Weekly Photo Challenge – A Good Match

a-good-match-1Skagway Alaska.

This week, Ben Huberman asks us to share a photo that “… can mix and match places, people, objects, and activities that represent…” a good match. You can read Ben’s entire challenge post here. A couple of years back, we visited Skagway, Alaska and found the Red Onion Saloon. Above the saloon, during the days of the gold rush, there was a brothel on the second floor of the saloon. The barkeep would manage when a “customer” could go upstairs to meet one of the ladies. Continue reading


Monochrome Monday – Alaska’s Glacier Bay

glacier-bay-1Glacier Bay, Alaska.

I was scrolling through my library looking for a photo for a project, and in the process I was scanning through all the images I captured in Glacier bay. It was a completely overcast day with very low cloud ceilings. I spotted the image above, in full color, unprocessed from my camera’s RAW image format. Continue reading

The Norwegian Pearl – North to Alaska

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Our first experience with Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL) occurred in Hawaii on the Norwegian Wind. Though the Wind is no longer in NCL’s fleet, it was there that we learned about NCL’s brand of “Freestyle Cruising”. Our next NCL cruise checked off one of my bucket list travel destinations, the Panama Canal. Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge – Doors

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Skagway, Alaska

This week, Cheri Lucas Rowlands asks us to explore “…an everyday thing, yet is often a symbol.” The door. You can view the entire challenge post here. I don’t often post two separate challenge entries, but this week, I have two disparate versions of doors to share.

This image, the first of my two entries, is titled, “Door to Nowhere.” During the days of the gold rush in Alaska, many boom towns sprung up with businesses making more money from the prospectors than the prospectors generally made in prospected gold.

The door above isn’t an afterthought with it’s stairwell long removed. The door leads to a second-floor brothel, commonly found above on-sale liquor establishments. Customers of the bar could have a drink and then mosey upstairs for a session with one of the ladies.

But what if you were a man of some renown or other status in the town? You wouldn’t dare be seen walking through a bar to go upstairs to visit the Madam and her girls. Evenings, after dark, a ladder mysteriously appeared and visitors to the brothel could wait out of sight of the public street until the street was clear. A quick scamper up the ladder to the second floor would bring the john to his favorite lady friend.

You can read more about my visit to Skagway and see a gallery of images from the gateway to the goldrush here.

John Steiner



White Pass and Yukon Railway – Gateway to Klondike Gold

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Skagway, Alaska

Gold! The word reverberated around the world. Between 1896 and 1899, tens of thousands of would be prospectors found their way to Skagway, Alaska and from there the going got tough. One of the two best routes to Yukon gold, the White Pass Trail, was steep and narrow. Continue reading

The Last Frontier – Alaska in Black and White


A couple of weeks ago, inspired by a recent article in Outdoor Photography magazine, I explored conversion of some of my landscape photos to black and white. You can see those photos here. This week, using mostly built-in presets in Adobe Lightroom, I made my first venture into black and white conversion using Adobe Lightroom. Continue reading