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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #26: Photographic Review of 2018

Ann-Christine has a wonderful theme last Saturday to do a 2018 Photographic Review. It’s a perfect opportunity to review all the wonderful things happened last year.

January – I started off the New Year by attending a Women’s retreat to reflect and refocus.

February – Spending Valentine’s Day and Chinese New Year with Mercy, Will and Autumn in Portland, Oregon, we went hiking in Silver Falls.

March – March flowers in my garden.

April – Lynton and I took a local trip to The Huntington – Library, Art Collection and Botanical Garden.

May – Celebrating Mother’s Day in Portland with Mercy, we went to Rhododendron Garden.  

May – Lynton and I took a trip to Alaska and toured Denali Park.

June – Baby Hummingbird was born in my backyard

July – Visited Autumn and her mommy and daddy, had a nice outing at Battle Ground Park.

August – A bridal shower for a friend’s daughter-in-law to be.

September –Autumn’s one-year birthday on September 28th.

September – A weekend getaway in Las Vegas.

October – My book was published in October.

November – Family gathering for Thanksgiving.

December – My annual Messiah performance.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge # 26 Photographic Review of 2018

Lens Artists Photo Challenge #15: Changing and/or Changeable

We took our second trip to Anchorage, Alaska in May 2018. Our first visit was several years ago one week after the summer season. We missed going to Denali by one week because the train was close. Every year the train stops going to Denali to let the snow pile up during winter. This time I did my booking to ensure a tour to Denali.

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On the day of the tour, we boarded the coach in the morning. The weather was not very promising. The tour guide said it couldn’t guarantee to have a clear sky to view Mt. McKinley, the highest mountain of the northernmost of the United States which is 20,320 feet. Read more

CWW Photo Challenge – Alaska Railroad

We took our vacation in Alaska from May 14 to 24, 2018. Our goal was to visit Denali National Park and Preserve to which we had missed from our previous trip. During my research, I found a tour that took us to Denali from Anchorage by Coach and returned by Alaska Railroad. It was a perfect arrangement for us. The train was more comfortable than the tour bus. Since it was the first week of the summer schedule, the train was not too busy during the first few stops. We only had one other couple in the same cart with us. Midway through the ride, the train stopped and waited for the northbound train. The crews from the two trains swapped, so the crew employees from northbound went to the southbound train, and vice versa. It was an interesting thing I’ve learned about changing shifts.

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Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge – Alaska Railroad

Share Your World – May 21, 2018

I’m glad to participate in Cee’s Share this week. I like the great questions and here are my responses:

What household chore do you absolutely enjoy doing? (can be indoor or outdoor)

I do the chores as a necessity, not as an enjoyment. The house is always dusty. I dust the house because I can’t stand seeing a layer of dust on any surface. We have Santa Ana wind and it’s gusty, so perhaps it’s one reason that the dust finds its way to get into the house. Another thing is that when the gardeners mow the lawns, they use the blower to blow the grass after mowing. The immediate house is clean, but the dust just goes from one house to another.

I don’t like pulling the weed, but they grow faster than my plants and flowers. I pull weed because I don’t want my flowers to get crowded.

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Create a sentence with the words “neon green” and “train.”

If we take the train to Fairbank which is the northern terminus of the Alaska Railroad, we could see the neon northern lights – the Aurora.

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Other than your cell phone what can you always be found with?

I found myself with the laptop more often than my cell phone. I use the laptop to pay bills, have a spreadsheet to categorize the expenses, have folders and subfolders of photos, research, have folders of writing projects, and manage my small business.

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What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

We arrived at the hotel in Anchorage around 9:00 p.m. on May 18, 2018. After we checked into the hotel, Lynton went for a walk at the lakefront.

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I was on the laptop checking emails. After an hour, I started to worry the whereabouts of my husband. I went to the lobby and the bar to see if he was relaxing there after 6 hours of 2 flights. There was no sign of him. I went back to the 4th floor of the hotel. I walked a zigzag hallway from rooms 4000 to 4045. When I got to room 4030 area, a housekeeper stopped me and said, “Are you in room 4045?”

“Yes,” I was puzzled by the question.

“Your son lost the key. I let him in. He is okay now.”

My husband doesn’t look like my son. What is she talking about? Whatever she referred to, I want to see whom she let into my room.

The room was quiet when I went in. Now I suspected that the housekeeper might have let someone else into the room. I checked the area of my bags, nothing was disturbed.

It was 10:30 p.m. when I looked at the clock. The sun would go down at 11:00 p.m. If my husband got lost, it would be harder to find his way back to the hotel after dark.

