The fall is coming alive around our home. Jena is looking to replace our summer decor with the warm reds, oranges, and yellows of the season, as the first leaves tumble outside. It is odd. I scheduled this summer off so I could focus on photography, but I have only taken 1 longer-duration trip over the past 2 1/2 months.
This summer became much more about tackling projects in the office, writing a lot, and doing shorter, day-trips for photography (far too few of those). I got a ton accomplished though, so I don't regret how I spent my time. I made the most of the time that I did spend in the field, but we always wish for more.
Today, I'm finishing up the prepping for tomorrow's trip. A last second change in plans has shifted much of this journey's goals and locations, but that is ok. I'm looking forward to it. One thing that I've embraced over the past several months is the ability to stay flexible.
Plans are just that. Plans.
I will be back posting regular content on Wednesday of next week. If I get a chance to nab some wifi time and have something to share along the way, you can bet you will find it here - so check back. Plus, I'm scheduling a few image posts (from 'the archive') for Wednesday, Friday, and next Monday. These images are from the same areas I will be revisiting over the next 9 days. I'm feeling very fortunate, I get to return to several of my favorite areas on this trip, and to some of my favorite subjects.
So let's start things off with the early part of my upcoming journey - to Anchorage's 'Hillside', Powerline Pass, and to Alaska's fall moose rut.
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A few years ago, I made my way up to Powerline Pass, during a temperature inversion phenomenon. We were stuck in heavy fog in downtown Anchorage, but I checked the aviation forecast - and found that, just a few hundred feet up, the skies were clear. It was nearing sunset, so I changed my dinner plans and headed for the mountains above the Anchorage skyline. As I neared the location I would shoot this image from, the fog was still thick. I could barely see beyond the hood of my car. Then, my car burst out of the clouds and into the clear sky. It was like lunging out of water and gulping at fresh air. As I pulled into my location and parked the car, the sun drifted lazily towards the horizon. Fog extended as far as I could see before me, from the Turnagain Arm in the east, to the Mat-Su Valley in the west, and all the way down the Cook Inlet, towards Homer in the south. Far out, along the western edge of the Cook Inlet, Mount Redoubt rose and distorted itself in the atmosphere.
Wish me safe travels, and I'll be back soon to share new images:) Cheers, everyone!