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10/26/08: The Turnagain Arm

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by , 10-25-2008 at 10:44 PM
So I was thinking of officially making this into more of a photo blog. Not really focusing entirely on DLR updates, as Andy and Darkbeer are already doing such outstanding work every week, but more of a place for me to post some of my random shots that may or may not eventually end up in a trip report of some kind or another.

BTW, I chose the title of this blog for obvious reasons. Photographers seem to routinely refer to their lenses as "glass" and I am continuing to collect Nikon (Nikkor) lenses as I scrape up enough cash. The title (Through The Nikon Glass) was also a reference to my using this blog to show shots of Disneyland...and other places around the country from time to time, from my perspective. And... I was also trying to be clever with the whole Lewis Carroll/Disney thing, but I'm not entirely sure it worked out. :blush:

At any rate, here are some shots from my recent trip up to Alaska. I'll try to have an official trip report up in the Non Disney Vacation Forum at some point, but in the mean time, I just wanted to post a few to get this blog thing going. These shots are from just outside of Anchorage on a stretch of highway known as the Turnagain Arm. I was there exactly four years ago during October and was very excited to be back as this drive is quite simply one of the most gorgeous areas I've ever seen in my life.

Winter seemed to be on it's way earlier this year as it snowed on October 9, the day after I took most of these shots. Four years ago, these leaves were a brilliant yellow. This year, I feel like I missed the peak by about a week:

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The Turnagain Arm is about a 10 or 15 minute drive just Southeast of Anchorage along the Cook Inlet...

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The spectacular mountains come right up out of the water on all sides...

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If you time it just right in the Fall, you can get some amazing colors. I feel like I was just a bit late this year, but at least the leaves were still on the trees. By Friday of that week, the leaves were falling by the thousands...

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I know it gets ridiculously cold in the Winter, but this type of scenery is almost enough to make me want to move there...

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I know the angle on this isn't the best, but this bald eagle came right out of nowhere...

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The sun was setting as I drove back to the hotel...

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I'm hoping to have a full trip report up at some point in the future, but that's all for now. :)

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Updated 10-25-2008 at 10:53 PM by Mac Daddy

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  1. orbitalpunk's Avatar
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    Very nice indeedy.
  2. Rixter's Avatar
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    Beautiful photos! Lu and I went on an Alaskan cruise a few years ago, and I felt it was only a tease for all of the beauty that Alaska has to offer.
  3. SusieP.'s Avatar
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    Gorgeous!
  4. IndianaJenn's Avatar
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    Simply breathtaking!