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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Hello from Alaska

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How can I leave my garden? How can I miss new blooms, some of which I've never seen before? Why should this trip be in the summer when the garden is at its best? How did I allow HIM to plan it to be so long? Gone! All these questions, worries and regrets are gone! They went to infinity and beyond the moment I saw this:
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And this:
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Today we watched this gentleman:
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A Grizzly bear seen not through a Zoo fence:
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Are any words needed to describe this view?
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I will never get tired of seeing Alaska
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Clouds hanging low and birds sitting high:
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Even Cow Parsnip, an invasive weed, looks good with the snowy peaks in the background:
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(I wrote about it here: A Treasured Weed)
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Rugoza Rose is competeng with it:
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I will never get bored walking Alaskan streets:
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I love my garden, but how can I be indifferent to this beauty?
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This is it for now. Salmon are running, people, salmon are running!
And, I should run to take pictures of the happy faces of my fishermen. What about me? Do I fish? Not yet. No way I can beat my own record (want to see my last year catch? It's here: Better Than Growing Vegetables).
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Copyright 2010 TatyanaS

36 comments:

  1. WOW!!! Any other word seems useless, I'm dumb!

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  2. Oh Tatyana what a wonderful place to visit - the scenery is so picturesque and I'm sure it also reminds you of places you saw when you lived in Russia aswell. I'm glad there was a river between you and that grizzly but what an experience to see one roaming in the woods in the wild unrestricted by a fence other than a stretch of water. Your last photo is just awesome and as for those streets I'm sure you've seen hardly a traffic light!

    I look forward to seeing more - have a lovely holiday. :) Rosie

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  3. Wow - what a great place.

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  4. Alaska has beauty as sacred as Himalayas. Seeing is definitely believing, and for all summers, Alaska is always warm and happily opens up its wide valley and high mountains. I can sense that through your beautiful photographs.

    Cheers, have a nice day.
    ~bangchik

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  5. I'll I said throughout this whole post was 'Wow' over and over lol. That place is amazing! Just stunning.

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  6. these are STUNNING! I loved them..and can't wait to go and see it in person some day!!

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  7. Magnificent photos Tatyana! I know I will be back to look at these many times.

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  8. Tatyana, beautiful photos and of such an amazing place. We have been there twice and although we don't generally return to places we have been, Alaska beckons for yet another visit. Bring back lots of fish! ;)

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  9. Beautiful pictures Tatyana. I wish I would have been more into photography when I lived in Alaska. I almost went back to Southeastern a couple of years ago but changed my mind. After seeing yours I think I may have to go back just for the photos I missed! ;-)

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  10. Fabulous photos of an area of outstanding natural beauty.

    I clicked to see the king salmon post. I remember it.

    Are you going to cook me a salmon dinner?

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  11. It looks so beautiful there! I'm reading a really great book about Alaska now that's making me want to see it in person even more. My nephews are working at a fishing lodge up there now too and have been loving it. Have fun!

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  12. Wow it is beautiful Tatyana. I remember your trip last summer and all of the beautiful sights you took pictures of. Have a wonderful time and stay away from the grizzlies.

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  13. As we speak my husband and dad are on a plane headed up there, and will be fishing tomorrow. Now if they can only get a fish like the one you got last year! Thank you for all the beautiful pictures! My husband is up there every few months for work, but I have never gone (and he never takes pictures!)so I enjoy yours very much! Enjoy the beautiful scenery!

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  14. Have a fantastic trip Tatyana. It looks absolutely breathtaking. I hope to visit someday.

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  15. Hi Tatyana,

    How amazing, such a wonderful place! I don't think anyone would ever tire of seeing such beauty (although in winter you may think very differently!)

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  16. Tatyana, I have to agree with you; Alaska is worth missing the garden for. I spent the month of June in Alaska 15 years ago, and I dream about going back. I can still taste the fresh salmon I had just about every night for dinner. Beautiful images. -Jean

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  17. Your photos show an absolutely stunning place ... so many fantastic views! I don't think I'd be worrying about my garden back home either if I had these scenes to look at ... lucky you!

    Just an aside ... I've had success with those bulbs. My lunatic bulb experiment seems to be working so far ... at least for the Dutch Iris. I've got a flower!!

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  18. Wow! Thanks for sharing these incredible views! I want to go to Alaska..hoping my turn will come soon. Enjoy your trip! It's just suppose to be mild and not too hot down here!

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  19. OK, so I'm not the first to say it. But - Wow!

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  20. WOW! Enjoy the beauty of Alaska... Stunning shots!

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  21. Tatyana, your trip is making me lose focus...what absolutely beautiful scenery! And the thought of the salmon running...it's just too much!! Lovely Grizzly siting. Good thing he's busy with the salmon. He looks pretty close, and that river is no obstacle for him!!

    Enjoy your vacation!!!

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  22. Simply amazing Tatyana - your shots are fantastic - it quite takes my breath away.
    K

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  23. Ah, Alaska. I've been there only once. But, I'd like to return again and again.

    Thanks for the beautiful views.

    ~~Linda...

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  24. Hello,
    Wow!!! you are so lucky, it's really beautiful.

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  25. (Somehow I'm going to avoid using the W-O-W word in my comment.)

    Tatyana, thank you for sharing these splendid images with us all. Not only are they breathtakingly beautiful, but they convey such peace, stillness, and deep tranquility. I hope you come back restored and uplifted and with those awesome vistas forever planted in your memory and your heart. :)

    Watch out for those bears!

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  26. As much as I rave over the Adirondacks I must admit Alaska is a bit more grandeur :)

    Wish I was with ya.

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  27. Used to spend a bit of time up there each year and like you, never tired of it either. Stunning journey. Thanks for bringing us along.

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  28. What, no fishing and you're in Alaska in July?! I'm going fishing on the Kenai River this weekend and hope I don't catch too many salmon. Not many places you can say that about.

    I'd be fine with seeing no bears.

    Christine in Alaska

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  29. So beautiful, Tatyana! My husband and I have talked about going on an Alaskan cruise for several years...this makes me want to go even more. I'd say all this beauty is definitely worth leaving your garden for--it will be waiting for you when you get back.

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  30. How beautiful it all is, and how wonderfully you've captured it! It's my dream to one day go to Alaska.

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  31. Thank you for giving me a little taste of what's in store for me when I someday visit Alaska! It is definitely on my must do list! Your photos are stunning. I would gladly swap my sticky, hot garden for some cool Alaskan scenery!

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  32. How stunning, Tatyana! Thank you so much for sharing. I would so love to visit Alaska! (I indeed do remember your last year catch!)

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  33. That last photo is sooooo pretty. The water just leads my eye right down through the photo. I just took a photo lesson...can you tell? :) Looks like your catch would be hard to beat.

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  34. Wonderful photographs....such a treat to see new views of Alaska. The street views are particularly interesting; even in my own neighborhood I love seeing what people do with their property.
    Thanks.

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  35. Do you work for a magazine? If not, you should. If you get a chance, show some of your photos to a tourism place in Alaska and see if they'd like to buy some of them. They are awesome!

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  36. What a wonderful trip for you! Gorgeous Gorgeous!! Your last photo is amazing with the grasses moving beneath the water and then the expanse of beauty! Wow!! ;>)

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