Happy New Year – 2012

Happy New Year Everyone!

Yesterday headed up to the UP around Munising, MI. Needed a UP outing big time. Was nice to see a good amount of snow, though even up there the snow pack is way down from normal.

These are but a few of the photos I took with my new Pentax K5. A few shots I had to throw right out due to being way over exposed. I’m still learning the new camera.

Wagner Falls

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Laughing Whitefish Falls

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Munising Falls

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Bay Furnace – Munising, MI

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Grand Island Ice

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Cave Ice Next To Laughing Whitefish Falls

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Pictured Rocks National Lake Shore

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Upside Down Tree. Yes, it is growing upside down hanging from a clift.

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Large Tree, though the photo doesn’t show just how large it really is.

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Todays Snow – 01.01.2012

’til next time
Laters
Ed

Christmas ‘n Stuff

Was a great Christmas!
Great company, Great gifts, Great food, and for Christmas day, Great weather (snow).

First off, I got the camera I’ve been wanting to a few years now, the Pentax K5.
Along with the camera, in the past few weeks I’ve bought a couple new lenses, a Sigma 10-20mm and a Pentax 55-300mm.
Also got a great little Mr. Beer to start/try to brew some of my own beer again.
To help with my photo editing, I got a new Bamboo drawing tablet.
And… drum roll please… Rock’em Sock’em Robots! Yes, the original.

The weather here has been very odd, way below average. In fact, it’s the worst, as far as cold temps and snow, on record. We did have a couple inches of snow day before Christmas here at the house, but it’s gone now, temps got up to 45? today.

Today, day after Christmas, headed out for a little two-tracking, and to let the dogs run a bit. We found some snow in the hills, a few inches, but by this time of year the trails should be groomed for snowmachines and too deep for cars and 4wd’s. Either way, was nice to get out and see some snow in the woods and trails.

Distorted Sunset 12.26.11

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Wycamp Lake

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Along the trail two-tracking

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Wonderful Goodies I got from Dawn on Christmas



Some Finches at the feeder



An Eagle Soaring. These were taken with my new lens at 300mm, and camera, at about 300 yards, probability much further.

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’til next time
Laters
Ed

DOH!

Moose kicks woman who came too close in Town Square

A FAILED PETTING ATTEMPT: Victim is not seriously injured.

Read more: http://www.adn.com/2011/03/07/1742027/moose-kicks-woman-who-came-too.html#ixzz1G4Lb7Kku 

Way too many stupid people in the world.

Hmmm

While we here in the Valley have had rain and cool, cool but a few days, rain for now 30 days, Fairbanks has been under a heat wave. Fairbanks has broke a record just as we have only instead of rain, they are getting heat and hot heat it is, “FAIRBANKS — The late-summer heat wave spreading across Alaska pushed the temperature into the 90s in Fairbanks on Sunday for only the fifth time in August since 1904.”

Read more: Fairbanks Heat Wave

Ah well, such is weather I guess.

The next bit of text has nothing really to do with this post. It just needs to be said.

Fuck You Tea Party! All Versions!
They really are the biggest bunch of losers I had ever heard about. You’re worried about terrorist, look in the mirror. You are terrorist, people with your bullshit lame ass right (extreme) wing Christian I’m better then you, Sarah Palin loving, Bush The Terrorist loving, to hell with anyone that’s not white, get rid of anyone that doesn’t believe as we do shit. FUCK YOU!

’nuff said.

That felt good.. Fuck You!

OK, I’ll stop now.

Day 1 – Hope

Leaving home it was very cloudy with bits of rain, but once I got past Girdwood the weather turned out great. The skies became party sunny. I really enjoyed the drive into Hope, I’ve never been there. The whole way on Hope Hwy there were great views of mountains, large old growth trees, and rivers running along the road.  I spent a bit of time in the town of Hope, it’s a nice little historic tourist town. Then I headed up Palmer Creek Rd. I only saw about 3 other people up in this area, was very nice. The road travels up and around a valley and eventually gets above the tree line where there was still spots of snow. I looked for a good camping spot up there, but couldn’t quite find any to my liking. Spent some time just wandering around then headed back down to Hope in search of some place to camp. I drove just a bit out of town and spotted a small trail, turned in, and yay, there was my spot for the night. Great view across Turnagain Arm and in the other direction the mountain side.

I took a ton of photos on this first day. I’m still sorting them out, but here is a good chunk of them.

Turnagain Arm – before the weather broke.

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Views from Palmer Creek Rd.

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Larkspur

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Monkshood

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Eli at the camp site.

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’til then
Laters
Ed

Nice Trip

Yes, it really was a nice trip through the Kenai, even if it did rain all last night, Friday, and my new tent blows chunks due to it leaks like a sieve.

Stories and photos tomorrow, Sunday.

One from the drive home this evening.

Turnagain Arm

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A Bit Of Nothing

That’s what today was, a bit of nothing, a nice relaxing day. I had planned on heading down to the Kenai today, but I changed my mind and just sat around the house. I did get things packed up for tomorrow though, including filling my gas tank and Gerry Can, which is now tied down on the roof. Come tomorrow morning all I have to do is load the Jeep and off I go.

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’til next time
Laters
Ed