Less than a year after my memorable and very pleasant visit to Barcelona, the city has been hit by a terrorist attack.
LOS RAMBLAS MARKET
Market just steps from the famous Los Ramblas.
Site of today’s atrocity.
LOS RAMBLAS IN HAPPIER TIMES
Gaudi’s tears must be falling for his native city. He was accidentally killed by a tram. Today’s victims were deliberately run over by a van.
Turns out that the primary target of the terrorists was La Sagrada Famillia (shown above), Spain’s top tourist attraction, and had it not been for the premature explosion the night before of a multitude of gas canisters in the original plot, the death toll could have been much, much worse.
The Kenai Peninsula is a large peninsula jutting from the coast of Southcentral Alaska. It is separated from the mainland on the west by Cook Inlet and the east by Prince William Sound. The Kenai Peninsula has many glaciers in its eastern and southern areas. It is home to both the Sargent Icefield and Harding Icefields and numerous glaciers that spawn off them.
APPROACH TO HOLEGATE GLACIER
A chunk of the glacier the size of a house falls into the sea.
TOUR BOAT NAVIGATES THROUGH ALL THE “BERGY” BITS
TOUR BOAT GETS UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL
CRUISE SHIP DEPARTS SEWARD
On our return to Seward, our tour boat passes a departing cruise ship.
One of my panels has been selected by the Fort Erie Museum and Cultural Heritage Advisory Committee for inclusion in their photo exhibit to be held in the atrium of the Town Hall from 11-13 August . The exhibit celebrates the 100th anniversary of the construction of the Point Abino lighthouse on the north shore of the eastern end of Lake Erie. What ceaselessly amazes me about this Great Lakes icon is that it was built during a horrendous world war in the midst of labour and financial shortages. Adding to the challenge was the fact that access along a private residential road was denied to the federal government and the building had to be erected by lighters out on the lake. Despite these difficulties, one of the cultural landmarks of south Niagara was created to the highest standards of the Greek Revival style. Good luck to all those connected with the exhibit!!
“WHITE SQUALL”, POINT ABINO LIGHTHOUSE, LAKE ERIE
Further information on the exhibition is available here.
The panel will also be on display during the Fort Erie Heritage and Legacy Arts committee’s charity golf tournament at the Fort Erie golf course on August 20.
At 330 miles north of the Arctic Circle, Barrow is America’s most northern community with a resident population of 4,700. The locals call it “Top of the World”. The community was officially renamed to Ukpaigvik (Inupiat for “the place to hunt snowy owls”) in 2016.
ARRIVAL AT THE WILL ROGERS AND WILEY POST AIRPORT, BARROW, ALASKA
BARROW ARRIVALS LOUNGE
You know you’re in Barrow when one of the 10 waiting lounge chairs is taken by a child’s mukluks!
WILL ROGERS MONUMENT
The American humorist Will Rogers died with his good friend and pilot Wiley Post when their small plane crashed in Barrow in 1935.
WELCOME TO BARROW
BARROW SIGN POST
Most Inupiat kids we spoke to you were bragging about their new 4G cell phones. Perhaps it’s time for me to upgrade my old Samsung III!!
Despite the harsh conditions within the Denali, there is an abundance of wildlife. Admittedly, it was very frustrating shooting through the window of the park bus, however I was able to obtain some half decent shots during our 8 hour park tour.
SOW GRIZZLY ATTEMPTS TO HIDE HER CUBS
MOOSE CALF STEPS OUT TO GREET US
The Arctic Tern
A small, slender white bird, the Arctic Tern is well known for its long yearly migration. Its travel from its Arctic breeding grounds to its wintering grounds off of Antarctica may cover perhaps 40,000 km (25,000 mi), and is the farthest yearly journey of any bird.
ARCTIC TERN ON NEST
ARCTIC TERN CATCHING MINNOW
ARCTIC TERN CHICK
A DELICATE BALANCING ACT
ARCTIC TERN HOVER
During a 9 hour stopover in Anchorage on our flight home, we decided to spend a ridiculous amount of money on a car rental for one last trip around the city. Very glad we did, as I experienced one of the most magical moments of the entire trip. On the Lake Hood float plane pond ( apparently the busiest in the world!!) I had a close encounter of the best kind with an immature Red-throated Loon. Normally this is a species you only see in the far distance, but this one seemed like he was looking for a friend.
MY NEW FRIEND
I tried talking to the bird softly, encouraging him to move back beyond minimum focus distance.
Not too often you get a chance for a full frame shot of a Red-throated loon. (Make sure to double click on the image!)
PIERCING RED EYES
Close up, the loon has an almost alien look. Reminded me of ET!!
END OF THE ROMANCE
Was it something that I said??
Denali National Park and Preserve encompasses 6 million acres of Alaska’s interior wilderness. Its centerpiece is 20,310-ft.-high Denali, North America’s tallest peak. With terrain of tundra, spruce forest and glaciers, the park is home to wildlife including grizzly bears, wolves, moose, caribou and Dall sheep.
DENALI PARK BUS
Access to the Park is limited to park buses which must be booked in advance.
Mount Denali as seen from approximately 60 miles away.
This year the Alaska pipeline celebrates its 40th birthday. The project started in 1977 and cost $ 8 billion to complete in then year dollars. This engineering marvel snakes its way from Prudhoe Bay on the North Slope all the way down the state to the southern port of Valdez in Prince William Sound, a total of 800 miles.
ALYESKA PIPELINE MAP
During my recent trip I was fortunate to bookend the pipeline with stops in Prudhoe Bay and Valdez.
ALYESKA PIPELINE SNAKES ITS WAY ACROSS THE ALASKAN LANDSCAPE
The zig-zag design of the pipeline mitigates expansion and contraction due to temperature changes as well as to reduce vulnerability to earthquakes.
During our drive from Fairbanks to Valdez, the pipeline was our constant companion as it paralleled the Richardson Highway.
CLOSE UP OF THE FOUR FOOT DIAMETER PIPELINE
ALYESKA SAFETY NOTICE
TANANA RIVER PIPELINE BRIDGE
FBI PIPELINE NOTICE
VALDEZ PIPELINE MARINE TERMINAL
OIL TANKER AT MARINE TERMINAL DOCK, VALDEZ