Archive for the ‘Nature’ Category

Today’s Visitors

Filed under: Homer,Nature,Photos,Wildlife — Amy @ 9:21 pm

This family of three made the rounds through our yard twice today.

Homer Wildlife Photo Contest Winner

Filed under: Homer,Nature,News,Photography,Photos — Amy @ 4:35 pm

Hey guess what?  This photo won the Wildlife category of the Homer Photo Contest, an annual amateur photo contest run by the Homer Chamber of Commerce.  At least, I think it was this photo – the man from the CoC said it was an eagle landing on the beach and I think this was the only one I submitted that fits that description.

Honestly, I entered the contest several months ago and don’t remember which photos I entered, or exactly what the “prize” is – but I believe they use the winning photos in the tourist magazine for the following season.  So it looks like one of my eagles will make it into real, live, bona fide PRINT.

I’ll add more detail when I talk to the man from the Chamber of Commerce, which should be sometime next week.

September

Filed under: Homer,Nature,Photos — Amy @ 10:26 pm

Fog Cloud

There has been a low-hanging cloud covering Kachemak Bay.  It seems to move back and forth quite a bit but never actually dissipates.  It has tried several times to creep up into our yard but so far has never made it to that altitude.  We can see it just beyond the treeline in the back yard, which slopes downward.  Yet it remains sunny and clear and perfectly beautiful within the boundaries of our property, as though there’s some kind of force-field keeping the fog away.

As we descend the hill, it’s really something to see nothing but a cloud blanket where the ocean is supposed to be.  Then all of a sudden we are in it, and can hardly see the trees on the side of the road.  It’s rather disorienting.  I drop the kids off at school in the dark, foggy mist, and then climb the hill back up and into the beautiful sunshine where I can see for miles and miles in any direction.

Aside from the strange ground-cloud, the weather in September has been wonderful.  We’ve had more sun this month than in the previous 3 months put together.  Though it’s obvious that Autumn is here, as the temperatures have begun to drop at night.  When you walk outside, sometimes you can actually hear the leaves drying out and turning crispy.  It’s usually in the mid to low 40’s when I drive the kids to school.

The fireweed is all gone as well – another marker to signal the end of summer.  It was beautiful while it lasted though.

Fireweed

We have enjoyed the clear nights recently.  It’s amazing how many stars, galaxies and everything else you can see in the night sky here.  A couple of nights ago, we were out for about 10 minutes and I counted 7 shooting stars and 2 satellites.  And every star in the galaxy.

Night Sky

(The blank space at the top is the roof)

I think September has been the most enjoyable month that we’ve lived here, weather-wise.  I hope it lasts.  It’s a nice little “last hurrah” before we dive into winter and we have all enjoyed being outside at lot in the last few weeks.

A Busy Day – Part II, The Beach

Filed under: Homer,Kaelin,Koren,Nature,Photos — Amy @ 6:42 pm

Seldovia Beach Times

Filed under: Family,Jens,Kaelin,Koren,Nature,Photos,Seldovia — Amy @ 9:37 pm

Grizzly

Filed under: Nature,Pets/Animals,Photos,Seldovia — Amy @ 9:32 pm

Rainbow Bird Tour

Filed under: Family,Homer,Kaelin,Koren,Nature,Photos — Amy @ 8:30 pm

Seldovia Eagle

Filed under: Nature,Photos,Seldovia — Amy @ 10:51 am

Some Beach Pics

Filed under: Homer,Kaelin,Koren,Nature,Photos — Amy @ 9:42 am

Seldovia Tour

Filed under: Friends,Kaelin,Nature,Photos,Seldovia — Amy @ 10:31 pm

We still had fun, despite spending more time inside the boat than out of it, and walking around in the rain once we got there.  We saw a lot of birds (who, en masse, are very stinky) and a few otters.  Once we arrived at Seldovia, we ate lunch in town with Jim and Cyndy (and Koren, who had spent the night with his grandparents).  Jim and Cyndy then taxied us to the cabin in their boat so our guests could see what rustic cabin life was like (we call it camping for yuppies).

We all enjoyed each other’s company and Koren even got in a small nap.

But seriously, Alaska?  You’d better bring out the sun for 4th of July or I’m going to have to open a serious can.

Islands & Oceans

Filed under: Friends,Homer,Kaelin,Koren,Nature,Photos — Amy @ 11:00 am

Friday afternoon, we took the kids to the Islands and Oceans Visitor Center for some hands-on learning, followed by a short hike down to the marsh.

The hiking trail goes down to the Two Sisters Bakery, which is one of our favorite places in Homer.  We didn’t get to stop there this time, but had enjoyed the Two Sisters baked goods for breakfast that morning.

The Islands and Oceans visitor center is not very large, but provides lots of things for kids to touch and play with so they can learn about the culture and wildlife of Alaska.

Wynn Nature Center

Filed under: Friends,Homer,Kaelin,Nature,Photos — Amy @ 10:34 am

Every Friday, the Center for Alaska Coastal Studies (for some reason I can never remember that name) has a preschool program at the Wynn Nature Center, which is a little cabin at the top of the hill.  This time, the girls learned about fresh water and that it’s important to preserve fresh water because there isn’t all that much of it.  They took a short hike to a nearby stream to look at the fresh water and all the things that live in and around it.  Afterward, we went out for ice cream.

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