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Wedding Glow Sticks

When we got home Saturday night after a fun wedding reception, I saw the glow sticks still aglow.

 

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You reflect on the celebration with dear friends, sharing the joy, the wonderful live music and delicious food.

Happy wedding Michelle snd Sean.

Book Quest

Quest.  Remember looking for a certain book? I’m talking pre-google, search engines?

Out dad would scour used book stores and stalls for books he wanted for himself or one of us kids.  He was always searching for another copy of In Clean Hay to read at Christmas.  Nowadays you  type a title or author in a  narrow white box, press search and voila….options, usually in a few seconds.

An actual physical search can be incredibly satisfying cause chances are you will see another title or volume as you sift through shelves in a cool used book store.

That’s  what happened when I found a Peter Spier book from my kids childhood on a upstairs shelf.

Old Inlet Bookshop in Homer, Alaska is such a place. We went there after our Thai lunch in the mermaid themed cafe attached to the bookshop

Meet Andy Wills. Third generation bookseller. IMG_2448.JPG

I don’t know how many books he has in his bookshop but if you are looking for something, he knows where it is.   You don’t have to go to Homer, Alaska though  You can email him   books(at)ak(dot)net      Hope that method of writing email address avoids spammers

IMG_2445.JPGHere is he taping up the cover of the Peter Spier book.

Kite Boarding in Alaska*

or should I say- *Photographing Kite Boarding (or Kite Surfing) in Alaska.

Sure looks exciting.

I learned the difference between a WET suit and a DRY suit.

Kite boarders were in both types, the dry suit worn over clothes and keeping you warm and dry.

The beach is in Homer, Alaska on the Spit. (A geographical landform)

Photographing these adventurous sports was enough for me. I was in a sweatshirt jacket and hat and did not get wet.  The wind was strong that day as you can see by the waves. I knew I should have lugged my 7-200 lens on vacation.  These are taken with a 24-70mm.

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Meet Aaron. Taking a sabbatical from teaching fifth grade

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Mapping the Ocean Floor

Meet Peter Holmberg Physical Scientist. This blog post is a collaborative effort.

Peter was in the middle seat between Mary and me on the plane(my sister likes the aisle, I like the window) from Seattle to Anchorage.

I said he’d be a great subject for my People at Work Series.

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I’m going to let him tell you what he does…..

“I work at NOAA’s Pacific Hydrographic Branch as a Lead Physical Scientist.
My job entails mapping the ocean floor and compiling the data to nautical charts.
We use multibeam and side scan sonar for measuring depth and object (like ship wrecks) detection.
Data are processed (tides application, vessel motion correction etc) then refined and generalized to a usable scale on nautical charts as depths, contours and features.  
The link to Office of Coast Survey where you can view or download nautical charts.

Here is a video which is the embodiment of how we use multibeam sonar data to map the ocean floor.  Though this is a laser sensor projected onto sand instead of a sonar bouncing sound off the ocean floor.”

 

Thanks Peter.  It was so great to meet you. Thanks for writing back with the correct details about your work.  I thought the black and white version made it feel more “seriously scientific”😉

 

Street Seen- NYC Sunday

Yes that’s s little dog in the photographer’s bag

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Wooley Mama’s on Apple Street- Omak, Washington

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Meet Laura Hayner.   And Shadow.  What a sweet doggie. She follows Laura everywhere.img_2902

She is spinning fleece of some local sheep.

Here’s a skein of some of her handspun yarn from a spinning workshop. It was a grab bag of different fibers and has a really cool and varied look to it.

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Spoiler Alert for Christmas Gifts-  Made in the U.S.A.- World’s Warmest Socks for Winter.  I’m sure she’d be happy to send you some.  They are thick and cushy. Perfect in a big boot or to wear around a drafty house.

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img_2904Thanks Laura for welcoming us to your lovely shop.  Love the name of your store.

Thanks for showing us your logo.  My sister likes the buttons she bought, too.

I enjoyed seeing your spinning and will enjoy knitting all the yarn I bought and shipped to myself.  It’s great you get your fiber from local ranches and farms- 4R Ranch in Tonasket and Good Farms in Okanogan for two.

Wildflour Bakery Anchorage, Alaska- Guest Blog

My wish is you get to Anchorage Alaska and taste Wildflour Bakery pies. Although I am back in the lower 48 today I have some more Alaska posts.

When visiting friends in Homer Alaska, we met some very nice people in their interesting home that our host had helped build.

The first thing they did was offer us pie and coffee.  Who could resist?

Three types of apple pie.  As we sampled a sliver of each type, we talked about the excellent flavor and crust (one gluten- free) and then I learned about the pie creator, Wildflour Bakery Owner Olivia Allen of Anchorage.  Although I took a few photos of the pie (see below) I wanted to know more.

Meet bakery owner Olivia Allen- photograph by Julia Bevins, I  asked Julia if she would like to be guest blogger! What a great photo.

Then I called Olivia. She returned my call just as we were entering our departing flight but emailed me more photos and information about Wildflour Bakery.  Here is her blog link Look into the World  See Olivia’s watercolor illustrations and follow her on Instagram Wildflour Bakery Handcrafted pies and galettes made with foraged wild berries, organic ingredients and lots of love 🌸

Olivia writes-

Wildflour Bakery uses locally sourced and foraged wild berries, herbs, flowers and backyard honey to craft beautiful and sweet treats with creative flair.

Each pie or galette is handcrafted with the intention of highlighting the Alaskan spirit of our wild spaces, near and far.

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Gallery of photos below , sent to me by Olivia

Here are my pie photos so you see why I needed Olivia to send me some more.

And here is her artwork. I love the part about “serve generous slices.”  Yes!!

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We fairly well decimated the pies! You can see why I needed more photos to create this blog post as you look at my three photos I took at the kitchen table.

A few years ago I featured friend and pie judge Rob Bard.on National Pie Day.   I know he would have enjoyed the pies.

Alaska Railroad Conductor

Meet Will H.  Our conductor on the train ride from Denali to Anchorage. Army veteran. They even slowed the train so we could photograph Denali and two other mountain ranges which were all completely visible on a beautiful clear day.

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Although we are back in NYC and I like to keep the blog in RT, now that computer access/internet is available, I want to post some photos I had in my real camera not iPhone.

Freedom Tower in Cloud

 

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We made it back to Mary’s apartment after a long travel day- caught a tail wind and the flight was just four and a half hours from Seattle.

Temperature and humidity demand adjustment.

We had a wonderful trip to Okanogan and Alaska but are glad to be home. I’ve one more leg on the train to Pittsburgh.imageupdate 11:14 AM