Friday, October 31, 2014

Sunset from Baycrest

Baycrest Hill is the entrance to Homer on the Sterling Highway and has an incredible view of both the Kenai Mountain Range and the Alaska Range; both Kachemak Bay and Cook Inlet. No wonder it is one of the most popular spots for snapping pictures in Homer as folks pull in and walk the overlook, eagles soaring overhead. I rarely stop there as I'm not on that side of town often. I can't recall why I happened to be up there to catch this sunset several years ago, but it was a beautiful one!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Still Picking Kale...

I am trying the experiment of leaving the kale in all winter and it is doing well. I am continuing to harvest it, though it is growing at a much slower rate than it was earlier. Even with temperatures dipping into the 20's at night, each day the frost melts off and the kale is just as tasty and firm. What is best of all though is that it is too cold for the slugs, so I no longer have to pick slugs off to get to my kale (eeeeew I know!).

Picked over row of kale

Half a row gave me a bowlful of curly-leafed kale for my favorite recipe: massaged kale

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Clouds, Light, Mountains, Water

I'm definitely noticing a theme in my photos. They are mostly focused across the bay at the Kenai Mountain Range with some sort of play of light. Nearly all of my photos have been snapped on my iPhone as I am buzzing about my day. This photo is one such, and even with the bit of blurry tree I still like it. It was taken about mile 4 of East End Road.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Still Winter Morning of the Mud Flats

This is a view of the mud flats along the Homer Spit from the base of the spit taken a couple years ago. It looks like the sun is about to rise and I would put this at maybe December or January based on where it is coming up, and probably around 10-10:30 a.m. I never really thought much about where on the horizon the sun rises and sets until I moved up here and there seems to be such a huge difference in where it comes up--more southerly than easterly in the winter it seems.

I love how this photo captures the stillness of morning. Of course, 10:00 is late, but when the sun is just coming up it feels early!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Mountains, Sun and Snow

After awhile my photos seem a bit repetitious:  sunshine, mountains and slivers of Kachemak Bay. That is what I see every day. I love the views from Homer. The mountains are always changing as the snow line creeps down the mountains as fall proceeds and climbs up the mountainsides as the snow melts away in the spring. Then there is the fascinating play of clouds hanging over the mountains or bay. Some days the peaks are crystal clear while other days they are hazy or invisible behind the sheets of snow or rain or clouds.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Winter Sun

Wish I could say this is a sunrise, but seeing that it is winter, chances are this is just where the sun is! From November through January the sun rises just above the Kenai Mountains and moves over the mountains through the day (as opposed to up and into the sky). In this picture I love how Kachemak Bay is lit up.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Winter Sunrise

I took this picture of a magenta sunrise over the Kenai Mountains from near the head of the bay quite a few years ago and I just realized that it looks very much like the sunrise we just had here a week ago. Light is a big deal so I think that is why I have so many sunrise pictures (plus they can be photogenic!).