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Alaska Guide

Hiking and travel guide to Alaska. Mostly in the Fairbanks and interior region of Alaska, but always expanding to new areas!


Stories of adventures and living in Alaska. Science related to atmospheric optics and aurora. Photography, cooking, gear reviews, whatever I feel like.

Alaska Wildflowers

Alaska wildflower guide with many photos and galleries of photos with identifying information, nomenclature and taxonomy, uses, and links to more references.


Tutorials on general and aurora photography. How to shoot the northern lights, how to edit photos in post-processing with a focus on FOSS software programs.


My Photography Page – Featuring wildlife, aurora borealis, landscapes, glaciers, and locations around Alaska and the US.

My Gear

Reviews of camera and outdoor gear I use in the field as well as information on brands I’ve come to know and trust.


Articles on science-related topics, especially pertaining to Alaska. Things like how the aurora works and various atmospheric optics phenomena.

Aurora Borealis Info

Articles on the northern lights, photographing the northern lights, editing aurora photos, and my aurora viewing blog

Latest Posts

08 27 2022
2023 Aurora Borealis Wall Calendar

2023 Aurora Borealis Wall Calendar with photos by Lee Petersen. The calendar is 8.5"x11" and spiral bound for sale on lulu.com.

Stream on the Canwell Glacier
07 07 2022
Spring and Summer Updates 2022

Some spring and summer updates for 2022. Hiking photos and video from Granite Tors, the Canwell Glacier, McManus Mountain and more.

06 19 2022
Alaska Photocache

The Alaska Photocache is meant to be a fun, photo-sharing page about exploring Alaska in a responsible way. It's kind of like geocaching, but with photos instead. The idea is simple: 1. I post a...

06 12 2022
2023 Wall Calendar

My 2023 Wall Calendar is ready for order. Photos of wildlife, aurora borealis, landscape, and glaciers. All photos were taken by Fairbanks local photographer Lee Petersen.

Snowy Spring Hikes and More
05 29 2022
Snowy Spring Hikes and More

Photos and stories from some snowy spring hikes, bouldering, and birding around Fairbanks, Alaska. Backpacking at Granite Tors, hiking Angel Rocks, climbing at the Tatlanika Boulders and more.

05 18 2022
Hello World – Vlog Edition

That's right! I'm joining every other man, woman, child, and their mothers in starting a video blog. My plan is for it to mostly be about photography, hiking, backpacking, outdoor adventuring with camera gear

Fata Morgana – Superior Mirage
05 15 2022
Fata Morgana – Superior Mirage

A fata morgana or superior mirage is a mirage that appears on the horizon and is typically associated with ships at sea or distant mountains.

Parhelion – Sun Dog
04 29 2022
Parhelion – Sun Dog

A parhelion or sun dog is a bright patch of light occurring on or near the 22° halo on the right and/or left of the Sun caused by the refraction of the sunlight by plate-like...

Spring Things
04 13 2022
Spring Things

It's been a while since I've written a plain old blog post. I'm primarily working on my Alaska Wildflower Guide, so there's lots of new stuff there. Not much else. I've been pretty dull. Seriously...

Getting Started With Snowflake Macro Photography
02 15 2022
Getting Started With Snowflake Macro Photography

My somewhat frustrating process of snowflake macro photography. Difficult but gorgeous snowflake photos from Fairbanks, Alaska.

2021 Photo Highlights
01 30 2022
2021 Photo Highlights

A small collection of my 2021 photo highlights from Alaska. Lot's of wildlife, glaciers and glacier caves, and gorgeous landscapes!

11 21 2021
Sony Alpha a7 III Review

My review of the Sony Alpha a7 III mirrorless, full-frame camera body. My primary use is as a walk-around camera for hiking and backpacking.

Early November Light
11 11 2021
Early November Light

I'm always amazed at how fast the seasons change here in Fairbanks. Not just the weather but the daylight. It didn't even get fully dark at night three months ago. Today, there are only 6...

Surgery, Cascades, Frost, and Bubbles
10 26 2021
Surgery, Cascades, Frost, and Bubbles

An update on Cat's ankle surgery in Anchorage, some cascades photos from Falls Creek, and ice bubbles and hoarfrost on Smith Lake in Fairbanks.

Aurora Borealis – October 11, 2021
10 12 2021
Aurora Borealis – October 11, 2021

Aurora dancing in the night sky on October 11, 2021 - Fairbanks, Alaska | Purchase Print On October 9, 2021, a coronal mass ejection (CME) from an associated M1 solar flare burst free from the...

Nome Creek Hills – Backcountry Hiking
09 28 2021
Nome Creek Hills – Backcountry Hiking

A guide to a few hikes in the Nome Creek hills from the Mt. Prindle Campground in the White Mountain National Recreation Area, Alaska. Great off-trail hiking on ridges across gorgeous tundra!

Quick Trip to Anchorage
09 27 2021
Quick Trip to Anchorage

Photos from a trip to Anchorage from Fairbanks. A quick visit during a trip to meet with a surgeon. Stops at Byers Lake, McHugh Creek, and Thunderbird Falls.

Denali View South
09 26 2021
Denali View South

Denali View South - my photo of the week ending September 19, 2021. Taken along the Parks Highway driving from Fairbanks to Anchorage, just ahead of a little late-summer snowstorm.