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

NCL Pearl-12

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. Continue reading

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

Glacier Bay – From Summit to Sea, 3.3 Million Acres of Alaskan Landscapes

Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska

The highlight of an Alaskan Cruise is the day spent in Glacier Bay. Ours wasn’t the perfect day, but the low clouds added a sense of drama to the images I brought home. One of the most interesting discoveries I made when I got home and reviewed the photographs was the vivid colors of the terrain. Continue reading

Ketchikan – It’s Easier to Pronounce than Revillagigedo

The commercial pier at Ketchikan is in the heart of the city

Ketchikan, Alaska

Located on the island of Revillagigedo in the inland passage of Alaska, Ketchikan houses a population of a little over 8,000. The residents boast of their rainy weather, advertising 14 to 16 feet (between 4 and 5 meters) of rain a year. Continue reading

Skagway – Gold in the Yukon!

Skagway became a port of entry to the Yukon in the Alaska Gold Rush Days

Skagway, Alaska

Every day in the summer, thousands of cruise ship visitors walk down the gangplank and into the town of only about 600 or so permanent residents. Officially listed in the 2010 census as a population of 920, some of the residents head south for the winter once the tourist season is over. The summer population probably numbers around 2000, most of the summer residents work in the tourist industry. Continue reading