Sunday, June 7, 2009

Photographs from my travel to Alaska. Aurora Ice Museum, Fairbanks.




Aurora Ice Museum is located near Chena Hot Springs, not too far from Fairbanks, Alaska. I was there in early February. It was chili outside - about minus 30F, but inside a Museum where everything made of ice, was relatively warm - about 20F.
Museum features the work of award winning artist Steve Brice, who had to create all sculptures in a temperature below freezing! Brrr...
The beautiful colors are designed to replicate the aurora borealis. There are several exhibits - two knights, a huge chess set, a chapel alter that has been used for wedding ceremonies, the Coca-Cola polar bear and the beautiful hanging chandeliers. In the central part of the room is the real bar that is totally made of ice, even the bar stools (with a fur covering on the top though). Even Martini was served in an ice martini glass! And it was good too!
And in the back of the room there is a hotel with bedrooms and beds of ice with reindeer fur sleeping bags!

Photograph of roses.



A few days ago, exploring my big yard (about 4 acres) I found those beautiful roses near the well house. They just started blooming, and probably for a while nobody took care of them - it took me for over an hour to remove all the dead vines. Hopefully, they will survive my care.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Photographs from my tavel to Barrow, Alaska (cont.)


Artctic Ocean, frozen waves under the snow.
And people have sense of humor here too - those are summer cabins a little bit outside of Barrow, palms of course not real - they made of baleen (plates for filtering food from water).

Unfortunately, I didn't get to see polar bear, although when taxi driver was showing us around they said on a radio that a polar bear was spotted near high school, but when we got there it was gone.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Photographs from my travel to Barrow, Alaska.


I decided to show once in a while photographs from my past traveling, since I didn't have a blog that time, but I have lots of interesting photographs.
Today I want to show you few photos taken in the most north town of Alaska and United States - Barrow. I had an occasion to get there in January, 2004 for a few days. It was cold: -50F and windchill -60F. Do you think it's a midnight? Wrong, it's a noon, with a moon hanging over Arctic Ocean, frozen of course.
Life is still going even in those harsh conditions.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Irina's Photos

Today guest artist in my blog is Irina, photographer originally came from Russia.
"I have taken pictures since I was a teenager. My favorite genres are Still life and Landscapes."

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Aleksandra Vali jewelry art work.

Aleksandra Vali is a creative artist with unpredictable, but well defined sense of style and personal signature. She conveys her passion for style through unique hand crafted jewelry-seductive yet extravagant, harmonic yet so contradictory. Alexandra enjoys working with gold and silver, as they allow her to experiment and make the most out of the three dimensional potential of the metal.
Aleksandra Vali is originally from Russia, city of Novosibirsk (in Siberia!). Now she lives in Illinois, and member of Russian Art team on Etsy.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Photographing trees.








May 1 was bright and sunny, how is suppose to be on that day :^). I took a few photos of trees in my yard. Trees are fascinating "creatures", I think they are alive, we just don't know how to communicate with them.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Postcards from my photos!



Not so long ago I ordered and received a few postcards from my tulip and sunset photos. Professionally made in SmugMug photolab, they looks really nice and come with white envelope. Those cards for sale on Etsy right now:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=24410595.
Actually, any of my photo can be made as a postcard and I can make on photoshop any customized greeting.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Few more photos from Tulip festival




Red and pink, and even overlooked but still pretty daffodils!

Tulip festival in Skagit valley!


New tulips are blooming!
I went to the valley yesterday - on weekend it will be really crowded.
Almost idyllic scene with a blue sky and pink tulips!