First, I stopped at a little pull-out along the road and took the first four shots, below. After leaving this spot, I continued on until I got to Beluga Point (so named because you can sometimes spot pods of beluga whales cavorting here in the spring) and took the next three shots from there. Finally, as I was headed back toward Anchorage, I stopped at Potter Marsh (part of the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge) and took the remaining six photos from there.
Hope you enjoy my little journey!
TFL - kimB
Panoramic shot of Cook Inlet and Turnagain Arm. This is actually two shots stitched together -- as wonderful as my camera is, "panorama" is not one of its many modes! Took this at 10:58 am and you can see the sun is not very high in the sky at this point. In fact, it had only been "up" for about 90 minutes!
While taking photos of the inlet on the west side of the highway, I could hear the sound of running water. Turning around, I could see a mixture of ice-covered rock and quickly flowing water coming down behind it. I crossed over the highway and once there, found these wonderful works of art - plant stems and grasses totally encased in ice! Very impressive :) I couldn't resist taking a few photos!
There's usually a stiff breeze - okay, wind - blowing along the inlet and seeing trees like this is pretty common. I think they're very artistic looking!
Located about 12 miles south of Anchorage along the Seward Highway, Beluga Point is a great place to watch for pods of beluga whales and also the bore tide ( http://alaska.org/bore-tides.jsp ). Photo taken at 11:12 am.
Part of the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge, this is a well-known local bird-watching site and home to more than 130 species of birds and a wide variety of animals. Here is a website to check out if you are interested in learning more: http://www.wc.adfg.state.ak.us/index.cfm?adfg=refuge.anch_coastal . As you can see, the marsh is frozen for the season, but it is still a beautiful place to visit.
There were several of these footprints on the path to the marsh. I couldn't tell if these were simple dog prints or something more wild and untamed. I showed the photo to DH and he said you can see the difference in the length and shape of the toes. These belong to a wolf. Too cool!
Delighful cattails with frosted caps! Wanted to get closer, but these are on the water and I was afraid of breaking through the ice, as it's not very thick at this time.