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2014-05-03

 

yet another holiday is up on us …..we spend time cleaning and decorating graves of those that made the sacrifice for our freedoms……but really most are thinking more about the three or four day holiday that begins our summer ….instead of another holiday with flags and parades and cookouts ….we might just try living …
20 years of service ….two tours in Vietnam …two tours in Korea …four years in Germany and many moves from camp to camp …school to school,…
again the VA has put my husband in a state of depression….he gathered and copied and applied for the umpteenth time for points on his benefits and retirement….only to have it all moved again …. then receives a letter stating that they need more …more visits to update dr. reports and then a few trips to different part of state to see dr.s not related to last visit……more because they play a game with our service people they wait and wait and then when they look at application it is pass the date and they need all of it updated …mean while the veteran grows older and the application grows stale and around and around we go…every time they delay or move up he loses money and points …but then their game is to make people think they are taking care of our vets ……the only thing my vet has not applied for is pstd….when he came home from NAM…he was spit on called baby killer and could not wear his uniform down town for fear it would happen all over….he and others from that time did not have pstd or stress cards or an 800 # to call…they sucked it up and continued on …he flew agent orange ..he was coated in the chemical every time he flew it ….watched beautiful forest turn to death valley…. .today our children pay the price for agent orange …he followed orders and shot people down just because they looked like the enemy …. .he flew young men and women out of hell holes with half their bodies gone …he watched young children carrying grenade blow up in front of him .. to this day jumps with loud noises … nope it was called battle fatigue and one carried on and either drank it away or smoked it away or just went on with life best they could …..there seems to be a pstd for everyone today ……..every time the VA sends him a request ….he goes deeper into a depressed state…..but he get right back up and gathers their requested paper work and try one more time to get his benefits …. so on memorial day when you help place flags and clean graves of veterans long gone from this world ….. try to remember the one that still standing and fighting battles of not being able to cope…. .who have to fight new battles to make their loves lives secure …. sorry to rant but one grows old fast when dealing with this type of thing ……we are off now to kill more trees and burden the world with more paperwork ….in the end there will be one hell of a bonfire when all is done and we can destroy all the kept paper work …have a wonderful holiday ….we are going to try to…..when we grow old and tired…. sometimes the best thing to go for a ride and take in a view that makes you feel small….

Still Standing MOM …I am still Standing…..

Clicking the Green of March


We are beginning break up here in Alaska….we still have lots of snow and ice  ,no spring green yet….so our green  for saint paddy’s day comes from the heavens2015-03-18 ….not sure why I continue to try to capture the lights ….it never measures up  once I get to the computer to edit …but I am having fun …. if it matters I still do get excited  when viewing from the back of camera…..DSC_0662-2_filteredthe numbers on the data page and the info from many web cams  screamed storm …..  everyone seems to capture a different storm

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…most of their shots were true  to  raining auroras…mine were just lots of green  with just tinges of pinks and reds  and moving so fast DSC_0668-2_filtered ….made your head and tripod dance in high gear….. early in the storm I watched the skies

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… read the many   pages of aurora chasers ….I can never stop laughing at the ones who think because they are taking photos everyone  should bow down to their work….and their made up rules

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…..their many post of  aurora watching etiquette……no joke there are 18  or more pages of these fine rules  on the net …..my come back to theses fine rules and guide lines…. GET A LIFE…if your shots are that important find  a new spot  away from all the hot  viewing spots…..

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it has become a very sad world when one makes rules for others on how they should act when viewing nature …… no one should have to worry about lights on a vehicle because it cause light that will ruin your photo

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why should I have to look for another spot to view auroras just because you are taking photos….and if you are in the dark bundled up in dark clothes you need to try putting reflective tape on your aurora shooting clothes …it is your life
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…yes I am a driver of an auto but you have to be responsible as well……why do all your rules of etiquette tell the new viewer or aurora shooter what to do …..what about you …why do you feel that you are in charge of a public place …I hope every new viewer turns on their lights …holds their foot on the brake light…trip over your unmarked tripod …invades your public space…..and scared you when they almost run over you ….come on people it’s a big world and a bigger state and the last time I looked the sky over head did not belong to anyone

 

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climbing down off soap box and going back outdoors to take more shots of the awesome world ….
Still Standing MOM …I AM STILL STANDING

Tax Time


Today is our day to go to accountant and get the bad news of what we owe…..we know already we will owe …… owe big time…..but that is life ….we could have …or should I say we should have paid in so this would not be the fact ….but keeping warm and having a full belly and just plain life dictated differently…… so here we are …..the front clump of snow in the photo says it all we are here but it could have been different …

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so off we go with our hand full of papers that took their own sweet time getting here …and our bellies churn ….. thoughts of all the things going on around us scream louder than the keys of the accountants computer ….

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Somehow our paying in is supposed to be what the government thinks we all should do….. seems to me back some where in history we fought so we would not be so taxed ……we seem to tax everything any more that makes someone else feel threaten … or makes other feel good…. not sure there is anything not taxed of late ….soft drinks,cigs,gas,phone,net,booze, soon it will be the grill you grill on …..

