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           Welcome to my Photo Gallery! Listed below are albums. Click on the title to view each one. A computer program I’ve written organizes my pictures into albums and automatically generates the viewing pages and their links. Enjoy!

My Portraits - Summer 2009

 

Professional photos taken of our family as we pose in front of our lawn, house, and creek. Shown in the pictures are my dad Steve Victors, my mom Donna, my sister Virginia, and myself. Also included is Amanda Carver, Virginia’s best friend.

Our House - Summer 2007

 

Some great photos of our log home, nearby Fish Creek, and lawn during the summer. As you can see from the photos, we have a small footbridge over the creek, from which I take most of the creek pictures. Upstream from that we have a waterslide into a 5-foot-deep swimming hole.

Seldovia Sunset - Summer 2007

 

We were in Seldovia, Alaska, and as the sun went down around are cabin, it hit the trees and grass just right, and I just had to run out and capture the moment.

Creek Ice Crystals - Winter 2008

 

After Fish Creek froze over, we found large crystals on the surface of the ice. Like snowflakes, no two are alike. I knew that they would not last long because the snow was about to fall. Their fractal patterns are very interesting.

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Caving Trip

 

I and 13 others went from Utah State University to a cave

near Vernal, Utah and crawled through it.

It was awesome!

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My rare encounter with the Alaskan kabloose.

 

For those who are unfortunate to have never encountered one, this is a kabloose.

The ungulate kabloose (scientific name “agrestis kabloosus,” etymology unknown) is native to Kachemak Bay, however isolated kabloose populations have been verified as far south as Port Graham. All kabloose are herbivores in nature, and the average adult kabloose needs to consume around 6,500 calories per day to maintain its body weight. Much of the kabloose energy is derived from terrestrial vegetation, primarily grasses and fireweed. One distinct characteristic of their diet is their unusual immunity to cow parsnip. (heracleum sphondylium, also known as hogweed) All kabloose share a love of water. Kabloose antlers grow as cylindrical beams projecting on each side of the head at right angles to the midline of the skull, and then fork into two or three tines. Additional tines may grow just above the main set. Similar to moose, kabloose will drop its antlers after the mating season and conserve energy for the winter, and new antlers will regrow in the spring. As with many other animals, males are typically larger than females, with the average adult kabloose standing about five feet at the shoulder. During mating season, which is usually September and October, male kabloose fight for access to females. The males are polygamous, and may mate with several females. Both males and females reach sexual maturity near five years of age; their lifespan is between 15 to 20 years. It is estimated that the kabloose population is not great, however the exact kabloose population may never be known, as kabloose are very elusive and shy. This makes them exceptionally difficult to hunt. I was lucky enough to find this particular kabloose specimen on the shores of Point Naskowhak. I presume that it had died not too long ago, because as you can see, it is very well-preserved.