Tuesday, September 23, 2008

One Trip Around the Sun


It's hard to believe that a whole year has passed since I timidly clicked "publish post" for the first time. The truth is, I was slightly terrified. I remember thinking that I would probably run out of photos or things to say within a month. Yet, here it is, twelve months later and there still seems to be plenty to share. And I'm so thankful for the chance to do just that...share. Being able to point the camera and capture even a fraction of the beautiful and amazing things that surround me is something I enjoy. Being able to share those beautiful and amazing things is something I cherish.

I can't let this day pass without thanking those without whom The Buggy Side of the Dog would not exist. Steve, author of Balance, first introduced me to the concept of personal blogging with his insightful and entertaining sliver of cyberspace. Through Steve's blog, I met Peggy, author of Kayak Paddle Tales, who encouraged me to carve out a space of my own. Then my dear friend, Kathy (who doesn't have a blog yet, but should), chimed in and that pretty much sealed the deal. I must admit that it didn't take much convincing. Though I couldn't have put it into words quite yet, I was looking for a way to share my view of this place.

My hope is that the view I've offered has been focused and fair.

My joy has been sharing my treasures...through the lens of my camera and the lens of my heart.

Thank you for being a part of that joy!





Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Something Amazing

This video clip was shot by Doug Armstrong, a new teacher here in Atqasuk. A few weeks ago, he discovered something strange swimming along the edge of the Arctic Ocean in Barrow. I've seen jellyfish along the Arctic coast before, but never anything like this! It looks more like something featured on Pure Florida than here! In lieu of an official identification, Doug has dubbed this mysterious creature a "technicolor sea corndog." As far as I know, there's no stick involved. :)

Note: When I viewed the video on YouTube there was an option to "watch in high quality" linked just below the volume button. If this version is too pixelated, I definitely recommend checking it out on the website directly...click here