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Douglas, Alaska, United States
I have lived in Alaska since 1978, having come to Juneau as a Jesuit Volunteer. I fell in love with Alaska and now live on Douglas Island with my husband and two dogs.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Strange Light

 This morning we woke up to haze and a strange orange light in the sky.

Both are the result of wildfires in the Yukon.  If it is this bad here, I can't imagine how smoky it is in Yukon Territory! I am heading up to Skagway tomorrow morning with my friend Sr. Dee.  We are going for a little get away and will be taking the White Pass and Yukon railroad on an excursion.  I'm hoping the haze will clear a bit - it is no doubt a lot smokier in Haines and Skagway.

Sunlight takes on a strange orangish glow when there is smoke in the air.  You can see it best if you look at the shadows (please ignore our scuffed and badly-in-need-of-a-paint-job porch floor).

I tried to catch the light in the living room.  You can see it a little bit, but mostly you can see Beans and Frida wondering why I am taking pictures of the floor.  In the background are Hoda and Kathie Lee on the TV (yes, I watch morning television!).

Coming up this week are photos from my whale watch trip and the pictures I will be taking on our Skagway trip!

Have a great Monday!


  1. I am a "Today" show watcher and I'm really enjoying not rushing out the door most days when there is a segment I'm enjoying. Have a good trip and prayers that the fires are finished.

  2. How adventurous to live in Alaska. You have great stories on your blog. Hope everyone is safe from the fires.

  3. I know that haze well. We get lots of wildfires in so Cal. It's been a couple of years since I've seen it in person, but it's always memorable.


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