Clyde Mullican (center) poses with two of his children, Diana Chase (left) and John Mullican (right) in John's home in Soldotna, Alaska, on Friday, April 22, 2016. The Mullicans homesteaded on Sevena Lake near Soldotna in the 1960s.
The eagles waited for the man every morning. From the high dark trees around the lake, they swooped in gracefully when they saw him walk to the end of the dock and huddled around him, beaks clacking. He stooped for a moment to work.