The Backwoods

Where we teeter between our love of modern convenience and the yearning for something long past; a world where neighbors knew your name and a “Friend Request” was eye contact and a smile.

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Just Another Scenic Sunday 12-7-14

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Alaska Photos … Scenic Sunday I know it’s been since July that I’ve put up a Scenic Sunday and no, I didn’t disappear completely. I’ve just been…well…lazy.  My camera went in for repairs.  I broke my booty and ended up bed ridden for six weeks.  And then, by golly, it took a LONG time to move […]

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Just Another Scenic Sunday 7-13-14

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      I am patting my own back over my July 4 fireworks photographs taken in Cottonwood, California on July 5, 2014. These are completely unmodified. I only shrunk them for upload, other than that they are just as they came from my camera. I’m so pleased!     Alaska Photography

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Just Another Scenic Sunday 5-18-14

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Driving through British Columbia and Yukon Territory is like breaking into a zoo after hours and tearing down the fences. Animals roam everywhere, seeming to prefer the middle of the Alcan highway.  It helps to break up the monotony of the 40 hours of driving it takes to make it from Seattle to the Alaskan […]

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Just Another Scenic Sunday 12-15-2013

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This week we traveled over to Reno, spent two nights at Circus Circus in their mid-week absurdly cheap rooms, then we headed down the 395, eager to get out of the city. We camped two nights and spent three days between Reno and Mohave, landing tonight in a hotel because seriously….we were filthy and tired. […]

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Just Another Scenic Sunday 8-11-13

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Apparently we only have Sundays about once a month this summer…either that or I’ve just been TOO BUSY TO SIT AT THE COMPUTER! Probably, it’s the latter. But here’s a glimpse of the past few weeks. Alaska Photos

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Just Another Scenic Sunday 5-26-13

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This week Destini spent some time in Portland with my oldest daughter, Heather…the snow finally melted at the cabin and we started our summer of work (disguised heavily as play)…and I continue to fall madly in love with our new baby goat Pluto.  I never thought I’d be one of those goat people…I’ve crossed a […]

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A Moostacle Course!

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We spent most of the day trapped in the house by two friendly bull moose who just don’t realize that next Fall, they may be dinner.  The mistake is, when they are babies they are so darn cute that we just ignore them…don’t try to scare them off. Well eventually they grow up and become, […]

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Aurora Borealis March 2013

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Robin and I trudged through the cemetery in Ninilchik, Alaska in the week hours of the night on St. Patrick’s Day 2013 to achieve these pictures.  The auroras were floating directly above, to the north, south, east and west. They were everywhere. Robin lay in the snow on her back, reaching her hand up to […]

Six of the kids on the beach...

Ninilchik, Alaska Beach Of Winter

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  The kids and I made an evening trip to the Ninilchik Beach today under the false pretense that Spring was just around the corner and the sun that shone so brightly might ACTUALLY BE WARM!!!   We walked briskly, snapped quickly, and jogged back to the truck with frozen hands and toes. We’ll give it […]

Just Another Scenic Sunday 2/10/2013

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An impromptu trip to Anchorage and a snoopy trip behind the Ninilchik, Alaska post office led to some icy photos this week. Also some timed night shots…I love playing with long exposure. [nggallery id=12]

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Just Another Scenic Sunday 9/30/12

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This weeks Scenic Sunday is created entirely by Robin Riley, age 15.  This summer Robin set her sights on a camera and did what it took to get it.  She babysat, cleaned house, and begged to save the $600. And you can see here why she was so eager to get her hands on it. […]

Took Destini to college in Anchorage...and I let her drive the whole way...

Just Another Scenic Sunday 8/26/2012

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This week in my life I…. This is the grizzly bear playing in the river…oh wait…we didn’t get that picture because Destini wouldn’t pull over…##@$@%@# driving Nazi!!!!!     Then we moved all of Destini’s stuff into her itsy bitsy dorm…   AND THEN WE LEFT…..and it was sad.  

Just Another Scenic Sunday 06/24/2012

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If you’ve wondered why I’ve not posted a blog in the past few weeks, you might want to check out what’s been happening. Take all the happenings, and tack on that we’ve been working until well past midnight just about every night, and you’ll forgive my lack of writing enthusiasm! Summertime in Alaska…non-stop-fun/work! I photographed […]

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Through My Lens

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The camera. I knew it had to be mine. Surely my parents had noticed that I’d carried my father’s 35mm around all the summer before with great interest. The typewriter.  It had to be for my brother. He was the smart one. He was the one who actually did his homework.  What would I do […]

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Just Another Scenic Sunday 09/04/11

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This week in my life I… Was thankful for lots of nice milling trees… Was thankful that DAN had to limb this one, and not me… Realized that logging is a painful job… Thought, if only we had 50 logs like this…our cabin would be done… Got back into the swing of packing school lunches… […]

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Just Another Scenic Sunday 08/21/11

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This Week In My Life I…. Watched the Kenai Peninsula Fair Racing Pigs in action… Had the most amazing food at the AKSupper Club in Ninilchik…(highly recommended) Seriously…phenomenal food. Chef Paul Warner…amazing… Made some new friends… Saw oysters for the first time in my sheltered life… Ate a raw oyster right from the shell…did I […]

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Just Another Scenic Sunday 08/07/11

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This week in my life I….took only pictures of my new land we’re developing…so I thought I’d share some photos I took last year on the Homer Spit beach.  These guys let me get pretty close…Enjoy! 🙂

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Just Another Scenic Sunday 07/31/11

