Friday, June 5, 2009

Spring Hiking- Photo and Captions

I took the family out for some hiking this past weekend. We went about an hour south, into the mountains, to see how spring was progressing and had a wonderful time. Snow covered this area just a couple of weeks ago and shady areas still have some snow in them.

I have tried to come up with a theme or something to write about but due to personal circumstances the well is pretty dry.

So instead, I'll just post some pictures of a beautiful Alaska day.







Here's a shot of spring foliage on the open tundra.

It had the most wonderful fragrance when your walked across it- much like a fresh lemon.








Here's a pretty unremarkable beaver lodge.


Even the unremarkable ones are pretty remarkable when you think about it.










Here's a location my son dubbed "Echo Canyon" for the obvious reasons.

The wind kept blowing scree down the sides making an eerie noise of constant rockfall.

This canyon extends for several miles. Looked in vain for sheep. After all hunting season is a mere 3 months away!





Here's a landscape that looks like it belongs on Mars. Red rock (bearing iron deposits and such) with a large greenish chunk of sulfur bearing rock protruding from it.

The geology here is nothing short of amazing. Everything at odd angles and a variety of minerals meeting in weird layers.

The colors give the place its name- Rainbow Mountain.




More to come- best of summer to you all.







5 comments:

Dennis A Carroll said...

You are right.
The unremarkable is truly remarkable.
Thanks for sharing your adventure.

NorCal Cazadora said...

Glorious! What a gift, to have that in your back yard.

Gabe Davis said...

You really do not need to write anything with photos like that
Your pal the Envircapitalist

Brigid said...

Thank you for sharing that. I went out West last week to check on my parents. I always am amazed, after being away, living in flat land, how beautiful are the mountains. Thanks for bringing it all home.

Othmar Vohringer said...

Great pictures. I love mountains and have grown up in their shadow.
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