Growing up fast.

This little one and her/his mom have been hanging out around the house all summer.  Looking very healthy and getting ready for the approaching winter.  Mom was noticeably limping last week, but she looks fine now.  Yep, it's beginning to feel like the start of fall--some trees and bushes are starting to change color and it's getting dark at night.  

There goes the sun.

It's been very rainy and cloudy here in Anchorage for the past several weeks, so we haven't had one of our glorious sunsets in quite a while.  Last night was beautiful, but I was shocked at how far south of Sleeping Lady (Mt. Susitna) the sun is setting already.  Granted, there's still light in the sky at 11pm, but the city lights are back and it's a reminder of things to come.

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Wolves in Denali National Park.

I've been going to Denali National Park on and off for more than 30 years.  This week we got to witness an incredibly rare sight these days--a pack of wolves with what looked like 6 pups.  If you're at all aware of the wolf controversy in Denali Park, you know the packs have been decimated the past few years by trappers just outside the Park boundary.  Several breeding alpha females and males from a couple of different packs have been killed and researchers inside the Park are concerned that the surviving pack members would break up, or not survive at all.  Being able to see an apparently very healthy pack could be a once in a lifetime experience.  I've never seen more than one wolf at a time before this.  And yes, I was really wishing I had a monster lens when we saw them!

Devany's brother and nephew were visiting Alaska for the very first time, and we're having a hard time explaining just how incredibly lucky they were to see the wolves--not to mention the fact that Denali was out in all her glory after weeks of rain.  Beginners luck I guess ;)  Come along for a couple of magical days.  Click on the photos for full screen and then swipe your cursor over the picture to see the captions below that tell the story.  Hope you like it.