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This week in my life I…. Staked out my home site where we will begin to build our new home… Wished I could see this boat in it’s prime… Visited Homer Harbor… Saw a mama eagle and her baby (right) Watched my kids work together… Taught Robin to love the weed whacker…and to wear pants […]

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Just Another Scenic Sunday 7/24/11

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  This week in my life I….. Hung out on the river with my bff… Dip netted some salmon…lots of salmon… Explored the beach and wondered how boats get on land… Wondered why clams are so attractive to so many… Visited the boat launch during a wind storm… Learned the small boy can do standing […]

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Just Another Scenic Sunday 7/17/11

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This week in my life I…. Watched my billionth Ninilchik sunset… Enjoyed Summer… Went to the Salty Dawg Saloon in Homer with friends… Was thankful this toothy guy was dead… Watched the tractor launch take up some boats… Smoked a bunch of salmon… Was glad I wasn’t THAT guy… Found some beach treasures…again… Told Sam […]

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Just Another Scenic Sunday 7/3/11

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This week in my life I…watched Billy shock himself when he discovered he could do a standing back tuck… Started a new wood project… Accidentally created the lower 48 and Alaska… Served a new kinda customer in Destini’s coffee shop drive thru… Sold some fishies… Created a fishy assembly line…reminded me of my cannery days… […]

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Just Another Scenic Sunday 6/26/11

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This week I… Witnessed intense concentration… Nearly had a heart attack…but grabbed the camera first… Made a friend…then accidentally squished him and was sad… Visited a friend… Rafted on the Kenai River… Watched kids bond…and bounce… Took kids to the cabin… Let go and let God… Saw summer bloom… Watched this guy for a while… […]

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Just Another Scenic Sunday 6/18/11

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Enjoyed the drive to Anchorage This week in my life I…. Witnessed love at first site… Watched the kids have basketball camp… This is how Alaskans use their fish totes… Enjoyed a beach memorial… Saw the largest cigar I’ve ever seen…and strangely, enjoyed the smell… Played with fire… Witnessed mischievousness… Watched some eagles fly… Realized […]

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Just Another Scenic Sunday 6/5/11

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This week in my life I…. Pulled a small stick out of Robins leg… Wondered why people leave garbage on the beach…even if it cute… Walked with friends… Found some cool beach treasures… Taught the boy what a magnifying glass is really for… Took away the magnifying glass… Watched the kids get crafty in the […]

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Momma’s Paintings

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I have glimpses of memory from my very early childhood of my mother  holding a pallet knife and a paint tray.  But not long after my birth my mother…for reasons of insanity caused by parenting, no doubt…stopped painting.  It was a travesty, as my mother has spent her entire life taking care of my dad […]

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Just Another Scenic Sunday 5/29/2011

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  This week in my life I… Watched an egg toss go wrong… Saw intense tug-o-war… Stuck up on Billy… Saw twelve of Ninilchiks kids become adults… Witnessed Love Made some stuff… Worked on some fishies… Overlooked Ninilchik Village at sunset… Saw some wobbly-legged newbies… Thought about what it’s all about… Remembered the past… Was […]

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Just Another Scenic Sunday 5/22/11

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This week in my life I….. Happened across the best beach find ever… Wondered what made those holes in this hunk of coal.. Found some more old dock wood….wondered how far it traveled…. Built some cool fishes from beetle-kill spruce… Had a close encounter with this guy who let me get within four feet…   […]

For The Birds

For The Birds

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This time of year in Ninilchik, Alaska, the fishing season is revving up for the summer.  The halibut and king salmon charters are beginning to take out clients to try for a big one.  The commercial salmon fisheries are readying their boats.  Just today my son, Billy, helped put his bosses boat in the water […]

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Just Another Scenic Sunday 5/15/11

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This Week In Photos… This week I went on an overnight field trip with Mya’s sixth grade class on a boat to Peterson Bay, across the Ketchamak Bay from Homer, Alaska. We saw a few sea birds…   Visited Gull Island…thousands of birds on a big rock in the water. Headed across the bay towards […]

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Just Another Scenic Sunday 5/8/11

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THIS WEEK IN PHOTOS! I noticed sure signs of Spring on my porch… Was stared at by a rubber chicken in the window of the Salty Dawg in Homer. Made a visit to Homer and the Salty Dawg Saloon…always a cool site! Visited the beautiful Homer Harbor!

Birds Eye View

Birds Eye View

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This morning during my walk I got the opportunity to be eye level with this guy…and I took it.  He didn’t move for a long time. He just watched me as I clicked away.  What a great way to start the day!

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Just Another Scenic Sunday 5/1/11

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This week in pictures…all taken in the past week. THIS is why I live where I do. (click to enlarge) Immature Bald Eagle on Ninilchik Beach Ducks take flight at the mouth of Deep Creek My kids are PLAYERS…as all good little Ninilchik kids are… 😉 On Ninilchik beach Saturday morning Ducks in motion, mouth […]

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Just Another Scenic Sunday

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In case you’ve never seen Alaska…or just need a  little piece of home! (click READ MORE to view the rest) Russian River, Cooper Landing, Alaska Caribou Hills, Ninilchik, Alaska Skilak Lake, Sterling, Alaska Mount Redoubt, from Ninilchik, Alaska

Beach Walk

Beach Walk

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 Almost every day in the summer months…and sometimes in the winter too…I walk along the shores of the Cook Inlet here in Ninilchik, Alaska.  After a big storm is the best time since you find more treasures…some would call them junk.  I like to photograph them as they sit, untouched…and continue on my way.  Here […]