Sunrise on the Alaska Range this morning.
A lovely first day of Spring here in Bear Valley. Okay, maybe not.
A nice burst of color on the Chugach Mountains behind the house as the sun was setting tonight. Now if the wind would just die down so we could get some sleep. It’s been blowing hard for a week without a break.
Sunday was the official start of the 2019 Iditarod Sled Dog race, beginning at Willow, Alaska and finishing on Front Street in Nome. We drove out to a friends house on Long Lake, just beyond the start line to take part in the annual Alaska style tailgate party on the lake. People line the chain of lakes that the mushers traverse at the beginning of the race to cheer them on and party. It’s a fun beginning to the race. Way too many pictures!
Finally! One of the hardest animals to get a glimpse of, yet alone a photo, decided to grace us with a visit late yesterday afternoon just as it was beginning to get dark. Lynx! We had visitors from Sitka staying with us, so this was a huge treat for them. I just happened to see movement as an animal walked up the road past the house and thought it was just one of the neighborhood dogs. It turned to look at the house and I realized it was a big lynx! I scrambled to get the big lens on the camera and ran outside to try and get a shot of this animal that we rarely get to see.
Halfway to the street I saw two more lynx walking directly as me on the neighbors driveway. All three moved into the empty lot above our house and stayed there for quite a while. It looked like a big female with two young that were probably born last year. I never did get a shot of all three together, but the two young ones were curious of me and stayed put long enough to get a couple of shots. Terrible lighting conditions, but when it comes to seeing lynx, we definitely take what we can get! Click on images for full-screen.