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 auorora 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.

Latest Posts

Ice towers on the Gabriel Icefall
07 19 2021
Exploring the Gabriel Icefall – Round 2 (Good Weather)

Lots of photos of the Gabriel Icefall and Gulkana Glacier. I made a second trip to the area after getting caught in a snowstorm the week before. Had much better weather this time around!

Exploring the Gabriel Icefall on the Gulkana Glacier
07 11 2021
Exploring the Gabriel Icefall

Photos and story from a rainy and snowy summer day spent hiking and exploring the Gabriel Icefall on the Gulkana Glacier in the Eastern Alaska Range.

Getting My Legs Back – Day Hike on the Canwell Glacier
07 03 2021
Getting My Legs Back – Day Hike on the Canwell Glacier

After nearly 1.5 years of dealing with a plethora of health problems, I set out on a 15-mile hike up the Canwell Glacier in the Alaska Range. Photos and story . . .

view from Mastodon Dome
06 27 2021
Mastodon Dome Hike

The approximately 12-mile round-trip Mastodon Dome hike in the White Mountains of Alaska is located on the south side of the Steese Highway at the Eagle Summit Wayside.

The view to the east from Mt. Margaret in Denali National Park
06 20 2021
Savage River to Mt. Margaret loop

Photos and description of a hike in Denali National Park from the Savage River, over Mt. Margaret and back down to the Park Road at the Primrose rest area.

View up the the Nome Creek Valley in the White Mountain National Recreation Area, Alaska
06 18 2021
Walk up Nome Creek

Late afternoon hike/walk up the Nome Creek trail in the White Mountain National Recreation Area. Great scenery and tons of June wildflowers!

Fairbanks Birding Spring 2021
06 10 2021
Fairbanks Birding Spring 2021

Fairbanks Birding Spring 2021 - Every year in April, we welcome our winged friends back to the Alaska interior. After our long, cold, dark winters, they are a sure sign that change is here.

06 06 2021
2022 Wall Calendar

2022 Wall Calendar by Lee Petersen. Alaska natural scenery including aurora borealis, glaciers, landscapes, and wildlife!

Looking across the Black Rapids Glacier
05 31 2021
Black Rapids Glacier

View over the Black Rapids Glacier in the Eastern Alaska Range | Purchase Print Introduction The Black Rapids Glacier is what is known as a surge-type glacier in a region of the Eastern Alaska Range...

05 01 2021
Alaska Photo-Geocache

The Alaska Photo-Geocache is meant to be a fun, photo-sharing page about exploring Alaska. It's kind of like geocaching, but with your photos instead. The idea is: 1. I post a photo with some, but...

05 01 2021
Review: Nikon D780

Review: Nikon D780 - The Nikon D780 is perhaps the best DSLR I have ever shot with. Its low-light capability is phenomenal for a camera in this class. The autofocus is accurate and incredibly fast....

Try it – Don’t just buy it
04 28 2021
Try it – Don’t just buy it

Photography equipment is expensive. In case you didn't know. Like, really expensive. I don't personally own top-of-the-line gear, at least not much. When I do buy good gear, it's almost never new.

April 25, 2021 – Aurora Borealis
04 25 2021
April 25, 2021 – Aurora Borealis

On April 25, 2021 I hiked out to watch the northern lights from Angel Rocks. It turned out to be one of the best displays I've seen in ten years!

Aurora borealis in the twilight. April 22, 2021 - Fairbanks, Alaska
04 22 2021
April 22, 2021 – Aurora Borealis

Midnight view through the forest on April 22, 2021 There are only two more days before the darkest it gets in Fairbanks is nautical twilight, when only the brightest stars are visible and the Sun...

April 18, 2021 - Aurora Borealis over Fairbanks, Alaska
04 18 2021
April 17-18, 2021 – Aurora Borealis

Last night may have been the best aurora displays I've seen in years. And it was persistent. When I first walked out there was a bright band in the southern sky. About 10 minutes later...

April 16-17 – Aurora Borealis
04 17 2021
April 16-17 – Aurora Borealis

April 16, 2021. In Fairbanks, we have to say goodbye to the aurora in April. We’ve already begun the time when the Sun dips no more than 18 degrees below the horizon at night (astronomical...

Wild and Trailless – Denali National Park
04 05 2021
Wild and Trailless – Denali National Park

It wasn't easy to decide to post route info and GPS data from my trips in Denali National Park. The National Park Service asks specifically not to share GPS tracks socially. It's probably the only...

aurora on March 13, 2021
03 14 2021
March 13, 2021 – Aurora Borealis and Plumbing

Aurora Borealis Blog The fast solar wind stream from a southern coronal hole continues, and we continue to benefit from its impact on Earth's magnetic field! Aurora emerging over the trees | Purchase Print The...


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