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NightTrain
10-02-2010, 03:53 PM
I've got a little time off, finally, and thought I'd share some of the pics & videos with you all of my various jobs around Alaska this Summer.

Some were taken with my HTC Hero phone, so I apologize in advance for the quality.

This first batch is from Ketchikan and surrounding area. It's a rainforest & we had a couple of days of nice weather.

This first pic was taken on the ferry on our way from Ketchikan to Prince of Wales island.

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NightTrain
10-02-2010, 03:56 PM
We stayed a few nights in Craig, on Prince of Wales island. The weather never lifted for us to complete our mission - so we never even got on board the helicopter to get on top that mountain.

Cool rooftop foliage, I wondered how many leaks he's got going so far.

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NightTrain
10-02-2010, 03:57 PM
A big, old cedar in Craig.

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NightTrain
10-02-2010, 03:58 PM
One of the small boat harbors in Craig.

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NightTrain
10-02-2010, 04:00 PM
An old totem pole in Craig, made by a Tliglit (pronounced Clink-Ette), a native tribe local to the Southeast Alaska.

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NightTrain
10-02-2010, 04:02 PM
A whale skull.

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NightTrain
10-02-2010, 04:03 PM
Old waterfront remains from the 1964 earthquake that devastated Alaska, shot from downtown Craig.

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NightTrain
10-02-2010, 04:05 PM
A Sitka Blacktail deer, I was bored and decided to see how close I could get to her. I got a LOT closer than I thought I'd be able to, this was taken with my phone & was about 15' away.

These deer are everywhere down there and are the size of a medium sized dog.

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NightTrain
10-02-2010, 04:06 PM
Foxglove flowers.

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NightTrain
10-02-2010, 04:08 PM
Me posing with the largest Devil's Club I have ever seen in my life. It's the big, green bastard behind me.

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NightTrain
10-02-2010, 04:08 PM
More waterfront in Craig.

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NightTrain
10-02-2010, 04:10 PM
View from the highway out of Craig.

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NightTrain
10-02-2010, 04:10 PM
More highway view.

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NightTrain
10-02-2010, 04:11 PM
Ferry pics between Prince of Wales and Ketchikan.

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NightTrain
10-02-2010, 04:12 PM
More ferry scenery.

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10-02-2010, 04:13 PM
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10-02-2010, 04:14 PM
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10-02-2010, 04:14 PM
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NightTrain
10-02-2010, 04:19 PM
This is one badass ferry, it was just completed right before we arrived down there.


KETCHIKAN, Alaska (Aug. 07, 2009) The Office of Naval Research E-Craft, an experimental high-speed transformable hull form vessel, is under construction at Alaska Ship and Drydock in Ketchikan, Alaska. The E-Craft is scheduled for delivery in April 2010 and will provide the Navy with valuable data on the performance of this unique hull form in a challenging environment while serving as a ferry connecting Anchorage, Alaska, to the remote area of Port Mackenzie.

ďItís an omnivore. Itís not optimized for any one task, but it has a wide range of tasks it can do, and thatís what makes it useful. It can work in deep seas, it can work in rough waters, it can break ice, it can work in shallow waters and go up to the beach. Thereís no other ship in the world that can do that.Ē ó Lew Madden, Ferry Co-inventor

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NightTrain
10-02-2010, 04:21 PM
This was a hell of a big slug... more rainforest critters.

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NightTrain
10-02-2010, 04:22 PM
A loaded barge arriving in Ketchikan from Seattle. This is how the vast majority of goods arrives to Alaska from the Lower 48.

The airport is on the other side there, on an island. This island was to be connected to Ketchikan by a bridge about 5 miles to the left of this picture - the very controversial "Bridge to Nowhere". So everyone has to take a ferry to get to town from the airport.

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NightTrain
10-02-2010, 04:27 PM
This next batch of pictures was taken in June on a job we did out of Yakutat.

This pic was on top of a mountain next to a radio repeater site about 85 miles from Yakutat.

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NightTrain
10-02-2010, 04:29 PM
The radio shelter we installed with the A-Star parked behind.

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NightTrain
10-02-2010, 04:30 PM
Looking at the site from the beach - we needed to get to that uppermost peak in the clouds there. I think we nabbed 12 hours of overtime sitting on the beach, shooting icebergs with my co-worker's AR-10 waiting on the clouds to clear.

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NightTrain
10-02-2010, 04:33 PM
A couple of young moose wandered by, my co-worker got fairly close with his camera.

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NightTrain
10-02-2010, 04:35 PM
Icy Bay. The sound of hundreds of thousands of icebergs ramming each other in the water was something I'd never heard before.

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NightTrain
10-02-2010, 04:37 PM
Me next to an iceberg that had washed up on the beach. Note the mosquito net hat... the bugs were bad out here and I was mighty happy to have that along.

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NightTrain
10-02-2010, 04:38 PM
More iceberg goodness.

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NightTrain
10-02-2010, 04:39 PM
My other co-worker trying his hand at the Moses sea-parting. It didn't work, even with the nifty staff.

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NightTrain
10-02-2010, 04:40 PM
Parked on the beach, waiting out the clouds.

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NightTrain
10-02-2010, 04:41 PM
More coffee and icebergs.

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NightTrain
10-02-2010, 04:44 PM
Before dropping us off and heading back to Yakutat, our pilot (who was from Seattle) took us on a recon mission around the area to see how many critters were in the area. Look at the highways from the local bears in the sand... we kept a good lookout but didn't see any. Surprising, considering all those tracks.

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NightTrain
10-02-2010, 04:47 PM
The only bear we saw was a Brown bear as we were coming in for a landing on the beach, and he was hell bent for election out of there.

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10-02-2010, 04:48 PM
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NightTrain
10-02-2010, 04:49 PM
Brilliant blue patches of ice in a gigantic glacier North of Yakutat.

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NightTrain
10-02-2010, 04:51 PM
I forget the name of this glacier, but someone said it was the 6th largest in the world. It was amazing how huge this baby was.

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10-02-2010, 04:52 PM
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10-02-2010, 04:52 PM
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10-02-2010, 04:53 PM
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NightTrain
10-02-2010, 04:54 PM
A bear hauling ass for the timber.

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NightTrain
10-02-2010, 04:56 PM
Another site we installed 40 miles West of Yakutat.

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NightTrain
10-02-2010, 04:57 PM
North of that site.

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NightTrain
10-02-2010, 04:58 PM
Glacier Bay.

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NightTrain
10-02-2010, 05:00 PM
The reason why we were replacing this particular site. A bear had wandered by and decided to go inside the shelter. Naturally, all that radio gear fried the next time it began raining sideways.

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10-02-2010, 05:01 PM
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10-02-2010, 05:01 PM
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NightTrain
10-02-2010, 05:05 PM
This was the local Ranger that we were fixing the radio repeater for. She lives in NYC and works here during the Summer. We fixed her inverter for her at the Ranger Station, which allowed her to get her internet working again without running generators. She was pretty cool and glad for a few hours worth of company.

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NightTrain
10-02-2010, 05:06 PM
The had a very nice setup here. Lots of solar panels, rooftop rain collectors for fresh water, lots of 4-wheelers, satellite internet, the works.

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NightTrain
10-02-2010, 05:08 PM
We landed at a fish processor and borrowed a fish tote to haul all our new batteries to the top of the mountain. The guy agreed to let us use his tote only if we waited a couple of minutes so he could get his camera.

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NightTrain
10-02-2010, 05:12 PM
We got caught by cloud coverage that formed around the mountain we were working on. We spent about 5 hours waiting, then a small hole opened up and we could see the beach. We lifted off and hauled ass through it and made it out of the weather... none of us were looking forward to spending a night in the helicopter.

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10-02-2010, 05:15 PM
One of the monster cruise ships heading back toward Juneau.

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NightTrain
10-02-2010, 05:18 PM
Good food, good tunes and a little Crown Royal to wash it all down. My co-worker.

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10-02-2010, 05:19 PM
This is the sign that I was greeted with as we went into the Yakutat hardware store.

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NightTrain
10-02-2010, 05:23 PM
Hey, if you're the local State Trooper in Yakutat, why on earth wouldn't you have sporty rims on your truck?

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10-02-2010, 05:25 PM
The view from the deck at the house we were renting in Yakutat.

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NightTrain
10-02-2010, 05:27 PM
The plexiglass on the A-Star really washed out a lot of colors in some of these pics, which is a shame.

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NightTrain
10-02-2010, 05:30 PM
The next batch of pictures was from June in King Salmon.

This is me walking next to our A-Star at the hangar.

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NightTrain
10-02-2010, 05:31 PM
We knew we were golden on our King Salmon trip, because Jesus was indeed our co-pilot. Our pilot, Matt, giving a thumbs up.

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NightTrain
10-02-2010, 05:32 PM
Later that day, we spotted a relevant sign for our pilot.

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NightTrain
10-02-2010, 05:34 PM
My co-worker, Tanner, wears a size 11 shoe... this was a good size Grizzly that made that track.

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NightTrain
10-02-2010, 05:35 PM
A couple of Bristol Bay fishing boats, waiting on the tide.

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NightTrain
10-02-2010, 05:38 PM
A little R-44 Alaska State Trooper helicopter. Last year, one of the Trooper pilots was sitting on the tarmac and for some reason, ripped the stick all the way back as he was warming up. The main rotor angled down and chopped the tail completely off. He's still flying it after a rather expensive rebuild, but it makes the most God-awful racket when he engages the transmission... I wouldn't fly in it.

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NightTrain
10-02-2010, 05:39 PM
Clean, one owner!

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NightTrain
10-02-2010, 05:41 PM
I spotted this outside one of the bars in King Salmon... I almost picked up the phone to explain to this knucklehead what happened to her stupid dog.

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NightTrain
10-02-2010, 05:42 PM
My phone does strange things with props... kind of cool, though.

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NightTrain
10-02-2010, 05:43 PM
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NightTrain
10-02-2010, 05:50 PM
The next pictures were taken 3 weeks ago, on Kodiak Island. We sailed on an 86' ship from Homer to Kodiak. It was a 12 hour cruise, and we had a hell of a lot of fun on this job.

The ship used to be a Tuna boat, and Maritime fitted it with a helodeck. We started out with their Bell 407 (God, I love that machine!) for the heavy lifting, then we swapped out with the Long Ranger, pictured here.

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NightTrain
10-02-2010, 05:51 PM
As we were leaving Homer, we spotted the Time Bandit, one of the ships on Discovery Channel's The Deadliest Catch.

Nope, we didn't get to party with Jonathan.

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NightTrain
10-02-2010, 05:52 PM
Mt. Illiamna, still cooking.

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NightTrain
10-02-2010, 05:53 PM
There were some spectacular sunsets out of Kodiak as we were fishing for halibut and having a few brewskis.

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NightTrain
10-02-2010, 05:54 PM
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NightTrain
10-02-2010, 05:54 PM
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NightTrain
10-02-2010, 05:55 PM
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NightTrain
10-02-2010, 05:56 PM
The Skipper anchored us on a nice halibut hole, which happened to be 90 seconds away from the top of the mountain our site was on.

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NightTrain
10-02-2010, 05:58 PM
Me taking down the old solar panels for the repeater site. We installed 5 new solar arrays and added 2 wind generators on top the tower.

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NightTrain
10-02-2010, 05:59 PM
Installing one of the wind generators on top of the tower.

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NightTrain
10-02-2010, 06:00 PM
Happy hour.

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NightTrain
10-02-2010, 06:01 PM
Slinging the old batteries back off the mountain.

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NightTrain
10-02-2010, 06:02 PM
The other wind generator. I was impressed with this one, after installing it and with a moderate wind, it was putting out 40 amps.

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NightTrain
10-02-2010, 06:04 PM
The main solar array. Each one of these panels puts out 8 amps on a nice clear day like this... solar technology is really coming along nicely.

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NightTrain
10-02-2010, 06:04 PM
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NightTrain
10-02-2010, 06:05 PM
The morning commute.

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NightTrain
10-02-2010, 06:06 PM
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10-02-2010, 06:06 PM
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10-02-2010, 06:07 PM
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NightTrain
10-02-2010, 06:08 PM
A co-worker, John, on the tower.

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NightTrain
10-02-2010, 06:08 PM
Halibut fishing in between sling loads. Pretty rough duty.

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NightTrain
10-02-2010, 06:09 PM
Fish & Chips for dinner that night.

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NightTrain
10-02-2010, 06:10 PM
Red Snapper aka Yellow Eye. These babies are very good eating right out of the water.

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NightTrain
10-02-2010, 06:11 PM
A few more, plus Lingcod and Halibut.

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NightTrain
10-02-2010, 06:12 PM
Patrick with a nice little halibut.

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NightTrain
10-02-2010, 06:14 PM
Our evening commute from mountaintop to the ship... all 90 seconds of it.

For some reason, PhotoBucket isn't playing nicely when it comes to video... not sure what the deal is.


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NightTrain
10-02-2010, 06:35 PM
Last one for now... a video of porpoises with Orca-like markings that played on our bow wave for about 10 miles. They were really fun to watch them torpedo through the water. Amazingly powerful swimmers.

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jimnyc
10-02-2010, 06:57 PM
Rick, thanks for sharing the pics. Spent the past 20 minutes going through them as a guest. Man, I wish I had the $$$ to take a vacation out there, it looks awesome. With my luck I would end up as a tasty dinner for one of them bears anyway!

Hope you and the family are doing great!

darin
10-02-2010, 07:15 PM
This must be one of the top threads ever on this board. LOVE the pics, NT...VERY jealous...need an apprentice? :D

NightTrain
10-02-2010, 07:44 PM
Rick, thanks for sharing the pics. Spent the past 20 minutes going through them as a guest. Man, I wish I had the $$$ to take a vacation out there, it looks awesome. With my luck I would end up as a tasty dinner for one of them bears anyway!

Hope you and the family are doing great!

My pleasure, Jim... the quality isn't the best, I'll have to invest in an HD camera.

I have a ton more, but 7 pages for today is good enough!

Kids are doing great, now that I have full custody of them. And my stellar girlfriend keeps me busy when I'm home :D

NightTrain
10-02-2010, 07:47 PM
This must be one of the top threads ever on this board. LOVE the pics, NT...VERY jealous...need an apprentice? :D

Thanks DMP... I was considering tacking these on to the Alaska Pics 2009 thread, but decided to make this new one because of the amount.

The offer still stands if you guys want to check out AK, I always take off the last week of July / first week of August to show family & friends around the State... the salmon fishing is killer right about then.

darin
10-02-2010, 07:57 PM
Rick - one day, it's my sincere hope to take you up on that. That kinda vacation would be right up my alley. Flying into Anchorage? Fairbanks?

darin
10-02-2010, 08:05 PM
That Falls pic...

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NightTrain
10-02-2010, 08:19 PM
Rick - one day, it's my sincere hope to take you up on that. That kinda vacation would be right up my alley. Flying into Anchorage? Fairbanks?

Anchorage. Wasilla is 45 miles out of Anchorage, and that's been HQ for me for 25 years now.

The only time I go to Fairbanks is for a job - I never liked it up there.

NightTrain
10-02-2010, 08:20 PM
That Falls pic...

http://www.debatepolicy.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=1979&d=1286064313

Wow, that brightened up nicely! What did you use on that?

darin
10-02-2010, 10:56 PM
Just did a quick unsharp mask in photoshop. Mostly adjusted contrast; selectively.

SassyLady
10-03-2010, 12:46 AM
Awesome pics .... thanks for sharing.

Abbey
10-03-2010, 01:36 AM
I loved these pics! Thank you for sharing. Typical girly reaction, I guess, but I particularly liked the foxglove shot. Those are beautiful flowers.
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SassyLady
10-03-2010, 01:57 AM
I loved these pics! Thank you for sharing. Typical girly reaction, I guess, but I particularly liked the foxglove shot. Those are beautiful flowers.
:clap:

LOL ..... I was reading this, Abbey, and somehow missed the "glove" part of foxglove until I saw the word flowers. Had to go back and reread....I thought you were referring to NT as being a fox....and I was mentally agreeing and then heard that scratching sound a needle on a record makes because I had to backup and reconcile "fox - flowers???"! How funny!!!

NightTrain
10-03-2010, 01:01 PM
Awesome pics .... thanks for sharing.

My pleasure, KP, glad you enjoyed them.

NightTrain
10-03-2010, 01:04 PM
I loved these pics! Thank you for sharing. Typical girly reaction, I guess, but I particularly liked the foxglove shot. Those are beautiful flowers.
:clap:

You're welcome! Since you liked those foxgloves, here's a couple more of them.

I was down in Ketchikan at the hotel, and uploaded pictures to my facebook & I put up a picture of those intending to ask my girlfriend (who is from that area) what they were... I never got a chance to ask, she immediately put up "Foxgloves!" under the pic in the comment section. She knew why I would bother uploading pictures of flowers, lol.

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NightTrain
10-03-2010, 01:05 PM
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NightTrain
10-03-2010, 01:18 PM
A mated pair of eagles, supervising activities around Yakutat airport.

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NightTrain
10-03-2010, 01:19 PM
Nothing like a moose hanging out on the runway... Yakutat airport.

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NightTrain
10-03-2010, 01:23 PM
Video of Mountain Goats we spotted above Glacier Bay. As they ran, they were shedding great sheets of wool falling off them. Toward the end you can see a big mama goat spin around to fight and her little kid running back to her.

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Kathianne
10-03-2010, 01:26 PM
Like Jim, I spent about 20 minutes just going through the photos. What a beautiful country it is up north. Thanks, Rick, so awesome!

NightTrain
10-03-2010, 02:16 PM
I'm glad you liked them, Kathi. I'll upload more later... PhotoBucket appears to be having difficulties.

NightTrain
10-03-2010, 02:32 PM
Me getting my daughter's line free after she got it snagged in Disappointment Creek off the Talkeetna River.

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NightTrain
10-03-2010, 02:33 PM
I have a friend that lives on the Kenai River. We stopped in to visit, he showed us his man-sized freezer, fully stocked with salmon.

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NightTrain
10-03-2010, 02:34 PM
View from his house, looking at the Kenai River.

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NightTrain
10-03-2010, 02:36 PM
He has deck everywhere, it's really beautiful there.

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NightTrain
10-03-2010, 02:37 PM
My new girlfriend and I at a waterfall on the beach near Ninilchik. We almost got stuck in the pickups a few times getting here, but it was nothing that full throttle didn't fix.

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NightTrain
10-03-2010, 02:40 PM
A very young moose calf without his mother... she must have gotten killed by a vehicle, because this little fella ran down the highway for about 4 miles and almost got hit by traffic a dozen times before finally running off into the woods. He was too young to be solo, he won't make it through the winter.

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NightTrain
10-03-2010, 02:40 PM
It didn't help that it was foggy out, it was a minor miracle that he didn't get whacked by traffic coming the other way, even though I was flashing my lights at oncoming traffic.... a couple of trucks whizzed by him doing 60.

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NightTrain
10-03-2010, 02:44 PM
My sister taking a picture of an eagle that was fishing for trout on the Anchor River. We watched him nail two Dolly Vardens and carry them to his mate that was guarding the nest with a few eaglets in it.

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NightTrain
10-03-2010, 02:45 PM
My Uncle from Wisconsin and I fishing on the Anchor River in early August.

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NightTrain
10-03-2010, 02:49 PM
The fishing eagle returned, nabbed a trout, and then sat there on the other side resting. Then began getting harassed by seagulls and ravens who wanted in on the action.

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Kathianne
10-03-2010, 02:49 PM
He has deck everywhere, it's really beautiful there.

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Must have awesome parties! View, fishing, and smoked salmon. I think I'd be in heaven. Heck, while it also looks great for canoeing, I just know I'd be wanting to read and that deck and listen to the sounds.

NightTrain
10-03-2010, 02:50 PM
This picture turned out pretty cool, it's just dog tracks in the mud next to the ocean. Leave it to a kid to spot something that an adult wouldn't bother looking twice at.

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NightTrain
10-03-2010, 02:57 PM
A sign near the Russian Orthodox Church by the Anchor River. There's still a sizable Russian community down there on the Kenai Peninsula.

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NightTrain
10-03-2010, 03:00 PM
I never camp out in a campground, however on this trip I had to bring a camper trailer along so that my 68 year old Uncle didn't sleep in a tent. We found a secluded campsite overlooking the ocean on a bluff, so it worked out.

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NightTrain
10-03-2010, 03:01 PM
A moose outside our living room window last March.

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Kathianne
10-03-2010, 03:02 PM
The only 'wild wild life' around here are coyotes, foxes, and ground squirrels. Oh yeah, an occasional deer.

BTW, that baby moose on the road, made me think of Bambi and I nearly cried.

NightTrain
10-03-2010, 03:09 PM
While over at a friend's house last March, I asked my daughter to go turn the 4-wheeler around for me. She hopped on and went to a nice big clearing & promptly got stuck. My friend Karl and all our kids pushing got her out.

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NightTrain
10-03-2010, 03:14 PM
While riding 4-wheelers way off the beaten path, we spotted this old Caddy that is in remarkable shape. I'm seriously considering trying to find the owner and restoring this.

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NightTrain
10-03-2010, 03:18 PM
We came upon an old homestead from the pioneer days. The old horse-drawn mower was made by McCormick - Deering and was made from 1929 to 1935. I can't imagine how rough living here would have been back then.

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NightTrain
10-03-2010, 03:24 PM
The cleared land is still remarkably brush free.

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NightTrain
10-03-2010, 03:24 PM
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NightTrain
10-03-2010, 03:25 PM
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NightTrain
10-03-2010, 03:28 PM
After about 30 miles down this trail, the dogs were happy to take on some cold water. We probably ran 5 pounds of blubber off them on this trip.

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NightTrain
10-03-2010, 03:28 PM
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NightTrain
10-03-2010, 03:32 PM
My 13 year old son and I went for a 4-wheeler ride up the King River in May.

After I got custody, I took him down and had that ridiculous shag cut off him. Now he looks back at pictures of himself and cringes, much to my amusement.

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NightTrain
10-03-2010, 03:32 PM
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NightTrain
10-03-2010, 03:33 PM
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NightTrain
10-03-2010, 03:34 PM
An old gold mine shaft from the pioneer days. Again, I am amazed at what these people did with only hand tools and mules.

http://i585.photobucket.com/albums/ss293/NightTrain70/2010/IMAG0259.jpg

NightTrain
10-03-2010, 03:35 PM
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NightTrain
10-03-2010, 03:36 PM
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NightTrain
10-03-2010, 03:36 PM
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NightTrain
10-03-2010, 07:56 PM
My girlfriend runs a hunting & fishing lodge in remote Alaska, located about 300 miles West of Anchorage.

I flew out there and visited her for a week earlier this Summer while she was working out there and had a blast.

This next batch of pictures are hers.

http://i585.photobucket.com/albums/ss293/NightTrain70/shroom.jpg

NightTrain
10-03-2010, 07:57 PM
One of the guides, Erin, with a King Salmon

http://i585.photobucket.com/albums/ss293/NightTrain70/RedKing.jpg

NightTrain
10-03-2010, 07:58 PM
http://i585.photobucket.com/albums/ss293/NightTrain70/rainbow.jpg

NightTrain
10-03-2010, 07:58 PM
Mt. Illiamna, on a different day (and not smoking) and on the opposite side from where I took the picture of this mountain from Kodiak.

http://i585.photobucket.com/albums/ss293/NightTrain70/MtIlliamna.jpg

NightTrain
10-03-2010, 08:00 PM
Some very happy hunters.

http://i585.photobucket.com/albums/ss293/NightTrain70/Moosetrophies.jpg

NightTrain
10-03-2010, 08:01 PM
http://i585.photobucket.com/albums/ss293/NightTrain70/Moosetrophies2.jpg

NightTrain
10-03-2010, 08:01 PM
One very nice bull moose.

http://i585.photobucket.com/albums/ss293/NightTrain70/Moosebigboy.jpg

NightTrain
10-03-2010, 08:03 PM
End of the runway at Port Alsworth, Alaska. John fueling up his Super Cub.

http://i585.photobucket.com/albums/ss293/NightTrain70/LakeClark.jpg

NightTrain
10-03-2010, 08:04 PM
The tundra tires really come in handy out there.

http://i585.photobucket.com/albums/ss293/NightTrain70/John.jpg

NightTrain
10-03-2010, 08:05 PM
A Grizzly sow with her cub.

http://i585.photobucket.com/albums/ss293/NightTrain70/Grizzlycub.jpg

NightTrain
10-03-2010, 08:05 PM
http://i585.photobucket.com/albums/ss293/NightTrain70/Grizzlies.jpg

NightTrain
10-03-2010, 08:07 PM
A Grayling. She has a waterproof camera, my next one will be as well.

http://i585.photobucket.com/albums/ss293/NightTrain70/Grayling.jpg

NightTrain
10-03-2010, 08:08 PM
Negative on that flyby! The pattern is full!

http://i585.photobucket.com/albums/ss293/NightTrain70/Flyby.jpg

NightTrain
10-03-2010, 08:08 PM
A pretty cool paint job on that salmon.

http://i585.photobucket.com/albums/ss293/NightTrain70/FlameSalmon.jpg

NightTrain
10-03-2010, 08:09 PM
A Caribou.

http://i585.photobucket.com/albums/ss293/NightTrain70/Caribou.jpg

NightTrain
10-03-2010, 08:10 PM
A much bigger Caribou.

http://i585.photobucket.com/albums/ss293/NightTrain70/Caribou2.jpg

darin
10-03-2010, 08:11 PM
You've got me looking for jobs in Anchorage. :)

NightTrain
10-03-2010, 08:11 PM
Caribou crossing.

http://i585.photobucket.com/albums/ss293/NightTrain70/CaribouCrossing.jpg

NightTrain
10-03-2010, 08:12 PM
An even bigger Caribou.

http://i585.photobucket.com/albums/ss293/NightTrain70/BigBoy.jpg

NightTrain
10-03-2010, 08:13 PM
Moose camp.

http://i585.photobucket.com/albums/ss293/NightTrain70/Camp.jpg

NightTrain
10-03-2010, 08:14 PM
A bear snack.

http://i585.photobucket.com/albums/ss293/NightTrain70/BearSnack.jpg

NightTrain
10-03-2010, 08:15 PM
A Silver with evidence of other fishing critters in the area.

http://i585.photobucket.com/albums/ss293/NightTrain70/BearandSilver.jpg

NightTrain
10-03-2010, 08:16 PM
An Arctic Char. These are sea-run Dolly Varden that return, and probably the most beautiful fish I've ever seen, especially in the wintertime.

http://i585.photobucket.com/albums/ss293/NightTrain70/ArcticChar.jpg

NightTrain
10-03-2010, 08:17 PM
A glacier that empties into Lake Clark.

http://i585.photobucket.com/albums/ss293/NightTrain70/10230_103316999680547_100000067418233_94552_174962 6_n.jpg

NightTrain
10-03-2010, 08:18 PM
A clear stream emptying into a glacier fed stream.

http://i585.photobucket.com/albums/ss293/NightTrain70/10230_103312623014318_100000067418233_94367_647023 0_n.jpg

NightTrain
10-03-2010, 08:18 PM
Behind the lodge about a half mile, beaver activity.

http://i585.photobucket.com/albums/ss293/NightTrain70/10230_103205923024988_100000067418233_91922_936808 _n.jpg

NightTrain
10-03-2010, 08:22 PM
This was very entertaining. I was fixing the groomer (you drag it behind a 4-wheeler to smooth out the runway) when my girlfriend came down from the Lodge and told me to come "help feed the babies". We walked down to the river and she threw in a chunk of salmon eggs, and thousands of baby King Salmon fry swarmed on it. I spent 3 hours or more doing this and went through 10 pounds of salmon eggs.

http://i585.photobucket.com/albums/ss293/NightTrain70/6775_100395099972737_100000067418233_8333_2654472_ n.jpg

NightTrain
10-03-2010, 08:23 PM
A pretty good size wolf track.

http://i585.photobucket.com/albums/ss293/NightTrain70/6775_100395089972738_100000067418233_8330_4525197_ n.jpg

NightTrain
10-03-2010, 08:23 PM
A freshwater seal in Lake Illiamna.

http://i585.photobucket.com/albums/ss293/NightTrain70/6775_100395079972739_100000067418233_8327_2493835_ n.jpg

NightTrain
10-03-2010, 08:24 PM
A nice 52# King Salmon.

http://i585.photobucket.com/albums/ss293/NightTrain70/52poundKing.jpg

MtnBiker
10-08-2010, 07:18 PM
Very nice pics NT! Always look forward to your photos. Loved the wildlife pictures and a few with the chocolate lab.

chloe
10-09-2010, 11:11 PM
A freshwater seal in Lake Illiamna.

http://i585.photobucket.com/albums/ss293/NightTrain70/6775_100395079972739_100000067418233_8327_2493835_ n.jpg


so cute

NightTrain
10-14-2010, 06:06 PM
Very nice pics NT! Always look forward to your photos. Loved the wildlife pictures and a few with the chocolate lab.

Thanks, Dan. The Lab's name is Truffles, she's one of the smartest dogs I've ever met. Her only downfall is she likes to go walkabout here around the neighborhood and not too long ago I had to go bail her ass out of jail. A Wasilla cop stopped, lured her into the back of his cop car, and took her to the pound... $120 to get her out.

But she's a great dog.

NightTrain
12-20-2010, 12:47 PM
Since I've got nothing but time on my hands, figured I'd test out my upload capabilities via satellite internet...

Here's a pic I took as we were driving through Wasilla last week on the way to drop me off at the Anchorage airport, there was a powerful windstorm that blew over several rigs. This is a Lynden truck.

http://i585.photobucket.com/albums/ss293/NightTrain70/IMAG1199.jpg

NightTrain
12-20-2010, 01:11 PM
Current conditions!

http://i585.photobucket.com/albums/ss293/NightTrain70/IMAG1223.jpg

NightTrain
12-20-2010, 01:12 PM
Not looking promising for a flight home. While the Alaska Airlines pilots are very good, the weather isn't cooperating.

http://i585.photobucket.com/albums/ss293/NightTrain70/IMAG1222.jpg

NT'sGirl
01-13-2013, 07:34 PM
Behind the lodge about a half mile, beaver activity.

http://i585.photobucket.com/albums/ss293/NightTrain70/10230_103205923024988_100000067418233_91922_936808 _n.jpg



YOU STOLE MY PICTURE! I love that place

NT'sGirl
01-13-2013, 07:41 PM
Some very happy hunters.

http://i585.photobucket.com/albums/ss293/NightTrain70/Moosetrophies.jpg



That was fun having a paraplegic out 300 miles from town modified the whole camp so he could be out there
and he got his moose!

