October 9-15, 2012
Week 21 saw the days in Alaska making the turn to shorter and cooler. I began to see that the 365 Photo Project was going to get more challenging. Week 23 really saw that come true, but that is yet to come.
Week 21 saw some of my favorite shots so far in this project. Northern lights, frost on leaves, sunsets, and fog. It was a beautiful transition week in Anchorage.
The week began with a little visitor at work. Her mom was in volunteering for us, and this little one roamed through the offices. It was very cute. She and I told stories, and she did a drawing of me. Kids are very fun to photograph, when they want to cooperate. I love the “can I see?” right after taking a picture. Kids these days! They don’t know it used to take a week to see a photo.
On Wednesday, I have two photos. One from the morning and one from the evening. Truly, I like the sunset over Cook Inlet better, but I love both these shots. There were low clouds or fog hanging around that morning. I took a bunch of shots to try to get the Atwood building just right. A 50mm lens is hard to work with when trying to shoot buildings from real close.
The other picture was taken at sunset, obviously. We were having an private home concert with a men’s vocal group named New York Polyphony. This was a rare clear night and I couldn’t help but shoot some sunset shots. The colors were amazing that night and the clear sky was unreal. This was a long exposure shot. I really like the colors and the trees against the sky. That’s one of the many volcanoes in the region. I can’t remember the name of it.
Thursday was a long work day with no deliberate chance to shoot. We took our niece and nephew to see Shrek. On the ride home, I captured Kallie in the back seat of the car as she was texting. I like the light in the dark with this image.
On Friday, the Northern Lights were out in force. When I lived in Fairbanks, it was a rather common sight to see. Further south in Anchorage, it is a little more rare. Reading Facebook that night was fun because everyone was so excited. And the lights seemed to be out all over the state form all the posts I read. I posted about the experience with more of those shots. It was cold, but well worth it for the shots I got. They were my first aurora shots, and hopefully not my last.
I was up early on Saturday and shooting the frost covered morning. I love the look of frost on leaves and grass, especially on a sunny morning. Once again, I found it hard to choose just one image. I think I like the brown leaves more.
Sunday saw me traveling again. I flew to Boise for the Arts Northwest Conference. It was quite a haul to get there. Because of a security concern, the airport was closed, and I missed my first flight out. This shot was taken on an exceedingly rainy evening in Seattle.
The last shot of the week was taken in Boise. It was so nice to be in a place with fall! Colorful leaves and warm temperatures made for a lovely week in the city of trees.