Kennicott Mines ~ a ghost town with life

August 1900, a couple of prospectors, spotted a green patch of hillside that looked like it would be good feeding for their pack horses. Kennicott MinesThe green turned out to be part of a mountain of copper ore. Kennicott Glacier in the valley below the mine was named after Robert Kennicott, a naturalist who explored in Alaska in the mid-1800s is where the mines got their name from. A mistake was apparently made on some paperwork when the Kennecott Mining Company was formed, forever spelling it with an “e”.

5 mines made up The Kennicott Mines.
5 mines made up The Kennicott Mines.

Go figure, spelling had its issues way back then 🙂

Kennecott had five mines: Bonanza, Jumbo, Mother Lode, Erie and Glacier – open pit mining so it only happened in summer.  The mine and much of the surrounding area became a National Historic Landmark in 1986 and a part of the National Park Service in 1998.

Tulip Glory

I love flowersTulip glory, and the closer in the lens to see details – all the better. Nice to see whats right under our noses sometimes, and the beauty is in the details…forget the devil 🙂


Fireweed ~ Alaskan native

Fireweed is an Alaskan ‘regular’, also known as Rosebay willow herb, can be seen in fields Fireweed amongst left oversof color…It is an amazing plant with multiple uses ~ tea from the leaves, honey, candies and sFireweed shines even at night.yrups and jellies. It is so hardy that is is often used to recolonize after fire or other land devastation…Me, I think it is just simple and beautiful.

Living the Alaskan Adventure

Sea Otters, Olsen Bay, Prince William Sound, Alaska
Sea Otters, Olsen Bay, Prince William Sound

A few years ago I moved to Valdez, Alaska…and if you have never been here it is a small town on the edge of amazing…the wildlife is, well just everywhere and I get to see it all through the lens ~ how amazing is that!

I am so lucky to be able to get into a boat  just go for the weekend to see what we can find, sometime it is a snow laden cabin, sometimes it is a sea full of Dall’s Porpoise, a species only found in the North Pacific that at first glance look like Orca’s due to their coloring.

Dall's Porpoise, Valdez Arm, Prince William Sound
Dall’s Porpoise, Valdez Arm, Prince William Sound

The State manages these public cabins all over the Sound…Kudos to Alaskan State Parks Outdoor Recreation for maintaining these for us all to get out and experience life in Alaskan wilderness…and it is wild out there.

Cabin shrouded in snowfall, Prince William Sound.
Cabin shrouded in snowfall, Prince William Sound.

Sunflower ~ Out of urban decay comes life.

I love sunflowers, they are sunshine and life itself…Out of urban decay comes life ~ Georgetown, South Carolina

A recent vacation took us to the East Coast, from New York, through 5 states. On one of many drives we pull into this small town ~ Georgetown, South Carolina, USA… I must admit I love historic towns (yeah something I am finding out now      🙂 ). Although the town itself is pretty small it is the home of second largest seaport in So Carolina and some historians believe was where American history began as the earliest settlement in North America in 1526. What is agreed upon is that in 1729 Elisha Screven had the plans for the town in a four-by-eight block grid which is now listed in the National ReGeorgetown historic waterfront walk. gister of Historic Places. Some of the original homes still stand.

Sept, 2013 7 buildings were destroyed in a massive downtown fire, with the Coast Guard fighting it from the river, directly behind the buildings, while 9 other districts assisted in fire response.

Georgetown survived and continues to thrive, and remains a delightful part of South Carolina’s history.