Sunrise on Tuesday

I was chatting with Kyle this morning, and he asked me how Alaska was. I looked outside to see the sun rising, and it was so pretty, I ran out to get some pictures.

One of these days I’m going to get up early not to work for Journalism, but to actually take my time and capture a good sunrise here. These pictures suffer from poor preparation, and dirty equipment. My camera’s CCD appears to have some specks of dust on it, and what appears to be a tiny hair. Living with 2 cats and 2 dogs can have it’s disadvantages (besides the whole money for food and care, and the box of poop in the house thing).

Pre-dawn:

EDIT: I reprocessed this picture to bring out more of the light and color from the sunrise. Here it is:

Our cabin:

The fireweed is starting to turn color, another sign of the impending winter:

This is the first time I’ve seen direct sunlight in at least a week. Maybe 2. I need a filter to reduce the flare, because this could have been a lot cooler:

Some dogs for you!

I’ve been up since 6am working with my colleagues at the School of Journalism, fixing tech problems and tutoring the poor guys who have to pretend to be sys admins until someone gets hired. I’m feeling extremely sleepy, but I just realized I forgot to make coffee. That’s how tired I am.

It finally stopped raining yesterday, at least long enough for me to grab my camera and take some pictures of the dogs we’re working with.

This is my favorite dog in the yard, Pumpkin. She’s always very excited to see me. Whenever I approach her circle, she sits down, stretches out her front paws, leans back, and looks like she’s going to have an aneurysm if I don’t stop and play with her. As you can see by my sleeve, it gets a little hairy out there.

A lot of the dogs like to jump up and put their paws on you, and with the bigger dogs, it can push you off balance if you’re not careful. With smaller dogs like Pumpkin, that’s not usually a problem unless it’s muddy or you’re off balance already. However, the smaller dogs are faster, and I’ve been inadvertently punched in the junk a few times. She didn’t get me this time:

This is Xerox, one of the old fellas. He’s 14, and spends a lot of time digging a giant hole, dropping his food bowl in, and then filling in the giant hole. Then he watches with great interest as I dig around trying to find it. If he’s feeling good, he’ll run around and do a dance after we pet him, then come back for more love.

Next is Tiger, one of the bigger dogs. He sits on his house and lifts up his paw when I walk towards him, like he’s waving “hi.” Unless he’s curious, like when I’m holding food or a camera. Then he’s right there, as close as possible.

Tiger has a sister, Mouse. She looks a lot like Tiger, only smaller. She’s also a head-butting ninja. She acts all friendly and nice as you pet her. Then, just when you least expect it, she jumps up to lick you in the face. Her aim is pretty bad, so usually the top of her head connects with the underside of your jaw or your forehead if you’re leaning over. Ouch.

The final dog for this post is Can Can. Can Can loves to have her chest and tummy scratched. So much so, that when we walk by, she runs in front of us and flings herself on her back. How can anyone resist?

I’ll try to take some more pictures today, if the weather and dogs permit it.

Lots of rain

We’ve had a whole lot of rain the past week and a half. It was sunny the first few days after we arrived, then Alaska pulled the old bait-and-switch, plummeting the temperature by 15-20 degrees and covering the sky with clouds.

The rain has made taking care of the dogs more of a chore, what with the constant threat of slipping and falling on our butts while holding 30 pound bucket of dog food, not to mention being cold and wet. However, having 36 dogs happy to see us and our buckets, and the affection we get to lavish on them after they eat is more than worth the slight discomfort of the season.

Here are a couple of pictures I took when the sun lit up the lighter cloud cover over the mountains. The light was so bright beneath the darker clouds, it was hard to look at directly.

A little later, it became a little less intense, so I got out my telephoto.

The Fog

I’m working on getting my business setup, along with some new equipment, but once that’s done, I’ll be posting more regularly. I’ve already gotten 3 calls about support work this week!

Today some fog rolled in from Kachemak Bay. Within 5 minutes, it totally covered the hillside:

A few minutes later, it was gone:

It has been cold and rainy the past few days, and will continue to be that way for some time to come. Apparently this heralds the start of Fall. So much for summer!