Photo Friday October 19, 2012 “Circling to Land”

A few weeks ago, hubby and I visited southeast Alaska. When our plane approached for a landing, the runway was too foggy so our pilot had to pull up, circle and approach from a different direction. This photo was taken on that 15 minute circle. We were treated to Alaskan mountains, clouds, fog, and open water….at sunrise to boot! I normally giggle when people start to take pictures from airplane windows, but even I could not help myself on this particular morning.

The previous night, we missed our connection into Alaska and were crabby,tired, and stressed. We learned a lesson. Everything works out as it should….if we had flown in the night before, we would have missed this beautiful view and the opportunity to marvel at God’s creation. This 15 minutes set the tone for a very amazing vacation.

a view of clouds straddling the top of a mountain peak near open water while our plane circled to land in Juneau, alaska. Photo taken at sunrise.


About jheem

I grew up on a diversified dairy farm in southeast South Dakota where I learned how to throw a hay bale, pull a calf, deal with death, and "name" the cows. I was in 4H and FFA, and was privileged to serve as a state FFA officer. In college, I studied animal science, focusing on beef cows, mostly because I figured they were less work than dairy cows....I ended up with a Masters Degree in ruminant nutrition and went to work for the University of Nebraska, first as a research tech coordinating data collection for a swine unit and beef feedlot on a research farm and then as an extension educator. In my current job, I focus on environmental issues related to animal agriculture (which is a nice way of saying I talk about manure alot). My husband and I live and work on a seedstock cattle operation in northeast Nebraska. You can learn more about our cattle operation by visiting my husband's blog at
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