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After May's perfect weather, I had hoped for more of the same in June. Well, it did start out fine, followed by a few weeks of clouds, wind, and basically unpleasant conditions, that make photography challenging. Additionally, Jascha, my dog, is really starting to show his age (13) this year. Although he still wants to go out for walks, he doesn't want to move very fast, scale mountains, or negotiate boulders. So we've been enjoying leisurely stolls on flat, easy trails. The small images all have links to larger versions if you click on them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 Additional images:

Close up view of the hatchling robins in the nest on June 3rd
Another view of their mother, on a branch above the nest
Blue glacier ice floating in Portage Lake, June 7th
Scene with marsh marigolds in Eagle River
A "nest" of mallard ducklings / The family on Cheney Lake
A closer view of the Dark-eyed Junco

More flowers: Alpine Milk Vetch / Mountain Buttercup / Coastal Paintbrush / Mouse-ear Chickweed


6/27/09
After quite a few unpleasant days, this one had potential, so a so a friend and I, her teenage son, and all three of our dogs took a nice stroll out the Elkutna Lakeside Trail. The trail goes out about 13 miles, but we just went to the first cabin at Yuditna Creek for a round-trip of seven miles. Clouds moved through and there was a light breeze but no rain. Shonti took the picture of me with Jascha and her two dogs, Kona and Maya. The other images are from my camera. Click any of them to see larger versions. And check the additional pix below the collage, too.

More images from the hike:

Shonti's son, Deven, walking along the shore with Maya
Jascha was quite thrilled with his wonderful find from the creek
A crowded group of Shy Maidens, Moneses uniflora
A family of Canada Geese

6/30/09
The last few days of June have been better, so this seemed like a nice day to try for the Flattop summit. Unfortunately, it's definitely too much for Jascha. We went to the second saddle, but he needed a lot of help to get that far. The section of the trail above the second saddle can be dangerous and difficult, so we went back down. This summer isn't going to be about reaching summits, but Jascha still enjoys taking nice long, slow walks. Click to see larger pictures.

More images from the hike:

Arctic Wormwood, as seen along the Flattop Trail
Close-up of the wormwood's little yellow flowers


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