A pair of trumpeter swans are annual summer residents of the neighborhood. They nest off of a large shallow lake in the back forty, but usually arrive before the ice has gone out. For the first few weeks, they can be seen swimming in, what is really no more than a glorified puddle, until the lake thaws. The swans are not often seen in this small pond near the cabins, but they do make an appearance or two every summer. This visit took place in August of 2018.
Camera: Leica M3/135mm Leitz lens; Film: Kodak 35mm, Ektar 100
Special thanks to the Aldo Leopold Foundation
Comic credit: Chad Carpenter’s Tundra
No, not the political ads…
A bull moose makes his way through an Interior Alaska autumn. Photo credit: NPS
Subject: The Elusive, Wicked Witch of the Far Northwest; Camera: Kodak 66; Film: Kodak 120 T-Max 100
I am back in The ‘Banks in time for All Hallows Eve. The cabin wood bin is full, the weasel still resides in the wood shed outside, and we received just a dusting of snow on Sunday. That does make life better for the rabbits, as they had already turned white and really stood out on the brown earth.
The 2-4″ in the forecast, tuned out to be .4″ in reality. We will avoid a brown Halloween only on a technicality. We have had just one brown Halloween since record keeping began in Fairbanks. The year was 1938, when a Chinook wind blew in, and melted what snow there was on the ground in the latter half of October.
We are still on pace in 2018 to rewrite some records, however. 1938 set the record for the latest date Fairbanks had an inch of snow on the ground. November 6, to be exact. As of this writing, we have no precipitation in the forecast for the next 10 days.
The Pond has just enough ice to support the dusting of snow
On the shores of Mille Lacs Lake.