October Sunrise

I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather for the past few days, and unfortunately I haven’t had the energy to bake any new treats. So instead of posting a recipe today, I thought I would “treat” you to a photo of a beautiful Alaska October sunrise.

~Enjoy~

High Winds and Flooding Rains

Small stream overflowing its bank

Small stream overflowing its bank

The past couple of weeks sure have been tough, weather wise. First we had one wind storm after another that uprooted trees and damaged power lines, and then it rained so hard that it caused flooding in many areas. The winds have calmed down a bit, but the rain has been very persistent. Many streams and rivers around Southcentral Alaska have either overflowed their banks and flooded the areas around them, or they are so rain-swollen that they are right at their high-water mark. Some residents of the town of Talkeetna were asked to evacuate last week because of the threat of flooding, and the city of Seward declared a state of emergency due to widespread flooding.

I really hope the rain lets up soon so the water levels in the streams and rivers get a chance to drop, and we get an opportunity to dry out. However, I just checked the weather forecast and it’s calling for a brief period of sun this afternoon, and then another storm is expected to arrive this evening – bringing with it more wind and rain. Yikes!

I ventured out in the rain yesterday to check out some of the streams in my area, and see what condition they were in after all the recent storms. What I really wanted to see was how rain-swollen they were, and whether or not the water had overflowed the banks. I think the following photos reveal the answer.

~Enjoy~




Water creeping over the bank of the stream

Water creeping over the bank of the stream

Uprooted tree over high water

Uprooted tree over high water

Rain-swollen stream

Rain-swollen stream

There shouldn't be water here...

There shouldn’t be water here…

Tree uprooted by high winds and soggy ground

Tree uprooted by high winds and soggy ground

Wind Storm

Uprooted trees

Uprooted trees

During this time of year, it’s not uncommon to see news reports about hurricanes approaching the coastlines down in the lower 48, and the high winds that will be affecting the areas once the hurricane makes landfall. What some of you may not know though, is that Alaska gets its fair share of wind storms too.

Most of our major wind storms arrive during the Winter, but this past Tuesday evening and all day Wednesday, a wind storm with hurricane-force winds blew through our area. One report had a peak wind gust at 131 miles per hour! The storm uprooted trees and knocked out power all over town. We lost power for one day, but several residents lost power Tuesday evening and are still without electricity today. I really feel bad for those who have had to see their food spoil in the refrigerator and freezer – especially with the high cost of food these days.

I thought for sure we were going to lose some of the trees around our home, and I even thought that the roof might come flying off, but thankfully everything stayed in place and upright. Several residents around town however, weren’t so lucky…

Here are some photos that I took around the neighborhood, which shows just a small amount of the damage that the wind storm left in its wake.

~Enjoy~



Broken tree

Broken tree

Tree laying across the sidewalk

Tree laying across the sidewalk

Tree limbs and leaves cover the sidewalks in many places

Tree limbs and leaves cover the sidewalks in many places

Fence section blown over by the wind

Fence section blown over by the wind

The sounds of chainsaws fill the air as clean-up begins

The sounds of chainsaws fill the air as clean-up begins

Back from Vacation

Kidney Lake

Kidney Lake in Montana’s Bitterroot Valley

I’m back from vacationing in the very beautiful state of Montana, and I must say that I had a wonderful time hiking, relaxing, and soaking up the sun in “Big Sky Country”.

As soon as I recover from jet lag, I’ll get back to baking and posting recipes again – but in the meantime, I thought I would share a few of my vacation photos with you.

~Enjoy~



Kidney Lake

Kidney Lake

Hiking above Kidney Lake

Hiking above Kidney Lake

The "M" on Mt. Sentinel

Looking up at the “M” on Mt. Sentinel in Missoula, Montana

Hiking to the "M"

Hiking up to the “M” on Mt. Sentinel

Switchbacks

One of the many steep switchbacks leading up to the “M”

Missoula, Montana

Missoula, Montana – as seen from the “M” on Mt. Sentinel

Missoula, Montana

Missoula, Montana – University of Montana in the foreground

Missoula, Montana

Missoula, Montana

Montana sunset

Beautiful Montana sunset

Butterfly

Butterfly

Bear grass

Bear grass

Cool cloud formation

Cool cloud formation

Magpie Family Update

Young Magpie

Young Magpie

Back in May, I posted some photos of a pair of Magpies building a nest in a tree outside one of my windows. I’m very happy to report that the Magpie couple are now the proud parents of five offspring.

The baby birds are growing rapidly, and they now spend a lot of time out of the nest and sitting in the tree. They act very much like baby birds though when Mama or Papa return with food. They chirp loudly for their parents, and open their beaks wide so that they can be fed.

Mama and Papa still aren’t very happy when my kitty cat sits in the window watching the little family. They immediately come as close to the window as they can get, and squawk loudly at my kitty until she leaves. I don’t think my kitty will be very sad when the young Magpies decide to leave the nest for good, but I will miss them.

Here are some photos of the happy birdie family.

~Enjoy~



Young Magpie checking out the tree

Young Magpie checking out the tree

Parent Magpie

Not sure if this is Mom or Dad, but the parents are always nearby.

Back of young Magpie

The young Magpie’s tail is pretty short…

Back of Adult Magpie

…compared to Mom & Dad’s.

Young Magpie looking at me

A young Magpie looks at me through the window

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