I would say that there’s not much better than hiking up a mountain on a sunny and warm Juneau day, but… Juneau’s pretty awesome that way. No matter what you do on a sunny and warm Juneau day however, you can never go wrong by making your way to the top of a mountain!
Mt. Bradley, otherwise known as Mt. Jumbo, is a 3,337 foot peak on Douglas Island, offering great views of downtown Juneau, the backside of Douglas, the airport area, and pretty much everywhere else.
The trail is about three and a half miles long and up, up, UP. It’s well worth the effort though…
The old Treadwell Mining Complex ruins at Sandy Beach are one of my favorite things to photograph. It’s so easy to take a moment and imagine what it must have been like when Treadwell was operating at full capacity, with some 2,000 mine employees working to crank out tons of gold each day.
Here are some photos of a couple of the first large, recognizable ruins you come across as you head down the trail from its start near the recreational shelters – first, the remains of the Central Power Plant and then what was known as the New Office Building, which served as a temporary hospital after a fire wiped out Douglas and Treadwell in 1937.
In the weeks to come, I hope to post more photos of ruins further down the trail. Stay tuned!
First Alaska post of the new year! I spent a beautiful afternoon at Eaglecrest watching brave skiers and snowboarders doing crazy things that would likely land me in the hospital… I’m content to snap a few photos. Of course, Pittman Ridge is an awesome place to see something you just can’t see from Juneau – the other side of Douglas Island. It’s amazing to be at a spot where you can see Admiralty Island and beyond on one side and the Mendenhall Valley on the other. Definitely reminds me why I love living here.
I was taking a walk at Sandy Beach during a bit of a cold snap and noticed some little straws of grass poking up through the snow here and there. I took a few photos of the different arrangements and continued on my way. It wasn’t until a few months later that I thought, “Hey, those photos I took would make a neat minimalist-type composition.”
So here it is, Snow + Grass presented as a triptych: