For those of you planning to visit our fair state of Alaska yet this summer, bring your rain gear and some polypropylene. We have had the coolest summer on record thus far (in Anchorage, according to the newspaper this AM). In the Alaska range where we live, we've been getting lots of new snow above 4,000 feet in elevation on the mountains around us (though the clouds and fog prevent us from seeing those mountains much of the time). So far, two pilots have landed here in the past few weeks because they ran into fog, and could not go further, and we have taken them in, fed them, and put them up for the night. We put up solar panels 10 days ago, which would completely power our house and charge storage batteries if we had clear weather. They are mounted on a pole, and the panels track the sun and follow it around the horizon, but most days they haven't been able to see any sun to track. It's frustrating to have to still use our diesel generators this time of the year when the solar array would power our house if we only had some sun! Sorry about the rant, but as a photographer, I get a bit stir crazy when we get weeks of rain and fog and dreary skies. In another few weeks it will be autumn here, and winter snows begin by late September. In the past week, we have not had any days above 50°, and during the past month, only three days above 70° (compared to last year when most days were in the 80°s with lots of sun).