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Old 11-18-2008, 01:07 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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After seeing all of the beautiful photos in the "recent AK photos" thread, I wanted to post some of my favorite shots of Alaska. However, mine are all from 2 or 3 years ago.

My husband and I went to Alaska over the summer solstice in 2005, when he ran the Mayor's Midnight Sun Marathon for Team in Training. We stayed for another week, and it was delightful. I loved our visit and can't wait to go back!

I hope you enjoy these shots of Alaska from the eyes of a tourist. I want to return over the winter solstice sometime, but I'm not sure my weak southern constitution can survive that much cold!

Heading into Anchorage, from the air:


Someone inquired about gardening in Alaska. This cabbage in an Anchorage public garden was as big as a freaking goat:


(I tried to take a photo of 2 foot tall Dandelions but the scale never really came through in the shot.)

From Seward:


We had to do a sled dog ride, and meet some of the puppies. I told you this was a tourist set of photos. This is me with a puppy:


The wildlife was fascinating:


A piece of driftwood on Homer Spit, around midnight:


Funny story... I went to take this photo and I said, "Honey tell me if a train is coming," as I had my camera up to my face. My husband said, "Honey... train." I said, like a kid, "Nuh-uh!" He said much more sternly, "HONEY.... TRAIN!" and sure enough you can see the headlight down the tracks in this photo.
Train outside of Girdwood:


Near Byron glacier I think? I took this on our way into Whittier.


And my crowning achievement, an eagle at the Girdwood wildlife center:
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Old 11-18-2008, 01:30 PM
 
Location: Naptowne, Alaska
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You did very well!
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Old 11-18-2008, 01:31 PM
 
Location: Bliss Township, Michigan
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Nice shots!
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Old 11-18-2008, 01:32 PM
 
Location: Nome
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Nice photos.
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Old 11-18-2008, 01:39 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Hey thanks! They're fun, but not as fascinating as some of the photos the three of you have posted in the "recent" thread. Your pictures really make me just want to go there for one winter, just to see what it's like. I'm always fascinated by places in the world that get such extremes of sunlight and weather. And Alaska, as far as an extreme place goes, is one of the most beautiful places I've ever been.
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Old 11-18-2008, 02:00 PM
 
Location: Interior alaska
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For "Old" photos, they came though very well! Keep it up!
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Old 11-18-2008, 02:13 PM
 
Location: South Dakota
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Lovely images!!
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Old 11-18-2008, 02:20 PM
 
Location: Kennewick, WA
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Beautiful pics!!!
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Old 11-18-2008, 04:48 PM
 
Location: Tulsa,OK soon Alaska.
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wow, nice pictures.
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Old 11-18-2008, 11:19 PM
 
Location: San Diego, CA
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Absolutely gorgeous!
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