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Some Photographs with an Anglers Eye;

Thinking some may find these good to view.

I had the opportunity to travel over 800 miles of the state in the past few days and took some pictures along the way. Some of the travel was done by boat, some by pickup truck, and some on foot. I had a guest come to catch silver salmon, a species who's whereabouts right now are not entirely clear so we treked from rivers to surf after them. At the end of it all he had three on the hook but did not land any of the group. He did catch fish but not the silvers. Alaska can be funny like that, if you really need the run to get here while you're here, things may not prove that simple. I am fortunate in that I am always here and the fish cannot avoid me.

These first two pictures were taken on the same day from approximately the same point on the SuSitna River they were shot about 8 hours apart. The mountain is called 'SuSitna' which translates to: Sleeping Lady, if you look at the profile you may see the lady at rest.

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The 'Lady' in a storm, they say if you don't like the weather, stick around a while and it'll change. This day was a classic example of that.

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I travel the river often but this view is not always out. The mountains in the distance are Mt. McKinley & Foraker. From the boat where this was shot using a 50mm Sigma f2.8 with polarizer, you are about 125 miles as the crow flies from the mountains. The lighting and clouds were what made me take this.

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Wild Oats and salt water with the mountains as a backdrop made this a good look to me.

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A few years back I photographed this volcano while it was active, I'm not sure if I ever showed that here but here it is at rest with some Fireweed.

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Lichen's, salt water and mountains combined to give depth of field in this picture.

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Storm and fog over Kachemak Bay;

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A birch on a hill;

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Passing Train;

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Kill the hens you kill the river.
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great post Ard, nice pictures. I hope to one day make the trip to Alaska!!!!
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AK scenery

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Wonderful contribution. Thank you.
Also enjoyed the "Playboy" line in a different thread.
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Wonderful Photos Ard!
The pics of the SuSitna River bring back memories of a 10 day self-guided float we took on the Talachilitna a few years back. What a beautiful area.

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Nice shots! I especially like the fireweed and lichen shots. That looks like the Turnagain arm.

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Hi Mark,

That's where the lichens and rocks were taken, with precipitation from here to Skwentna driving rivers to bank full level I had to take the fellow to the Kenai to find a reasonable flow. He had never been to Homer so I took him there and then we walked and drove from the weir on Anchor river to the Inlet searching for fish. The Anchor was very low (a sharp contrast to what I have been dealing with) and the silvers were absent. With the lighting as it was and my guest being interested in photography I stopped several times along the road back to the Valley for photo ops. I had a Sigma 50mm f2.8 on my camera so I took some photos also. I put that shot of McKinley taken from the river on my desktop as a background, I'm glad I took that The one with fireweed foreground and Mt. Redoubt across the Inlet was taken around Happy Valley.

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Funny how I could pick out the location from such a shot! I was up there a few years ago and took some moon-rise shots from the same area. The place really stuck with me. Beautiful is an understatement.

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Amazing photos. Thanks for sharing them with us.

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Lots of thoughts and feelings in your pictures Ard. Envious to say the least. More power to you!!
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Great photos

Great photos, Ard. Thanks for posting.

What an amazing place you live in. I hope I can make a trip up there some day.

Of course, people say the same thing about the area I live in, but not many of my out-of-state friends ever come to visit.

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Nice shots, Ard-I,too, hope to someday see some of that beauty in person-and to sample some of your great fishing as well!
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Great photos, Ard. Thanks for posting.

What an amazing place you live in. I hope I can make a trip up there some day.

Of course, people say the same thing about the area I live in, but not many of my out-of-state friends ever come to visit.
Hi Mike,

I used to spend as much time in your area as I could get away with but we have missed one another by 30 years. In 1981, 82, 83, 84 and 86, I made six week trips into the area fishing as many rivers and creeks as made sense. Now I am trying to explore and understand this region for a while. Sooner or later I'll be back down your way

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Great pictures Ard,

I love the colors on the 6th one.
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great pics I like the lichens pictures!

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