The My Town Friday Photo Shoot-Out is a project intended to get bloggers out into their communities and showing them off to each other. We shoot photos on a common theme for the week and then post on Friday, enabling people from literally around the world to see what it's like in our corner of the universe. For more information about the group, or to join, check out the MTFPSO blog here.
This week's theme, suggested by Emma, who has that lovely pregnant glow (congratulations, Emma!) was "Weather". And what a week it was to have this theme--we had a gorgeous few days earlier in the week! While bad weather in Southeast Alaska is considered nothing more than commonplace and something to be ignored, good weather (i.e. sunny weather) is a big deal. A VERY big deal. So big, in fact, that when the sun sneaks out from behind the clouds in the summer, some former governors have given state employees the day off so they can go outside and enjoy it. We had a few sunny days during Kip's and my weekend (Monday and Tuesday), and while he was busy writing a paper on the Jamaican economy (with plenty of Bob Marley playing in the background), I went snowshoeing with Father Thomas in the Gastineau Meadows and took these shots. Be sure to click on the first one to enlarge the panoramic!
I have to give credit where credit's due: Father Thomas took this one.
I was too short to lift the camera high enough. :(
I turned around from shooting a photo to see FT on his knees in the snow, staring at it. "You've got to see this!" he said, as I wondered if he'd gone insane...
I knelt down and took these photos of the intricately shaped hoar ice that had formed on top of the snow. It was incredible--on this part of the meadow, the ice crystals had shaped geometrically. Later on, they looked like feathers. Even further, they were shaped like large snowflakes. All were good for eating, as they had more substance than regular snow :)
There's your Alaska fix for the week, Alaskaphiles (coughcoughGordoncoughcough)! Have a great weekend! On behalf of bookstore workers everywhere, please know the author's last name of that book you're looking for when you're doing your holiday shopping. It will make everyone's day much easier. :)