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I can trace my love of photography back three generations, to the early 1900s and my paternal great-grandfather, Henry Mattson. I have a really cool photo that he took of the old family homestead in Minnesota, sometime before 1910. According to family history, Grampa Mattson frequently took photos of his world - the people and places that he loved.

It warms my heart to know that this love of photography didn't skip any generations as it passed down to me! I am blessed to have such a legacy and I hope to pass it on to my own children and grandchildren some day.

I experience a physical and spiritual thrill whenever the Lord shows Himself in His marvelous creation around us and in the people I meet. My dream vacation would be to spend a year or two just traveling around the US, stopping at little out of the way places and photographing the interesting characters and the beauty of nature to be found along the way - those things that draw me closer to GOD and help point others to Him, too.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Favorite Photos From December 2008

There are 99 new photos here...Have fun!

Cully barks at the neighbor's husky pup, Myah; New Year's Eve Day

Our neighbor's pretty husky, Myah; 12/31/08

Three Watchers on Frontage Road; 12/31/08

Alpenglow; 12/29/08

Be it ever so humble... 12/27/08

Skookum Lane; 12/27/08

Looking south, Glenn Hwy; 12/27/08

Cully & me; 12/26/08

Abandoned Dog House; 12/26/08

Little Snow Face; 12/26/08

Day-after-Christmas Snow; 12/26/08

My gorgeous new ring from Rog; Christmas 2008

Rog & Ivory compete on the Wii Fit; Christmas 2008

Matt & Sarah with her new engagement ring; Christmas 2008

Christmas Dinner, 2008

L to R: J, Larry, Matt, Sarah, Jen, Ivory & Rog

Rog, Matt & Sarah with their candles;

Christmas Eve service @ PCCC, 2008

Afternoon shadows in our front yard; Christmas Eve Day 2008

Sarah watches Jen prepare her yummy Pumpkin Squares;

Christmas Eve 2008

Christmas lights in West Anchorage; 12/21/08

Sarah & I pose with cute hats at The Vibe in the 5th Ave Mall, Anchorage


Gorgeous cloud formations, Eagle River; 12/17/08

Fallen Bohemian Waxwing; he had flown into our window and took awhile to collect himself;


My dear friend Rhonda's Chrstmas village, "Snowmoria"

This shows only a quarter or so of the village! 12/15/08

Beautiful church in Snowmoria Village; 12/15/08

Stunning moon, taken on the Old Glenn Hwy near Arctic Valley; 12/14/08

Frosted Berries outside the Anchorage Museum of History & Art; 12/14/08

Same as above

Rog under the frosty trees, Anchorage; 12/14/08

Lovely mosaic of a Barn Owl; Anchorage Museum of History & Art


"Earth, Sea & Sky - Cycle of Alaska Seasons"

Outside the Anchorage Museum of History & Art; 12/14/08

Reflections; Federal Courthouse, Anchorage; 12/14/08

Part of the Anitque Toy Collection @ the AMHA; 12/14/08

Anchorage Museum of History & Art; 12/14/08

Shirley Temple Collection; AMHA 12/14/08

Rog reads the info on this model ship; AMHA 12/14/08

Rog admires "Mt McKinley," painted by Sydney Laurence in 1929

AMHA, 12/14/08

Atrium at the AMHA; 12/14/08

The Anchorage Concert Chorus performs @ AMHA; 12/14/08

Lovely Christmas tree in the Atrium of AMHA; 12/14/08

Five Watchers observe the VFW parking lot in Eagle River; 12/13/08

Eagle in tree @ VFW in Eagle River; 12/13/08

Unique shot of an eagle cleaning his talons; 12/13/08

Fluffing the feathers - VFW, Eagle River; 12/13/08

Beautiful frosted trees and the Chugach Range; Chugiak AK; 12/13/08

My favorite tree @ Beach Lake, Chugiak; 12/13/08

Frosty trees @ Beach Lake; 12/13/08

Beach Lake, Chugiak AK; 12/13/08

Knik River Access Road blends in with the shoreline; Palmer Flats area along the Glenn Hwy


Lacey Trees @ Knik River; 12/13/08

Knik River looking SW; 12/13/08

Magnificent Pioneer Peak, Palmer AK; 12/13/08

Regal Eagle @ the VFW in Eagle River; 12/13/08

Frosted Eagle @ the VFW in Eagle River; 12/13/08

Watcher, across the street from the VFW parking lot; 12/13/08

Cully looks back to see if I'm watching; 12/12/08

"Are you watching me, mommie?!" 12/12/08

Hangin' on by a thread; 12/12/08

Faux stained glass window hanging, Bell's Nursery & Gifts

Anchorage; 12/11/08

Eskimo Girl ornament; Bell's Nursery & Gifts

Mrs Frosty ornament; Bell's Nursery & Gifts

Pretty cross ornament - I brought this one home :) Bell's Nursery & Gifts

Metallic poinsettia ornament; Bell's Nursery & Gifts

Fun moose ornament; Bell's Nursey & Gifts

White tree w/ornaments; Bell's Nursery & Gifts

Rows of live poinsettia plants; Bell's Nursery & Gifts

Gorgeous live pink poinsettia; Bell's Nursery & Gifts

Caroler w/basket of ornaments; Bell's Nursery & Gifts

"Flamingo Motel;" Bell's Nursery & Gifts

"Santa's Paper Snowflake Studio;" Bell's Nursery & Gifts

"Happy Holidays Barn;" Bell's Nursery & Gifts

"Mickey Mouse Watch Factory;" Bell's Nursery & Gifts

"Bears on Ice;" Bell's Nursery & Gifts

"And His Name shall be called Emmanuel..."

Bell's Nursery & Gifts

Life-sized Nativity scene; Bell's Nursery & Gifts

Green ornaments; Bell's Nursery & Gifts

Purple ornaments; Bell's Nursery & Gifts

Silver ornament; Bell's Nursery & Gifts

Poinsettia display @ Carrs-Safeway grocery store in Eagle River; 12/10/08

Fun Christmas display @ Carrs-Safeway; 12/10/08

Lovely lillies @ Carrs-Safeway; 12/10/08

Christmas lights in Powder Ridge, Eagle River; 12/8/08

Raven fussing at Eagle, VFW parking lot; 12/8/08

Stunning Christmas tree @ our SU! consultant's home; 12/8/08

Neighborhood Nativity scene; 12/8/08

"Leaf Stains," our yard; 12/8/08

I've never seen a leaf "bleed" before... 12/8/08

Gorgeous golden leaves on our lilac bush; 12/7/08

Icicles, as seen from my computer desk; 12/7/08

Cully, posing in new antlers from my internet friend, Lynn; 12/7/08

Half-moon, from our house; 12/6/08

Moon through the trees; 12/6/08

"Scamper," with some fluff for his nest; 12/6/08

"Scamper" pops up through the snow! 12/5/08

Morning Sky @ 9:51 am; 12/4/08

Teeny snowman globe @ Fred Meyer. I went back and bought him a few days later; 12/3/08

Lovely "Joy" ornament; Fred Meyer 12/3/08

Watchers on Frontage Road, Eagle River; 12/2/08

Snow on Poppy Lane; 12/2/08

Fresh Snow; 12/1/08

TFL ~ klb