God in all things, Photography, Scenery, Travel

Braiding

This is the Toklat River in Denali NP. It is a good example of a braided river, which we saw many of in Alaska. Braided streams tend to occur in rivers carrying a large amount of of coarse sediment. They are also associated with rivers that experience regular surges in the amount of water being carried.

Sounds like a great metaphor for what we should do in life: carry along good things we experience and deposit them for others to enjoy.

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The Bridge

This is a photo of the footbridge crossing the Savage River in Denali NP. There is a scenic trail that goes for nearly one mile on one side of the river. This bridge allows you to cross the river to return on the other side of the river. As you can tell from the photo, this is a fairly nice bridge. And this is definitely not a river most people would cross if there was no bridge. At yet, it is easy to take a bridge like this for granted. Climbing up the hill made me more appreciative of it.

So often, a small change in perspective can give us a new appreciation for things (and people) in our lives.

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At the Root

This is another photo taken during our hike on Root Glacier. I thought the name “Root” might be somehow related to the nearby copper mines. However, it was actually named for Elihu Root who was the Secretary of War at the time and later the Secretary of State. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for many achievements during his time in office.

I would guess that more people know of Root Glacier than about Elihu Root. It is said that we are remembered more for who we are than what we do.

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Bittersweet

Eagle River Nature Center, Anchorage

This was our last hike in Alaska, other than walking along the waterfront in Anchorage. The end of a trip is usually a bittersweet experience. Part of me is looking forward to returning home, part of me is sad the trip is nearly over.

Life has many bittersweet moments. Sometimes we label them mixed blessings. The truth is that these moments are surely blessings.

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Rivers

McCarthy, Alaska

There are so many incredible things to see in Alaska. I did not expect rivers to be something that amazed me. The McCarthy Creek is in the lower part of this photo and is notable for the rapids. The Kennicott River can be seen in the background, flowing from the Kennicott Glacier. There is a milky appearance to the water from the glacial flour (rock ground into small particles by the glacier). We also saw braided rivers and broad flowing rivers.

Part of the wonder of creation is the marvelous diversity that exists.

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Timing

This photo was taken at the Creamer’s Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge in Fairbanks, Alaska. There were several birds on this small lake. It didn’t take too long to get a photo of one flying just above the water surface.

We also saw several sandhill cranes wandering around the fields. We heard that we missed the primary migration by a few weeks, when thousands of the sandhill cranes gather in the fields.

There is a rhythm to life. God’s timing is perfect.

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Knowledge

This photo was taken on the Root Glacier in Wrangell-St Elias NP. The surface of a glacier was not at all like I expected. It is covered with these large “waves”. If you zoom on the center of the photo, you can also see a small stream and pool of water.

Why did I think I knew anything about glaciers? Sure, I had seen pictures of glaciers and even talked to people who had been on them. I knew a little about crevasses and that I wanted to avoid them. I had never heard of a moulin which is a giant hole in the glacier that carries water from the surface all the way to the underside of the glacier.

Whatever we know, it is even more important to recognize what we don’t know.

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