The leaves are brown, the air is crisp, and the sky is gray… autumn has definitely arrived in Juneau!
Here are some photos from a weekend hike around East Glacier Trail.
It’s been tough to catch the aurora borealis down here lately and today was looking like no exception – stormy weather bringing bouts of torrential rain made it seem very unlikely that Juneau was going to enjoy any of the auroral displays that Anchorage and the rest of the state had gotten to see recently.
However, the northern lights deities decided to give Juneau a break. Arriving home after a late-night hockey game, I noticed that not only had it stopped raining and I could see the stars, I could also see the faint glow of the aurora. Of course, I ran inside, grabbed my camera and tripod, and headed out for a few hours!
Sunsets in Juneau, when they’re visible and the clouds line themselves up just so, are amazing. So amazing, that if it even looks like a spectacular sunset is possible, people start migrating to the best viewing spots as early as possible so they don’t miss it.
Here’s one such sunset, viewed from Outer Point.
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.