Friday, August 5, 2016

Life Snapshots August 2016 Week 1

It's late summer here in Alaska, verging on Fall.  Shhh!  Don't tell any other Alaskans that I said the "F" word.  It means the light is slowing disappearing, the mornings are getting cooler, the fireweed is going to seed and the trees aren't as green as they once were.

The Porch Postscript:  Life Snapshot - Week 1
Fireweed from past seasons

It's a love-hate kind of thing for me.  I love the light this time of year, the magic hour begins to return.  If you're a photographer of any kind you'll understand that, if you're not, you might be wondering what I'm talking about.  The basic translation of the magic hour is the light is golden in the early morning and late afternoon.  It baths everything in a beautiful, warm light, that seems to make photographs pop off the screen or page.

The Porch Postscript:  Life Snapshot - Week 1
Morning Moose (Taken with iPhone, zoom)

The hate is knowing that in only a few months we'll be down to just a few hours of daylight each day.  We're blessed where we live in the Interior, as we still get some light during the darkest part of the year, but the further north you go the less light you'll find.  Those in Nome go completely dark, as in no sunlight for months.

It won't be long and we'll be picking the Low-Brush Cranberries, also known as Lingonberries.  Areas of our yard are loaded with them, and I have ideas for hanging on to that last bit of summer through the winter months.  I didn't get to the blueberry picking this year, unfortunately.  We're working on cultivating our wild raspberries, with the hope they will produce something in a couple of years.

The Porch Postscript:  Life Snapshot - Week 1
Our wild raspberry patch, going domestic

We've had a beautiful garden this year and we owe a big part of it to friends.  When your friends call and say "We have some extra plants that won't fit in the garden.  Would you like them?"  You say YES!  What's in the garden this year?  Broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, tomatoes, carrots, pumpkins, potatoes, cabbage, cucumbers, kale, mustard greens, Swiss chard, and sunflowers.   Hoping our tomatoes ripen before the frost comes, but in order for that to happen we need the sun to come out and the rain to travel somewhere that needs it.  It was a wet July and August isn't looking much better.

The Porch Postscript:  Life Snapshot - Week 1
Our Happy Garden

I hope you've enjoyed this little snapshot of our life.  This is going to be a regular weekly feature.  If you're curious about living in Alaska, feel free to leave your questions in the comments.  I'll be happy to answer what I can.

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