Saturday, August 05, 2017

On Gossamer Wings

These lovely segmented creatures are skittish and dart away when I moved the kayak near. They are not dragonflies, but a suborder. These beauties are damsalflies and are most likely in the bluet family. (follow link to read more!) 

There were also just a few dragonflies about. I imagine more will show up as the season progresses. Unless the ducks ate all the larvae! I found a 'shell' hanging from a pond weed and decided to post all three photos of stages I have found for these giant insects. 

This last picture was from last summer. If the damsalfly is hard to photograph, these are even more difficult! 

Monday, July 17, 2017

A bit in July

Some random pictures over the course of the month. 
Erik's Scout park has a time limit!!!!!!!! We'll see how this goes over-I took this before the tourists moved in. 
Spending much time down by Arness Dock. The mud is picturesque! 

 I found this lovely bit of petrified wood and decided to stop looking around for rocks I wasn't going to pick up. (they tend to be like m&ms, you can't stop at just one!)
 I think this is the perfect embodiment of Kenai, Alaska. Mountains, sky, inlet, fishing, and oil rigs-
 One of the summer days we had this month, JaLeen and I went out on the lake. I got to tow her around a bit Fun fun fun!!!

 On another nice day, I went out alone and floated in the summer snow (cottonwood seed).

 I was back at Arness Dock, working on my 'outside' book. Perfect reading for an Alaskan summer night! (one of my very favorite Alaskan stories!)

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Nancy Egbert Night-Oilers Baseball!

June 30, 2017. Peninsula Oilers vs the Chugiak Chinooks and Nancy Egbert Night. The day started out iffy with rain and a lot of wind. By game time, it was overcast and perfect for baseball. Mum was greeted with flowers and hugs and more. I am putting all the photos in one post. It is a tad much, but I didn't publish all the ones I took! Enjoy an evening of baseball on the Kenai! 
Meeting with Oilers personnel to prepare for the opening pitch before Lee sang the anthem. 

 Catcher, Mikey Hoehner, was mum's escort out to the mound and back.

 And there she goes!!!!!!!
The team put all their names on the ball for her. A generous gesture and it was one of the many huge hits of the evening. 
This is an overview of the one set of stands mum was sitting in. I was told there were more people at this game than there had been in quite a while. The beer garden and concessions were bustling! (only general admission was free~)

 From the looks of this line up, you might think it was chilly-Nope, it was rather nice out! We did get some sprinkles, but nothing serious.

                    Mum (and Connie's mom!) and Scoop, the Oilers mascot.
          Not all the visitors were watching the game!
 There were lots of things for kids to do. A bounce house and assorted games between innings. Here, they were supposed to tag Scoop.
 More people visiting mum~
 The lovely lady in the purple jacket got us all started on 'Take me out to the Ball Game'...I think Megan was eating crackerjacks (or sunflower seeds) in this shot!
 In spite of the dry weather, sliding made for some spectacular dirty uniforms!

 And in a very intense last inning, the Peninsula Oilers won!!!! Mum must have been their good luck charm!
 Mum and Jaleen-
 When we got home, mum pulled out a baseball from an Oilers pitcher back in the 80's. She was pretty thrilled and put them both carefully away in a cabinet. A perfect end to a perfect evening.
Thank you so much to everyone who helped put this on. You made this bigger and better and more beautiful than anything imagined. Bless  you each and every one for the different ways you were  part of this game for mum. It was a truly once in a life time experience. 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Summer Solstice, Sunset to Sunrise

The gold inside this experience wasn't from the sun, there was quite a bit of rain off and on while I watched and read. The gold was the experience. It's been a long time since I watched this. It wasn't as amazing as the night the Youth Group from the Baptist church went to Stormy Lake and then McGahn's, but it was beautiful. 
As I said, I read during the darker hours. 'Tatiana'. This book is not your typical story book. Rachel Cooper and Alan Dick wrote this journey of the life of the woman known as Tatiana. It is like a memoir or biography, following the young girl as she runs from a world she knows and loves into uncertainty and a future never imagined. Tatiana and Tazdlin are unlikely companions who grow into lifemates for an adventure beyond story books. Captivating and fascinating, you learn facts from a time period and peoples who lived and died on the far side of Cook Inlet. A perfect story to read while gazing at the mountains and the waters of my home and theirs. 
 I arrived at one of my favorite beaches just before midnight. The sky was lit up with color. 

I wasn't sure if the ship was going to leave the dock or not. It did! I was reading and realised a shape outside was different. I propped the camera up on the door mirror and hoped for the best. It isn't 'best', but it is interesting! This was after 2 AM. 
 I finished 'Tatiana' about 250 and went out to stretch my legs. It was a bit more chilly than I expected. I took lots of photos-they are almost as bad or worse than the one of the ship! The water was really high and I managed to find a skewed heart before my fingers froze off!
I knew I needed to get back to the house by 4 (night nursing) and stopped at Arness Dock to see the color start to return to the almost the same place it didn't quite retreat from!
 I was hoping for a non lake photo, but at almost 5 Am, this was pretty awesome. I'm glad I had this opportunity to chase the solstice. I wasn't expecting all the raindrops in between, it all worked out!
Blessings on your summer season!