Friday, June 25, 2010

Nancy's Buddy

Nancy found a new friend.

Sled Dogs of Denali

We visited the dog kennel in Denali
and saw a dog team demonstration.

We got to pet and visit with many of the dogs
which gave a dog fix to those of us missing their own dogs.
The dogs are used during the winter to deliver supplies and patrol the park.

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Wildflowers of Denail





Wolves of Denali

We were fortunate to see a gray wolf trotting down the road in front of the tour bus.

Got photos of it as it hunted on the underbrush

And we had the rare sighting of wold pups playing in a riverbed.

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Caribou of Denali

We saw quite a few caribou on the tour.

Some were on the very top of ridges, enjoying the breeze that kept insects away.

This pair were staying cool on a patch of snow.
High temperature was about 65 F.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Dall Sheep of Denali

We also saw white dots on the mountainsides which were dall sheep.

One outcropping near the road had a flock of sheep.
These two had been sparring.

This one is still shedding its winter coat.

This large ram was resting just over the bluff.
Reminds me of the Ram Trucks!

Tundra Wilderness Tour

We are in Denali National Park and took the Tundra Wilderness Tour
We were fortunate to see the great mountain, Denali
before clouds rolled in.

Lots of wildlife sightings, such as this golden eagle.

Who was kind enough to perch on a rock for his photo.

We also enjoyed the antics of the artic ground squirrel.
More postings on wildlife to follow.

Midnight Sun Express

We took the train to Denali National Park.

Rafters below the train on the Tanana River

Monday, June 21, 2010

Summer Solstice in the Land of the Land of the Midnight Sun

We are spending the longest day of the year in Alaska!
Today we will have 23 hours & 28 minutes of daylight!
Mooseprints in the airport

An arch of antlers in a Fairbanks park

Float plane landing on the Chena River

Native Alaskan in native costume

Friday, June 18, 2010

Blackcaps are ripe! Time to Make Jelly!

Black raspberries are ripe.
About 2 weeks ahead of schedule.

Wash & drain berries.

Extract juice using a jelly bag.
No seeds!
Boil the juice with pectin, add sugar,pour into jars and process.
Nine jars of lovely sweet goodness.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

4 Days of Storms

We've had hot muggy days followed by evening storms lately.

The trails are muddy and full of puddles.

This guy loves the weather.

Spiderwort is blooming.
This one has its own little grasshopper.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Damsels & Danger

Damsel flies are hovering everywhere.
Like this black one with spots on its wings.

And iridescent blue ones.

And brilliant green ones.

Hope they stay away from this trap.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Didn't see much......

because of this.
We're watching my daughter's dogs while they vacation.

This mushroom managed to escape trampling.

And I saw this feather.
That was it, beside wagging tails.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Wet Wild Things

Its been so rainy lately that the only creatures I've seen are wet ones.
This turtle for instance.

And another sighting of the momma wood duck.
Her ducklings are in front of her near the weeds.

And a big ole carp.