All I Can See

It had been a long drive on the Alaska Highway into British Columbia. We pulled over and were having lunch when we noticed Dall Sheep starting to gather on one of the hills. I knew that it would be a long and hard hike. I grabbed my gear and starting hiking. About half way up […]

Taking a Break

I was spending the 4th of July in Gustavus with family. My wives great grandparent homesteaded in Gustavus, it is a wonderful place to spend the holiday. There is a small parade that you get to see twice, and everyone in town gathers together. It is like a giant picnic, complete with games for all […]

Left Turn

The bald eagle is one of the most recognizable birds, and a must see if you are visiting Alaska. I was out for a walk on the Cross Trail and looked up to see this eagle circling over head. I am not sure what it was looking at, but I grabbed my camera and started […]

Another Day

I was out working in the yard and looked up and saw one of the Alaska Marine Highway ferries, passing the house. This was not something that I have seen in 15 plus years, as the ferry terminal is at the other end of town, 16 miles away. After about 15 minutes I was starting […]

Minions of the Sea

It was just another day out in the boat, coming back from a fishing trip, when I looked over to the shore and noticed a gathering of sea lions making a lot of noise. I was not sure how long it would take for them to get curious enough to approach the boat. So, I […]

Sockeye

I was walking the trailing around the Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau and was startled by the splashing of this sockeye in the stream. I was a little hopefully that it might have been a bear in the stream, but no such luck. I watched the sockeye trying to get up this one sand bar and […]

Wrangell Narrows

The Alaska Marine Highway is the Alaska ferry system, which is the lifeline to main Alaska communities. I was driving over to a friends house in Petersburg, for diner one night and stopped to take a picture of the ferry passing through the Wrangell Narrows. Original photo taken August 3rd, 2005.

Practice!

I was out working in the shed when I looked out and saw the Alaska Marine Highway passing in front of the house. This would have been the 2nd time in 25 years that I saw the ferry near the mouth of Silver Bay. I watched them off and on and noticed that they were […]

Resting your Wings

We were up picking blueberries on the Thimbleberry Lake trail. I think that I was only getting one for one, one berry for the bucket, one berry for my month, so I had to pick for awhile to fill up my one gallon buckets. I a walked along the lake to find another berry patch, […]

Anchored Up

It was the end of another day and we went out in the boat for a afternoon cruise. Since the seas were calm we went out to St. Lazaria to watch the puffins and whale watch in Sitka Sound. When we arrived at St. Lazaria there was a troller anchored up for an afternoon nap. […]

Straight Ahead

It was time for us to start getting ready to return to the rural community of Selawik, Alaska to teach another year in the arctic. We put the truck on the ferry and traveled to Juneau to do the last of our shopping. You could mail 70 lbs for $15, it was a great deal. […]

Leaving Safe Harbor

Sitka, Alaska is a fishing community. With four boat harbors, it has one of the largest fishing fleets in Alaska. As I was finishing up a walk on the dock, I started to notice the gray clouds starting to roll in. I now had one goal, finishing my walk and getting back to the truck […]

Alaska pictures

Around Every Corner

Everyday around every corner this is what you would see if you lived in Southeast Alaska. The trees stretch as far as they can down the beach and the seaweed climbs as high as it can up the beach. It was a great day to get out and go for a walk. As I climbed […]

Unrolling

It was not raining and I was done with work for the day. So, I ran home grabbed the boat, family and headed for the harbor. As we headed out in the boat my daughter only made one request before falling asleep, find her a beach to explore. We watched dolphins playing in the surf, […]

Pacific Belle

During the Sitka Sound Sac Roe Herring Fishery, town is always busy with lots of people and fishing boats from all over the Northwest coming to fish the opening. I always enjoy going around and looking at all the different boats. Crossing over the John O’Connell Bridge I looked back to see the Pacific Belle […]

Totem Square

It was a calm and peaceful day in Sitka, Alaska. I decided to fly the drone over downtown Sitka to take a few photos. This photos is of Totem Square and the Sitka Pioneer Home. Both have great historical interest to not just Sitka, but Alaska. The Totem Pole in Totem Square was to commemorate […]

Hanging Out

It is common to see Sea Lions sun bathing on the navigational buoys throughout Southeast Alaska. If you stop the boat you can hear them barking and making a mess of noise. We were passing through Eastern Channel when we saw them sitting there. As we shut off the motor and drifted, we listen to […]

Soaring Eagle

The America Bald Eagle is one of the top 10 things that visitors to Alaska what to photography. I had just dropped off some freight at Alaska Air Cargo, and stopped to eat lunch. There were lots of eagles soaring over the channel that separators Baranof Island and Japonski Island. I grabbed my camera and […]

Fishing Boat in Channel

The fishing vessel Masonic pulled away from the Sitka Seafood Coop fish processing plant as this eagle soars overhead. I had been done working on cleaning up after a fishing trip when F/V Masonic passed by the dock. Eagles were flying everywhere over the channel. Original picture taken at 20th, 2005.

Pioneer Square

I decided to fly my drone around and take a picture of downtown Sitka. In the foreground is Totem Park and the Pioneer Home behind it. A contingent of U.S. Marine Corps had been stationed from 1879 to 1892 in a group of barracks built by Russian in the 1800s, located at the actual site […]

Elder Fish Camp

During the winter in arctic Alaska you either don’t get to watch the sun rise and set or you get to watch it all in about an hour. We took advantage of the days growing longer and took another snow machine ride to the Elder’s Summer Fish Camp. It was only about a 30-minute ride […]

Arctic Cabin

I had to take a trip up to Fairbanks for work and stayed with the wife’s family. They had two cabins just a short walk from the Chena Hot Springs. I for to stay in the original cabin and as the temp reached -40 degrees, I can tell you that it might of not been […]

Coast Guard in Alaska

The 4th of July in Sitka brings this small town alive with activities. Each year the locals get the opportunity to watch the Coast Guard do a rescue demonstration. This is important to the locals that relies heavy on fishing fleet for it economy and so many locals that go boating. The Coast Guard use […]

Snowmachine Trip to Selawik

After teaching in the rural Alaska community of Selawik for several years, I returned once again to visit some friends that now lived in Buckland. Both of these rural communities are part of the Northwest Arctic School District and about 50-75 miles apart. In the winter this is a trip that many people make, as […]

Shoreline

We were out in the boat making a short trip to a Forest Service cabin that would be used by family later in the summer. Stopping at a few beaches to see which ones would be the best for the family to play on. I just took the time to lay on the beach while […]

Sitka Alaska Sunset

Sunset

On my way home from work, I watched as the sun got lower and lower on the horizon. Just as it was about to dip behind the island I pulled over and grabbed my camera. Running down the beach to get a low on the horizon as I could, I realized I now had to […]

Sitka Sound Herring Fishing

Sitka Sound Herry Fishery

The Sitka Sound Sac Roe Herring Fishery is one of the most anticipated events of the spring. It is with you know winter is over in Sitka. Hundreds of fishing boats come from all over the northwest to fish. The opening vary from 15 minutes to an hour depending on the concentration of fish. Watching […]