Monday, January 21, 2013 Day of Reflections

Today, Martin Luther King Jr. Day was amazing in many ways. The bright sun bravely rolled across the top of a low but solid bank of dark gray clouds anchored in the Gulf of Alaska. It mostly succeeded in shining its beneficent spotlight over Seward. As if prearranged, the wind agreed to blow elsewhere for a few hours. The result was a joy for photography.  

I leapt out of the car when I saw rugged Mt Marathon, Phoenix, and Benson ignited by the sun with blue sky for a frame. At the beach, all the tidal puddles transformed into magical mirrors, perfectly reflecting the surrounding spectacular snowy mountains.

I exclaimed at each new view, gasping in delight as a move of just a few feet revealed yet another incredible view of the mountain peaks. The mirror mountains looked real enough to climb. Their upside down presentation made the familiar landmarks of Mt Marathon, the Race Point, Mt Benson, and Mt Alice surreal.

President Obama's second inauguration, the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr, and his dream, the beauty and wonder of Alaska and Seward; all provided inspiration and material for reflection. We must all work hard to preserve and protect this beautiful, fragile Earth and all that is right and good, and overcome that which is not.

Carol Griswold
Seward Sporadic Bird Report Reporter

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