Alaska

Bear fishing cam on Brooks Falls

My friend Dave Koerber sent me this link and I’ve seen various “cams” before (eagles, bears, cams on trees in the woods) but watching these brown bears fishing at Brooks Falls in Katmai National Park in Alaska is one of the best screen saver/zone outs I’ve found yet.

Various people have access to the cams and move them around from time to time which is also interesting.

Ice Formations

Ryota Kaji Kajita has taken pictures of ice formations in Alaska that are incredible. Scroll down at this site and you’ll see both contact sheets and individual images.

These are the kinds of ice shots I’d love to get and I’ve come close but these are in another class.

I saw a post about this body of work at Colossal where larger images are posted: Frozen Bubble Formations and Shards of Snow Captured in Alaska’s Swamps and Ponds by Ryota Kajita.

747 Pass in the Ruth Gorge

747 Pass

Flickr member and climber Eric Dacus posted this excellent image of the Ruth Gorge in the McKinley Massive, Alaska taken with a Canon 5D.

Many years ago a few friends and I flew through and landed in that gorge with the famed bush/glacier pilot Doug Geeting. It was incredible. The Ruth Gorge is one of the deepest on earth: the rock walls on each side rise over 5000 feet off the glacier and the ice of the glacier is thousands of feet thick in the gorge. It’s an incredible place.

Steve Jobs changed my life

Dear Mrs. Jobs,

My condolences for your loss.

I walked up to your husband in 1984 at the West Coast Computer Faire in San Francisco and asked him to give me a then brand new Macintosh computer to take with me to Alaska to work with students and adults with learning disabilities. We talked for a few minutes and by the time I returned home to Oregon the Macintosh was waiting for me. In short order that computer changed my life and the lives of the people in Alaska I worked with.

The Macintosh allowed me to experience my own intelligence, separate from my learning disability for the first time in my life. In turn, I helped thousands of other people all over the world experience the same thing.

I met Steve only once more many years later in an Apple Education Advisory Board meeting I was part of but the size and format of the meeting never allowed me to pull him aside and thank him for what he’d done for me.

Steve’s vision has changed millions of lives all over the world. I’m one of those people.

Thank you for what your husband did for me.

Richard

Climbing Denali

The Cookiedoughs

“Myself, Trav and Melissa pictured with the sign at Wonder Lake, the starting point of our climb up Denali. We took the Muldrow Glacier route, so the first week of the 30 day climb was spent ferrying gear, food and fuel across the tundra which my dad was kind enough to help with. From there on we were on our own, taking the next twenty days to reach the summit, and three more to get out.”

Joe Stylos has a great flickr set on his climb of Denali (Mt. McKinley) in Alaska. Amazingly, he carried a Canon EOS 5D and an EF 24-105mm f/4L lens up there.

What a fantastic adventure. I’ve been on this mountain (never got to the top) and it’s one of the most spectacular (and dangerous) places on earth. Well done Joe, Trav, and Melissa.

The Final Push

“Climbing by a massive cornice on the summit ridge.”