another phenomenom that one must be mindful of during melt is what i refer to as "poop soup". this occurs when you neglect to keep up on your dog poop in the yard. it may also become an issue if you put alot of frozen poops in your garbage and then the temperature increases before the trash pick up. i learned my lesson my first year in this house. the garbage men put a tag on my garbage can and refused to collect my garbage that week. at first i was a bit miffed and then i lifted the lid of the trashcan. words cannot describe the horror found within. i do not fault the poor garbage dudes and now am a very careful poop collector. i'm outside often in very low temperatures chipping frozen poops out. it is easier to just wait a few hours til the poops freeze...no odor and less mess....unless it all melts. enough on the poop.
this time of year i end up doing more neighborhood walks and will soon begin to avoid any bodies of water for fear that blossom will try and walk on it and the slush will break through. besides...the bears are out. the sign below is more often seen in summer. the fish and game folks put warning signs out on trailheads with recent bear sightings and especially for bears that have been a problem already. apparently, this bear has been tracking people and showing no concern. the moose are also coming into town in droves. the are chipping away at whatever bark they can find to feed on. if i ate bark only at this time of year i'm sure i could easily lose the 5-10 pounds of winter weight that seems to collect. of course, i've noticed that this weight doesn't drop off in the summer as readily as it did a few years ago. hmm..so not fair.
i need to head to the gym tomorrow and sign up for a few months. the shower will be out of commission here so it will give me and excuse to work out and shower.
thought i would post a few pictures of mt redoubt eruptions. these volcano pictures below were not taken by me. all the other pictures on this blog so far have been. i can't see the volcano from my place. i guess we are getting some actual ash fall today. the volcano erupted a few times today quite powerfully. the airport keeps getting shut down because of it so travel and goods may be a tough thing for a bit. i didn't notice any ash today when i was out, this evening when i looked at the chugach range it did appear to be grey instead of white. the sky was darkening though so hard to tell if the dark clouds were ash or just snow clouds to me. i'm sure there is plenty of ash floating around anyway. it's blown so much and so high this week. we'll see what daylight brings tomorrow when i get up. so these pictures were all found at the avo website (alaska volcanic observatory) if anyone wants to see and read more. it's a very interesting web site. i was chatting with my sister and i think she was qutie fascinated checking it out as we chatted.
okay so the above shot was taken from the kenai peninsula, i think within the last 24 hours. looks a bit like an atomic event to me. very pretty though.
this picture i loved because it shows the ash coverage. these mountain tops were all covered with clean white snow before these eruptions and now they are covered with ash.
now this one shows perspective. this is taken from a satelite. these eruptions just seem huge to me and as you can see it does seem fairly large from space, but really i thought it seemed amazingly small when seen in this perspective. we really are just dots out in space. i'm always fascinated how an event such as this in alaska can impact area's around the globe. these ash clouds will travel on the wind so all ends of the earth. see we are really a small place....we're all in this together.