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Alaska Week- Day 5

This photo was also taken at the Eagle River Nature Center and is probably close to what Alaska looks like right now. It was taken on our Thanksgiving visit in 2016.


Alaska Week- Day 4

One of our favorite places to walk is the Nature Center in Eagle River- a gateway to Chugach State Park. I have posted many photos taken there in the last couple years. It’s always beautiful, and it’s about five minutes from our daughter’s house!.


Alaska Week- Day 3

Another view of the Portage Glacier


Alaska Week- Day 2

The Portage Glacier!


Alaska Week- Day 1

I’m posting photos of Beautiful Alaska all week. This is a bridge seen on the walk to Spencer Glacier.


Big and Blue

The scene at Spencer Glacier- taken last summer on our visit to Alaska.


In a Row

The sun was setting, and most of the few people watching the waves, the surfers, and the sunset were leaving the beach. Now it was the life guard stations all in a row that caught my eye.



Haze

I suspect that smoke from the fires added to the haze at sunset last week at Huntington Beach. If you look closely you can see surfers in the waters.


Surf City Sunset

We have just returned from a short but wonderful visit to Southern California, where we visited with our son’s family. We have developed a tradition of spending one night at the beach before heading over to see the family. This time it was Huntington Beach with its majestic waves and ever present surfers. We got there just in time for sunset and had a great time walking around- people-watching and soaking in the ocean views and sunset.

This is the Huntington Beach pier, which I have photographed many times- and that’s Ruby’s Diner at the end. I reduced clarity in post-processing to enhance the dreamy mood.

Unfortunately, I took so many photos I managed to wear out my shoulder again- when will I ever learn? My favorite way to shoot is to walk around with my (heavy) camera on my cross body strap- constantly bringing it up to my eye and snapping. I think it’s the repetitive motion (and the weight of the camera)that causes the pain.  The next day, I just used my iPhone camera. This whole issue is weighing on my mind; I am definitely not ready to give up my big camera (or go to a lighter mirrorless camera), but am considering only using my iPhone for street/beach photography and camera on tripod for scenes like these. I hate having physical issues get in the way of doing what I love, so I am determined to find a work-around!


Unhinged

LIN_5703-Edit-2Spotted at the Independence Mine in Alaska


Wooden Boat Part 2

And here is another version of the same wooden boat!


Wooden Boat Part 1

My favorite boat at Kachemak Bay was this one. In fact, it was the one that caught my eye from the road as we headed into Homer. I would love to know its story!


Beachcomber

Another peaceful morning walking at the beach. . .

 


Alone, but not

Whenever we visit a beach, I always enjoy watching and photographing shorebirds, which are so comfortable amidst the crowds of people. I managed to get this shot as the crowds momentarily seemed to dissipate by the Huntington Beach Pier.

 


Building Art

Spotted in Newport Beach on the side of a building that housed a barbershop and other businesses.