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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 photo with some, but not...

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
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.

Pasqueflower – Anemone patens var. multifida
Pasqueflower – Anemone patens var. multifida

The pasqueflower is a purple-flowering perennial herb that grows from fibrous roots. It is poisonous to humans and animals.

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
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
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 hexagonal ice crystals in the...

Oneflower cinquefoil – Potentilla uniflora
Oneflower cinquefoil – Potentilla uniflora

The oneflower cinquefoil (Potentilla uniflora) is a yellow-flowering perennial herb that grows in gravelly soils and tundra and is covered in silky hairs.

Spring Things
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 though, I haven't been getting...

Marsh fleabane
Marsh fleabane

The marsh fleabane (Tephroseris palustris), also known as the mastodon flower is a yellow flowering annual or biennial that grows in wet habitats.

Lingonberry – Vaccinium vitis-idaea
Lingonberry – Vaccinium vitis-idaea

The lingonberry (or lowbush cranberry) is a small white or pink-flowering subshrub with berries that are very nutritious and are frequently made into a wide variety of food and drinks. It grows in Alaska and is widespread across the far...

Milky draba – Draba lactea
Milky draba – Draba lactea

Milky draba (Draba lactea) is a small white-flowering perennial herb with four small petals. It grows mostly in near-polar regions in rocky soil.

Purple-haired groundsel – Tephroseris frigida
Purple-haired groundsel – Tephroseris frigida

Purple-haired groundsel (Tephroseris frigida) is a yellow-flowering plant in the sunflower family that grows in Alaska, northern Canada, and Siberia.

Pretty Jacob’s Ladder – Polemonium pulcherrimum
Pretty Jacob’s Ladder – Polemonium pulcherrimum

Beautiful Jacob's ladder, often known as pretty Jacob's ladder or showy Jacob's ladder is a blue or purple flowering plant with a yellow center that is common in western North America.

Fries’ Pussytoes – Antennaria friesiana
Fries’ Pussytoes – Antennaria friesiana

Fries' pussytoes is a white flowering plant found resembling a cat's paw in high latitudes in North America, Greenland, and Siberia.

Ledge Stonecrop – Rhodiola integrifolia
Ledge Stonecrop – Rhodiola integrifolia

The ledge stonecrop (Rhodiola integrifolia) is a dark red flowering plant with succulent leaves found in Alaska, western US and Canada.

Tundra milkvetch – Astragalus umbellatus
Tundra milkvetch – Astragalus umbellatus

Astragalus umbellatus, commonly known as tundra milkvetch or hairy arctic milkvetch is a bright yellow-flowering perennial herb growing in Alaska, western Canada, and Siberia.

Scamman’s Oxytrope – Oxytropis scammaniana
Scamman’s Oxytrope – Oxytropis scammaniana

Scamman's oxytrope (Oxytropis scammaniana) is a purple or pink flowering plant that grows in rocky tundra or alpine areas. It is Native to Alaska and northwestern Canada.

Blackish Oxytrope – Oxytropis nigrescens
Blackish Oxytrope – Oxytropis nigrescens

Blackish oxytrope (Oxytropis nigrescens) is a small, purple-flowering perennial herb that grows in rocky tundra or alpine environments.

Star Gentian – Swertia perennis
Star Gentian – Swertia perennis

Swertia perennis is a 60-100 cm tall purple or blue flowering plant that grows in western North America, Europe, and Asia.

Getting Started With Snowflake Macro Photography
Getting Started With Snowflake Macro Photography

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

Pincushion plant (Diapensia lapponica)
Pincushion plant – diapensia lapponica

Diapensia lapponica, officially named the pincushion plant (although possibly more commonly called Lapland diapensia) is a small, white-flowering, cushion forming perennial subshrub, often found in arctic tundra or alpine environments.

2021 Photo Highlights
2021 Photo Highlights

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

Prickly Saxifrage – Saxifraga tricuspidata
Prickly Saxifrage – Saxifraga tricuspidata

Prickly saxifrage is a loosely mat-forming perennial herb with small white flowers that have yellow spots on the petals. It grows in rocky or gravelly soils in alpine areas and stony tundra.

Newton’s First Law

Newton’s First Law of Motion can be summarized as: A body remains at rest or in uniform motion unless acted upon by a force. The first law is often called the "law of inertia", where inertia is the tendency of...

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
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 hours and 47 minutes from...

Surgery, Cascades, Frost, and Bubbles
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
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 sun heading in Earth's direction....

Capitate lousewort – Pedicularis capitata
Capitate lousewort – Pedicularis capitata

The capitate lousewort is a small herbaceous plant with a creamy yellow flowering head. It grows in arctic and alpine tundra.

White Arctic Mountain Heather
White Arctic Mountain Heather – Cassiope tetragona

White arctic mountain heather is a mat-forming perennial sub-shrub. The flowers are small, white, and bell-shaped. It typically grows in alpine ridges and tundra.

Nome Creek Hills – Backcountry Hiking
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
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
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.

Thunderbird Falls
Thunderbird Falls

Thunderbird Falls is a highly trafficked out-and-back hike in Chugiak, Alaska (near Eklutna Village), about a 1/2-hour drive from Anchorage, Alaska.

Autumn in the White Mountains
Autumn in the White Mountains

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