Simon the Adventurer

A Season of Sun
September 11, 2018, 7:43 pm
Filed under: Nature, Photography, Wildlife

The 2018 Alaska Season was busy with life.  I had time to think and grow, and time to learn. Working with a well versed team there is always an overarching feel to the group, this year it was so good.  From boat operators to kayak guides and naturalists, all people were professional and skilled at their craft.  DSC_5952.jpg

Beautiful spring flowers, budding from the shoreline of misty fjords national monument represent the pristine habitat bears prefer.  The Tongass National Forest provides all the things this bear needs.  Fresh grass in the spring berries in the summer and salmon in the fall, it makes me happy to see wild animals in wild places doing wild things.

Stay Wild


A spring awakening.

I feel like I made it through the hazing, Southeast Alaska reared its ugly head an gave me a winter of seasonal fluctuations.  Most days went from total darkness to grey and back again, light/dark, light/dark, day in/day out, raven/crow/eagle.

A cold crow puffed up, to stay warm.

A cold crow puffed up, to stay warm.

Water, everywhere, in front, behind, above, below, and next to you.  Seasonal depression is real; when the sun came out it was like an awakening. When dawn and dusk are clearly marked with the shining of the sun it emerges as a gift. A boost to raise you from the pool of water you have been waiting in and finally, if you have the energy, gasping for a breath of air and down again till the next sighting.  Creativity is often stifled into the living room, not much space for a grand idea to blossom.

The fish have come, to ease the stress of fishermen and foragers  alike.

The fish have come, to ease the stress of fishermen and foragers alike.

The wait is over, things are beginning to come back to life.  The herring have finally arrived, and the patient animals gorge themselves on the rich fishes.  The poor birds that were subsisting on trash, handouts and whatever they could scrounge are well fed enough to  think about finding a special friend.  Ravens, crows, and eagles have begun to start their beautiful aerial mating dances.

Herring eggs spawned on sea weed.

Herring eggs spawned on seaweed.

What is the deal?
January 2, 2012, 10:00 pm
Filed under: Nature, Photography, skiing | Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

The light this season has been really nice vivid sunsets, great cloud formations, Sunny more often than not, Wait a minute it’s Winter not Spring!  Colorado has been suffering through a strange winter season, attempting to subsist on awful ski conditions, man-made snow coating most of the runs and thousands of people skiing over it makes for a depressing season.  I’ll be the first to admit, I have a problem, the white powdery substance is the answer to my addiction I really want to go ski.

There are currently two schools of thought among the locals the first is hopeful sighting historic records as a magical tome that dictates relief after a long and patient wait.  “Just wait,” they say “The longer you wait the harder it will hit”
I’ll believe it when I see it.
The second school speaks of the farmers almanac, it is usually accurate stating that this is just a dry year.
Either way this makes dreams of shooting ski sessions really hard, there are few people willing to huck themselves off a rock with no snow to land on.  So it is landscapes and sunsets for the duration of the dry spell, remaining skeptical of the outcome.

The Rain
August 28, 2011, 9:44 pm
Filed under: Macro, Nature, Photography, Places | Tags: ,

Yup it’s raining and there is really no way of getting around it I want to go and photograph but I also have concern for my gear.

It's raining

There are a few minutes between downpours, working quickly I ended up with the above photo.  It seems to fit the mood of the day Gloomy and drippy.  The evergreens of the Tongass National Forest make the best of such rainfall growing big and strong holding steadfast the thin soil that nourishes them.  I live in a rainforest, not tropical by any means, but classified by the amount of rainfall received.  Seattle is called the “rainy city” and they receive around 40-50 inches of rain a year, Sitka on the other hand gets upwards of 100 inches. For more gloom and macro fun check out my website.