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Peak Sunrise
Peak Sunrise

Purchase Print The pastels turn fiery as the Sun nears the horizon. The sunrise colors glance the bottoms of the clouds over a bog along a trail on the Alaska Dog Musher's Association trail system. It's the gorgeous light and...

Denali National Park
Denali National Park Hiking Info

A guide to a few trails and hikes in Denali National Park in Alaska

Savage Alpine Trail
Savage Alpine Trail

The Savage Alpine Trail is a 6.5-mile loop or 4.2-mile point-to-point day hike in Denali National Park with beautiful alpine vistas and valley views.

Snowy Aurora

For a solid week, the aurora danced across the sky almost every night under a bright moon in 2015. The contrast of the bright snowy forest and the lit-up sky was incredible.

Dall Sheep

Purchase Print Dall sheep grazing near Polychrome Pass in Denali National Park & Preserve. I took this photo while on a 3-day bike-packing trip in early May before the buses started running on the road. It felt like we had...

Red and yellow fall colors on a mountain in Denali National Park
Autumn in Denali National Park

Purchase Print Mountains south of the Park Road in Denali National Park and Preserve. "Rivers" of yellow wind through the red foliage and "lakes" of green spruce dot the hillsides. I have yet to find a place that I would...

Cascades and Glacier

Surreal is the word I would use to describe the Harding Icefield Trail near Seward. I haven't spent much time exploring Kenai Fjords National Park. Yet. But, I'm sure I'll spend more time there soon. This photo overlooks a number...

Moose

Purchase Print Before living in Fairbanks, I've only seen three moose. The first was through the trees while hiking in New Hampshire. The second was dead in that back of a DOT truck, also in New Hampshire. The third was...

The View from US Creek Road

Purchase Print One of my favorite hiking areas near Fairbanks is barely known to people outside. It's not riddled with majestic peaks or glaciers, rarely do I spot bears, there are only a couple roads that pass by the outskirts,...

auroral corona (northern lights) directly overhead
Corona

Aurora Photo Gallery The aurora borealis, otherwise known as the northern lights in the northern hemisphere, are the biggest draws for tourists in the winter here in Fairbanks. It’s understandable. Seeing the sky light up in a naturally produced “fireworks”...

Looking over Exit Glacier and into the Harding Icefield from the Harding Icefield Trail
Harding Icefield Trail

Hiking guide with photos to the Harding Icefield Trail in the Kenai Fjords National Park near Seward, Alaska. Easily one of the most stunning hikes I've been on.

The terminus of the Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park
Exit Glacier Trails

Fed by the 700 square miles (1813 square km) Harding Icefield in the Kenai Mountains, Exit Glacier is one of the most accessible glaciers in Alaska.

Velvet Free

Caribou are the fourth largest mammal in Denali National Park, after moose and bears (brown and black). You can usually spot them out on the tundra in small herds. Unlike the famous Porcupine caribou that migrates over 1500 miles per...

Iceberg

A lone iceberg in Prince William Sound near Glacier Island and the Columbia Glacier. For the entire day, we had blue sky and Sun. Except here. This little spot at Glacier Island was completely inundated in fog and clouds. It...

Jupter and Venus shining over a stand of trees on snow-covered Murphy Dome in Fairbanks, Alaska
Planetary Twilight

Jupiter and Venus shining brightly in the sky Purchase Print Back in 2012, a friend and I went out on Murphy Dome at night on skis. The temperature was -30 °F/-34 °C. For years since, I’ve told myself that 20-below...

Canwell Glacier and Rainbow Basin – Hiking Guide
Canwell Glacier and Rainbow Basin – Hiking Guide

The Canwell Glacier is an approximately 10-mile long valley glacier on the south side of the Delta Mountains in the Eastern Alaska Range. It is reasonably easy to access the area, but there are no nearby amenities and only one...

Snow covered spruce trees
Motionless

Snow-clad trees in Fairbanks, Alaska Forest Photo Gallery There's something insanely spooky about walking through the boreal forests here in the winter. All the hunched over ghosts of snow-covered, stunted spruce trees are motionless rising out of the white sea....

Twilight Aurora

Aurora in Twilight Buy This Print Watching the northern lights before it's dark is one of the most amazing experiences. The cobalt blue sky is already striking. The emerald and mint colors streaking across the sky will take your breath...

Reflection on Ballaine Lake in Fairbanks, Alaska
Ballaine Reflection

Ballaine Lake in Fairbanks, Alaska It has been a cold winter in Fairbanks this year. We haven’t had one in a few years. While I’m writing this, our outdoor thermometer is reading +30 °F! Our home is in the hills,...

