Merry Christmas!

Here's hoping that everyone has a Merry Christmas.

We end the year with 'Big Sis' punishing a citizen speaking the truth and the FCC trying to reign in free speech by attempting to seize control of the internet.

To compound that, yesterday, I learned some very sad news indeed. Dennis the Peasant (see links below) will be signing off. His was a clear and bright voice in the political blogosphere. His writing was clear, crisp and on point. Never one to mince words, he called them like he saw them and did it with his unique and razor sharp wit. I wish him well. I for one will miss his voice and his music posts. He turned me on to several artists who I now like very much. I plan to leave his link up and I hope he leaves his blog up. They are worth reading.

Below, it's time to present, "separated at birth",


R.I.P. Captain Beefheart (1941 - 2010)


Some music to listen to on Friday night. Some of my favorites who still sound as good (to me) now, as they did back in the day. First up is Return to Forever. A band that should have been far better known.

Next up, Pat Metheny. Probably one of my all time favorites. Doing 'Third Wind' from the Still Life Talking album. Enjoy.


Denali and the Chulitna River in the foreground.


May everyone have a happy Thanksgiving. Here is a site showing some of the entrants to the National Geographic Annual Photo Contest. It's well worth a few minutes of your time.

Also, a rare voice of sanity in the climatic change debate, which has consisted mainly of over-hyped scare tactics and the shouting down of any who question the doom-sayers. This too is well worth the listen. H/T - Small Dead Animals;


St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church (the old church) in Eklutna.


Mirror, Mirror, On The Wall...Literally!

A hand held HDR. Taken early this morning while killing some time waiting for my daughter's hockey game to begin.


It's Open!

I saw this over at Jaded Haven (see link below) and I had to embed it over here also. This is beautifully done and worth watching. The video is simply stunning and the music, I like too.

Last Walk Around Mirror Lake - Boom Bip (Boards of Canada Remix) from FroschYankee on Vimeo.



An HDR image taken last weekend near Portage. The haziness is from the rain which was coming down in a fine penetrating mist, being driven by a very high wind with almost knock you off your feet gusts. I didn't even think of trying to use my tripod in that setting and could barely hold the camera still. I didn't think that it would work, but it seems to have come out alright.





Powerline Pass

Taken this past Friday night while out on an evening mountain bike ride with my daughter.


Have a safe & happy Labor Day!
An appropriate image for laboring.



Preview of Coming Attractions

Taken last fall.


The View From Penguin Ridge

World War One Explained as a bar fight...
H/T - Theospark.net

Germany, Austria and Italy are standing together in the middle of the pub, when Serbia bumps into Austria, and spills Austria's pint.

Austria demands Serbia buy it a complete new suit, because there are splashes on its trouser leg.

Germany expresses its support for Austria's point of view

Britain recommends that everyone calm down a bit.

Serbia points out that it can't afford a whole suit, but offers to pay for cleaning Austria's trousers.

Russia and Serbia look at Austria.

Austria asks Serbia who it's looking at.

Russia suggests that Austria should leave its little brother alone.

Austria inquires as to whose army will assist Russia in compelling it to do so.

Germany appeals to Britain that France has been looking at it, and that this is sufficiently out of order that Britain should not intervene.

Britain replies that France can look at who it wants to, that Britain is looking at Germany too, and what is Germany going to do about it?

Germany tells Russia to stop looking at Austria, or Germany will render Russia incapable of such action.

Britain and France ask Germany whether it's looking at Belgium.

Turkey and Germany go off into a corner and whisper. When they come back, Turkey makes a show of not looking at anyone.

Germany rolls up its sleeves, looks at France, and punches Belgium.

France and Britain punch Germany. Austria punches Russia. Germany punches Britain and France with one hand and Russia with the other.

Russia throws a punch at Germany, but misses and nearly falls over. Japan calls over from the other side of the room that it's on Britain's side, but stays there. Italy surprises everyone by punching Austria.

Australia punches Turkey, and gets punched back. There are no hard feelings, because Britain made Australia do it.

France gets thrown through a plate glass window, but gets back up and carries on fighting. Russia gets thrown through another one, gets knocked out, suffers brain damage, and wakes up with a complete personality change.

Italy throws a punch at Austria and misses, but Austria falls over anyway. Italy raises both fists in the air and runs round the room chanting.

America waits till Germany is about to fall over from sustained punching from Britain and France, then walks over and smashes it with a barstool, then pretends it won the fight all by itself.

By now all the chairs are broken, and the big mirror over the bar is shattered. Britain, France and America agree that Germany threw the first punch, so the whole thing is Germany's fault . While Germany is still unconscious, they go through its pockets, steal its wallet, and buy drinks for all their friends.






The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings. - Eric Hoffer



Life's a beach...


An HDR image of the interior of Shattuck-St.Mary's School. A private prep school in Fairbault, Minnesota that was founded in 1858. This was taken at the entry to the admin building.

With today's digital cameras, their tremendous capability and even more unbelievable post production software, it's easy to forget how technologically cuting edge the pioneers of color photography were.
Here is a link to a site featuring the amazing color photos of Sergey Prokoudin-Gorsky taken between 1910 and 1915. He was commissioned by the Tsar to take photos of the Russian Empire.
It would be well worth your time to view these haunting images from a soon to be destroyed forever world.


Eat Pie!!
Drink some root beer.





Ship Lake Pass

Saturday (6/5/10) my daughter and I hiked up to Ship Lake Pass. It was beautiful, but so windy that I could hardly hold my camera still. She enjoyed it the walk, except for her 'slow' dad holding her back.



Generations Apart

A Memorial Day thank you to those who have served and those who gave their lives in service to their country.





From Last Summer

Spring is in the air! I'm looking forward to getting back hiking in the hills this summer. To that end, I ran into a very well done and interesting photo blog. It's Atom's Picture Blog and if anyone who visit's here likes this blog, I think that you'll very much enjoy Adam's too.




Fast food arches? Perhaps in neolithic times. This is a whalebone arch, taken in Barrow, Tuesday, (4/6/10)looking out on the Chukchi Sea.


Here's a little something from Dillard & Clark, 'Train leaves Here this Morning' and 'In the Plan.'
It's off of a great album they cut back in 1969, 'The Fantastic Expedition of Dillard & Clark'. If you don't know who Doug Dillard and Gene Clark were, you should. Anyway if you like bluegrass/country give it a listen. If you don't, give it a listen anyway. These guys were exceptionally good.

One more track by Allison Krause and Robert Plant of 'Through the Morning, Through the Night' which gives the Dillard & Clark standard a run for its money.



Waiting For Spring


This Past Fall





Foggy Evening