Bodies of water provide a variety of opportunities for layering.

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One Afternoon In Fairbanks

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Alaska is itself an abstraction—the size and scope of the landscape overwhelming to the senses. Meanwhile, in downtown Fairbanks…

There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality. —Pablo Picasso

The Tall One

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On a visit to Alaska in 2013, I had one chance to see Denali, and was not disappointed. It dominates its landscape much as an ocean overpowers a beach.

I processed the image using a combination of programs, mostly ON1 Photo 10; removing some of the sharpness that is revered by many, I opted for an overall worn look, realizing as I finished that the effect is similar to the scratches and smudges on transparencies that were returned to me from a stock agency, many years ago. So in that respect, this image is definitely filmlike.

All right everyone, line up alphabetically according to your height. —Casey Stengel

Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon


“Never have I found the limits of the photographic potential. Every horizon, upon being reached, reveals another beckoning in the distance. Always, I am on the threshold.” —W. Eugene Smith

Perpetual Summer


The owner of this small house in Seward, Alaska, obviously hoped that Fireweed and a butterfly would be the antidote to winter’s cold, short days.

“People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy.” —Anton Chekhov

The Igloo


Alaska is bitterly, sub-freezingly COLD during the wintertime, but I didn’t expect to see an igloo in August. Yet there it sat, at the back of a large graveled parking area a short distance north of Anchorage (up there, forty miles is a short distance). As it has been for most of its existence, dating to the beginning of construction in the 1970s, the unfinished hotel is for sale. That’s right, hotel. I’m betting the small combined Laundry/Groceries/Showers building next to it is also on the block. A bit of online research revealed the Igloo to be a popular stop for photographers and other curious folk driving between Anchorage and Fairbanks, even if it’s a bit sad no one got to stay there.