Robert A Whit
01-13-2013, 07:47 PM
This was a hell of a big slug... more rainforest critters.

http://i585.photobucket.com/albums/ss293/NightTrain70/2010/IMAG0723.jpg (http://s585.photobucket.com/albums/ss293/NightTrain70/2010/?action=view&current=IMAG0723.jpg)

Probably a Banana slug. We have them in the SF Bay Area too. In the redwoods mostly.

NT'sGirl
01-13-2013, 07:51 PM
Probably a Banana slug. We have them in the SF Bay Area too. In the redwoods mostly.


Yes but they are rarely yellow here

Robert A Whit
01-13-2013, 07:59 PM
I am still looking at the pictures that NTs girl dug up.

Thanks NT for the photos and to his girl, thanks for making them evident.

Robert A Whit
01-13-2013, 08:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Robert A Whit http://www.debatepolicy.com/images/debate_policy/buttons/viewpost-right.png (http://www.debatepolicy.com/showthread.php?p=606498#post606498)
Probably a Banana slug. We have them in the SF Bay Area too. In the redwoods mostly.





Yes but they are rarely yellow here

I probably am wrong since you mentioned the color.

NT'sGirl
01-13-2013, 08:04 PM
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I probably am wrong since you mentioned the color.



no they range from blue/green to brown and of course the signature yellow

But it is a banana slug

Robert A Whit
01-13-2013, 08:09 PM
That photo perhaps is a Banana slug since I found out that they also inhabit some of Alaska. Not all are bright yellow.

Read this. (Wikipedia is the source)

Ariolimax columbianus (http://www.debatepolicy.com/w/index.php?title=Ariolimax_columbianus&action=edit&redlink=1) is native to the forest (http://www.debatepolicy.com/wiki/Forest) floors along North America's Pacific coastal coniferous rainforest belt (including redwood forests) which stretches from Southeastern Alaska (http://www.debatepolicy.com/wiki/Alaska) to Santa Cruz, California (http://www.debatepolicy.com/wiki/Santa_Cruz,_California).
Several discontinuous populations do also occur in forested slopes of the coastal and traverse mountain ranges south of Santa Cruz as far south as Ventura County (http://www.debatepolicy.com/wiki/Ventura_County), with a tiny, isolated population located in Palomar Mountain State Park (http://www.debatepolicy.com/wiki/Palomar_Mountain_State_Park) within the Palomar Mountain Range (http://www.debatepolicy.com/wiki/Palomar_Mountain_Range) in San Diego County, California (http://www.debatepolicy.com/wiki/San_Diego_County,_California). The Palomar Mountains have lush Sierra Nevada-like coniferous forests and black oak woodlands unlike the surrounding semiarid lands of inland San Diego County and mark the southernmost population of banana slugs. The slugs were rediscovered several years ago along Doane Creek, part of the Lower Doane Valley/Lower French Trail. This population is believed to be a relict (http://www.debatepolicy.com/wiki/Relict) from the Pleistocene epoch when the climate was cooler and wetter.
Small, isolated populations also occur east of the Pacific Coast such as in the inland coniferous rainforests of British Columbia (http://www.debatepolicy.com/wiki/British_Columbia)'s Columbia Mountains (http://www.debatepolicy.com/wiki/Columbia_Mountains) (interior wet-belt), just west of the Canadian Rockies (http://www.debatepolicy.com/wiki/Canadian_Rockies), and have been seen at lower elevations near creeks and damp areas of Mount Revelstoke National Park (http://www.debatepolicy.com/wiki/Mount_Revelstoke_National_Park). Small populations of banana slugs have also been seen along creek and damp areas of the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada (http://www.debatepolicy.com/wiki/Sierra_Nevada_(U.S.)) mountains to the north of Yosemite National Park (http://www.debatepolicy.com/wiki/Yosemite_National_Park) in California. Slug densities in these outlying areas in the Columbia Mountains, Sierra Nevada Mountains, and areas south of Santa Cruz are low compared to densities in the coastal coniferous rainforest belt and are rather restricted to damp areas near creeks, ravines, and gullies.[7] (http://www.debatepolicy.com/#cite_note-BIO-7) This population is probably also a relict from the Pleistocene epoch.