there.

You can somewhat get an idea for that reveal in the photo below…

Here it is up close…

The glacier wraps around the mountain then continues for miles back into an ice field.  You can see the rest of it in the back…

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Here we are, sporting our almost matching Callaghan’s shirts.  We are going to try to get our photo up on the wall there…

Here’s one where you can read the saying on the back of the shirt…

We saw a couple shows of calving upon our arrival.  Then I get one on film!

Looks like a waterfall of ice…

I like this one because you can see how the water is two different colors.  It has something to do with the glacier dripping water of one color and that not mixing well with the ocean water…

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And here’s a shot from the back of the boat as we are driving away, headed back to the docks…





Glacier Bay 2010 (Part 2)

3 09 2010

A few hours into our trip, the park ranger on board announced we were in for a bit of a treat.  Apparently, a humpback whale died somehow and washed up to shore in April.  Ever since, bears and birds have been feeding off the carcass.  Maybe that doesn’t exactly sound like a “treat,” but it was pretty cool to see.  It’s amazing that even in late August there were still parts of the whale the bears thought were worth eating.  And oddly enough, it did not smell from where we were.

Here are two of the three brown bears we saw as we approached…

The big white thing there is the whale carcass…

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These are some of the bones from the whale that had been cast aside…

Here’s the third bear peaking out from behind…

Emily said she’d always dreamed of having a photo taken where the background was three brown bears feeding off a 4-month old whale carcass.  Dream accomplished!

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After checking out the bears for a bit, we headed to the Reid Glacier…

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It looked like there had been some calving (that’s when the pieces of ice fall off the glacier), but we did not see any at this one…

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And of course I had to get a couple reflection shots in.  I thought these both turned out quite well…

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After the Reid Glacier, it was off to the Johns Hopkins Glacier.  Unfortunately, the piles of ice in the water were too thick for us to get right up to it.  But we still got a nice view…

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After that, we made the trip over to the last two glaciers we could see: the Grand Pacific Glacier and the Marjorie Glacier.  The Grand Pacific is interesting in that it looks really nice from far away, but up close it’s so dirty you can’t even tell that it’s ice.  This is one from afar…

Here’s Emily manning the post next to Captain Dave, making sure the boat was headed in the right direction.  Though I think he got tired of her always yelling, “Iceberg, right ahead!”





Glacier Bay 2010 (Part 1)

3 09 2010

This past Tuesday Emily and I took a boat trip through Glacier Bay, which is about a 20-minute flight from Juneau.  We left on Monday afternoon, stayed at the lodge there, then hit up the boat tour first thing on Tuesday.  This was basically the same trip we did when my dad came up 2 years ago.  But, glaciers are always changing and the wildlife is always different – so you’re not really taking the “same” boat trip.  You make take the same route, but the things you see each time will vary greatly.

As we walked to the dock to board the boat, we could there was potential for it to be a very nice day…

Of course, we weren’t totally awake yet at 7:30 a.m…

The sun started to pop through the clouds, highlighting the green on this mountain…

Here’s a low strip of fog in the distance…

This was our first good wildlife find – a sea otter chilling on its back…

Then a puffin!

Our first stop on the tour is a place called Marble Rock.  It’s a spot for tons of birds to hang out, but it’s also a sea lion rookery.  Here’s Emily with a bunch of sea lions in the background. “Those sea lions sure are stellar,” Emily said to me…

Closer view…

Another puffin…

At first we thought this might be the Loch Ness monster.  It’s possible if the Loch Ness monster is only about 2 feet long…

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Some blue skies…

Trees are already starting to change colors…

This was a cool, lone tree on the side of a huge rock…

If you look to the right center on this one, you can see a white little spot.  That’s a mountain goat…

And that will do it for part one.  Don’t you worry though, part 2 is on its way shortly.