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Alaskan Airplane Tiedowns

It's Alaska, so having a Cub in your yard is not that unusual. The airplane sort of Cub, of course.

Here's one on landing, and just in case you were wondering, this is FUN!

This little bird loves to fly, and can just about lift off in a stiff breeze.

This 1946 Piper J3 Cub had to come out of the water for an annual inspection recently, and Nick needed a tiedown system to secure the aircraft. He lives on an island, so he had to use locally available weights with attachment points for ropes. Sometimes you just have to improvise.

What do you think? Did Nick find the greatest tiedowns?

Wishing you a creative day!

Alaska Beachcomber

More airplane posts:

The Beaver Delivers

Flying in a deHavilland Beaver


How Photographers Effect Wildlife. Part 2, Bear


Yep, that exclamation can cause a range of emotions in humans. Bears are big, fast, scary, edible, prized trophies, and complicated. When a photographer shows up in bear territory it also makes for some contemplation in bears - especially when spring bear hunting season is still open.

So let's see what this particular bear is thinking...

"M-m-m! Photographer for lunch again!"

"Armed with a Canon. No problem."

"I'll practice my catlike stealth."

"That's plenty of that. Time to close in."

"Uh-oh, now I remember. The last photographer I ate gave me indigestion bad. All those additives and preservatives made me see spots. And I got a memory card stuck in my teeth."

"You're off the hook this time, Photographer. Let this be a lesson to you."

Relieved to be intact,

Alaska Beachcomber

More wildlife stories, both serious and not: Alaskan Critters Menu

 Hey Folks,

After several people wrote in with concerns I feel that I should add a little P.S. on this post. It’s a story. (The “M-m-m, Photographer for lunch again!” line is supposed to set it up as somewhat silly.) While bears can be dangerous, this one never acted in a threatening way. I interrupted the bear’s backscratch-on-a-tree session. Despite that rude behavior on my part, the bear was polite, curious, and cautious. I was using a long lens, but the bear was concerned, so I was in it’s space - a mistake on my part.

A page on my other website about bear safety:

Hiking in Bear Country on VisitPOW.com

And thanks for the fun comments!! Keep ‘em coming!

How Photographers Effect Wildlife. Part 1, Deer

The very act of observing something changes it, and wildlife is no exception. Take deer for example. This is a tender time for them. The does are having babies, the bucks are growing antlers, and everybody is shedding.

So here's terrified embarrassment:

"NO-o-o!! Nobody can see me like this!"

Boys can be so sensitive, and photographers can be so cruel.

Does have lots of responses. Like the butt shot:

"Hah! Silly photographer will go away if I just give her a butt shot. If that doesn't work then Grandma Doe up the road will kick her into next week."

Yep. I left the scene.

Next a doe responded to my presence with illogical avoidance:

"If I hide behind myself then you can't see me."

Hopeful distraction:

"Look! What is that over there?"

And the direct approach:

"Go away! You can come back in a couple months when I've shed out!"

I think that I really crossed the line. Does don't yell very often.

Then there is disgusted resignation:

"It's not bad enough that I'm shedding, you just have to take a picture when I'm also ankle deep in slime? No respect. Well, I guess I best just get on with it, and you, stupid photographer, can just prove that you're shameless."

Gosh, should I have held back on publishing this photo?

And finally there's quiet self-restraint:

Aw-w, so sweet. Babies can be so wise. This silent baby was left untouched. Human scent can cause a doe to reject her fawn. I used a long lens so that I didn't have to get too close and only stayed a few moments. Mama Doe is out foraging and will be back soon.

Next: Bears.

Wishing you fun observations each day,

Alaska Beachcomber

More lighthearted posts with Southeast Alaska deer:

Deer Moms Embarrass Their Kids, Too

Doe in the Headlights

And lots of animal posts: Alaskan Critters Menu