Friday, September 7, 2012

ALASKA


to the lover of pure wildness alaska is one of the most wonderful countries in the world. no excursion that i know of may be made into any other american wilderness where so marvelous an abundance of noble newborn scenery is so charmingly brought into view... travels in alaska, john muir, 1879

hello and greetings! i hope you are all well. john muir was oh so correct, and if i may, i'd like to add to his description of (our now) 49th state. alaska is spectacular. it is stunning. we were astonished by the grandeur of it all...
















i'll be back with more to share. more alaska, and then there are sponsors to welcome, a blog anniversary to celebrate, and a giveaway to host! this is just the tip of the iceberg. it's so good to be back.     :)
xxx lori





86 comments:

  1. You saw the northern lights! Yay!!! Welcome home x

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  2. Hi Lori, wow your pictures are incredible! I can't wait to see more! I hope all is well with and I look forward to seeing you soon!

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    1. thank you rose! did you see us on the glacier?! i'm looking forward to october too!

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  3. Your pictures are breathtaking. I hope you realize how special they are to all of us living vicariously through you!!

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  4. WOW WOW WOW - spectacular - damn, another to add to my evergrowing bucket list!

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    1. thank you janet, you have to go, you will love it!

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  5. Oh wow wow wow wow !!!!!!!
    Love tha you went to Alaska and love your pictures. That place is on my list of place to go one northern summer? I can't wait t hear more!

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  6. Incredible! Can't wait for more. I've missed you ;) xx

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    1. thanks greer! i've missed your beautiful posts and pictures too :)

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  7. Welcome back Lori! This is a wonderful post....Alaska is such a fascinating place. Your photos are amazing, and I am so interested to hear all about your trip. It's lovely to see you here again, dear Lori.
    Have a happy weekend.
    Helen x

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    1. thank you helen, alaska really is the last frontier, beautiful and fascinating! it's good to be back and have an opportunity to share. :)

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  8. Wow amazing photos Lori...The northern lights too! looks like a perfect holiday.



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    1. thank you debby! and yes! the northern lights, so spectacular!

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  9. Looks like you had a fantastic time Lori, beautiful photo's. Can't wait to see the rest. Did you get much knitting done?

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    1. i did not :) but emma, the knitting shops in alaska! i got a little yarn shopping done though!

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  10. Oh, how my husband and I dream of a trip to Alaska ♥ Did you eat fresh salmon?

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    1. i hope you and your husband get to go! i did eat salmon nearly everyday. :)

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  11. Nice to have you back Lori!!!!
    Some of your pictures reminds me of my childhood in Canada!!!
    xxxxx Alessandra

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  12. Welcome home dear Lori! I can't wait to see all the photos and hear about all the wonders you were able to see.
    Much love.

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  13. holy moley!

    just so i can prepare myself:

    how many pictures of the sky? the glisten? the cruise? the trek(s)?

    green and blue are my favorite colors together, followed by purple and orange. so this photo of yours is a magic carpet ride. your deft hands and eye find magic .

    my favorite: awwww, the black bear. these i know from my own back yard (once, literally). what a perfect photo, lori: every hair even.

    welcome back my friend. i'm glad all around

    love
    kj

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    1. thank you kj! :) many photos, of the wildlife and glaciers, just about everything in alaska is photogenic! you won't believe it, it's so beautiful.

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  14. oh lori! this is truly beautiful! exhilarating! cant wait to hear more~

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  15. Oh my oh my Lori, these pictures, your adventure, it's like something out of a story book or travel catalogue!! I am so glad you are having splendid time! and I am so glad we can live vicariously--thank you!!
    XO

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    1. thank you mj, alaska did have a story book feeling for me too, everything was so beautiful and perfect, so much nature!

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  16. Incredible pictures, can't wait to hear more!

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  17. You have captured its beauty magnificently! Have you ever seen the PBS movie Alone in the Wilderness? It is a wonderful documentary of one mans quest for simplicity and self-sufficient living in Alaska. I think my children have watched it more than a few
    times:-)

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    1. i haven't seen it, but i'll look for it now, i love those kinds of movies, thank you suzanne!

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  18. I've been waiting for these photos!! Stunning! And so crisp.

    Cute baby Grizzly cub. Where was mama???

    Buddha on the cruise ship :D

    More later. Plus I'm writing you a real letter.

    Welcome back!!

    xo
    Lo

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    1. hi lo! the mamma and sibling were right out of the frame, more photos to come. and yes, buddha, i found three on board :) thank you lolo.

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  19. Welcome home! Your pictures, as always, are stunning! (:

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  20. Welcome back! Another adventure that all of us get to share in:-D My husband went to Alaska years ago for a conference and was in awe of its beauty. I swear he took about a hundred photos of icebergs! I love the Aurora Borealis and the wildflowers--you've definitely captured the beauty of the land. Can't wait for more. XOXO

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    1. thank you susan! i too took about a hundred photos of icebergs and about a thousand more of glaciers, everywhere you look is a photo!

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  21. Such beautiful and stunning photos. Welcome back!!! So happy you got to see the northern lights, they are pretty spectacular. Looking forward to hearing more about your time there.

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    1. thank you kim! i was so happy to be there and now happy to be back with LOTS of photos and memories.

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  22. Your pictures are fabulous! Looks like the trip of a lifetime and I can't wait to see more photos!

