Posts tagged: mountains along Lynn Canal

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.

A Lovely Morning

By , January 17, 2019

I know a lot of posts have been about scenery lately, but we live in a beautiful place. Can’t argue that.

On a recent morning, although we expected and got a rather cloudy, lackluster day, we witnessed a rather spectacular sunrise.

Sunrise over the Coast Range

A recent January sunrise (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

We put aside morning tasks and went out to watch, and take photos as well as we could.

Sunrise over the Coast Range

The vivid red of the morning sky showed up better on our cameras if we took close ups (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

Sunrise over the Coast Range

This last ray shot up from behind the mountain for about a minute, then the clouds moved in, and it disappeared (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

Sadly, the photos don’t capture the intensity of light we actually saw. There’s no real substitute for being here.

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