I am blessed to live in a place of epic beauty. Life changing epic.
That word is thrown around a lot these days, but truly my nook of Alaska beholds some breathtaking views. I have wanted to capture the same view once a week for an entire year and share it. After two years of “that would be fun to do…” I’m actually doing it! Proof I am human and while I do take on a lot of big projects, I also procrastinate like the best of them.
I debated what view to capture. It’s hard to get sunrises and sunsets with the way the sun dramatically moves throughout the year. Similarly, taking the photo at the same time of day will lose some its pizzaz after the days become long – in light and in darkness. And let’s be honest, I have less to commit to each week that way.
Tanalian Mountain and Hardenburg Bay represent the iconic images of Port Alsworth. Taken from the end of the Alsworth runway, facing Northwest, the photos capture the mountain, they bay, the channel and in the distance a view up the lake and into the pass. Year round you’ll see the beauty of the light, the various traffic by plane, boat, barge, kayak, canoe, bike, four-wheeler and foot. I decided this must be the one.
Enjoy the first two months of photos! See the caption for dates, times and weather details.
January 1st – Late afternoon. The bay is frozen over, the winter is looking promising! Boats beached for the winter and a skid steer that just cleared a skating rink for Winter Camp.
January 7th – It doesn’t even matter what time of day it is. This is what it’s looked like for the last week or two. This is also proof that it’s not always sunny and beautiful here!
January 14th – 11:37 am. You can tell the sun is on the horizon to the right, it hides behind the mountains most of the day, but it pops out for a short while. Soon it will be above the mountains all the time.
January 22nd – Noon. What I wish I could have captured was the 60 degree weather and 80 mph gale force winds. Not kidding. You can tell there’s “no snow” and the bay ice is rapidly melting. Port Alsworth ranked top in the state and broke a record for an all time high of 62 degrees. Everyone in the Lowers is experiencing crazy cold weather and we are hanging out in t-shirts. WHAAAAT. We would trade it in a heart beat. No winter is a silent killer in Alaska.
January 24th – I know it’s not a week later, but you couldn’t miss this epic sunrise at 9:38 am-ish. I rallied down to the bay and passed 3 others out taking photos of the sunrise. And this was the tail end of it!
January 28th – 4:27pm. Just before the evening sunset. Magic hour. Sigh.
February 9th – Noon. Notice the difference a week makes? We are gaining 6 minutes of daylight a week. I love this time of year. You can see the moon too! Clear nights with the full moon are almost as bright as day. Wonder if I can capture that photo…
February 11th – 5:44 pm. My evening run consisted of this view and then the real part of the sunset down the lake. I wish you could jump into this picture and be a part of the full experience. Like Eustace in Narnia. Nothing more filling to the soul than the crisp air and a view like this.
February 15th – I know. It’s not the bay. My camera battery died yesterday when I went to get the photo and I didn’t have my iPhone with me. Boo. But then the unbelievable happened! COLD SNAP. Never before was I so excited to see negative temps. And the main lake froze over. Boom. Just like that. And we went ice skating and made a fire and worshiped the Creator. Thank you for a slice of winter!