Sunday = phone time

After sleeping in until 8am, we awoke to find more snow falling from the sky. It was overcast most of the day, with intermittent snow showers. Not good photography weather, especially since we were also occasionally enveloped in fog/clouds.

I took advantage of free weekend minutes, and called my brother Justin, and my mom and dad. Having a blog means people can keep track of what I’m doing without my having to talk to everyone, but hearing the voices of my family is a pleasure that cannot be replaced with email, instant messenger, or WordPress.

Tonight, the sky is clearing, so the temperature is dropping. We gave extra straw to the dogs, so they’ll be cozy in their houses. We are forecast to get more snow, but I suppose that’s inevitable up here.

With all the snow, it’ll be time to trade the ATV for the sled soon. We’ve been running 12 to 13 dogs with the ATV, but apparently we’ll cut that back for the sled. Probably so we have a chance at stopping if we need to. We’ve definitely had the ATV dragged over the snow with the brakes locked and the wheels turned, with two people on the ATV. That’s some power!

Here’s a photo I took on Tuesday, when Skippy was off for Veteran’s Day and got to ride along with the boss on the ATV.

Muck

Today was a long day. We had extra help in the dog yard, in the form of Ben, the boyfriend of the daughter of a friend of the boss. How’s that for degrees of separation?

Ben is very cool, and wants to learn about mushing, so he’s volunteered to come over and help us out from time to time. Today we took advantage of the extra body, along with the good weather (sunny, in the mid-thirties), to scrape out the accumulated mud, straw, and other assorted…stuff…that collects in the bottoms of the dog houses. Since it’s been cold here for some time, a few of the houses presented the extra challenge of having the muck frozen solid. We used paint scrapers to peel out the gunk, and then used it to fill in the various holes the dogs dug over the summer, and we now find by falling into them through the snow cover.

On a completely different note, I’ve mentioned before that the lighting here is amazing. That same day, the sun broke through the cloud cover for about 30 minutes before it set for the day, and lit up parts of the bay.

Moondance

I’m currently experiencing my first Alaskan winter full moon. It rises in the early evening, and doesn’t set until mid-morning. With the snow cover, the effect is something akin to blue daylight. It feels like we’re on an alien planet, though not as alien as we experienced under the full moon in Canyonlands National Park.

So, of course I’ve gone out the past couple of nights and taken pictures. The first few are from the 11th.

I also captured some of the setting sun, apparently.

This is a 30 second exposure. I’ll try a full minute tonight, if it’s clear. The neighbor lights up their trees, I don’t know why.

Last night, we came home from the ski swap (no luck finding skis), and I convinced Skippy to stand still long enough for me to take some pictures. Thanks for modeling for me, honey!

Without the moon in the shot, I can do a longer exposure without it looking like the moon is big glowing worm in the sky. Seriously, in shots longer than 10 or so seconds, the moon and earth move enough to show, like in the first picture of this post.

In Between Snows

One system moved through (see the Nov. 9th video) and dumped about 6 inches on us, plus some really fun drifts with that wind. The 10th was calmer, but look at what was on its way:

We finally saw the bay for the first time in a few days, as well.

That storm front up there dumped another 5 inches of snow on us. The edges of the fields, where the snow tends to drift more, has snow up past my knees. I waded across the field behind our cabin and took these shots (brace yourself, there’s a lot):

Was that too much? A photo overdose, maybe? Or was that okay?