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Is that a baby eagle in the top pic?

Why yes, it is! 

“Within Without You” 10/18/17

Channeling some George Harrison Sgt. Pepper's?

Here's a tree pic of my own -- see if anyone can guess the type of baby bird in this image:

And my best Puffin photo:

This is Mendenhall Glacier, which is one of the glaciers that's easiest to get to if you're visitng Juneau. There's a visitor's center with parking, and a variety of trails. I missed seeing a bear here, and this was before I saw all the grizzly bears above, so I was disappointed because it seemed I just kept missing them, both here and at Eagle Beach, another great place to spot Eagles, Bears, and spawning salmon.

Here's one more shot of that father grizzly. He almost looks stuffed because he's so perfectly large and foreboding:

These last two are from the flight out of Alaska. I wanted to spend time in Seattle, so chose a flight that would give me a 7 hour layover -- just enough to photograph their iconic skyline.  But, it meant stopping twice between Juneau in Seattle.  First, in Sitka, and then in  Ketchikan. 



And that's it for Alaska. Next:  Seattle. :)

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Cats or Dogs?
« on: October 18, 2017, 06:56:25 PM »
Way back when this thread was young, there was a young Bug (Boston Terrier/Pug) named Katie. Katie loved to eat (especially spaghetti), enjoyed long (but not too long) walks, and laying in front of the fireplace. But, she loved people the most. She actually had a sense of humor, showing a huge smile whenever anyone was laughing nearby or talking to her.  She struggled with her health the last 18 months of her life, but never stopped smiling. When her legs gave out on her, she enjoyed being carried around. Her hearing diminished to where she could only hear the loudest sounds, and her vision had gotten equally bad.  When her bladder and bowels went, I knew it was time to put her down. My next-door neighbor had a dog that Katie enjoyed being around, so I took her next door to say goodbye, and as if it was divine intervention, my neighbor insisted on adopting her. He and his girlfriend had been discussing adopting an elderly dog, and here I was with mine to say goodbye, ready to put her down. They took Katie, and she was right next door where I could visit, and I did. They bought a cart for her back legs so she could still get around, but Katie wouldn't use it. So they bought her a baby-stroller, and that she loved. They enjoyed her for about a year. Katie was blessed to have two families that loved her and treated her like a queen. 

Katie passed on today at the age of 16. She's left many broken hearts behind.  I found this article a while ago, and bookmarked it. I knew it would be good to add here someday, so for everyone who has lost a beloved pet: Why Your Dog’s Death May Be The Most Difficult Event Of Your Life

R.I.P.  Katie  September 1, 2001 - October 18, 2017.

Questions & Answers / Re: Please help with movie scene
« on: October 16, 2017, 09:12:56 PM »
Bronco Billy only used his in the Wild West show.

And in banks!

Questions & Answers / Re: Please help with movie scene
« on: October 16, 2017, 09:09:35 PM »
I don't think Billy wore a denim jacket. He wore a suede one with fringe. So, that leaves Philo with his barroom buddies brawl.

Questions & Answers / Re: Please help with movie scene
« on: October 16, 2017, 12:34:35 PM »
Where's our local EWWBL expert when we need one?

Philo never carried a gun, but he did knock someone into the jukebox in a bar brawl. Or, was that Bronco Billy who knocked someone into a jukebox in a bar brawl? Also, pretty sure Philo or Billy wore a denim jacket, and would be the only Eastwood characters who would. If he knocked someone into the jukebox and it skipped the song, it wasn't due to the song being the problem, it was the punk who got knocked into it.

In any case, I agree with KC that this scene wasn't Clint, as you remember it -- and if it's not the bar brawl in one of these movies, then it's a different actor.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Happy Birthday, Schofield Kid!
« on: October 15, 2017, 09:29:04 PM »
The workers over at the Vegemite factory wanted to celebrate the birthday of their best customer!

That looksl ike some tasty food they've got. Too bad they want to put Vegemite all over it.

Anyway, hope you have a great birthday!

I just looked over that website, and it's frustrating that they won't give an answer to the question:  How likely am I to see the Northern Lights?  I get that it varies, but there's a statistical answer that they should be able to provide.  They have these tours, and if you pay thousands of dollars to go on one, and go sit in negative degree weather from 9pm to 1am, they should be able to say "65% of our trips have resulted in at least one viewing of the Northern Lights".  Or whatever number.  There has to be a better answer than "We can't say".  And if it was closer to 80%, then I'd think it would be worth trying it.

