A Fat Old Lady Takes Up Climbing
(On hiatus during a long cold, icy spell)
May 2008

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Crawling out from under the late snow, and finally seeing signs of spring, was slow in coming. Perhaps that makes it even sweeter.

More photos from early May 2008:

Orange sunset over Cook Inlet, as clouds gather
One of Alaskas largest wildflowers, fireweed, just getting started
Two gulls stand on thin ice, while birch trees are reflected in Taku Lake
A side view of the Mourning Cloak Butterfly (seen in thumbnails above)
Two views of a Lesser Yellowlegs in Cheney Lake: View 1 / View 2
A pair of gulls enjoy the late evening light on my street
Two mallard drakes, looking for a couple pretty hens
Lesser Canada geese, swimming in Cheney Lake


May 18, 2008
Much of the Flattop Mountain Trail is still snow-covered, some places 3 to 4 feet deep, and I didn't have the right footware with me, so I just took the short loop trail around Blueberry Hill. It still gets up into alpine tundra, which I really enjoy. There were no flowers yet, except for the Arctic Willows that spread along the ground in tundra areas. My dog had a wonderful time rolling in the snow. It was great to get even this little taste of mountain hiking.

A few more May images:

A yearling moose calf
It's mother was nearby
Three views of the Black-billed Magpie, Pica pica:
Sitting on a very low twig / walking away, annoyed / up on a surveyors' stick


     
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