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    1. thank you anke, it really was. this is a trip i wish everyone could take!

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  23. I was curious when you would return from Alaska! The pictures are wow already, can't wait for more... Welcome back.

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    1. thank you anneke, i love to share here, it's my pleasure.

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  24. holy smokes. your photographs are amazing! and the northern lights!!! i have wanted to see those forever. just beautiful. :)

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    1. momto5 the northern lights were just incredible, we were thrilled to see them, i hope you get to someday!

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  25. Lori I bet you are feeling so good after a diet of salmon and fresh air.
    I think I saw a Sandhill crane? Just last week I saw the whales migrating south (kind of early) after their trip up there too. Spectactular images
    xx
    julie

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    1. thank you julie! yes! sandhill cranes were in fairbanks, we saw them right before they were going to migrate south.

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  26. Okay, bears but no polar bears, and REALLY flowers and no snow, I take all my prejudice back. Goood to have you back, Lori!

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    1. thank you geli, it's good to be back, although i would have loved to stay for the first snowfall, which is on the way soon!

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  27. Hi Lori,
    So happy to see your wonderful photos and get a glimpse of Alaska through your eyes!
    Very exciting and beautiful!

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  28. Welcome home! I love your pics! so beautiful, and you look great - albeit cold! looking forward to more more more

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    1. thank you very much mim! luckily i brought enough warm to wear!

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  29. Oh you so have been missed Lori! I fear my knitting is lagging because my muse has been in Alaska having a brilliant time. The pics are lovely, but the one of the young lady with the fur lined coat is just beautiful!

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  30. Hello traveller! So happy you're back. What a beautiful place. You take the most amazing photos xxx

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  31. Lori, this post is so full of natural beauty, your traveling enthusiasm and the promise of even more!

    You know that I will be looking for that next Alaskan post.

    xo

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  32. Tip of the iceberg. Giggling :-) But mostly just hanging my jaw to the floor in the wonder of your photos.

    Welcome back!

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  33. Awe and WOW here! My gosh what beauty!!!!
    I have been in Alaska several times and I know how impressive it is! never seen anything like it before (and after)
    Good to see it's beauty again!
    Happy to see you had a great time!!!
    ♥M

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  34. Welcome back home Lori!
    Oh your photos are breathtaking!! I will have to go back and look at them again :-)
    Looking forward to the next Alaskan post xo

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  35. Been popping in every now and then to see if you're back, and here you are! With astonishing pictures and a story to tell, I'm looking forward to that.

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  36. missed you sweet friend! so glad to see you back :)

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  37. Lori! I missed you so. You are back just when I needed something wonderful. These photos are beyond stunning! I look foward to knowing and seeing more. Thank you for your sweet comment. xoxo

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  38. Yay! You are back! Lovely views you soaked in. I was just thinking about you the other day and then poof, there is a post for me to see!!

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  39. : ) the tip of the iceberg! what a great teaser this is! i love your muir quote - thought it was your words, and i was like, wow... alaska was pretty good to lori! i can't believe that bear shot. you are just snow white with a camera. the animal kingdom blesses you. i can't wait to see more of your awesome trip. i hope you had an amazing time. xox

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  40. Each picture stunning, you certainly had a lot to write home about this summer, BEAUTIFUL!!
    xo Ro

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  41. some familiar looking sites there!!!! your photos are magnificent---as always!!!! can't wait to see more! you obviously had a fabulous time.....weather looked stellar (northern lights-----OMG!!!!!) So glad you're home!!

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  42. Stunning photos Lori. Looks like you had a wonderful time.

    Aren't the Northern Lights just the most enchanting thing you've ever seen?

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  43. Welcome home, Lori! Gorgeous pics. I am a little pea green with envy. :) xox

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  44. beautiful pictures lori, looks like you had a fabulous time. i hope to get to alaska one day, my cousin married an alaskan man and i am looking forward to holidays with them when they move back to alaska one day.

    i am so jealous you saw aurora borealis! i want to see them sooo much!

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  45. Welcome back, Lori. You always have the most wonderful adventures and your photos are amazing as usual. The one of the bear is really good! I look forward to reading and seeing more of Alaska through your eyes. Best wishes, Tammy

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  46. Your photographs blow me away. Just gorgeous.

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  47. So glad I took a "break" and looked at your blog. Breathtaking is the word. All that and the Northern Lights! I look forward to the tales.

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  48. And it is SO good to have you back, inspiring Lori.

    Yes, Alaska. It pulls me. It appeals to me. Give us some more breathtaking pictures, please.

    Stephanie

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  49. Welcome home! I can't wait to see and hear more! love, Ginny

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  50. Lori, it's so wonderful to be visiting here again, such beautiful photos, I can't wait to see more.
    Love
    Linda

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  51. What a gift to see your pictures! Alaska looks like a place I would love to visit.

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  52. Lori - I just knew you would love Alaska and would come home with breathtaking, interesting shots and you did not disappoint!! Here's to hoping you stretch your trip over many posts to come so we can see it all. xxoo Lyn

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  53. Oh myyyyyy! Stunning. I can't wait to hear more. Welcome home! :)

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  54. Ah Lori, thanks for this. That bear cub...ohhhh.

    Love,
    S

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  55. How did I miss these wonderful images?! Glorious Lori, just glorious!

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xoxo lori