Turnagain Arm, Alaska, Low Tide Winter Sunset

Taken in Alaska along the Turnagain Arm of the Cook Inlet near Windy Point on January 5th, 2014

Alaska is an alluring place and attracts folks for a multitude of reasons. 120 years ago thousands of folks headed north driven by the lure of riches in the Klondike Gold Rush. On a winter trip to Alaska I was seeking riches as well, just not of the precious metal variety. Instead I was looking for the golden light of winter sunsets, the sapphire blue of glaciers, and the emerald green of the northern lights. On a day out exploring the Turnagain Arm of the Cook Inlet I was lucky enough to strike gold in the sky. The tide was mostly out and the low water level exposed the silty bed of the inlet. In particular I was struck by the furrows and channels in the silt and how the ridges caught the warm reflection from the low sun. In a sense it was almost like I was panning for my own kind of gold.

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