Bedtime in Alaska – Flickr is Up!

29 11 2008

I am happy to announce that the Flickr photo function is now up and running. You’ll see the link to photos in the sidebar towards the bottom. This will make life much easier when posting groups of photos in the future. But to start the experiment, I used some shots I took on Thanksgiving. You may or may not recognize the mudflats you’ve been looking at in the header photo at the top of the page. They are distinctly more frozen than they were last year at this time when I took the photo in the header.

As you can see, I felt like I spent Thanksgiving in a postcard!

The Night Kitchen Open Thread is waiting in the forum!

Night all!


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30 11 2008
NMJ

Great photos, AKM! I especially enjoyed them using the Flickr Slideshow feature – it really does them justice!

30 11 2008
BigSlick YES WE CAN! Clamp Noodle Palin

Mmmmm, I’m hungry…..

30 11 2008
xile n mockba

Thanks AKM–photos are breathtaking. The positioning of the houses in this settlement (or farm ?) remind me of very remote, very small villages in Russia. They are even structurally similar, although your photos reveal a greater level of prosperity and this settlement doesn’t have the deserted look of most Russian villages–even when people still live there. Not only are you keeping us up to date on the political situation in Alaska, but you are doing a more convincing promotion–with your stories and photos–than the Alaska Tourism Board, that a trip to Alaska is a must in the near future.

30 11 2008
MWthatone...

Great shots, AKM….. you must be rested from the time in the ‘wilds’ ~ hope you are ready to lead the charge for the slaying of this next week’s dragons! But first, enjoy Sunday!

30 11 2008
Okinawan Nanook

What absolutely gorgeous pictures! Thanksgiving in Okinawa was 72 degrees, green jungle everywhere, and the bougainvillea blooming profusely. Oh, how I envy you your rustic, snow-laden idyll. Currier and Ives couldn’t have photographed it any more beautifully (if they had had cameras, that is). Thanks for sharing.

30 11 2008
womanwithsardinecan

lovely pictures. Thank you for sharing them with us.
Hey, I have an off-topic question for people. I was just reading that Black Friday sales were higher than expected. Now, I NEVER shop during Black Friday, so in that sense this year is no different than other years for me. I’m just curious about what people were buying. Is it mostly for the kids? And where are you getting the money? I don’t have any kids at home, but several months ago I did buy some clothes and books for my great niece, the only youngun’ in our extended family. That was hard to afford, but last year I got her NOTHING for xmas and just couldn’t continue being the NOTHING aunt for another year. Husband and I have agreed NO presents for each other except a handful of stocking stuffer goodies (chocolate mostly). For my mom, I used some of my grocery budget to afford to buy a flock of chicks for a third world family. Mom will get some chocolate in her stocking along with the note about the gift in her name. My sisters and brother in law will get drastically reduced homemade goodie package. I can’t even afford to make cookies this year. We live very frugally on a single income. I don’t understand how people can afford iPods. Are people still shopping with their credit cards? I guess THAT is the real question I was leading up to. We are using our credit cards on an extremely limited basis and trying to pay most of the credit off each month, and STILL we have accrued about $1800 in debt since early summer, mostly due to higher food prices and heating costs.
So I’ll ask my off-topic question: among the people you know, are there still a lot of people putting their xmas on credit cards? And does anybody else think that is just plain crazy?
I’ll shut up now and admire the pictures again. They make me miss snow.

30 11 2008
Newfoundland Dogs Rule

ARG! I finally got downstairs turned on the McLaughlin Group and there’s Palin talking away about Alaska. She made no sense and then the repubs on the panel try to explain what she’s saying. The blond bimbo (sorry about all you fair haired lovely SMART mudpuppies) then said no what she’s saying is we have to go in and do that horizontal drilling to get all that oil and leave the state unspoiled AND doesn’t seem to understand that we don’t KEEP that oil.

Very strange thing for McLaughlin. Or maybe not.

Anyway, where do I find the Flicker thing? Don’t see it, but then didn’t get enough sleep.

Also WWSC, told the kids (29 and 25), that Christmas is going to be small. A book, somethings I’ll make (or rediscover in the attic, that worked well last year), and photos.

For books, I always check amazon.com and looked at the used books of the title. I have been very pleased with this as they CAN be much cheaper.

