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Notes from the Field: 12 August 2013, Day One-1

Unalaska – Anchorage-Fairbanks

Our journey started yesterday with but a minor hiccup – that moment when the pilot told us, “Sorry, folks, you’re going to need to deplane.”

After an hour of sitting in the terminal – the quietest I’ve ever heard it as 17 or so of us sat around and waited for Dr. Jason to pay a PenAir house call -we all got back on board Continue reading Notes from the Field: 12 August 2013, Day One-1

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Window-watching winter wildlife

This morning there are two foxes in the yard. They’ve been there for at least a half-hour so far, and show no interest in moving on anytime soon. One of them – reddish with darker tips on its hair, what we would call a “cross fox” – is busily pawing through the snow looking, I’m sure, for bits of bird seed. The other one, also a cross fox but with dark hair and lighter, reddish tips, is sitting on top of a snow drift apparently just  Continue reading Window-watching winter wildlife

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Orchids in Alaska

I have six orchids which I’ve collected over the past three years, some of them bought and some of them obtained through plant trades.  I almost killed two of them, one last year and one the year before, but brought those two back and  have otherwise managed to keep all six plants generally healthy.  Last summer one of them bloomed, twice, an event about which I was quite Continue reading Orchids in Alaska

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Winter walking

January so often brings us stunning winter weather and this year has been no exception, with about 10 days of mostly sunny, mostly calm and cold but not frigid weather.  Shari and I took advantage of our both being off on one of these almost clear, calm, just-below-freezing days to hike to Agamgik Bay.  This is a great half-day hike at any time

of year, but avalanches often keep us from being able to walk it in the winter.  We’ve had so little snow this year that getting to the trailhead was no problem, and we set off Continue reading Winter walking

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Fall Doth Approach

I’m not sure I’m real keen about this.  Emperor Geese began arriving last week.  I’ve never seen Emperor Geese here in September.  Perhaps some old-timers have, but in 20 years I’ve yet to see them before October, and some years it’s even November before their arrival. Their being here so early can’t be good.  And then there’s the snow.  Termination dust was visible this morning between northerly squalls, but termination dust in September isn’t particularly unusual.  What was disconcerting was the fact that the squalls were bringing snow – hard little pellets of it – at sea level and the snow was actually accumulating on the edges of the deck and in the window frames, on my windshield and in the yard.  Now that simply isn’t right. I think Shari and I need to find more firewood.

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Berries and Home Improvement Projects

So I haven’t posted anything new for a couple of weeks, but not for lack of activity – anything but! Shari’s parents have been visiting since the first of the month, and as usual we had a laundry list of HIPs for him to work on: install the new window (taking out the broken one was a bitch!); repair a door; add an awning to the grill cover; take out the old stove and install the new one (it did finally arrive, 24 days late and with no shipping charges for our trouble); install some rain gutters and rebuild the fish smoker. And voila – we have a much improved house now! There’s still some tidying to do, and we need to get rid of the scraps before they blow around and break Continue reading Berries and Home Improvement Projects

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