I prayed for his safe return to the hotel. Before I finished my thought, Lynton came in with his key. Oh, he has a key. Whoever claimed to have lost the key, he wasn’t my husband.

Lynton told me that he walked far away from the hotel, it was as far to turn around as to go around the lake. He chose to walk around the lake. Going around the lake turned out to be further than his estimation. As he walked further, it made him harder to turn around. He ended up going the complete circle of the lake. Even if he walked at my pace, the lake would be at least 6 miles.

I was so happy to see him!

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Cee’s Share Your World – May 21, 2018

 

Photo Challenge – Portage Glacier Cruise, Alaska

May 22, 2018, was our last day of sightseeing before leaving Alaska on the following day. We went on the Portage Glacier Cruise. We were fortunate to have a sunny day for the Denali National Park trip. We had a sunny day again for our glacier cruise. When we arrived at the site of the glacier, the boat stopped, and the captain gave us an orientation of the phenomena of the glacier. Toward the end of the cruise, we had photos taken with the safety ring labeled the company name as our souvenir.

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As a point of interest, here are the what and why of blue ice and iceberg.

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In the case of oceans or lakes, some of the light hitting the surface of the water is reflected back directly, but most of it penetrates the surface, interacting with its molecules. The water molecule can vibrate in different modes when the light hits it. The red, orange, yellow, and green wavelengths of light are absorbed, the remaining light is composed of the shorter wavelengths of blue and violet. This is the main reason why the ocean is blue.

Small amounts of regular ice appear to be white because of air bubbles are inside them and because small quantities of water appear to be colorless. In glaciers, the pressure causes the air bubbles to be squeezed out, increasing the density of the ice. As it absorbs the colors other than blue, a large piece of compressed ice, or a glacier, would appear blue.   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_ice_(glacial)

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Iceberg

As we look around the lake, we saw many pieces of the iceberg. Iceberg is a large floating mass of ice detached from a glacier or ice sheet. It floats until it’s carried out to sea. When we see “the tip of the iceberg,” we only see 10% of its mass. We saw one piece of blue iceberg, the mass below the surface must be a large body of ice.

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May is the beginning of summer in Alaska, the snow water gushes down countless twisting creeks. If we had gone back in two or three weeks, we would see the beautiful blooms.

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Frank’s Dutch Goes the Photo: Tuesday Photo Challenge – Ring

Weekly Photo Challenge: Twisted

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Denali National Park, Alaska

We arrived Anchorage on May 18, 2018. The sunrise is 5:00 a.m. and sunset is 11:00 p.m. When we landed at 9:30 p.m. it was still bright but dreary because it had been raining. I was so worried about the tour to Denali. Denali is at 20,320 feet elevation, the tallest peak in North America. I was looking forward to having a glimpse of the snowy mountain range. The gloomy weather didn’t give me too much hope.

When I woke up on the day of the tour, second day of the trip, the rain stopped, and the sky was clear. By the time the tour coach picked up the passengers, I saw the blue sky. We had an enjoyable trip seeing the clear snowy mountains. As soon as we entered Denali National Park, the tour guide and driver could make frequent stops for us to take photos when we spotted wildlife. I took photos of Willow Ptarmigans, Snowshoe Hares, and the moose at different spots.

The snow was bright and shiny reflecting the bright sun. The tour guide indicated that Global warming is felt in Alaska to Arctic and Antarctica more so than other parts of the world. We witnessed the melting of the snow cutting through and changing the landscape. The global warming concern is real to me after this trip.

We returned to Anchorage on May 20 by the railroad train. It was cloudy again. The train passed by Hurricane Gorge. It was named as such because the wind could go 150 miles per hour. I included a photo of the Gorge.

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Frank’s Dutch Goes the Photo: Tuesday Photo Challenge – Denali National Park, Alaska

Weekly Photo Challenge – Silence in Glacier

Our last trip to Alaska we landed in Anchorage. I had the warmest jacket in my possession. It was a synthetic suede coat with synthetic fur lining. When we went to the visitor information center to get maps and tour information, the tour guide said, “Are you from California?” It must be obvious that people from the sunshine State think Alaska is freezing cold.

We wanted to go to Denali National Park that has a summit elevation of 20,310 feet (6,190 m) above sea level, making it the highest peak in North America and the northernmost mountain. The train going to Denali was closed for the season. The train schedule is from May to September. We missed the tour season by one week.

We settled for visiting the glacier in Anchorage. It was my first time seeing the glacier. Regardless of what the local Alaskan said, my Californian skin surely felt the freezing cold in the area. It was such an awing experience to see the silence of the glacier.

Majestic glacier

Persistent body of ice

Spectacular sight

Silence is its sheer beauty

Please stay for thousands of years

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Silence

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