Unmistakable with their toucan-like bright orange beaks and combed back white tufts of head feathers, tufted puffins (Fratercula cirrhata) are among Alaska’s most familiar ambassadors.
When we began this blog a little over two years ago, it was for ourselves. The blog was to be a place to catalogue our recipes and keep a photographic record of our travels and adventures. And so we named it Frozen Moments and didn’t think too much about it. It seemed an appropriate name for a blog where photographs are highlighted (frozen moments) and especially so since our home nine months of the year is in Arctic Alaska (frozen months).
But as we got more into it, we discovered that Frozen Moments was a little too obvious. Others were already using the name. We realized we’d eventually want to make a change. CutterLight has its origins in two sources. Cutter derives from our summer home in Seward – our cutter-rigged sailboat. To us, the term evokes images not just of sailing, but of travel and adventure in general, as well as a spirit of being willing to learn and experience new things.
Light, too, holds multiple meanings for us. There is of course the “light” which all photographers are concerned with. As our skills and interest in photography grow, we are finding that we are becoming, inevitably perhaps, obsessed with light. It permeates our world now in ways it never did before, and this newfound awareness affects everything from the way we watch movies to how we perceive the world around us to how we deal with the deceptively elusive basic elements of photography.
But Light holds a second meaning – one which is perhaps even more central to our lives. As we move forward toward fulfilling our goals as writers, photographers and sailors, we have pared away much of what we once considered necessary. Not much fits on a 35-foot sailboat. A succession of yard sales and donations to thrift shops allowed us to part with most of our possessions before we moved to Alaska three years ago. Since then, every new item we add to our lives is carefully evaluated for the value it brings in terms of utility and pleasure. Few items make the cut. We are moving forward with a life that feels lighter yet stronger. It is a wonderful feeling.
Looking out over lower Cook Inlet from the bluffs above Homer, Alaska.
As we look back on 2012, it is with a deep sense of appreciation. Many new friends came into our lives this year, and we also were fortunate to have had some really special reconnections with people from our former lives. We are happy, too, that our blog is finding an appreciative audience. We wish one and all fair winds and following seas in the coming year.
Jack and Barbra Donachy
I was wondering about that name change! Thought I missed something. 🙂 Merry Christmas from Texas! Angela
Thanks Angela! Merry Christmas!
Merry Christmas, and a most blessed 2013 to you.
And to you as well, antarabesque! Thanks for reading.
Merry Christmas! and a new fantastic New Year!!!! and thank you for the explanation of the name change. I knew it had to be something:)
Merry Christmas to you, Pam!
Merry Christmas and a joyous New Year! You are an inspiration. 🙂
Thanks so much for reading! Wishing you all the best during the holidays and beyond! Jack and Barbra
Happy New Year to you both!
Best of 2013 to you, too Katie!
Happy New Year . . . thanks for sharing your beautiful images of your little slice of heaven on Earth . . .
Thanks! Hope you have a great 2013!
Beautiful photographs! An inspiring life.
Thanks for reading, Jeanie!
We like the name change. Happy New Year and Good Health to you both!
Thanks! What a peaceful time it is here in the village. Cold, but not windy, time to visit with friends and cook and read… Sound like you had a really nice Christmas dinner!
Enjoying the blog! Thank you for sharing your life in AK!!
Thanks Jennifer! Hope you have a great 2013!
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does anyone know who dicovered the tufted puffin?