Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Snow & Ice

Kenju commented on Up Silverbow Basin that she can't picture it covered in ice and snow. So, I thought I would show you how that looks.

This little pocket park is on the corner of 8th and Gold, which you will remember from the map. As I look out my window right now, I see these benches -- not, of course, covered in snow. I like to sit on them in the morning and wait for the Care-A-Van to pick me up. Helps me keep up my freckles.

As I walk uphill on Basin Road, these are the houses I see. The houses on the right, which is the side my apartment is on, have small strips of yard in front of them and steep hillside going up in back. Some of them do lovely flower gardens.

On the left, the houses are very close to the road, with no front yard, and behind them the hillside drops down to Gold Creek. Some of them have flower boxes in the summer.

Here is the spillway, from the Mount Juneau side, Lots of snow. Water still running on the spillway. The foot bridge is in the lower right. There is some degree of hoarfrost on the trees. Notice at the bottom corners of the picture that you can see a touch of pink.I don't think that can be Alpenglow -- that needs distance. But I notice that it is in a number of these photos.

This is a shot of the spillway from the middle of the foot bridge. This picture was obviously taken on a different day, as you can see from the quality of the light. Almost a blue tint here. (When I worked in community theater, we said that the lights were almost a character in the play. That's how the quality of light and the sky is in Alaska.) Also, I found this picture in a different album than the others, so I'm pretty sure I took it a different year.

Again, looking at the spillway from the foot bridge. When I first saw this picture I was amazed -- I had no idea I had actually shot it so well. It looks like a black and white with a little sepia. I had it enlarged and matted and it hangs on my office wall. It also hangs on a number of other walls, because a number of co-workers at three agencies now have loved it and I've given them copies for Christmas. Well, once it was a wedding present. When you are as amateur a photographer as I am, to have people ask for a copy of something you've taken just puffs you up with pride. Well, maybe not you, but it does me.

And here we have that path along Mount Juneau. This was taken about six steps beyond the footbridge.

I love this walk. I've lived in this neighborhood for 12 years now, and it never gets old. This is the first 10 minutes of an hour walk, and some day I will do some more pictures and take you further.

You can see it. But you aren't hearing the running of the creek and the birds and the wind. You aren't smelling the pine resin in the air. Sometimes I see marmots and porcupines and I hear other things in the brush.


kenju said...

THANKS! I would love to visit there in the summer, but I'll leave the snow and ice to you!

Chancy said...

"Again, looking at the spillway from the foot bridge."

Lovely photograph.

Maya's Granny said...

Well, I have to admit that I love it.