First Time for First Friday

Friends, I'm over-the-moon excited to announce I will be hosting my first solo photography exhibit, "You Know Juneau – A Southern Belle’s Observations on Life in the Last Frontier"!

If you find yourself in the Juneau area this Friday, September 4, stop by GCI's downtown store at 118 Seward Street.  My photographs highlighting my adventures in and around Juneau will be on display from 4:00-6:30pm.  And since I can't get enough of iPhoneography, I'll also have some colorful Instagram collages on display that will hopefully inspire adventure, too.

Swing by for a little Southern hospitality, great photos, and refreshments.  Displayed photographs will be available for sale, and print orders are welcome. A portion of all photo sales are going to support AWARE, Inc.

Here's a sneak peak of Friday's exhibit. Enjoy and hope to see you soon!

Spoiled by Rainbows

Living in a rainforest has its benefits. Sometimes, there are rainbows upon rainbows upon rainbows. Take today for example. Three beauties in the sky, all within a few hours of each other. If this is Mother Nature's way of spoiling us, I'll take it! 

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May Delight

I remember May like it was yesterday. And it was - by far - the best month of May of my life.  Maybe it was the fact that May 2015 was Juneau's driest May on record.  Or maybe it was because every single day held an adventure that stirred my soul.  Who knows why I loved May so much - but I sure know May loved me back tenfold.

Why was May 2015 so incredible?  Well, let's see.  It started out with a fun photo shoot at Eagle Beach with friends, Becky and Kerry.  Not long after, I bought a roadster hybrid bicycle and spent sunny evenings exploring North Douglas Island at sunset.  The Alaskan Brewing Co. rocked my socks off at their Spring Fling event, and the Sealaska Heritage Institute fixed the pit and hosted their grand opening of the Walter Soboleff CenterCinco de Mayo didn't disappoint either, especially since Juneau had weather reminiscent of South of the Border.

I spent a wonderful weekend in Anchorage, catching up with foodie/bestie Sharon, multi-talented blogger Gretchen, and my incredibly hospitable host Cyndi.  Cyndi is one of the best cooks I've ever had the pleasure of knowing - and that's saying a lot. 

Back in Juneau, I hiked with old friends (Denali the Dawg) and made new friends (Sarena's precious Momma, Maggie, visited Juneau from Fairbanks).  One of my closest confidants, Michelle, celebrated her 50th birthday, though she doesn't look a day over 32. 

I kayaked the golden hour with award-winning nature photographer, Daniel Buck and cherished an action-packed weekend at the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) event at Echo Cove. 

Temperatures were regularly in the high 70s, and I couldn't resist soaking up the sun.  I spent lots o' time in and around hawbaws (harbors) - like Auke Bay, Douglas, and Harris Harbors.  To round out the month,  I got my sealegs aboard the S/V Arcturus while sailing with Captain Louis Hoock of Alaska Adventure Sailing.  As for the ICE-ing on the cake, I took a TEMSCO helicopter up to the icy blue Mendenhall Glacier for a Sunday afternoon walkabout, a trip that never gets old.

Every summer has a story - and this has been mine.  Juneau in June is back to her rainforest self, yet adventure awaits around every corner.  If there's anything this month has taught me, it is this: I am ready - rain or shine.

Fun with Becky at Eagle Beach.

Kerry in my hands.

With two amazing women, Becky and Kerry.

Representin' the blue helmet on North Douglas Island.

North Douglas Boat Launch at sunset.

With the ever fabulous Gretchen.

Site of the Walter Soboleff Center.

Siesta with sassy Sarena.

Cheslea and Aileen rocking the sombreros.

Happy Cinco de Mayo from McKenzie and Candice (photobomb by Sonny Bunny).

Sharon in Anchorage with her tempura fried green tea ice cream.  Yummo!

With Cyndi, the hostest with the mostest.

A feast compliments of Cyndi.

Sunset somewhere between Anchorage and Juneau.

Denali the dawg.

Sarena and her sweet Momma, Maggie.

With Michelle on her 50th.

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Proof I'm not making up this temperature thing.

TEMSCO helicopter on Mendenhall Glacier.

Quenching my thirst with glacier water.

Auke Bay.

Harris Harbor.

Harris Harbor.

Cruise ships in the Gastineau Channel.

 Harris Harbor.

Harris Harbor.

At the helm of the S/V Arcturus.

At the bow of the S/V Arcturus.

Fashion at Fur Rondy

One thing I love about Fur Rondy is all the clothing and accessories not seen anywhere else in the world.  Colorful kuspuks and exquisitely designed fur coats are everywhere.  Attire is visually spectacular, yet practical for the climate.  Here are a few highlights from this past Fur Rondy weekend in Anchorage.

 Mother and daughter team, AJ and Angelina, take pause in their fabulous fur coats.

Mother and daughter team, AJ and Angelina, take pause in their fabulous fur coats.

I adore that Angelina is holding the mushers roster.  Devoted fans!

I don't know who these men are, but I know one thing for sure.  They were warm.

I can't quite handle how fabulous these two are.  Thanks for letting me take your picture.  This lady is so foxy, and this dude is so legit.  Sip on that coffee, y'all, because you two are ROCKIN' IT.

I can't even, y'all.  If you saw how pink the inside of that lynx mouth was, you would faint.  Assuredly. 

I felt so little next to this man.  The fact that he was wearing an actual bear is beside the point.

These boots?  I would own them if I didn't live in a rainforest.

What's going on in this picture?  Oh, a bunch o' ivory pearls, lynx claws, a whopper of an agate, and yes - an OOSIK.

This dude was strolling around LIKE A BOSS.  Because with a green eyed cat on your head and black-out sunnies, HE CAN.

The boss of all Alaska fashion bosses, DeeDee Jonrowe.  She rocks this pink fur-lined parka LIKE NO OTHER.

For some reason, this fella is surprised his photo is being taken.  He was a good sport.

 I want this hat so bad.  But I also want to pay off my car.

I want this hat so bad.  But I also want to pay off my car.

Delightful polar bear themed rick-rack and trim for a cozy kuspuk.  SWOON.

This guy tho.

Yes, my bid is $2.  I want it all for $2.

Trailer of death or trailer of money?  Your judgment.  Yes, some of those skins are inside out.

Bristol Bay representin'...

This is Grandpa Phil.  His gloves are epic, and no - you can't have them.

Model to Musher, Zoya DeNure, sports a lovely fur-lined kuspuk.

Beautifully talented Alaska Native dancers at Anchorage's Dimond Center.