WARNING THIS ENTRY HAS PICTURES OF DEAD ANIMALS, LOTS OF THEM.
Alaska is a place that can be prosaic and monotonous at the same time it is mind blowing and extreme. Sometimes it is the expanse of ocean and tundra, the beautiful sunsets, seals in the sound, or the size of the mosquitoes.
One of the things that really defines this place in Alaska that I live is the relationship between animals and humans. It is neither reverence nor the hunger for the kill but something else entirely.
This blog pays tribute to this strange relationship.
Here is one example celebrating Christmas by stretching a real reindeer skin over a wooden frame. Empty eye holes lit up by Christmas lights.
A beautiful Arctic fox
Dead skinned fox frozen in the snow.
Fox fur made into ruffs for parkas.
Isa in her fox ruff parka.
Dead black bear, I think, skinned and left on the beach to rot and wash into the ocean.
Baby beluga from the deep blue sea, harvested for skin and fat. Known as white Muktuk it is served and eaten.
And of course the fish.....lots and lots of fish.
On the line...
On the counter...
And on the Grill!