Sunday, June 27, 2010

I saw this little guy today on the drive from Seward to Anchorage. My friend and former wildlife tech partner Louis started a water taxi company in Seward, and I finally had two days off in a row so I drove out to Seward to check it out. I saw moose on the drive there and back, how lucky! This is not the first time I've seen a moose kneel like this to eat, and it's really adorable! It was pouring rain but worth getting out to take a few shots. I will post yesterday's moose (three- a mom and two babies!) soon!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Here's a cute squirrel couple I saw in Northway. My guides kept saying, "Look at the squirrels!!" But at first they were completely camouflaged to me in the cabin's walls. Luckily I saw them before it was too late, I got two pics before they darted off.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

village dog

I met this happy village dog in Northway, a village which is in the boundaries of Tetlin NWR. The woman who usually leaves food out for him says she never has to worry when she goes out of town, because others in the village pick up the slack! That's an eagle feather, by the way.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

The Eagle Trail fire was started by lightning and is one of the highest priority fires in the country, having burned over 18,000 acres with a lot of "urban interface" in its path (homes, cabins, etc). At one point it was burning 10 miles from Tok. There are fire crews here from all over the country. Here's a fire crew gridding in burned forest just outside of Tok. They make sure there are no areas that are still hot or smoldering, because with the hot weather, a fire can start up again after being extinguished. I didn't notice until after I took the top pic that the guy had a butterfly on his shoulder, so I then had to get a close-up! There was one girl on the crew who wielded her axe when the guys goaded her into it. She had lovely blue nail polish! In the bottom pic, you can see that in this area, the fire didn't jump the road, but it did in a lot of other areas.

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

I took this pic Sunday on the drive to Tok, which is where we're staying while we film the Tetlin NWR documentary. Because of my wildlife tech work, even though I have spent five and a half years in Alaska, this is only my second summer based in Anchorage. I'm usually in far-flung remote places like the northern Alaska peninsula, Prudhoe Bay or Haines (well Haines isn't remote, but it's Southeast!) Summers in those places are chilly, rainy and in the case of Prudhoe, even snowy (it snowed in July). So I'm really enjoying taking pics of a green, sunny summer!

Sunday, June 06, 2010

I am off to Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge for a week of filming for the documentary we've been working on since winter. Not sure how great wireless will be out there, so in the meantime, here's a pic of Choctaw, who has an eye condition requiring her to wear Doggles outside--so cute!

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Today I produced an interview with US Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner for CNBC. He stopped in Anchorage on his way to the G-20 Summit in South Korea.

When I did the location scout, I sent a pic of the Chugach mountain range under a bright blue sky...well, that was yesterday and today it rained! But we set up a tent and as you can see, the satellite truck operator and I stood as a human shield with umbrellas to block him from the wind, which worked great!

He was answering questions live on air for a show called "Closing Bell." I found it interesting that his people said he'd never done an interview via satellite with a reporter in studio. Luckily, it turned out perfectly! He spoke of going fishing in Alaska quickly before heading of to South Korea, but I think he was joking.

The bottom pic is us with the satellite truck operator and the makeup artist.