Evening ski on the Tanana River

Posted by lwpetersen | February 18, 2014 | outdoors

While watching the Yukon Quest a couple weeks ago the transmission locked on my walk-around lens and I couldn’t manual focus at all, so I figured it was time to get a new one. Since I don’t have the money to invest in a bunch of prime lenses, but still want some decent glass, I purchased a Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX. So far, I really like it. It’s fast and the images are really clean. It’s also slowly becoming my primary lens for aurora photography too.

A little light shining through in our boreal forest.
Testing the lens in the backyard. Yup, that’s our backyard.

Since Kate had some work to do in her classroom, I dropped her off and took my new toy out to the Tanana River for an evening ski. Starting off from the Tanana boat launch on Chena Pump road I skied across the river and downstream for a little over an hour before turning around. It was a pretty sunset, but not quite the brilliant colors I was hoping we would get. Here are some of the pictures I took along the way:

Looking across the Tanana River from near the boat launch on Chena Pump Road.

I went for a little ski last night on the Tanana River around sunset. We didn't get the wonderful colors that we've been getting frequently, but it was really pleasant anyway. Lots of cool clouds to the south and west and great temperatures . . . above zero!

Up on a little island on the Tanana River. The Sun just touching the hills.

I love the color changes in the sky after sunset.

The sunset from behind the willow, birch, and alders.

Looking up toward Fairbanks from the Tanana after sunset.
The color in the sky looking north hangs on for a while after sunset

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