I told the kids no buying me anything. Don’t know if that will work.

I also hit the dollar stores for stocking gifts.

30 11 2008
Newfoundland Dogs Rule

Jeez, I told you I was tired. There are the photos, right next to me.

30 11 2008
Hick Town in W PA

My reading was the shopping centered on electronics. People are confused about HD TV mandated for Feb. and think they have to buy a new TV. The electronics stores had low-end models on “sale”. The big thing is whether the sales hold up. The increase is between 2-3%. Any other year that would be considered flat. Apparently this TV fraud is the measure of the market and huge numbers were shipped before the market dropped out. If they aren’t sold …… So if you are in the market, wait until March or so.

30 11 2008
Newfoundland Dogs Rule

AKM, the photos are great. Though not as perfect, I still think the one of Brian at the door is the best.

30 11 2008
Georgia peach

great photos! If I liked the cold, I would be jealous.

30 11 2008
quills

stunning photos! i used to be a professional photographer and your sense of composition and subject is beautiful.

looking forward to more, as seasons change.

have a wonderful yule – a well deserved celebration after all your hard work and dedication in the past few months.

blessed be*

30 11 2008
GJ in ID

I love the photos, makes me almost ready for the snow here. It’s been raining all weekend and very cold but so far no snow. I just love how clean everything looks after the first snow fall.

30 11 2008
264 Crayons

Womanwithsardinecan:

We havn’t used credit in over a year and Christmas is a cash only affair. Debt has become the American (and evidently the Worlds!) way of life.

Please anyone interested in breaking the cycle of having to buy the newest thing check out this video. 20 minutes of pure enlightenment:)

http://www.storyofstuff.com

30 11 2008
SoCalWolfGal

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!! Thanks for sharing AKM. It is a nice distraction for what we have to face tomorrow in Georgia. Well let’s all try and enjoy our Sunday. I just cannot face her today. I am decorating my Christmas tree and watching DVD’s all day.

30 11 2008
katiebegood

Even though I can’t imagine living with all that snow so much of the year, I have to admit that it is very beautiful.

30 11 2008
Abbie Knorrmal

Acting US Attorney, Acting.

There is a difference, you should strive to get it right.

Daily News, APRN, and others have no reference to this. If you provide a reference, I’ll be happy to add the word ‘acting’. AKM

30 11 2008
Lulu

Great photos! Very merry! Oh, and if anyone is interested in reading a new analysis of the GOP which traces modern conservatism from McCarthyism to Palin, see below:

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-gabler30-2008nov30,0,1009632.story

30 11 2008
Proud Community OrganizerWA

Good Morning Mudpuppies!

AKM wonderful pictures! They are focused and everything! LOL I take pictures and some how everything is out of focus or not in the screen drives the husband crazy! How restful the rustic look and feel and all of the snow! Thank you for the beautiful visuals this morning.

Caught up on yesterdays postings and loved that many of you rallied around H and M blog!

Gosh I love the people here!

30 11 2008
Lulu

P.S. I should add: I have been so mystified by “red-baiting” trolls here and on other sites. I kept thinking, “That is so fifties.” But that LA Times article explained to me why there is so much “red-baiting” in Palin’s approach:

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-gabler30-2008nov30,0,1009632.story

30 11 2008
yellowdoggranny

hooboy…and I was whining because it got down to 38 degrees…glad im in texas. of course this summer whn it’s 113 I may not be saying that.

30 11 2008
Hick Town in W PA

Lulu – that’s an excellent article. What is it about sound and fury signifying nothing? They are looking for something that will scare the crap out of people. It’s hard to use socialism when the Republicans are busy socializing the financial system. But “they” will keep trying different themes.

30 11 2008
wired differently

Thank you for the beautiful photos, AKM.

Re. holiday shopping. Interesting that Joe the Plumber is in the thick of the HD-TV slime (see AKM’s previous post about him). My family has always been modest in its gift-giving. Nothing for extended family, immediate family only. My mother has always been the model of frugality, so I come by it naturally.

Overextended personal credit will be the financial ruin of many Americans in the near future. My car has over 200,000 miles on it (and it’s the ‘new’ car in the family), but we will put 3 kids through college debt free. 1 down, 1 next spring, 1 in 2010. The only thing I don’t get at Goodwill is underwear.

