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Negative Tide 3/29/18, Douglas Alaska

So, a few days ago, I took a stroll on the beach around 6:50pm when we had a negative tide of about a 1.5 feet.

The moon had just rose and there was a WIDE expanse of beach.

Sandy Beach moonrise

Sandy Beach 3/29/2018, negative 1.5 ft or so tide.

The lower than usual tide let me get a perspective of the Treadwell Pump House I don’t see often.

Pump House

Treadwell Pump House from side facing ocean. 3/29/2018.

The negative tide unveiled weathered stumps mostly under water, along with what I think was a broken crab pot.

Humans' weathered things

Crabpot(?) and former posts near Pump House 3/29/2018

There were so many tiny stumps of what must have been poles and posts at one time. Now, usually submerged, they looked like small fairy castles.

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Are these stumps or fairy castles? Sandy Beach, 3/29/2018

I’ve lived in Douglas, Alaska for about 18 years, so I may have wandered the beach at negative tides before. But this set of mussel covered pipes isn’t something I recall seeing before.

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Disused pipeline, now shellfish habitat.

I’m really enjoying getting out onto the beach more. The changing tides help make it a more varied landscape than I expected. Plus it is great to have the beach when so many other trails in the area are still so snow covered.

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Sandy Beach / Douglas Harbor March 26, 2018

Another beach walk, a few more pictures, starting with the harbor I pass on the way to the beach:

Douglas Harbor inter-tidal ice. 

 

This looks like a shoe insert that a shell came onto.

 

I’m guessing this ice froze at high tide and fractured after.

 

Thawing stream.

 

Gateway? Feather dryer? 

I’m happy I went out today. I didn’t really want to at first. It’s overcast, cold and breezy. But I am trying to get out in nature more and I wanted to avoid a forecasted snow storm. So I pushed myself out the door. It was worth it.

More March Sandy Beach

Some more photos from my walk today. This is testing a gallery style post:

 

I’m really lucky to have a beach within walking distance with so much history.

Reflective Pumphouse

I took this picture of an old Gold era pumphouse while walking on Sandy Beach on Douglas Island. I really liked how the reflection came out.

Treadwell Ruins

Today I was inspired to go for a walk with my camera down the Treadwell Historic Trail. This time I decided to focus on decaying equipment and buildings left over from the early 20th Century. I made some pictures into black & white. Do you have a preference from the following?:

 

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1. Color power plant

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2. B&W power plant

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3. Color rollers

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4. B&W rollers

Day 8: Fireworks and Phones

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A short post from my phone so I can claim Day 8 of “Write Every Day.”

This picture was taken on July 3rd with my Samsung Galaxy 5. I was surprised to get a usable photo from a smartphone. We have come a long way.

I took four pictures and three of them came out. I would have taken more, but I was standing on a balcony and am easily startled. I quickly became nervous about dropping my phone 20 feet.

The photos were taken July 3rd because Juneau Alaska has “first in the nation” fireworks at 11:30 ish pm. They finish just after midnight on 7/4.

What’s the most surprising photo you’ve taken with a smartphone?

December Sunrise in Douglas

December Douglas Dawn

Mt Roberts December Dawn

A week ago, I really liked the pre-dawn light and took the time to take some pictures. I mostly use auto-mode on my CoolPix 100. In low light it doesn’t always focus well and it tends towards making things too blue. But I still liked the way these photos turned out.

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