Elegant Indian paintbrush – Castilleja elegans
Elegant Indian paintbrush – Castilleja elegans

Elegant Indian paintbrush (Castilleja elegans) is a whorled, often pink flowering plant that can be found in Alaska and parts of Canada.

Little weaselsnout flower in Alaska
Little weaselsnout – Lagotis glauca

Little weaselsnout is a purple-flowering perennial herb that grows from a rhizome. The inflorescence is a terminal spike with purple or dark purple flowers with upper and lower lips.

sweetflower rockjasmine flowers in Denali National Park
Sweetflower rockjasmine – Androsace chamaejasme

Lehmann's rockjasmine, more commonly known as sweetflower rockjasmine, is a small, white or pink flowering plant with fused petals and a white ring around the center.

The view to the east from Mt. Margaret in Denali National Park
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.

the cuckoo flower
Cuckoo flower – Cardamine nymanii

The cuckoo flower is a pink flowering plant, often found in wet soils near ponds or streams.

View up the the Nome Creek Valley in the White Mountain National Recreation Area, Alaska
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!

Largeleaf Avens – Geum macrophyllum var. perincisum
Largeleaf Avens – Geum macrophyllum var. perincisum

The largeleaf avens (Geum macrophyllum var. perincisum) is a yellow-flowering plant that can grow to be about 0.75 meters (2.5 feet) tall.

Fairbanks Birding Spring 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.

2022 Wall Calendar

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

Flowering yellow thimbleweed
Yellow Thimbleweed – Anemone richardsonii

Yellow thimbleweed, also known as yellow anemone is a yellow flowering plant that grows from horizontal rhizomes. The plant is poisonous and should not be ingested.

dwarf marsh violet flower
Dwarf marsh violet – Viola epipsila

The dwarf marsh violet is a small, purple flowering, hermaphroditic plant that grows to be about 10 cm (4 inches) in height.

Looking across the Black Rapids Glacier
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 known as the Hayes Range....

arctic blackberry, also known as arctic rasberry or nagoonberry
Arctic Blackberry – Rubus arcticus

Arctic blackberry, commonly called nagoonberry or arctic rasberry produces an edible fruit that can be eaten raw or cooked. It's flower has pink petals and narrow sepals.

Cloudberry flowers in Alaska
Cloudberry – Rubus chameamorus

The fruit from the cloudberry plant has numerous uses as a food. It has a circumboreal distribution across Canada, Alaska, and Eurasia. Each white flower arises from a single stem.

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 not a lot of information,...

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. After shooting with it for...

Try it – Don’t just buy it
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
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!

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