Open for Camping / RV

The snow plow piles have finally melted most of the way, and the campground is officially open!  We’ve actually had a few guests already; we parked them on the tarmac before the plow piles were gone, and in a few sites that were dry enough and not blocked by the plow piles.

Rhubarb coming up

The tamarack trees are blooming, and the rhubarb is coming up, so you know it’s spring up here in Alaska.

Tamarack blooms in upper right corner (it was windy)

We are seeing lots of rabbits – almost every day.  They are turning brown, yet some have a fair amount of white in them still, making them targets for the hawks and local foxes.

The robins arrive about 2 weeks ago, the spinach seeds I planted around then are sprouting in the pots outside Mom’s apartment.  Cabbages I planted indoors some time ago have true leaves and are hardened off.  Now I just have figure out where to plan them, and how – I’m on crutches with a knee issue. May have to rely on the help of friends.

Hope all my friends are having a wonderful spring!  The garden pictures on Facebook look wonderful.

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Tis the April Post

Not sure where 2017 went, but it’s gone, and we’re over 1/4 into 2018 all ready!  Time flies when you don’t have enough of it I guess.   So here are a few pictures from last year and this just to let you know we are not only alive, but thriving up here in Fox Alaska.

Old porch on the RV Park Office

The old porch as tear-down starts

New porch on the RV Park Office

New porch from parking area

New porch from Mom’s doorway

Activities

North Pole 4th of July Parade – Christmas in Ice float

4th of July parade float

Christmas in Ice

Single block 1st and 2nd Place

Nativity: Mary

Snow sculpture

Flowers and Landscapes

Columbine

Rhubarb and witch hazel

Iris

Wild rose

9 foot tall Delphinium

Moon in Tree

Moonshadow

Wildlife

Alaska Hare

indoor

Mama and baby moose

Local grouse

Borealis (Northern Lights)

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Warm Spring, Warm Borealis

Can’t believe I haven’t updated this blog since October 2016!  Winter was very busy with Christmas in Ice; we just finished wrapping up the ice storage for next year.

March was colder than normal until the 24th, and then temperatures took a jump up to the mid-50’s during the day and mid-20’s at night!  And pretty much stayed in that range.  Cooler days are around 40 F.  And the sun has been out a lot so the snow is melting very quickly from 3 feet deep to just below knee level.  Now the gardener in me is getting itchy!  I’m planning on getting some seeds planted in the arctic entry today (Sunday).   A little later than normal, but still plenty of growing time before temperatures will allow putting plants outdoors or in the greenhouse.  This year I’m going to try planting spinach seeds in the planters out front of the Atco (our home) and see when/if they sprout on their own.  Maybe even some peas down in front of mom’s house since the soil between the house and the snow ridge from the “roof droppings” is soft already.

Last night we had some borealis start up around midnight so I went out and took some pictures.  The moon is approaching full which tends to wash out the borealis colors somewhat.  The benefit, though, is the sky appears blue, and the trees cast shadows on the snow which makes for some different and very cool pictures.   So here are a few from last night, or technically this morning!   April 9th around 1:30to 2:00 am using shutter speeds of 3 and 2.5 seconds.  Enjoy!

This is facing east

moonlight trees and shadows on snow with borealis in the background

Snowscape under moonlight

Tilting the camera up a bit

Trees, snow and shadows in the moonlight with borealis in the background, higher in the sky

A higher view; less snow, more borealis

The moon may dim the borealis but cannot wash it out completely.

Trees with borealis in the background and moon to the right

Adding in the moon

Facing north.

building with snow on the roof reflecting moonligh and borealis in the background

the Atco (my home) with borealis behind it

North-NorthWest view.

borealis above the trees

Swirls in the sky

Meanwhile back in the east to slightly northeast…

trees, snow, shadows, borealis

Back to the eastern view

Sometimes you’re just not sure where you should point the camera; the sky just keeps changing.

building, vehicles and trees with borealis in background

North-northwest it just keeps changing

I noticed the moons reflection on a piece of glass leaning up against the house, and captured it in a few photos.  This is facing North-Northeast.

building with snow on roof, borealis in background and reflection of moon on a piece of glass

North with moon reflections

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More Borealis – day and night

I checked the camera at Poker Flats when I got up this morning, and there was borealis in the sky.  So I took the camera out around 7:00 am (Alaska time, of course) and got some really nice pictures – lots of purple in them!  Here are a few of them in vivid color.

North over the house

North over the house

Looks like purple rain

Northern curtain

Northern curtain

Overhead a corona

Corona, straight up

Corona, straight up

Rapidly shifting

Another corona

Another corona

Then this evening before 9:30 pm the show started again.  It’s just beginning and sadly I have work yet to do this evening, but again here are a few pictures to whet your whistle.  As the borealis rise up from the north you can see pink low in the trees.

Northern lights rising

Northern lights rising

Turning into a swirling set of multiple “curtain” formations

Swirling multiple curtain aurora

Swirling multiple curtain aurora

Expanding and merging

The swirl grows and spreads

The swirl grows and spreads

into a single giant curtain curl – a comma in the sky.

Ever expanding curled curtain aurora

Ever expanding curled curtain aurora

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Borealis Lite

We are forecasted to have our first nighttime temperatures below zero degrees Fahrenheit tonight.  Which is good for growing ice, and for making my fingers cold while photographing the borealis tonight.  It’s a bit on the pale side so I upped the exposure time to four seconds midway through my “session”.   Managed to get some nice pictures as it rose up out of the north, and caught the small corona before it petered out again.

Pronghorns in the north

Pronghorns in the north

Expanding…

horns are growing

horns are growing

Partial corona forming overhead

corona wing

corona wing

The borealis began a second rise

second rising in the north

second rising in the north

A different and small corona

circle corona overhead

circle corona overhead

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Borealis Sept 27

Just  a quick post to share some borealis pictures.  We had a small showing tonight, but nothing like two nights ago when the skies lit up.  Here are a few teasers.

Number 1

Swirl Spike Pink

Swirl Spike Pink

Number 2

Corona forming

Corona forming

Number 3

Giant swirls of color

Giant swirls of color

Enjoy!  We sure do.

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Seasons of the Fall

A quick update on the baby robins (yes, I know it’s been a long time since then).  I missed getting photos for two days, and by day three the fledglings had left the nest.  Mom saw them sleeping in the morning, but by afternoon they had flown the coop so to speak.  I’d swear I could hear them chirping in the willows.  So I guess next year we’ll see if a robin tries to nest in the same place, right next to the arctic entry door.

Now that we’re into September the skies are dark enough for the borealis to be seen, and September 3 did not disappoint.  Here are few of the many photos I took that night.  The solar winds were moving very fast, which is why some of the pictures look “fuzzy” – the camera just can’t keep up.  And that’s why seeing them in person is a whole different experience.  Have a wireless remote for the camera shutter is really great –  I can just point the camera where I want it, and then watch the show while I click the button.  Until I need to adjust the camera to a new direction.

So enjoy.   It’s borealis season.

Looking west over the garage roof

Borealis glow looking west over the garage roof

Borealis glow looking west over the garage roof

And the glow gets stronger…

Stronger borealis in the west over the garage roof

Stronger borealis in the west over the garage roof

And check out what’s happening in the east:

Borealis in the east, just "starting"

Borealis in the east, just “starting”

East is getting hotter…

Borealis in the east, heating up

Borealis in the east, heating up

Corona overhead

Coronas often take the shape of birds or wings

Coronas often take the shape of birds or wings

Looking north over the house

The borealis rising in the north over the roofline of the house

The borealis rising in the north over the roofline of the house

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