11 December 2009

Friday Photo Shoot-Out: Weather

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. :)

12 comments:

NanU said...

Gorgeous photos of Alaska once again! You give me the urge to get out into the snow.
Have a good weekend!

Barry said...

Gorgeous photos this week Cindy. If I wasn't an Alaskaphile before, I am now.

The photos of the hoarfrost on the snow were just fascinating.

Barry & Linda

~JarieLyn~ said...

The hoar ice is quite interesting. I really like the shape of the snow on top of the tree stump. Very nice pictures.

Cat said...

gorgeous pics of the ice....it is such an intricate tapesry

GingerV said...

beautiful, beautiful... the crystals are ... Stupendous ... in Geology the crystal shape has to do with how quickly they were formed.... ice also?

REDLAN said...

Great snowy weather photos. You are lucky to experience winter. We dont have winter season here in the Philippines. And I guess I am lucky enough to see this photos. Thanks for sharing!

BTW, can I grab the best photo of yours that I like? I will make another special post. Thanks in advance!

Gordon said...

That's not the summer AK that I know. Thaw out all of that ice by July, okay. Loved the shots, though.

Doreen said...

gorgeous and stunning photos. a very cool variety of shots. have a great weekend!!

Mary said...

Interesting pictures of the hoar frost. Thanks for sharing.

Emma said...

Thank you for your kind words. :) That crystalizing of the snow in your shots is really interesting! Your last photo is my favorite.

Pauline said...

Absolutely impossible to choose one above the other, they are all so breathtaking! Wonderful!

Ann said...

the ice crystals are soooo beautiful.