Alaska Photographed by Jair (Yair) Moreshet 2007Music: Handel, Water Music Suite No. 3 in G major
Fairbanks, Alaska, the “last frontier”, the “land of the midnight sun”. The time of the day in thisphoto could be anything since when it was taken, daylight extended around the clock. Due to theextra daylight hours many flowers here are gigantic, more than in tropical regions.
The Fairbanks area: A typical single family home on the local river, built of heavy logs with windowsof 3 or 4 panes / layers. A private light aircraft is very common in Alaska (more than in any otherstate), since most of the roads are blocked during the winter and the rivers are frozen as well.
The huge Trans-Alaskan pipeline carries 20% of the US oil consumption. Since the freshly pumpedoil is hot, major sections of the pipeline run above the surface to minimize interference with naturalenvironment, where a bit deeper under the surface soil stays frozen year round (“permafrost”).
A helicopter ride to the Yanert Glacier area within the vastness of Denali National Park.
Landing on the Yanert Glacier in Denali National Park
The blue color is produced by the ice crystal formed under heavy pressure of historicupper layers over thousands of years.
On the luxury train running in between Denali and Anchorage
On the train: Denali viewed through the window
Juneau is in Southeast Alaska, where a beautiful fabric of waterways and land form an archipelago. Moving in between communities in this area is typically by water, and tours are typically by cruisesrunning in between Juneau and Ketchikan. Here we boarded our small cruise ship.
Skagway, Alaska, our cruises first stop: A spectacular excursion on the White Pass & Yukon Routerailroad built in the Alaska Gold Rush era 1898-1900 (and is a designated International CivilEngineering Landmark).
The colorful town of Skagway. In the Gold Rush era, this small town sported no lessthan 60 brothels…
Admiring nature in silence while cruising slowly at Glacier Bay National Park
Sitka, Alaska: Native worshippers in a Sunday service at the Russian Orthodox Church. Sitka wasthe colonial center of “Russian America” (Alaska) before Russia sold the territory to the USA.
Sitka, Alaska: (This photo didn’t move here just by mistake from my tropical collections…) Theregion has heavy annual precipitation, the highest in North America.
Sitka: Trees grow here fastand tall which may explainin part the Totem Poles inthe native culture here andalong the North West Coast. As opposed to the otherchurches, the RussianOrthodox missionaries didn’tinsist that the nativescompletely abandon theirprior culture, includingTotem Poles.
Sitka: A monument in the form of a boat, painted with native art which, like in the case of TotemPoles, includes icons of wild life common to the area: Eagle, Raven, Killer Whale, etc. Fishing isboth traditionally and currently the main part of the economy.
The Tracy Arm (Fjord like): Advancing slowly and cautiously in silence between the icefloats toward the Sawyer Glacier.
Eagles are very common to the area and so is obviously ice... but here is an eagle resting on the tipof the tip of the iceberg… (In the original photo it is possible to zoom in for further details.)
Watching whales while cruising at Stephens Passage / Frederick Sound.
The thriving Norwegian fishing community of Petersburg, Alaska (the USA): Local childrendemonstrating Norwegian culture in costumes and folk dance.
The small isolated native marine community of Metlakatla is the only “native reservation” in Alaska.They are dedicated today to the revival and preservation of their own specific native culture afterhaving to abandon it at the time as required by their own beloved Christian missionary.
Metlakatla, Alaska: Native dance performance. Wooden masks are another prominentcultural element here and along the North West Coast.
Metlakatla, Alaska: Thenative regalia here carry abig native icon of an Eagle,a Raven, a Killer Whale, ora Wolf -- the names of the 4clans (chamulas) of thetribe. By tradition, marriageis permitted only betweendifferent clans, whicheases a bit their concernabout intermarriages withintheir tiny community.
Ketchikan, Alaska: A typical traditional housing of the coastal native tribes of the North West. Thehouse consists of a single huge room that includes an open fire. It hosts a complete clan (chamula)of many individual families (with no privacy).
Ketchikan, Alaska, has thevery highest annualprecipitation in NorthAmerica and it shows intheir collection of TotemPoles which is the richest,as well…
Ketchikan, Alaska: This colorful Creek Street was known in the Alaska Gold Rush era as the town’s“red light” district. Salmon also come here up the stream back from their long ocean journey tomate…