In the Spring of 2013 I was fortunate to have an opportunity to explore South East Alaska (SE AK) for the very first time. One of my favorite stops was the rustic little Village of Tenekee Springs, located on the southeastern side of Chichagof Island. This village with about 100 residents consists primarily of a single gravel roadway paralleling the shoreline of Tenekee Inlet. This roadway lined with an eclectic collection of timber framed structures, flower/vegetable gardens and assorted maritime artifacts provided a wide variety of unique and interesting subjects for my camera.
Originally settled by prospectors and fishermen who enjoyed the 105 degree hot springs while waiting out the long Alaskan winters, Tenekee was first known as Hoonah Hot Springs. The name was officially changed to Tenekee Springs in 1902 when a post office was established here. The word Tenekee is from the Tlingit (pronounced Klink-it) word “tinaghu” or Coppery Shield Bay. This name refers to three highly prized copper shields that were allegedly lost in a storm by Tlingits near this site.
Visit my Galleries page, or click on the link below to view my new Southeast Alaska Gallery and see images from this trip! http://www.sciraulophotography.com/galleries/southeast-alaska-se-ak/
For more information on this magnificent old Alaska “frontier town” visit the Tenekee Springs web site at; http://www.tenakeespringsak.com/tenakee-springs-history/
or the Tenekee Historical Collection site at;
View of Mendenhall Glacier from a stream inlet into Mendenhall Lake. The lake and Glacier are located approximately 13 miles north of the capital city of Juneau Alaska.
Spent the day wandering around the quaint village of Porvoo, Finland. Even in the dead of winter this charming 14th-century village, the second oldest town in all of Finland, is a delight! Comfortable, human scaled streets lined with colorful wood framed structures housing a variety of boutiques, galleries, restaurants, cafes & tea shops! Visible in this image over the snow covered rooftops of the village is the clock tower of the Old Town Hall. The Old Town Hall, erected in 1762-64, is one of only two 18th-century town halls still standing in all of Finland.
After 650 years as a part of the Kingdom of Sweden, Finland was annexed to the Russian Empire. In the Spring 1809, Czar Alexander 1st. convened the Diet (the national legislative assembly) in Porvoo. While in session, Nobility and the Burghers participating in the Diet, met in two rooms on the upper floor of the Town Hall to determine the future political status of his new possession.
Moonlight illuminates a storm moving out to sea.
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Awoke this morning just before dawn to a crystal clear sky. Looking east over the frozen surface of Lake Placid a slight glow from the emerging dawn beckoned! Snowshoes…check!, gaiters… check!, camera…check!, tripod… check! The cold, crisp air and the awesome silence, broken only by the sound of my snowshoes crunching in the new powder are more stimulating than the best cup of coffee! The sky continues to lighten as I make my way around a portion of the western shore of this magnificent place. Life is good… Very good indeed. Soon the sun is risen, and the hardwood forest comes alive with light!
Preparing for a quick trip to New York State’s Adirondack Park, and Lake Placid. Site of both the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics. (Remember… “The Miracle on Ice!”) Hoping for snow, good light and calm winds… a surefire recipe for capturing some winter images!
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