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Friday Theme: When Evening comes

Tangle Lakes

There is something special about evening in the summertime. Mostly cause you are able to be outside later in the (most of the time) balmy night. Darkness never really hit up here in Alaska, and it generates this specific kind of feeling about summertime. My summers at my summerhouse were similar, but different of course. Light evenings, even though it was 11pm. You can go so much further during your hikes, you don't really seem to get tired. I know I have showed you similar pictures to this one below before. But I do love the ability to be able to experience this here. And to be able to feel the calm of the nature.


Also having a campfire, being able to bbq or make smores, and just be relaxed and think about how lucky you are.

Evening Sun

Seeing the mountains shine in the evening sun is amazing.

Denali National Park

Or just stop and realize how beautiful the world is. How lucky I am to be able to see all this through all the different seasons.

Tangle lakes

Lakes, Mountains, Colors everything looks so beautiful in the evening light.


Even in the bitter cold winter, the evening light is really beautiful.

Fall colors

And of course, fall with all the majestic colors.

Hope your weekend was amazing with lots of beautiful evening feelings!

Friday Theme, May, May Welcome

Well, I guess I could start by saying: What, where? Is there May anywhere near?We do not have any regular may weather here right now. There is a never ending winter that linger around Fairbanks as we speek. The forecast calls for temperatures around 32F, so around 0C. We will see when fieldwork starts at this point.


I was recently back in Stockholm though and we saw the typical May weather (even though it was only April) maybe a little on the colder side, but not compared to here.


Flowers are usually one of the signs for spring. I remember last year we went kayaking right around this time. And while there were some snow here and there, there still were some buds blooming (below).


It was warm enough to be kayaking (above), and the weather was pretty good, that is Alaska good. No snow on the ground in the forest where we camped (below).


Even the Tanana was ice free (above). I do not think it is ice free today. By 1st of June last year everything was green again (below). At this rate I am not 100% convinced that it will look the same this year on the 1st of June.

Denali Highway

A couple of years ago I went on a hike on May 30th and while there were some spots where there still were some snow, it was pretty green, and warm. AND wildfire season had already started.

So, for now these pictures represent May for me, cause in my mind it is not suppose to be snow on the ground in May.

Handstand in the snow

Friday Theme * 3, Glass, Wood and Porcelain


I have been missing a couple of Friday Themes recently cause I have been busy again. But, that doesn't mean you wont be able to see my interpretation of these last three Friday Themes. Lets start with Glass. When I think about glass i think about the handblown glasses from Stockholms Glasbruk at Skansen. You are not allowed to take any pictures there while they are working, but it is amazing. They are celebrating 80 years this year and I have heard they are releasing a DVD with old pictures and scenes from the start of the glassworks. My mom has bought me lots of glasses and alike from there.

Mason Jar
Cloudberry jam

One thing that I had never seen before coming here was mason jars. First, mason jars are very common in Alaska because you make jam of course, or other canned goods. And it reminds me of Greg Browns song canned goods. Second, some places serve drinks or desserts from mason jars. Personally I think mason jars are beautiful. Mason jars with beets in them, from last summer. They are so tasty. Cloudberry jam that me and a friend made last summer. Dessert served in a mason jar in San Francisco.


I really like the growlers that you can buy here, that is something you can't find in Sweden. Mostly cause Sweden doesn't have that many microbreweries.


During the summertime Farmers Market is also open and they have lots of things in beautiful glass containers.

Last May we went down to Talkeetna for the weekend and visited one of many micro breweries in Alaska.

Denali Brewing company

At the breweries you can order tasters so you can get a taste of all their options.

Alaska glass

Last summer we also celebrated Midsummer and Marie bought "snaps" glasses in honor of Alaska

Swedish flag

One of our friends here in Alaska has her roots in scandinavia and her dad of course has a Swedish flag in glass in his living room

Dala Moose

The second Friday theme was Wood. When we were down in Talkeetna last summer I saw this wooden sculpture, it was quite funny to see something like this there, in Talkeetna, which is so far away from any other town. Quite suprising.


I am pretty sure that none of you have missed the fact that we live in a beautiful cabin in the woods, made out of logs from the Rosie Creek fire back in the days.

Burned forest

I love love love the forest I work in, it is so beautiful. Parts of it was burned in the 2004 Boundary fire. The Boundary fire actually burned 10% of Alaskas burnable forest....that is almost 27000 square kilometers. That is almost the size of Jämtland in Sweden. All burned.

Rallar ros

But only parts of the forest is burned. There are other parts that ar completely unburned.

Spot the moose

Wood and forest can have such beautiful colors. I especially like the fall, and the beautiful colors you get there. Can you spot the moose in this picture below?


Since we are on the subject of Moose, (even though the theme is wood) I thought I should share this next picture. It does include wood, as in trees. A pretty wet forest along the road system, just what moose like. There they were munching food all day probably. A pretty rare sight to see so many moose in one place.


At my dads summer house up north in Sweden we have a handmade wooden boat that turns 51 years this year.

I think that is pretty impressive. Unfortunately it is not in its best condition. But it is still beautiful.

Porcelain cups

Moving on to Porcelain. I don't have that much in porcelain. But when me and W visited my moms old job we drank coffe from some really beautiful porcelain cups.


And that will actually end this blog post. I will end with one of my favorite pictures from last summer. Some of you may already have seen this picture. Mom and dad visited Alaska and Alaska showed it's best side, with warm and colorful summer nights. Have a nice weekend, and lets hope for endless summer nights soon again.