A break in the seemingly constant summer rain here in Juneau meant it was time to ditch work and head up a mountain.
The mountain of choice was Mt. Juneau, topping out at 3,576 feet. I learned a bit of Mt. Juneau trivia from its Wikipedia page, like that it’s been known as Gold Mountain and Bald Mountain in the past and that it receives 300% more rain than downtown Juneau. Crazy.
Not too many photos to share this time, as it was cold, windy, and the next wave of rain was quickly heading in, but snapped a few good ones nonetheless!
Took a little trip to the opposite coast and visited a few states I’d never been to before – Vermont and New Hampshire. Both great places, full of trees, fireflies, and cheap maple syrup. Good times!
Whew. Haines. Brew Fest. Crazy!
There are not many photos from the event itself… it’s hard to hold a camera and sample at the same time. I did at least manage some nice “out & about” shots of Haines. Enjoy!
What a trip!
Barrow, Alaska, is a pretty dynamic place this time of year – above-freezing temperatures and nearly 24 hours of sunlight kick starts the breakup of snow and ice that accumulated over a long winter. In just 3 days, lagoons that were buried beneath a layer of white ice suddenly burst into open bodies of water that some locals found irresistible (see the photo below of the snowmachine on the water!). Ditches that were empty were now nearly overflowing with meltwater and driveways turned from great places to park your car into front yard lakes. Again, all this happened in less than 72 hours. Incredible.
I did not have the (mis)fortune of encountering a polar bear, but I don’t think this will be my last trip to the “Top of the World”! Enjoy the photos!
I have an exhibit opening at The Rookery tomorrow, February 3, 2012, with live music by Travis Croteau from 6pm to 7:30pm, so please stop by and say hi if you’re out and about for First Friday activities!
Here’s the official show blurb:
“Colors, Patterns, & the Lack Thereof”
“Colors, Patterns, & the Lack Thereof” by photographer Jason Soza will be on display at The Rookery Café through the month of February. Soza’s photography explores the interactions between shades of gray, vibrant hues and strong lines. A series of photos shot in several different countries walk the line between still life and abstract, disassembling the traditional and showing how everything and nothing is universal.
Original music will be performed by Travis Croteau starting at 6 p.m. The concert will mark the culmination of a clothing and food drive taking place the week prior.
Donations may be brought to the cafe and will then be distributed to The Glory Hole, Salvation Army and local food banks.
It’s been a long, long time since my last photo exhibit, but I’m proud and very excited to announce that I will have a collection of glacier cave photos on display at the Heritage Coffee Company’s location at 216 2nd Street in downtown Juneau.
The exhibit will open for Gallery Walk, this Friday, December 2nd, and will remain up for the remainder of the month.
If you are interested in purchasing a print you see on the wall, the large rectangular (16×20) and large panoramic (10×30) prints are $60/ea, and the square (12×12) and small panoramic (10×20) prints are $40/ea.
Here’s the official show blurb:
“Beneath the Mendenhall”
Glacier caves are formed when water runs through or under a glacier, the warmth of which melts the glacial ice to form an air-filled cavity. Having the Mendenhall Glacier right in our backyard provides a unique opportunity to discover and explore these deep-blue voids, provided you are willing to take the risks associated with wandering around underneath a massive, constantly shifting slab of ice and snow. This show presents photos taken over two trips to the same glacier cave this summer and highlights the cerulean glow and patterns that make glacier caves so mesmerizing.
So if you’re out and about in the downtown area for Gallery Walk this Friday, stop by the 2nd Street Heritage and say hi!
A crisp, clear October morning turned into another hike out West Glacier Trail to the face of the Mendenhall Glacier, then on and under the glacier for a repeat visit to a glacier cave I was last at this past July. The interior of the cave has opened up and is much wider and taller at points, while the arch at the entrance looks significantly less substantial than it did – I have a feeling that this winter’s snow will be too much weight and it may collapse at some point. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see!
In any case, the cave was just as exhilarating as it was three months ago: the colors, the sound of the water echoing off the walls, the temperature, everything. I definitely noticed that upon exiting the cave, my heart rate was up and I had a bit of an adrenaline rush going! All in all, this was an awesome way to spend a sunny October Sunday.