Description It's mid February and you're deep into a long winter in Anchorage, Alaska. The sun makes a brief appearance each day, low on the horizon casting long shadows.
The 10 day winter celebration called 'Fur Rendezvous' opens with the launching of the hot air ballons and for the next 10 days over 100 events are held, many of them outdoors. Tradition holds that the Alaska balloon shall launch first and lead the race along the Chugach Mountains on Anchorage's northeastern border.
Bud Obermeyer, Cle Elum, Washington Member Since August 2007 Artist Statement I am a retired corporate manager in the property-casualty insurance industry with personal interests in photography, sports memorabilia, and poker. My wife of 48 years, Carole, and I were both born and raised in New York - her in Manhattan/Bronx and I in Brooklyn. We spent many years on the "corporate transfer trail" and have lived in the general locales of Philadelphia PA (where our son Jeff was born), Seattle WA, Anchorage AK, Columbia SC, and back to Seattle WA.
We now live in Cle Elum, Washington which is 85 miles east of Seattle, just on the eastern side of the Cascade Mountains. Cle Elum is located at 1,800' elevation and has a population of 1,300 people. We are surrounded by natural beauty which changes dramatically with each of the four seasons. Summers are hot and dry and winters are cold and white :) We are surrounded by national forests and mountains but within a 15 minute drive we can be in near desert.
All of this natural beauty inspires me to get out in the field and try to capture the wonder of this incredible land in photographs. I hope you enjoy seeing them as much as I enjoy taking them.