Rock balancing on ice over a glacial stream on the Black Rapids Glacier in the Alaska Range
Glacier Stream

Balancing boulder over a stream on the Black Rapids Glacier Purchase Print This photo was taken in June on the Black Rapids Glacier in the Alaska Range. We were camping at 4000 ft elevation right at the snow line. Water...

Arctic Ground Squirrel
Arctic Ground Squirrel

The Arctic ground squirrel lives only in subarctic North America and eastern Asia. Spending 7 to 8 months of the year in hibernation, these little critter's body temperature drops to below freezing (27 °F, -3 °C). Their metabolism drops to...

Dall Ram in Denali National Park
Dall Ram

Dall Ram spotting me from behind some bushes Buy This Print One afternoon I was camping at Riley Creek at the entrance to Denali National Park. I got to the park a half-day early before a planned trip to spend...

Northern lights reflecting off of overflow on the Chena River
Aurora Overflow

Aurora over the frozen Chena River Buy This Print I took this photo along the Angel Rocks trail in the Chena River State Recreation Area. Here the aurora borealis is reflecting off of overflow on the Chena River. A friend...

Angel Rocks – Trail Guide
Angel Rocks – Trail Guide

The hike is steep, but not for long. It’s just less than 1-mile of climbing, and the steepest section is very short-lived at about 0.4-miles. The views are worth the climb, and you get a bit of everything. There’s a...

Tunnel Ice
Tunnel Ice

Side of an ice tunnel on the Gulkana Glacier Buy This Print Looking up at the walls of an ice tunnel on the Gulkana Glacier. This was a chunk of "dead" ice, no longer attached to the main body of...

Meadows over Exit Glacier

Buy This Print This photo was taken on the Harding Icefield Trail at Kenai Fjords National Park. As you step out of the forest on the lower reaches of the trail the landscape opens up to flower-filled green alpine meadows....

The old ammonia leaching plant at the Kennecott copper mine. To the left is the largely debris covered Kennicott Glacier (yes, the spelling is different) and the flanks of Mt. Blackburn (16,390 ft - 4,996 m) hiding behind the clouds.
Kennecott

Purchase Print The old ammonia leaching plant at the Kennecott copper mine. To the left is the largely debris-covered Kennicott Glacier (yes, the spelling is different) and the flanks of Mt. Blackburn (16,390 ft - 4,996 m) hiding behind the...

Black Rapids River

Aerial view of the outflow from the Black Rapids Glacier and some turquoise ponds Rivers and Streams Moraine locked ponds and the silty river flowing out of the Black Rapids Glacier. This flows into the Delta River near the Richardson...

aspen trees in the snow at Creamer's Field in Fairbanks, Alaska
Creamer’s Field

Creamer's Field - Migratory Waterfowl Refuge is a 2,200-acre wildlife refuge on a historic (non-operating) dairy farm. It is open to the public for walking and day use. Creamer's Field has numerous trails through boreal forest and boardwalks over wetlands....

Mountain stream near the park entrance in Denali National Park
Mountain Stream

Mountain stream near the park entrance in Denali National Park Buy This Print This stream is located along the Park Road at mile-7. This is where you emerge out of the lower forests into open tundra. Further along the road,...

A snowy landscape along the Granite Tors trail
Pristine Snow

The landscape along the Granite Tors trail Buy This Print A hilly landscape divides pristine snow from the vibrant blue sky. Taken along the Granite Tors trail in the Chena River State Recreation Area. This is easily one of my...

Looking at the west side of the Museum of the North
Morning at the Museum

Looking at the west side of the Museum of the North at sunrise An architectural delight in Fairbanks, the Museum of the North is home to many local cultural and natural exhibits. This photo was taken on the west side...

Meteor Peak over the Black Rapids Glacier in the Alaska Range
Meteor Peak

Meteor Peak over the Black Rapids Glacier in the Alaska Range Buy This Print Tall peaks dominate the landscape high up on the Black Rapids Glacier in the Eastern Alaska Range. Meteor Peak is one of the little guys, at...

Aurora borealis over a snow-covered boreal forest in Fairbanks, Alaska
Boreal Forest Aurora

Aurora borealis over a snow-covered boreal forest Buy This Print Moonlight illuminates the snow-covered spruce trees while the aurora borealis dances overhead. The boreal forests in the interior of Alaska are one of my favorite parts of living here. The...

Savage River Day-hike
Savage River Day-hike

The Savage River Loop is a 1.7 mile long well-maintained trail in Denali National Park that begins at the Savage River parking lot. It's a very flat river-walk on a leveled trail. At the end of the trail, a footbridge...

Focus and Setup for Aurora and Night Photography
Focus and Setup for Aurora and Night Photography

It’s dark. Your autofocus is not going to work the way you think it is. Unless you believe it’s not going to work. Then you are right. For aurora photography, I am usually shooting at my lowest f-stop, so the...