Monday, November 26, 2012

Canadian Rockies

We finished our trip in the Great White North by flying from Winnipeg to Calgary, and spending a few days in the Canadian Rockies.  We've been there in the summer, and it is amazing - but somehow it's even more beautiful in the winter.

A foggy Lake Louise

Castle Mountain

Mount Rundle, just outside of Banff

Jennifer burning off some excess energy at Lake Louise

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving - Polar Bear Bloopers

We hope everyone in the US is enjoying Thanksgiving - we are celebrating up in Canada, and remembering a few polar bear blooper shots....

Can you come out and play?

You can't see me.....

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Polar Bear close encounters

We had an amazing time with the bears.  They are intelligent, curious, adaptable, strong, beautiful & particularly well suited for the arctic climate.  Let's hope we don't push the limits of their adaptability.

A very clean female coming to check us out at the lodge

We were lined up inside the fence, and she made repeated trips to see us.  She was probably 3 feet away from us here

Another pass

Earlier in the morning, a male came close and hung out

Bear number 2 smells the approach of a 3rd bear

After a brief grumpy exchange, the bear in the foreground drove the 3rd bear away

Then it was time for a rest by the fence, in front of the dining room

Followed by checking the humans out behind the fence....

Sunday, November 18, 2012

More Northern Lights

We were treated to another nighttime light show!




Saturday, November 17, 2012

Polar Bear on parole

This morning we had a polar bear visit our lodge area.  He had recently been released from the Polar Bear jail in Churchill.  The guides said that he was very comfortable with the lodge and guests, and was probably a visitor of the area last year - and probably around 5 years old.

We enjoyed following him around and taking his mug shot.








Friday, November 16, 2012

Northern Lights

We were treated to a light show last night.  No polar bear sightings today, but plenty of red foxes and beautiful scenery.

Some red to go with the dominant green color

It was one big band across the sky - here's looking over Hudson Bay

Sunrise colors in the ice early this morning

Mr Fox watches his shadow

Getting warm in the sun

Don't show Jenn's mom this picture!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Polar Bears!

High winds in Churchill caused a delay in our day getting to the lodge to see the polar bears.  High winds meant the small planes were grounded - eventually we were moved over to helicopters and made it before sundown.

We had enough time to get a few pictures...





Sunday, October 21, 2012

Seattle Stormy Rainbows

A big hail storm rolled through Seattle this afternoon including rare thunder & lightning.  It was immediately followed by the most intense rainbow we've ever seen.

Rainbow (1 of 4)
Looking north towards Kenmore

Rainbow (2 of 4)
Rainbow slice with falling rain

Rainbow (3 of 4)
Looking east towards Juanita/Kirkland

Rainbow (4 of 4)
Rainbow emerges from a storm cloud

Friday, October 5, 2012

More from Greece

We are home now, catching up on the remaining photos from the trip.

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Night-time very wide angle view of the caldera.  You can see the volcano shape - and it's 1,000 feet down to the water from the patio.

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Old windmills in the town of Oia

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Another view of Oia, from a different direction

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One of the few evenings with clouds in the sky

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Watercolor sky

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Sunset meets night-time stars

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Old Window

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Greek Churches

One of the beautiful elements of the Greece experience for us was the ever-present, traditional Greek Orthodox churches.  Here are a few of our favorite church photos from our time in Greece.

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Greek Church (1 of 3)

Greek Church (3 of 3)

Monday, September 24, 2012

Update from Greece

Greece continues to delight.....

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Beautiful post-sunset colors with the setting crescent moon

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Another day - this time with the stars coming out

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Dreamy post-sunset colors with some clouds and haze

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The big dipper over the island

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Jennifer while hiking by the lighthouse

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Fun local taverna handpainted sign

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Awww, a sunset photo of the happy couple!

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