And, I knit and recycle old sweaters by felting them and making cool new hats, bags, toys, altered couture. It’s creative, fun, cheap (well, okay, knitting isn’t cheap if you use good yarn), and the gifts are one-of-a-kind.

30 11 2008
crystalwolf a.k.a. caligrl

AKM the pictures are beautiful🙂 What is the flower/plant in the second to the last one? It seems like a dried plant, like one would use in a dried flower arrangment.
Well the end of the “Thanksgiving weekend” thought I’d share this
You Tube “Sarah Palin’s” favorite recipe by one of the funnier you tube look-a-likes
http://francescoexplainsitall.blogspot.com/2008/11/sarah-palins-favorite-holiday-recipe.html
enjoy 8)

30 11 2008
MonaLisa (in CT)

Crystal – looks like a bittersweet vine to me, but I could be wrong.

30 11 2008
marti

So is this somewhere out by Hope? Am I warm, hot, super cold?

30 11 2008
bubbles

dear akm thank you for the lovely pictures. your state is breathtakingly beautiful and brian is magnificent….b

30 11 2008
ozmud

GORGEOUS photos🙂

Makes me truly miss the snow and the firewood and the ice dripping from the roof (she said sitting in front of the AC in shorts and barefoot:)

Lynn-in-Australia

30 11 2008
crystalwolf a.k.a. caligrl

OT: But Important! Just like Joe the plumber won’t go away, Who’s Trigs real mom and phillip bergs “where’s BO real birth cert” I have just read this article:
http://www.opednews.com/articles/The-Controversy-Surroundin-by-adeeba-folami-081128-142.html
What pisses me off so bad about it is:
In the same article….”In another case, Dr. Alan Keyes – who was the American Independent Party’s (AIP) candidate for president – has also filed a suit in California along with Dr. Wiley Drake, his vice presidential pick, and Markham Robinson, an AIP representative. They filed against the California Secretary of State (SOS), that state’s long list of electoral college members, and Obama.”
AND WE ALL KNOW WHO AIP WANTED TO WIN!
In the comments section someone from Factcheck.org goes over the same stuff, but these idiots REFUSE to believe.
Another researcher looking for “dirt”:
“In late July, a researcher looking to dig up dirt on Obama instead found a birth announcement that had been published in the Honolulu Advertiser on Sunday, Aug. 13, 1961:

Obama’s birth announcement

The announcement was posted by a pro-Hillary Clinton blogger who grudgingly concluded that Obama “likely” was born Aug. 4, 1961 in Honolulu.”
“Of course, it’s distantly possible that Obama’s grandparents may have planted the announcement just in case their grandson needed to prove his U.S. citizenship in order to run for president someday. We suggest that those who choose to go down that path should first equip themselves with a high-quality tinfoil hat. The evidence is clear: Barack Obama was born in the U.S.A.”

Sorry the actual birth announcement didn’t post but if you go to the site you will see it.
This is more than “sour grapes”? This is complete idiotcy! That guy Berg, Obamacrimes, he won’t answer email either. I’m so sick of Barbie, Berg, FRREEC’s!
I wish they would go away!!!!
And what’s AIP doing messing around here in CALI?????

30 11 2008
yvonne in pennsylvania

OMG I would love to live there where those pictures are,I love being out in the boonies! and I love animals,all kinds,that moose! I would be putting things out every night for him,I do that now for all the cats people so ignorantly drop off in the streets,I bet the skiing is great! not much snow here yet to ski,can’t wait though.

30 11 2008
MonaLisa (in CT)

I tried to ski, once… unfortunately, I’m an expert faller-downer!

30 11 2008
Martha Unalaska Yard Sign

@ LuLu

Excellent article, and I posted elsewhere since I think this is very important! You know, as depressing as it is in describing the troll gene, it also gave me great courage to push back, HARD if necessary, not to the moderate R’s that I know – but to the Hannitys, Limbaughs, OReilly and most of all, Palins who are trying to steal what COULD be an important political party. Their own party will start bubble feeding soon and the nasty ones will use these tactics on their “own”. There will be blood in the water, but not mine! I wash my hands of trying to understand or respect these whackjobs anymore and they better be ready for a fight with me!

