I'm sitting at my desk editing photos, planning trips, trying to finalize next year's calendar (while procrastinating greatly), scratching the bazillion mosquito bites covering my body, and debating internally whether or not I want to leave the windows open and breathe the heavy smoke or slowly cook inside the house.

I'm realizing that 2015 has been the best year for aurora in the 5 years I've been in Alaska! I don't think it's realistic that I could get through editing and posting the thousands of photos from the crazy nights we've had this year. Thousands of photos, yet I didn't even run any timelapses this winter or spring. Nearly every shot with my finger on the shutter release.

The sunrises and sunsets must not have wanted to be outdone by the night sky.

It's been a tough year. A broken camera in late winter without the financial means to fix or replace it was stressful to say the least. Amazingly friends, family, and a community of friends I don't even know from social media jumped out to help. Then our only car was totaled by some tourists on our icy roads. It took over two months to get that mess straightened out. We were under constant financial stress the whole time while waiting from rental cars and vet bills.

I dwelled on these things. I should know better, I should know by now that things will turn out alright, but I dwelled on them.

Then I look back at the photos; not just the sky, but all the adventures . . . Like exploring an ice cave on the Castner Glacier

and all the hiking, snowshoeing, and skiing in the Alaska Range, Granite Tors, and White Mountains . . .

It's amazing how much time slips through the cracks, nearly unnoticed when I'm focused on the negative things. Maybe that's the reason I love photography so much. Suddenly I look back and see how incredible winter and spring were. I still need practice at realizing these things in the moment.

It's been quite the experience, quite the first-half of 2015. It's hard to believe that 2015 is nearly half over. Thank you so much, family and friends, those I know, those I don't, and those I haven't met yet. Thank you, Kate, for your endless support and love! 

I look forward to sharing my second half of 2015 with you all!

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