I Love Ferris Wheels


I Love Ferris Wheels

Originally uploaded by Karon


Down to the Oubliette


Down to the Oubliette

Originally uploaded by Karon

Of course, there is no oubliette under National Cathedral, I just really like that word.

This interior stone staircase is the first part of the tower climb.

Night View


Night View

Originally uploaded by Karon

I participated in the first ever twilight tower climb at National Cathedral this evening and it was marvelous. It was also amazingly hot in the tight, winding staircase but when you got to the bell room and had the breeze from about 250 feet up coming through the windows it was amazing.

If you have never done the climb, keep an eye on the cathedral website for when they offer it as it is well worth the time. It is 333 steps but that is divided up with landings at 3 points – not all in one go.

Retreating Glacier


Retreating Glacier

Originally uploaded by Karon

Mendenhall Glacier started retreating in the mid-1700s because its annual rate of melt began to exceed its annual total accumulation. In the 1950s the ice was still all the way up to the point of land sticking out into the lake.

Sudden Shaft of Sunlight


Sudden Shaft of Sunlight

Originally uploaded by Karon

Don’t you just love it when you are lining up a shot and suddenly you have a brief shaft of sunlight.