Hi, this is Fe@NJ, who has passed Second Grade of Timetable Test in Japan.
I am fascinated by the great nature of the America’s northernmost, State of Alaska, and have been visiting many times since I was young. This is the record of my memories of extraordinary experiences therein.
① Between Japan and Alaska, non-stop scheduled flights are not available as of today. Then, as an example, we can transfer to the Alaska Airlines’ flight to Anchorage in Seattle after crossing the Pacific Ocean.
② Look down on the desolate ground of Alaska.
③ It is a majestic Alyeska Ski Resort on the outskirts of Anchorage, Alaska. It felt like sliding down towards the freezing bay.
④ The sun is low even around noon because of the area of high latitude and the winter season. Since there was no night lighting in the past, the time suitable for skiing was from 10:00am to around 2:30pm. Lift tickets such as “single ticket” and “coupon ticket” did not exist, while the shortest one was “one-day ticket”.
⑤ A group of ice chunks has felt into the cove from the end of Portage Glacier on the outskirts of Anchorage. Under the influence of global warming, the glacier retreats about 550 yards in recent 100 years.
⑥ The color of the glacier blue is beautiful.
⑦ We flew from Anchorage northward for one hour and reached Fairbanks. In the suburb, the doggies were on standby for dog sledding. We found many Huskies.
⑧ The dog sled, that we admired, was challenged! As the introduction, it was two heads. (Ten heads in the race) I thought that it was easy to run if the relationship of trust was built between the leader dog, out of two, and myself.
⑨ After enjoying the dog sled, we studied the long pipeline, which connects the Pacific side and the Arctic Ocean side via Fairbanks. When touched it, I could feel the warmth of the flowing oil.
⑩ We were deeply moved by the beautiful northern light! The show appeared after waiting for about five hours in the extremely cold weather less than zero degrees Fahrenheit (minus eighteen degrees Celsius) at Chena Hot Spring Resort about sixty miles from the city center of Fairbanks.
[Reference] Shooting data
Aperture value: f/3.5
Exposure time: 1/4 sec
ISO speed: ISO 1600
Since the fluctuation of the northern light was worried, the exposure time should be made longer as my understanding.
Why do not you try planning a spirit in Alaska in coming winter♪
Thank you and see you next time, as the final account.