Sitka, Alaska Ramblings…

Sitka, Alaska, God’s favorite place!

January 5, 2007

January 5th, 2007: A Hummingbird visits amid wind and snow flurries: January 5th and it’s already so busy. I thought the new year would bring peace, tranquility and time to catch my breath. But, it’s not to be.

Spent today working to find housing for folks coming to Sitka for the winter to work and coming for the big Native Conference.

I sit nice and warm in my office, looking out on Sitka Sound and what should be a view of Mount Edgecumbe Volcano, but it’s not to be seen due to snow flurries. Now that I think about it, it’s been a while since I have seen it.

A humming bird came to check out my Christmas tree that sits forlorn on a patch of snow behind my office. As tiny wrens and titmouses flittered around right outside my office window, digging at the seeds I put there each day, snow flurries gathered force. Then, like a breath of spring, a tiny humming bird moved in to check out my tree. Seconds passed as I sat in shock and then started reaching for my camera, digging it out of my purse. It wasn’t to be, as he zipped away, leaving only snow flurries in its wake.

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February 27th, Sitka wakes from slumber

February 27th, 2007: 16 degrees.. brrrr. And to believe just last week I was walking through a soft drizzling rain in 45 degree weather, studying my emerging tulip and daffodil bulbs. I love Sitka in the winter most anyway it comes, rainy or cold, but I do wish it would make up it’s mind, you know. One week 40 degrees, next down to 16, hello!

Of course, March would most-likely have to be called my favorite month since the herring come in followed by whales, sea lions and more. And the eagles are so excited this month. As they scream outside my window, I could swear they are saying, “The herring are coming, the herring are coming!” I feel like doing the same!

I love the briny smell of the water in March and April as it fills with the herring eggs turning turquoise blue. I love the excitement that fills downtown as the streets fill with fishermen, both local, coming out of hibernation and foreign, coming in to take their share of the bounty.

Sitka in March is like an awakening of Sitka from it’s long winter slumber..

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