Denali Farewell


A solo kayaker, bathed in the rising golden mists of a sunrise, bid us adieu as we left Denali National Park this morning. Lord willing, we’ll return again someday to this spectacular corner of creation.

The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display His craftsmanship“. – Psalm 19:1
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Keep Looking Up . . . His best is yet to come!

Denali – 20,310 ft.

Denali Eye Candy


Clouds are dominating the skies, concealing North America’s highest mountain, majestic 20,320 ft. Denali. However, they can’t obscure Denali National Park’s epic display of fall splendor.

Here’s a few glimpses of what was ours to behold. Wish y’all could be here to take it all in for yourselves.

Love to Live, Live to Love” – Amy Carmichael    
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Keep Looking Up . . . His best is yet to come!

Parks Hwy. Cantwell, Alaska
Denali National Park
Fall Splendor
Vast and Wild
Calm Waters
Fall Reflections

Prince William Sound Scenes


Alaska has God’s fingerprints all over it. Here’s a few of His imprints from Prince William Sound.

Sea Otter
Flying Free
Island Outcrop
Mirror Image
Alaskan Prawns
Surfing Shrimp 😊

“Love to Live. Live to Love”. – Amy Charmichael

Fall’s Arrival


The snowline and temps have been dropping in synchrony the past week . . . must be fall . . . H😊😊RAY !!

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Keep Looking Up . . . His best is yet to come !

He sends the snow like white wool; He scatters frost upon the ground like ashes“. – Psalm 147:16

Survival of the Fittest


On Fish Lake, in the shadow of Castle Mountain, last June a Trumpeter Swan pair hatched three downy white signets. They’ve since grown into feathered gray versions, a third the size of their large, stately parents . . . the serene beauty of Nature.

Sadly, one of the signets has now gone missing. At 4 AM the other morning a neighbor heard the Trumpeters making a ruckus. The suspected assassin is another one of Mother Nature’s local feral menagerie, a great horned owl . . . the cruel barbarity of Nature.

Of the remaining two signets, one appears slightly larger. Hopefully both will survive for the flight south with their parents before freeze-up.

Trumpeter Swans and Signets
Trumpeter Swans – Fish Lake – Castle Mountain


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Keep Looking Up . . . His best is yet to come!

Exit Fall


Woke up to ice on the deck and a fresh blanket of termination dust on the mountains . . . Fall’s heading for the exits up here in the Last Frontier wilds of Chickaloon.

Termination Dust – Talkeetna Mountains

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Twilight Masterpiece


It’s now dark by midnight in the Last Frontier as each day shortens by about 5 1/2 minutes, but the endings are spectacular beyond words! Here’s tonight’s11:30 PM finale masterpiece viewed from our deck.

Talkeetna Range Sunset – Chickaloon, Alaska

 “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands“. -Psalm 19:1

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Keep Looking Up . . . His best is yet to come!

Sunshine, Rapids, Shoulders


The photograph was taken the on a wilderness-wander the other day portraying the ambivalence of life’s journey . . . there will always be sunshine above, and tumultuous rapids below. The picture depicts sunshine’s Hope.

A recent totally unexpected, upsetting event threatened capsizing in discouragement’s rapids, but Grace kept me upright.  A quote came to mind reminding me not allow yesterday’s failures to destroy today’s joys;

To live above with the folks we love, that will be glory. To live below with the folks we know, that’s another story.”

Years ago, lamenting to a pastor friend how my life’s foremost, self-imposed failure had affected others and Christianity’s name, he compassionately, but candidly told me,

It’s not about you Fred. You’re not that important. God and others will survive your failure”.

His words uncovered the root of all sins I’ve struggled with throughout my life . . . ‘I’m important’ self-pride.

Watching the rising sun evaporate clouds off the mountains this morning, a subtle, Divine duality of pride stuck me . . . in my own and the world’s perspective, I’m truly “not that important”. But I . . . the one who wandered away . . . God has undeservedly and sacrificially deemed “most important”, leaving the 99 to carry me back to the flock on His shoulders.

While we proudly take pride celebrating our country’s precious independence and freedom this 4th of July, may we ever remember it’s Him who has been carrying our nation on His shoulders, and endeavor to continue let Him do so in His way, not ours.

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Keep Looking Up . . . His best is yet to come!

Black Sheep Shepherd

Glory!


The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament sheweth His handwork“. – Psalm 19:1

This picture was why I stood, transfixed in total awe, out on our deck at 1 AM this morning . . . the majestic Land of the Midnight Sun.

I M Blessed . . . May U B 2
                                      
Keep Looking Up . . . His best is yet to come!

John Muir Quote


John Muir described my Greatland front yard with 5 words . . . Nature –  the manuscripts of God”

I M Blessed . . . May U B 2

Keep Looking Up . . . His best is yet to come!

Fish Lake-Castle Mt. Chickaloon, Alaska