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the little windsock hanging in the tree has been hanging there since fourth July ……when we first hung it up it blew back and forth in the wind ……but some time during the deep dark winter it began to hang on to the tree with each wind it clung tighter ….sort of like us hard earning people of the USA …we are strong and we will play the game til it is time to unclench our fist and step forward in battle …. we go now to the tax collector and give it our all ….I MEAN OUR ALL…..

I am Still Standing MOM …….I AM STILL STANDING ….

Face Within You


Last time I was out shooting auroras … we were chasing them down the road….this was one I could see a face in the lights but it needed a little help to define and a lot of help to get rid of noise caused from such a high iso setting…..

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I played around in Picasa3 for a while then I took it over to another program ….the face within just doesn’t want to be seen straight on by the eyes…..wants to play like a little night imp…

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it has beeen a long time since I have had a chance to shoot …ice storms,extreme cloudy nights and just plain out lazy me….the inner me wants to go every night but the old fat lady does not want to move….

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the inner face …the inner us…the one screaming for better of times and things…… but not screaming loud enough to make a difference ….

Still Standing MOM…I AM STILL STANDING……

Away from Here


Sometimes the walls of this house become way to tight…..we waited and waited…. it was either black ice road conditions or extreme temps…. either side of the zero on the gauge can be extremely dangerous…but we finally caught it just right even though it was cold ….really cold….so off we go the wheels on the truck went thump ,thump thump till they warmed up

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the weather and steam off everything trying to work was amazing….every steam plant was working over time and the thermal pools on the rivers and lakes were steaming up the air….

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around every bend in the road was another vista of beauty…..snow covered sun shadowed and sun light were our views …roads were both icy or dry …depending on the bend in the road ….some views many,many,miles away looked like they were sitting in middle of roadway….

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the amount of snow and weight of more hoar-frost and the extreme temps made the trees and grasses look like place from another world….. the stop sign seem to even scream Stop Already Winter……the sounds at these temps seems to triple in volume…the crunch of the icy snow seems to have its own music…

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we viewed moose and caribou and eagles along the way….the moose were so hungry they were down on their knees eating last years grass stubs and the caribou seem to think that my camera was a sign saying heads down ….the eagles photo was taken while truck was in motion but it was not as out of focus as I thought it would be…..they were all busy feeding ….
we made it back home before sunset
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it was maddening trying to capture the sunset while truck was moving …we could not stop because of afternoon traffic off base…….but we were back home and happy to have had a beautiful day of travel ….
Still standing MOM …Still Standing

Last Minute Aurora Chase


When I first looked at numbers there was nothing exciting …but I got cameras set up anyway and went to do something else …..than I looked again and the cam and the data were exciting …..walked out the front door … the sky was dancing ….but the cat got out the door …so I had to chase him…..NOT FUN chasing cat at minus 39 degrees……he finally stopped and I returned his furry butt to house….than LADY AURORA STARTED AGAIN….NOT AS BRIGHT AND FAST AS FIRST DANCE BUT SHE WAS DANCING …

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college of best shots of the night ….loving the new remote timer and the new ball head tripod

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right above the edge of the back of the house……after chasing cat this was how lady aurora came back in to focus…..fast moving

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the big dipper was moving just as fast last night across the driveway …..

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Than lady aurora moved herself over the middle of Judy Lane …so I had to hurry to the middle of the lane and try not to capture electric lines and poles

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another of her as she began to fade over the lane….disappearing into the trees…..

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than she flared up for another unfurling of light

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as she danced toward me in the dark …adjusting camera to straight up ……

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she flares than disappears again….by this time I am so cold I can not punch the little button on the remote time to call it a night

Still Standing MOM ..I am still Standing

Two Nights Chasing Auroras


After weeks of clouds and snow and extreme minus temps…..Lady Aurora returned full of herself…….in some places even with extreme colors of red and tinges of yellow ….but for me it was watching the data page and running out my front door to middle of drive way ….the first night was special…I had watched and been out the door many times …was getting so frustrated …but hubby said trying to be cheeky ….”When I go out to feed chicken hon I will whistle them up for you”……he was gone a long time and I had just came in from checking….he pops in the door and says hurry hon they are dancing …..he whistled them up ….the sky was full of pinks and green….

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Collection of a few of the 165 shots I took…on night of whistle from hubby…..temps around minus 39 below zero….

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Collection of last night (02-02-20150)…had waited and watch and grew tired so took shower and washed hair…put pjs and went back and checks data …yep you guessed it ..three good data marks… wrapped up wet hair two scarfs and hubby’s hat with ear flaps and heavy down coat and boot,mitts …. tripod, remote, camera …..all of 8 minutes to get ready …out the door slipping legs of tripod into place and turning on camera and remote and then standing in ewe as she danced above me ……oh what a night and all before midnight….temps was minus 18 and the flag was moving so there was just enough breeze to cause movement ….making temps even colder…..

 

Still standing MOM  …still standing

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