Thursday, June 22, 2017

~~San Diego~~

Just a few shots from a brief visit to California....

What day is it???

Sunset at George's at La Jolla Cove

Harbor View Heron

02 Independence

Thursday, June 15, 2017

MiMi Paris Photography: ~~ Beaver Fever ~~

MiMi Paris Photography: ~~ Beaver Fever ~~: The leader of the expedition gave me a list of things to get for the adventure. One of the items was "Get a water stick do you do not g...

~~ Beaver Fever ~~

The leader of the expedition gave me a list of things to get for the adventure. One of the items was "Get a water stick do you do not get "Beaver Fever."  What?  Beaver Fever??  Of course, I laughed for obvious reason...until get explained what beaver fever.  Then, it wasn't so funny.

Beaver fever is an intestinal infection caused by a microscopic parasite known as Giardia lamblia. It is caused by ingesting water cantaminted by animals (beavers) that live in or near water and poop in it.

To prevent contracting this parasite, it is important to use a "water stick" that filters 99.9999% of all ickies one might get from drinking water in the wild.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

~~ Cay ~~

I ran into my neighbor Cay this morning while we were walking the dogs. She asked questions about my adventure.

"Are you going to be out in the woods?"  Well, actually Alaska tundra.

"Is it going to be cold?"  Cool, and maybe some rain.

"Will you go out in the rain, and how can you take photographs in the rain?"  Yes. Rain or shine, and I have a raincoat for my gear.

"Are you sleeping outside?"  In a tent, and hopefully with a dog.

"Will there be bears?"  Yes. And other wildlife, too.

"Will you have to pee outside?"  Of course.

"Will you have to poop outside?  Of course.

"Have you ever done that?"  Hell no!

"Well you had better start practicing!"

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Getting Ready for an Adventure...IS an Adventure!

As I a get ready for my Nome, Alaska, Gold Expedition adventure, I realized that getting ready for an adventure IS an adventure in and of itself.

I had to buy a new wardrobe of camo cargo pants, tops and camo boots. 

I had to learn what a "water straw" is and how to use it.  And "Frog Togs" were never in my vocabulary prior to this.

Even the mental preparation is an adventure, as I will be doing things I've never done with people I've never met.  And the things I will be doing will not be easy things.  We will be hiking miles upon miles everyday in unknown Alaska tundra. I will be hauling camera equipment through this, using my monopod as a walking stick.

I will be eating outside, fighting bugs, and holstering bear spray.  For two weeks, I will be living in heightened state of constant awareness.

I am sure it will be absolutely a good way.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

~~Arizona in Spring...AMAZING!~~

Just thawed out from my Alaska adventure....and yes, I would do it again....and got home to Arizona to wildflowers popping in full color!

Manage your expectations and always be ready for a surprise!  I ran into a miner prospecting for Peridot, an ancient gemstone.

...and you cannot beat seeing and getting to photograph wild horses to round out your wildflower adventure!

Monday, February 27, 2017

~~Road to Whittier, AK~~

Whitter, AK, is another quirky little town about 60 miles southeast of Anchorage.  I traveled along the Turnagain Arm on Seward Highway and had to pull off for a few beautiful shots.

You can only get to Whittier by water or by traveling through the mountain through Whittier Tunnel, the longest tunnel in North America. It is one lane...and shares space with a train.

This is the tunnel opening to two and a half miles of claustrophobic terror!

An over generous about of snow and ice kept me from getting close to the harbor.

As quirky has it, most of the 200+ residents live in this 
Army barracks condo conversion, Begich Towers.

And then there is the abandoned military building, the Buckner Building.

The sites upon leaving Whittier were as lovely as Alaska gets!

~~The Grand Parade!~~

I don't know who was having more fun: the revelers or my watching the revelers!