Category: Weather, Tides & Geography

Monthly Movie for August

By , August 20, 2019

Monday, I shot the August Monthly Movie from my usual rock on the beach, encompassing the beach view in a short film as I do each month this year.

I shot it in the morning, after a recent northerly died down, although you can still hear the tail end of it pretty well in the microphone of the camera. I also managed to catch one of the fishing boats that have been fishing our waters lately. The activity has lessened recently, so that generally, we only see one boat at a time out there.

Zooming in on the View

By , July 28, 2019

A few days ago I finished my chores early. I didn’t need to start dinner right away, so instead, I sat down at the veranda with a pair of binoculars and a camera to enjoy the view. Before long, I used the binoculars and the camera’s zoom to poke around the cirques and peaks of the Coast Range across Lynn Canal.

close up of Alaska's Coast Range

The “L” on “LC Mountain” up close (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

These mountains aren’t inaccessible by any means. In fact, the man who built our homestead skiffed across the fjord one afternoon and scaled The Pickets, a steep set of peaks in the middle of the view. But, he’s a better man than I; I much prefer doing my exploring from the comfort of the homestead, with the help of optics.

Close up of Alaska's Coast Range

“The Pickets” on the left, this cirque is one of my favorite spots to “visit” (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

My method proves far better for casually skipping from mountain to mountain, peaking into crevices, perusing pocket glaciers, sliding up and down waterfalls at the exact moment that the afternoon sun lights up this feature, or shades that. One day, before I grow too old and settled, to go hike some of these places. I know I won’t get to some of the locations, which would require too much climbing skill. Many of them, being at the bottom of avalanche shoots, would likely be too dangerous to visit for any length of time—certainly I couldn’t safely explore them as thoroughly as I’d like.

Close up of Alaska's Coast Range

A closer view of the cirque (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

Waterfall in Alaska's Coast Range

This waterfall flows well even in dry years, like this one (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

For more views like this, see Sunny Cirque.

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