Leaf Speak


Winter’s approach has stripped the forest whose fallen leaves display beauty in cryonic death, and silently speak endurance to the ‘naked’ wilderness.

In every change, in every falling leaf there is some pain, some beauty.” – Amit Ray

Freeze Frame
Last Leaf

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Dawn’s Splendor


Creation’s awakening at dawn spurs a grateful rebirth of joy in my soul. Here’s a few glimpses of dawn’s wonder that was mine to behold this morning.

The whole earth is filled with the awe of your wonders; where morning dawns, where evening fades, you call forth songs of joy.

Psalm 65:8

I M Blessed . . . May U B 2

Chugach Range Dawn
Dawn Angel
Dawn Cathedrals
Dawn Greeters
Dawn Spawners

Flight School


Flight School needs to start soon if these cygnets are going to accompany their parents south before freeze-up. This young Trumpeter swan pair hatched their cygnets the end of June , much later than previous Trumpeter parents . . . Frosty Eagle’s watching.

Love to Live, Live to Love” – Amy Carmichael    
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Forever Young


While our birth days are 5 decades apart, wilderness wanderings with my son helps me forget my age and live life young again . . . undeservedly blessed . . . living each day as though it’s my last . . . grateful yesterday wasn’t . . . knowing His best forever young is yet to come.

Love to Live, Live to Love“. – Amy Carmichael

I M Blessed . . . May U B 2

Father and Son
Last Frontier Majesty

Snow Squalls and Sunshine


A short morning snow squall followed by brilliant sunshine made for an interesting wilderness wander today . . . . Gotta’ love the Last Frontier! 😊

Snowy Trumpeter Swans
Cool Waters
Schroom Cone
Castle Mountain’s New Blanket

Love to Live, Live to Love” – Amy Carmichael    
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Life’s Seasons


Winter Invades Fall

This after-the-storm picture of Winter invading Fall had me contemplating my mortality. From first to final breath, much like the changing of the seasons, life is a continuum of seasons.

The Spring of my life witnessed a carefree childhood morph into an adolescence of uncertainty and tentative teens before yielding to the Summer of adulthood, running the gamut of experiences and emotions from gain to loss; joy to sorrow; trial to triumph; happiness to heartbreak. Fall followed suit, but with slightly more intensity, enhanced by increased awareness of both life’s responsibly and appreciation.

Gazing on this scene today, I realized, albeit somewhat reluctantly, my life’s journey has entered Winter. Spanning nearly eight decades, my journey lies somewhere below life’s summit in Winter’s snows, above Fall’s fading colors. Given the genre of my life’s journey, I suspect my current location resides in that fog below the mountain’s summit 😊

Regrets?  . . . many, most self-attributable.  Blessings? . . . many more, attributable to God’s unfathomable Grace alone. And so, I gratefully journey on towards the summit, uncertain of my arrival time, but assured of a forever room at the top is waiting for me . . . Hope to see you there.

My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you.” John 14:2

Raw – Wild- Rugged – Vast


TCD – Tire Changeover Day – the official first day Alaskans are permitted to mount their winter studded tires on their vehicles . . . perfect timing . . . on the trip home from town along the Matanuska River, cold, blustery winds heralded an impending storm . . . and now it’s sn😊wing!

Here’s a minuscule glimpse of the Last Frontier’s raw, wild, rugged beauty along each of the 25 miles to town . . . a drive through an ever changing postcard of creationscapes. Its vastness never ceases to instill me with a sense of infinitesimal smallness, while its grandeur paradoxically soothes my soul.

Matanuska River – Chickaloon, Alaska

He who forms the mountains, who creates the winds, and who revels His thoughts to mankind, who turns dawn to darkness, and treads on the heights of the earth – the Lord God Almighty is His name“.

Amos 4:13

Storm Brewing

I M Blessed . . . May U B 2   
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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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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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Parks Hwy. Cantwell, Alaska
Denali National Park
Fall Splendor
Vast and Wild
Calm Waters
Fall Reflections

Soul Therapy Recipe


Soul Therapy Recipe
 

Ingredients and Directions

1. One friend with a boat.

2. Launch in Prince William Sound on calm seas.

Prince William Sound, Alaska

3. Stir in a vast wilderness of towering mountains and massive glaciers.

Chugach Mountain Range
Glacial Majesty
Sea Otter

4. Warm softly all day with sunshine.

5. Harvest a bounty of shrimp and fish from cool, blue waters shared by sea otters.

Alaskan Prawns
Ling Cod

6. Decorate with an ocean sunset’s splendor.

Sunset Splendor

7. Garnish with a billion stars blazing the heavens.

8. Rock softly to sleep on gentle waves.

                    “It is well with my soul”

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