North American blues this week.

Our verandah view at the

Mike Wiegele Resort,

Blue River, Canada

We had a wonderful visit to

3,700 feet high Grouse Mountain…


where blue skies and icy snow packs gave us

something unusual to photograph.

We had been told of Beaver Tails so just had  to sample.


Although a cardiologist may not agree.

A few weeks later were soaring into the wild blue yonder

as we departed Fairbanks, in our bright blue plane,

crossing the Arctic Circle on our way

to Wiseman, Alaska.


A Photo a Week Challenge: Blue


Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge-Places-People-Live


In late June 2018…

we visited Wiseman, Alaska.

Wiseman is 63 miles, or 101 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle.

Only eleven people live at Wiseman and

while it looked gorgeous in summer,

stories about Wiseman winters

made us want to head south.

Although I have to confess the scenery was spectacular..

A few weeks ago we visited

Whakarewarewa Maori Village

in Rotorua New Zealand. 

I’m not sure that I would like to live with geysers

and geothermal pools in my back yard. 

However, at least one could stay warm all year. 



A Victorian winter’s day, where all you have

to think of is whether to take a coat…or not.










Love this theme…

Followers may have seen this shot on previous occasions.

Dear departed Maggie was clearing our backyard.

Earlier this year I noticed some action….

Hawk versus Mudlark is really no contest.

However it was great that I was able to capture

this shot before the hawk departed with its prize.




A northern hemisphere rainbow.

Flying back from Wiseman, Alaska.

At ground level it was a bright sunny day.

After a drive to Point Lonsdale Lighthouse

for some sunset shots.

I had packed up my gear and commenced walking

along the pier when this rainbow appeared.

It lasted no more than two minutes.


Weekly Prompt Photo Challenge: Right-Place-Right-Time



I am probably going to take some poetic licence

with my definition of ‘epic’ this week.

We planned a visit to

the Arctic Circle about twelve months ago.

That meant were going to remain behind

while the rest of our group  headed home.

How wrong we were.

Only about half were Australia bound.

Some came on our adventure,

while still others had chosen an extended holiday

in the Lower 48 States.

At Wiseman we were introduced to Jack Reakoff

who spent an hour or so telling us epic tales

of existence inside the Arctic Circle.

He talked quickly and quietly.

Jack  was the most interesting speaker

I had heard in a long time.

Time flew by and all too soon it was time

to board our coach back to Coldfoot.

A flight to Fairbanks and pack for home.


Pic and Word Challenge: Epic2


Upon arrival at Coldfoot, Alaska,

we were driven to Wiseman which has

a permanent population of eleven!

One man, Jack Reikoff, has been living there

since the age of five when he arrived with his family.

He described his life to us, explaining 

how the people living there are totally self-sufficient,

growing their own vegetables, hunting,

storing food in cellars,

using generators and coping with

three months of total daylight soon to be followed

by nearly six months of total darkness.

Wiseman has no electricity, water,

or other modern amenities.

Jack was fascinating to listen to.

We admired his ingenuity and endurance,

and consider him a real Wiseman legend, however

none of us wanted to change places with him.


Fandango’s-One-Word-Challenge: Legend



My first post for a while.Heat generated…

by a bonfire.


Heat generated by a church fire…


would be difficult to imagine.

Last week I was, at Wiseman,

63 miles inside the Arctic Circle,

and I can assure you this Aussie

was not expecting to be in shirt sleeves…

even though it was/is summer up there.