30 11 2008
NMJ

Did anybody else view AKM’s photos in the Flickr slideshow? It’s an incredible viewing experience! The pics fill your browser window, with a black fill-in background for the smaller pics, and they fade one into another automatically until you’ve seen them all. I discovered the slideshow by accident because it’s kind of subtle:

– Click on one of the pics on this page to go to the Flickr page (depending on your browser, you can right-click on a pic and select “Open in new tab”)
– Look at the right side of the Flickr page for the rectangular box that says “AKMudflats’ photostream”
– In that box it says “13 uploads” (the number of pics)
– Under “13 uploads” is a small icon of an old fashioned home movie screen. Click on the icon.
– Move your mouse to one side, and don’t touch it.

Marvelous! AKM, I’m so glad you tried Flickr…I’ve learned something new!

30 11 2008
NMJ

MonaLisa (in CT) (11:43:03) : I tried to ski, once… unfortunately, I’m an expert faller-downer!

Me too! So I usually just wander around admiring the scenery until I get too cold, then I stay inside, bake brownies or chocolate chip cookies, and read a good book by the fire. It’s especially wonderful if it starts gently snowing as the day wanes.

AKM’s photos make me long to be there…

30 11 2008
NMJ

Newfoundland Dogs Rule (06:26:53) : ARG! I finally got downstairs turned on the McLaughlin Group and there’s Palin talking away about Alaska.

What’s the McLaughlin Group?

30 11 2008
Physicsmom

Knockout pictures, AKM. Makes me want to be there, although it’s snowing pretty good here in Michigan right now, so it looks a little similar, but pretty urban. I also want to thank the Mudpuppies who came to the rescue at H&M’s site. Wow, the trolls were out in force last night! I worried about the links to this blog and whether that would bring them over here. Fingers crossed that doesn’t happen.

30 11 2008
Martha Unalaska Yard Sign

@ Physicsmom

They are always trying to get in over here! I can just see them, and hear them, gnashing their teeth in frustration. So much hate to spread, so little intelligence to accomplish the mission.

AKM has described them perfectly in a previous blog – circling like wolves (no wait, I love wolves!) and trying to change their identities while they grind their teeth down!

30 11 2008
Newfoundland Dogs Rule

NMJ: It’s a Political talk show panel, I think it’s on PBS and shows on Sunday morning. Most of them are right wing and even more to the right.

30 11 2008
phoebe

The pictures are beautiful & inspire me to get my camera out & start taking pictures again. Alaska seems to be a beautiful, serene place.

OT but I couldn’t resist….Sarah is being criticized in the Anchorage paper for going to Georgia.

http://community.adn.com/adn/node/135064

30 11 2008
Lighthouse (CO)

AKM, Your pictures are amazing! I would so love to visit Alaska! Thanks for sharing with us what you see everyday.

(goes to bedroom, packs bag with wooly sweater and clean underwear, gets in car, and drives northwest, toward Alaska!)

30 11 2008
264 Crayons

The pods are lovely! They remind me of some dried hops I got while on a beer brew tour in Milwaukee. So fragile yet there it stands mocking the snow!

Alas I thought Christmas came early – while driving to work yesterday the radio scanned 99.5 (Rush Radio) and it was totally silent! I checked it a few times on the way home and it was still no air. Bummer it’s back on today. Hannity was STILL talking about Ayers the other day – what a lunatic. Could someone blow him up, please? Or at least let the air out of his tires. LOL. TOTALLY JOKING!!!!!

If anyone is interested in more homemade and supporting artists, check out http://www.etsy.com. I do most of my recreational shopping there because it supports people, not corporations.

1 12 2008
Lita

Your photos are amazing. Thanks AKM. I particularly like the wood one.

1 12 2008
megacephalus

ah… nostalgia for Maine… or Sweden!

Berlin is SO ugly in the winter… clouds, drizzle… 25-40 F. ( +/- 3 C.)…

but the Medieval Christmas Market in Dresden on this first weekend of Advent with an 11 and 12 yr. old was fun:

.http://www.stallhof.de/Termine_2008/Stallhof_2008/stallhof_2008.html

1 12 2008
Melba

thanks for the photos AKM. Wonderful to see them larger in flickr, especially the one with horses.
Beautiful with the snow but cold, brrr




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