Against All Odds

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    Found in Cooper Landing, Alaska…fighting it’s way thru the asphalt “Did you hear about the rose that grew from a crack in the concrete? Proving nature’s law is wrong it learned to walk with out having feet Funny it seems, but keeping it’s dreams, it learned to breathe fresh air Long live the […]

A Simple Truth

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Tomorrow afternoon our son…will become our son. Legally, at least, though he’s been ours for four years.  I’m going to share a few words from a pre-adopt interview. Not to impede on his privacy, but because sometimes we forget that a child has a voice…if only we’d listen. When asked about his birth family: “I […]

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…   […]

I Remember Her

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I remember the way her hair smelled when I tucked her in under my arm.  How she snuggled so close, trying to crawl back into the womb from which she did not come. I can feel her fragile arms wrapped around mine, her tiny beating heart pulsing against my side as she lay her soft […]

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 […]

Fuller Lakes Trail

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It was noon on a sunny summer day last June when Dan and I decided on the spur of the moment to hike in to Fuller Lakes Trail near Cooper Landing, Alaska. We’d driven by the spot a thousand times but never had we explored what was beyond the steep steps rising from the side […]

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

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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!

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 […]

One Night On Tustumena

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The world is so wide here, I can see clear into yesterday from where I stand. This lake was once, a lifetime ago, home to trappers and homesteaders; those with a spirit adventurous enough to journey the miles of wilderness and settle here, in this pristine land. It’s said they followed the river to its […]

Adoption Pending

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He came to us in the summer, four years ago with a chip on his shoulder, a mouth with no filter, and a yearning for something solid.  Just six years old, he’d seen things…oh yes, he’d seen some things. The parents’ rights have been terminated.  The threat of reunification is long past and his memories […]

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

Without A Paddle

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Sandi and I had escaped, kid free…which says a lot considering between us we have thirteen children…and were laughing our way across Tustumena lake headed for Nikolai Creek to spot some grizzly bears through our telephotos. We intended to stake out the creek until dark if we had to, just for the perfect shot.  Photo, […]

A Letter To My Spouse

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I was thinking about us today.  Remembering those years when you had hair and I had a waistline.  Back when we sat, feet to feet on the couch, scheming our next adventure late into the night.  It was a time when it all seemed doable and barriers were more like speed bumps than impossibilities. When, […]

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 […]

The Pilot Fell-A-What?

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I’ve gotten used to flying in small planes. In fact, I prefer it immensely over large planes. I figure, if a forty ton jet loses an engine, we’re all toast. There’s no way out of that one. But if a tiny plane, the kind that appear to be made from paper gum wrappers and glue […]

Going Backwoodsier…Our Off-Grid Dream

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From the home site… Not everybody’s idea of a dream come true involves the potential for being eaten by bears…but tonight when I found my third pile of fresh bear poo in as many trips to my new land, I knew my dreams were coming true right before my feet. Not that I want to […]