Alaska is undeniably one of the most diverse and beautiful states in the nation. From my living room window in Haines I can see the snow capped mountaintops and the blue waters of the inlet below. Currently, I can see the snow quietly falling from the sky, covering the large spruce trees that surround us. Southeast Alaska is simply magical.
Cross over to the Peninsula, Southwest Alaska offers a different kind of beauty. The only snow capped mountain is far in the distance, which you can see as the flat tundra allows visibility for miles. The grey waters of the river bring promise of belugas every spring, smelt in the winter, and the largest sockeye salmon run in the world every summer. My personal favorite part of living in Southwest Alaska – the sky.
If you follow me on social media, your newsfeed last year was likely filled with pictures of the amazing colors that spread across the sky in Naknek. In the winter, the sun does not rise until (around) 9am. That happened to be the same time my students would arrive at my classroom. On more than one occasion we started our morning outside, watching the sky change from black, to purple, to orange, and then finally, the yellow sun across the tundra. How’s that for a morning meeting?! 😉
The sun also set (in the winter) just as I was walking home from school every day. It was always a great reminder after a long day at “the office” to stop and appreciate this amazing place we get to call home.
In addition to the colors provided by the sun, Bristol Bay also offered exquisite sights on clear, starry nights. When the moon was full, it lit up the entire sky so brightly, a flashlight was *almost* unnecessary.
Alaska is truly one of the most special places. I am so blessed to call this place home. <3
“Those who find beauty in all of nature will find themselves at one with the secrets of life itself.” -L.S. Gilbert