Monthly Archives: February 2012


Carl, Jane, and an Iceberg

A winter trip to Juneau isn’t complete without a walk to the face of the Mendenhall Glacier on frozen Mendenhall Lake. After an especially cold spell earlier in the month that captured a few icebergs in awkward places around the lake, Carl, Jane, his canine companion, and I set off early one morning. We were looking for ice caves we could explore. Several of my colleagues, along with a Russian guest scientist, were also coming to Juneau for a conference, and I wanted to make sure ice was thick enough for me to take them on this walk later in the week. I suspected the consequences of loosing them in the lake would not reflect favorably on my annual evaluation.

After moving out of Juneau, I get too see our glacier only once or twice a year, and I am shocked at how fast it is melting away. It is only a matter of time, probably  a decade, at most, the glacier will retract beyond the lake and we won’t have any more icebergs gracefully floating around the lake.


Gold Town Nickelodeon: 2 years later

Two years ago, just before I took a hiatus from Alaska, I took a series of photos of the Gold Town Nickelodeon. It’s a small independent art house movie theater in Juneau, Alaska that has a flare for great films, live music, and off the beaten path shows. It’s a truly Juneau experience, owned by Mark and run by Collette Costa. The theater is especially dear to me as I ran it a couple of days a week for two years under its previous owner, Lisle Hebert, the famed Juneau filmmaker. On my last trip to Juneau, we got about a dozen Juneaunites to show up for another promotional photoshoot, in the true spirit of Gold Town.

The original Gold Town blog post: http://www.mihaelblikshteyn.com/2010/01/gold-town-nickelodeon