Photo Essay: Images from Dyea

First posted in August, 2005

Yesterday at work was steady and rather fun, though wet. Dyea received an inch of rain overnight, as did the highcountry north of Dyea, and all the run off, plus added glacial melt, contributed to a small flood event. The water rose a sufficient amount to merit closing the Chilkoot Trail for a few hours, and I was the lucky one who was sent to survey how bad the flooding was. An off-duty ranger wanted to join me just to see for himself, and it was good to have the company. He took this photograph of me hiking/wading the trail:

This is not a creek crossing. This is the trail.

Fun, eh? Yes, wading through glacially-fed flood water is always fun. Brr, but fun.

I also was able to do a bit of rafting on the Taiya yesterday, and when I arrived home from work the wonderful and handsome Mr. Sam drew a nice warm bath and made me some hot chocolate to soothe my frigid little legs. Overall, a good day. The water has now receeded, the trail is again open, and damage to the infrastructure of bridges and such appears to be more or less minimal.

And since I'm posting one, why stop there? It's been quite awhile since I've posted photographs. I've been setting aside images taken during patrols for a post at some point, but I seem to always be too exhausted come evening to do an actual photoessay, and the photographs have been piling up a bit. So here are my favorites from the past three months. Please note that these were taken with my Zire, and thus aren't going to win any points for technical achievement in nature photography...

A dwarf dogwood taken in early summer.

Irises in bloom at Nelson Slough.

The fern-lined path to Slide Cemetery.

Ferns growing among graves.

A photo for any of my New York friends who read this.
He perished in an avalanche on the Chilkoot during the Gold Rush.

A cute but poisonous toadstool.

Lovely, lovely fungi.

Sunlit trees and a forest floor paved in equisitum.

One of my favorites on a growing list of favorite trees.

Rain and sunlight on climbing-vine twisted-stalk.

(Specifically, boreal toad tadpoles, as seen in June.)

Autumn is here...

...and here...

...and here.