Videographer Liz McKenzie recently sent us this fish-eye view of pink salmon in the Indian River, in downtown Sitka. It's easy to see how pinks come by their nickname: humpies. 2013 was a record year for pink salmon returns in Southeast Alaska, and a few are still arriving! To learn more about the role pink salmon play in the food cycle, visit the Encounters website, with host Richard Nelson.
Saturday (9/28/13) was the 19th annual Running of Boots in Sitka -- and as usual, it was a costumed affair, with a smattering of stripes, florals, and polka dots on the starting line alongside plenty of plain xtra tufs.
Sitka High Boys extended their dominance in Cross Country by winning the Regional 1A/2A/3A Meet Saturday morning (9-28-13) in Sitka. Freshman David Wilcox broke the tape in 17:37 for the 5K event, helping his team to an overall first in the meet. Mt. Edgecumbe, Wrangell, and Skagway rounded out the field. Click through for complete results.
Austin-based filmmaker Ben Hamilton has a knack for capturing the appeal of visiting -- and living in -- Southeast Alaska. The films he's made for the Sitka Convention and Visitor's Bureau are stunning to be sure, but often contain small, subtle portraits -- of us. He made this short film for the Sitka Conservation Society.
Sitkan Hugh Bevan captured yet another trailcam portrait of one of Sitka's local brown bears. This guy was scouting for humpies about 10 miles south of town, at 8:15 in the morning on July 31. Bevan first came across the no-name stream while hunting a few years ago, and noticed fish bones along the banks. He checked this trailcam on August 2, and discovered several other bears had been photographed as well. He's decided to keep clear of "Scary Creek" until October!
Pianist Natasha Paremski connects her principal instrument -- the Steinway piano -- with the source of its principal material, Sitka spruce trees. A short film by Sitka Conservation Society media intern Gleb Mikhalev.