Just over a week ago, the temperatures in Anchorage, Alaska, were dipping down below zero degrees F. This white-tailed ptarmigan tried to make the best of the cold weather it by hunkering in a beam of sunlight. Incidentally, white-tailed ptarmigan are North America’s smallest grouse. Adults top out at weights of around 12 ounces, onContinue reading “Snow White & Waiting for Spring”
Photos by Ken Marsh Mallards are a hardy breed. Cold weather really doesn’t seem to bother them as long as open water and/or food is available. These ducks winter in Anchorage, Alaska, despite subzero temperatures and deep snow. They seem no worse for the wear. ###
— Grumpy Young Man
By Ken Marsh “The winter! the brightness that blinds you, … The woods where the weird shadows slant; The stillness, the moonlight, the mystery, I’ve bade ’em good-by– but I can’t.” — Robert Service, Spell of the Yukon Thirty years ago, living as a trapper in Alaska’s upper Susitna Valley, I traveled on snowshoes nearly everyContinue reading “Return to Winter”
A walk in the hills today turned up white grouse and scenic loveliness.
The mountains were lovely today, alternately sulking in shadow and beaming in light; they were a bright, fresh presence in a country that will always be home, even if home is a place that lives only in your heart.