Monday, March 31, 2014

Taking an Iris Break

Purple Gem Iris, Bedecked by Rain #Iris #conservatorygarden #centralpark #2014 NYC
Purple Gem Iris Bedecked
I set out to walk six miles yesterday -- and did!  Not sure if it counts as training because I took an iris break at around mile two to enjoy the early signs of spring in Central Park's Conservatory Garden.  It was about a week later than last year's Iris expedition (Season Spring, Forecast Snow) and felt a lot colder because of the clouds and threatening rain (which showed up around mile 5) but the Irises seemed to have held up under the heavy rains on Saturday.  The crocus (or is that croci?), on the other hand, had not fully bloomed yet.  Maybe next weekend?

Iris Katharine Hodgkins #iris #conservatorygarden #nyc #centralpark 2014
Iris Katharine Hodgkins
Iris Reticula #iris #conservatorygarden #nyc #centralpark 2014
Iris Reticula
Katharine Hodgkins Iris Bejeweled, #nyc #iris #conservatorygarden #centralpark 2014
Katharine Hodgkins Iris Bejeweled

Katharine Hodgkins Iris Bejeweled in B&W, #B&W #nyc #iris #conservatorygarden #centralpark 2014
Katharine Hodgkins Iris Bejeweled in B&W

Mixed Bouquet OR Crocus on the Cusp, #NYC #iris #crocus #conservatory garden #centralpark 2014
Mixed Bouquet OR Crocus on the Cusp

Saturday, March 22, 2014

It's a Big State. Or, It Takes Time to Get Around Alaska II

On the Way to the Kenai Peninsula, #alaska #resurrectionbay #kenai 2013
Captain of the Ship?
I left off on the travel saga of getting from My Denali to the Kenai Peninsula when my niece Kristen (#thetravelingkristen) and I were on the cusp of getting on a boat.  This was the shortest leg of our journey (It Takes Some Time to Get Around Alaska) -- our small boat would take us and other intrepid travelers across Resurrection Bay out into the Pacific Ocean.  Eventually, we would land at  Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge but not until after lunch.  And, more importantly, not until after we felt the wind in our face, the rocking of a boat moving quickly across the water, and saw some whales, puffins, otters, and sea lions.  In other words, not until we had an adventure.

On the Way to the Kenai Peninsula, #alaska #resurrectionbay #kenai 2013
The "Real" Captain of the Ship
There is something about a small boat in the midst of the ocean that is at once exhilarating and terrifying.  Truth be told, there were lots of other small boats in Resurrection Bay and I think the only real danger we were in was that the engine might malfunction.  One never knows though so I always pay attention to where the life vests are stowed and you should too.  Although, in this instance, staying afloat would have been the least of our worries because the water was very cold!
On the Way to the Kenai Peninsula, #alaska #resurrectionbay #kenai 2013 #whaletail
A Whale's Tale
I'll let the scenery and animals speak for themselves.  Suffice it to say, this was one of my favorite travel gs  in our journey.  I am hoping that when Kristen got home her Mom got the hot chocolate out of her very cool (and very bright) orange sweat shirt.  I guess I should check on that some 9 months later, huh?

Otter,, #alaska #resurrectionbay #kenai 2013 #otter family
Stellar Sea Lions, #alaska #resurrectionbay #kenai 2013 #Stellar Sea Lions
Catching the Rays - Stellar Sea Lions That Is
Otter,, #alaska #resurrectionbay #kenai 2013 #otter family
Otter Family Gathering
Pillar Point, Harding Gateway Area #Alaska #resurrectionbay #hardinggatewayarea #pillarpoint 2013
Of Seastacks, Islets, and Rock Pinnacles
Pillar Point, Harding Gateway Area #Alaska #resurrectionbay #hardinggatewayarea #pillarpoint 2013
Some Stairs and a Yurt and this could be Home
Glacier Arm,  #Alaska #resurrectionbay #glacier 2013
Glacier Arm
Glacier & Boat,  #Alaska #resurrectionbay #glacier 2013
Big Glacier. Little Boat.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Aruba Waves. Or, Last One on the Bus Again

#wave #aruba

A 3.5 hour shore excusion to see the sights  of Aruba.  Four stops.  15 minutes at each stop.  We were at the back of the bus (so cut five minutes off our time).  What's a shutter bug to do?

Snap quickly!

These were at our last stop - the baby bridge.  I must say that  I love my EVIL -- one of the abbreviations in vogue for mirror less camera systems.  EVIL stands for Electronic Viewfinder with Interchangable Lenses (in case you were wondering).

HEREWITH, some waves...

#wave #aruba

#wave #aruba