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

Autumn in the White Mountains
09 16 2021
Autumn in the White Mountains

Autumn in the White Mountains - Photo of the Week ending September 12, 2021. Fall landscape near Nome Creek, Alaska.

Faint aurora glow in the northern sky from Fairbanks, Alaska
09 12 2021
Aurora and STEVE – September 12, 2021

A few photos of a faint aurora and STEVE from Fairbanks, Alaska from the early morning of September 12, 2021.

Wrapping up the 2021 wildflower season
09 11 2021
2021 Wildflower Season

As I'm wrapping up photos and info from the 2021 wildflower season, I wanted to write a post on the work that goes into my Alaska Wildflower Guide and some hopes for the future.

New Season of Aurora Borealis – September 1, 2021
09 10 2021
New Season of Aurora Borealis – September 1, 2021

Aurora borealis on September 1, 2021 from Fairbanks, Alaska. In my aurora blog and my photo of the week ending September 5, 2021.

Ice Amphitheater – Photo of the Week
09 09 2021
Ice Amphitheater – Photo of the Week

Ice amphitheater - my Photo of the week ending August 28, 2021. A tall room in a glacier cave in the Canwell Glacier moraine - Eastern Alaska Range

Fog, Mountain, Icefall
09 02 2021
Fog, Mountain, Icefall

Fog, Mountain, Icefall - My photo of the week for the week ending August 22, 2021. The Gabriel Icefall on the Gulkana Glacier, taken with a Sony Alpha a7iii and Sony FE 24-70mm F/2.8 GM...

Glacier Ice Ice Baby
08 24 2021
Glacier Ice Ice Baby

Gorgeous blue glacier ice from ice caves in the Canwell Glacier as well as in moulins and the Gabriel Icefall on the Gulkana Glacier. Great hikes in the Alaska Range last week!

Peregrine Falcon Stare
08 17 2021
Peregrine Falcon Stare

Getting the peregrine falcon stare at Angel Rocks near Fairbanks, Alaska. I had an awesome experience photographing this juvenile bird.

Arctic Lightning Air Show
07 31 2021
Arctic Lightning Air Show

The Blue Angels performing over Eielson Air Force Base near North Pole, Alaska | Purchase Print This weekend, the Arctic Lightning Air Show at Eielson Air Force Base is going on. Cat and I spent...

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...