Thanks, Matt! Did you make your way through that labyrinth in the first picture from the Shrine of St. Thérèse?

That would have been a possibility, except that I was soaked to the bone and tired after having spent the day sight-seeing. I did enjoy it though. It was very beautiful and serene, and I was the only one there because it was pouring at the time, so I liked that I had the whole place to myself, but it was a short visit because of the rain.

I clicked the link you provided and was awestruck at the first image on the site ... a spectacular view of the shrine under the northern lights. Also, I found out that the second of your pictures shows the columbarium there ... certainly a beautiful place for one's ashes to repose, awaiting the Resurrection.

Oh, I know. I wished we could have seen the Northern Lights, but they're a winter event, mainly occuring September - April.

Yeah, the fish does look photoshopped -- I actually agree with you. But, it's real. You can see the wake where he left the water.

That was awesome. Loved that last part where he told Clint he could do a better take!

I spent a few days on foot in Juneau and it was soggy, foggy, rainy and dreary day and night. They do what they can to make the main strip in downtown Juneau colorful for the tourists.

This is inside the touristy-Red Dog Saloon, where you can order an Alaskan Reindeer Sausage sandwich and of course some Alaskan Ale, which I've been looking for since coming home.

One of the more interesting land excursions in Juneau is The Shrine of St. Thérèse , where you'll find some really gorgeous grounds owned and maintained by the Roman Catholic Church:

All these images are from the grounds around The Shrine of St. Thérèse.

I think one more post will wrap up my Alaskan trip. :)

I was on land on the other side of the stream from them. I would guess the stream was about 30 yards wide. At the closest, maybe 15 yards from the action -- they never came more than halfway across the stream.  This photo shows a non-zoomed look at the scene where you can get a better idea of the distance between the camera and subject:

So, a few more from Alaska. These are more photos from the same day as the first bear photos I posted. We counted fourteen bears in this area, four of which were cubs, and these families fished and lived together in harmony. It was an amazing thing to witness these bears fishing, and from what I can tell -- the females were fishing, and then taking it back to the shoreline where the cubs were waiting for dinner, and they'd eat together. 

This first photo will explain why there were so many bears in this area -- the salmon were plentiful and leaping out of the water.

This cub doesn't yet have that deadly stare in his eyes like the father we saw earlier:

Speaking of the father -- here he is, and I think that's the same cub:

These are all brown bears (Grizzly Bears), but they almost look like two different breeds. This seems to be a female bear, and she has a totally different look from the father bear.  I had my camera on her for a while -- she kept dunking her head under and coming up empty. I knew it was just a matter of time, and then she came up with this:

And then took her catch to share with her cubs:

That's her on the bottom left of the last photo... and as you can see, plenty more bears are wanting to get in on that salmon-eating action.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Aussie Thread
« on: October 14, 2017, 11:19:30 AM »
SK -- don't listen to her! ;D

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Aussie Thread
« on: October 12, 2017, 11:37:13 PM »

When asked what happened to blends 1 through 16, Vegemite’s marketing director, Ben Hill, explained: “The name ‘Blend 17’ simply refers to the year 2017 we have released it in.”


The marketing for this is just awful. Check out the "Special Edition" box:  "Crafted for a richer VEGEMITE experience with a bolder finish".  Bolder finish?  This is basically a salt spread.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Happy Birthday, nyna!
« on: October 11, 2017, 10:10:27 AM »

Couldn't resist that birthday card.  Looks like it was some party!

Hope you have a great birthday! :)

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Beatles Appreciation Thread
« on: October 09, 2017, 08:41:52 PM »
Great song.  O0

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Movies I have watched this week
« on: October 08, 2017, 10:32:29 AM »

Guy doesn't even have the imagination to have a different name from the city where he lives and works. At least he could call himself, oh, I don't know ... William Carlos Williams or something.

William Carlos Williams was one of his inspirations -- and he also lived in Paterson, NJ and wrote a collection of poems about it called Paterson.  The town was a magnet for people with little imagination.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Movies I have watched this week
« on: October 07, 2017, 09:23:01 PM »

Has anyone else seen Paterson? It's "96% Fresh" on, so I thought it would be worthwhile. The movie is so much like average life, that it's boring. It's the story of an average man who has an average job, an average relationship, he's an unpublished poet and his poetry is... (you guessed it) average.  So, the movie allows you to glimpse into someone else's very average life for about 2 hours, and I just want more from a movie. All in all, this movie is very average -- it gets a C (minus).

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