Local Photography

Caution: Moose on Nash Road

Caution: Moose on Nash Road

A  momma moose with one, possibly two yearlings, has been spotted frequently along the first half mile of  Nash Road, feeding on the roadside willows. This is a 55-mph zone with a lot of traffic. Please watch for this family and drive carefully; the moose are not watching for you. […]

2018 Seward Polar Bear Jump part 1

2018 Seward Polar Bear Jump part 1

The north wind veered away from the Seward Boat Harbor, the sun shone brightly, and the water  at around 43º  was about 15º warmer than the air for the 2008 Seward Polar Bear Jump. According to the American Cancer Society website teams and 93 participants raised over $106,904 to help […]

Diversion Tunnel work continues

Diversion Tunnel work continues

Measure Twice, Cut Once (M2C1) recently installed an impressive staircase by the Diversion Tunnel Waterfall. Work on the Diversion Tunnel has now shifted to the lower end, so the staircase will provide safer access for the workers’ numerous trips to and from the tunnel. To reduce the flow through the […]

Lowell Point Road Damaged by 13.7′ High Tide and Surf

Lowell Point Road Damaged by 13.7′ High Tide and Surf

Waves pummeled Lowell Point Road today, flinging rocks and woody debris clear across the road. Motorists navigated cautiously between the ocean spray, road rubble, deep puddles, and falling rocks. At particularly narrow spots, timing was essential to dart past before the waves returned to slam into the roadside. Several sections […]

13.7′ High Tide Batters Shoreline

13.7′ High Tide Batters Shoreline

The highest tide of the year, 13.7′, peaked at 1:05 pm today. The Seward Harbor ramps down to the docks were almost level. Fortunately the harbor waters were protected and calm. Combined with a strong surf and south wind, the wild ocean battered Seward’s shoreline. Powerful waves shot up all […]

Baby Beluga update

Baby Beluga update

Tyonek, the rescued baby Beluga whale, is growing! When he was admitted to the ASLC on September 30 at about a month old, he weighed 142 pounds. At 10 weeks, he weighs 205 pounds, and is 5 1/2 feet long. Experts from facilities all across the country have contributed to […]

Seward Iditarod Trail Blazers

Seward Iditarod Trail Blazers

Members of the Seward Iditarod Trail Blazers cleaned up their “Adopt a Highway” mile-plus on Exit Glacier Road this morning under cloudy skies with intermittent light rain. The group noted that overall, the quantity of trash seemed less than in some previous years, and only one abandoned tent full of nasties […]

Saving Lowell Point Road bridge

Saving Lowell Point Road bridge

After several days of heavy rain, a swollen Lowell Creek turned dark with sediment, gravel, and rocks. Once again, Seward Public Works crews battled to save the Lowell Point Road bridge. On Thursday, an excavator scooped out the basin below the thundering Diversion Tunnel waterfall as a loader carried bucket […]

Hidden in Plain Sight: fish storm drains

Hidden in Plain Sight: fish storm drains

Sunshine is hard to remember now, but earlier in October when morning shadows were long, I happened to notice a very cool fish design on a storm drain at Third and Jefferson. I have passed this remarkable design a zillion times without seeing it.”Dump No Waste! Drains to Waterways. Made in USA” Curious, […]

Baby walrus update

Baby walrus update

According to the Alaska Sealife Center October Newsletter released today: “Aku will be moved out of his current location soon. Aku was rescued from Nome, Alaska on June 14th. If you would like to see Aku, be sure to visit by Sunday, October 15.” I visited again today, just before […]

A Horse at the Post Office!

A Horse at the Post Office!

This afternoon, I spotted a very unusual sight: a horse on the Post Office lawn! I’ve never seen that before! Two lucky kids with dad in tow were allowed to pet the beautiful horse when the owner returned with the mail.  Then stow the mail, saddle up, and off they went […]

Lowell Creek flooding again

Lowell Creek flooding again

Days of heavy rain once again has Lowell Creek boiling with gravel and rocks from Lowell Canyon.  Seward Public Works has been working in Lowell Creek since Friday, clearing the burden of gravel from under the bridge and maintaining the channel to protect the bridge and minimize damage from erosion and flooding. […]