quick thinking quacker

Our first winter on Setter Lake taught us a lesson in survival. It was early winter and there was snow on the ground and the lake was largely inced over though a deeper section on the further side from us still showed water. Sara, Tara, and I exited from the kitchen door and started ourContinue reading “quick thinking quacker”

amanita muscaria: polka, anyone?

Polka, anyone????? The flamboyant orange-capped form of Amanita muscaria with its striking white polka-dots or is difficult to overlook! This toadstool finding the boreal and temperate environment of Prince of Wales Island conducive to growth brags multiple variants based on two variables – 1) the color of its cap which ranges from reds, oranges, yellows,Continue reading “amanita muscaria: polka, anyone?”

elias’ fave gumdrops

Early one spring day, we– Elias, Sammie, Bug, Tara, and I – were walking down along the lake when Eli disappeared around the point ahead of us. Just as we reached the point Eli reappeared holding his jaws in an odd position, cheeks slightly puffed out, almost as though he was holding something in hisContinue reading “elias’ fave gumdrops”

summer of the black dog

I believe it was the summer of 2009 when I first saw the black dog. She was laying at the bottom of the deadman’s curve between Black Bear Creek and Duke Creek on the highway to Klawock. leaning against the guardrail, head and eyes alert, searching. The black dog was a mix of border collieContinue reading “summer of the black dog”

quoth the raven “nevermore.”

The symbolic meaning of the Raven in Native American  lore describes the raven as a creature of metamorphosis, and symbolizes change/transformation. In some tribes, the Raven is considered a trickster because of its transforming/changing attributes. This is especially true for the  Haida tribe, who claim he discovered the first humans hiding in a clam shell and broughtContinue reading “quoth the raven “nevermore.””

the professional drone shop SEAKdrones, llc

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no palm trees but no minus 40F, or 12′ snowdrifts either

Climate/Weather Prince of Wales Island enjoys a much milder climate than what most people expect in Alaska. The Island is situated at around 56 degrees north latitude, almost midway between Seattle, WA and Anchorage, AK. The island’s climate is classified as mid latitude oceanic (Köeppen classification Cfb) with cool summers and mild winters, and moistContinue reading “no palm trees but no minus 40F, or 12′ snowdrifts either”

Gavia immer

The hauntingly beautiful cries of the common loon ,Gavia immer, across Setter Lake always sets my heart a-singing. . Although I thoroughly welcome and enjoy the songs of the many birds who stop at our bird feeders as they traverse northward, it is the sound of the loon in the budding  or diminishing day thatContinue reading “Gavia immer”

prince of wales muskegs rich with life

The wetlands of Prince of Wales, indeed Alaska, are called muskegs. Wikipedia has the following introduction on their article about muskegs Muskeg (Cree: maskek; French: fondrière de mousse, lit. moss bog) is an acidic soil type common in Arctic and boreal areas, although it is found in other northern climates as well. Muskeg is approximately synonymous with bogland, but “muskeg” is the standard term in Western Canada andContinue reading “prince of wales muskegs rich with life”