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Autumn light in the interior

One day you wake up and realize it's already a few days into November. What happened? It's really sad because there's not a lot to do outside right now. There's not enough snow for skiing, there's just enough snow in...

Pulsating aurora

On the morning of October 30 I woke up and went outside to use the outhouse, like everyone does in the morning, and the sky was pulsing green. Pulsating aurora frequently happens after an evening of a high activity, so...

Evening stroll at UAF | October 2, 2013

Kate, Moose, and I took another long walk, this time on the UAF trails. It won't be long before most of the trails are closed for skiing only, so we're trying to get in some good exercise with the dog...

Sunrises and rainy day walks

The color in the sky before we got to UAF on Friday was spectacular. It faded quickly as the Sun broke over the horizon. I just barely managed to get a few shots around IARC and the parking lot for...

Another pretty morning

Only one more day until it's officially fall. I took a few photos on the way to work this morning, most of the snow from Wednesday is now gone. Since I'm running the Equinox Marathon tomorrow (and will be unlikely...

First snow | September 18, 2013

Waking up in Fairbanks, Alaska on September 18, 2013 to a summ-fall-winter wonderland: All the summer and fall foliage meshed well with the white snow. It was kind of gorgeous . . . I sat down at Smith Lake to...

The end of autumn

Autumn was a little weird in the interior this year. The colors have been much muted compared to the last few years, which I'd guess has something to do with the really hot summer we just had. Many of the...

Equinox Marathon course elevation profile
To do in Fairbanks: Equinox Marathon – with or without snow

The forecast for Saturday is for snow, which is the day of the Equinox Marathon, that I am "running" in again. I must use quotes around the word 'running', because last year, around mile 20, I thought that my best...

Black Rapids Glacier: September 2013

I spent two days doing field work on the Black Rapids Glacier in the Alaska Range. Since I was using helicopter support to wrap up equipment for the season there was no need to camp on the glacier. For two...

Some videos from Black Rapids

This is the first 9.5 minutes of the flight in to the Black Rapids Glacier. Kind of boring and bumpy, but some people might like it. I think video does a better job at representing the scale of this place...

Weather day – leisurely drive on the Richardson Highway

Monday night I was geared up, out the door, and ready to head to the Black Rapids Glacier. I stopped by Fred Meyer's to pick up some last minute food and batteries. I called the pilot to see what time...

The end of summer

It's nearing the end of summer; the leaves have just begun to change. Daylight is quickly disappearing with every day shortened by nearly seven minutes. The night is starting to take hold. One evening last week I took the camera...

Black Rapids Glacier: July 24-July 5 2013 | Days 7-12

(continuing from Days 2-6) After a kind of lazy Sunday where we mostly hung around camp to throw the cover on the theodolite whenever it really started to rain, it looked like the weather was starting to finally clear. For...

Denali Highway and Denali National Park in a day

*Updated post with new photos. Check out the full gallery too, there are a ton more photos! It's hard to believe that Kate and I have been living in Alaska for three years now and had not driven the Denali...

blueberries
To do in Fairbanks: Picking blueberries in August

See the full gallery here. Sunday was just another one of 'those' days on Murphy Dome. The 80 degree temperatures have finally gone away and the forecast mentioned it would be "struggling to reach 60" this week. Kate really wanted...

Black Rapids Glacier: June 24-July 5 2013 | Days 2-6

With all the gear on top of the moraine, the theodolite and radar running more or less continuously, we spent the next day placing all the reflectors for the theodolite and starting to check up on some GPS. The photo...

Day on the Richardson and hike over Canwell Glacier

Our dog, Moose hiking on the jeep trail above the Canwell Glacier. Kate, Moose, and I drove down the Richardson hike out by the Canwell Glacier. This was Moose's first trip to the Alaska Range and we weren't sure how...

Black Rapids Glacier: June 24-July 5, 2013 | Day 1

I'm breaking this up into 2 or 3 posts since I have so many pictures and video. The entire (very large) gallery can be found here with full size images. I spent the last couple of weeks on Black Rapids...

Saturday drive up the Steese to the White Mountains

Kate and I haven't had a lot of time together this summer. Actually, we haven't had a lot of time together this year. Our schedules are very different, especially the summer schedules when she ends up working until 1,2,3, or...

Black Rapids: Spring 2013

I've been getting ready for our June field work on Black Rapids pretty much since we returned from our spring field work at the end of last month. We were scheduled to fly out on the 10th of June, but...

It’s midnight Sun time again

It's that time of year again that the Sun sets in that Alaska summer way, in the morning. Last night was the first night of the season the Sun didn't set. We will have over 20 hours of daylight until...

Spring happened?

The brutally long winter came to an end this week. Alaska presented us with the (standard) slap in the face season change. May 17th and 18th it snowed at our house (just two weeks ago). At least most of the...

Day after Thanksgiving Aurora

The other evening we were met by green skies! Here is a time-lapse and a bunch of pictures. https://vimeo.com/55790487 Four time-lapse sequences. You may want to click on HD first.   Early in the evening the aurora materialized in the...

Starvation Gulch at UAF: 2012 Version

What the hell is Starvation Gulch? That's a pretty big stack of wood.   Autumn is almost gone in Fairbanks and UAF held the Starvation Gulch bonfire/party last night. This was much larger than the event two years ago, when...

Black Rapids: August 27-29

The last week of August we returned to Black Rapids for the last time this season. The purpose of this trip was to winterize the 3 continuous gps stations and disconnect their solar panels. Soon there will be almost no...

Happy first day of autumn!

I woke up at about 20 minutes to six this morning. I walked outside and the sky was already turning pink, so I grabbed the camera and tripod and took a few shots. After a while I went back inside....

First aurora shots of the season

It feels like I've been waiting for so long! The sky was almost completely overcast last night, but at midnight Kate was called to babysit. The dog started crying when she left so I went downstairs so he knew I...

Smoke over Fairbanks

There's a new wildfire burning . . . Smoke rises from the Dry Creek Fire southeast of Fairbanks. This shot was taken from the Alaska Dog Mushers Association on August 23, 2012. This fire was caused by a lightning strike...

To Do in Fairbanks: Go for a walk – UAF or Murphy Dome, get beer at Silver Gulch

After a night of barely sleeping and being woken by a barking dog in between bouts of staring at the ceiling it's comforting to have to put on warm slippers and a sweater because the temperature has suddenly plummeted. The...

Summer Field Maintenance on Black Rapids

This was some of the best light I have ever seen in the mountains. This is still many hours before sunset, but the Sun is already getting quite low. A medium sized stream roars past boulders of different shapes, sizes...

Some weekend pictures

Kate and I had a relaxing, late-spring weekend. It's almost summer now, and the days are really long. I cope with the light, and I sleep, but unfortunately I don't think that I sleep very well. The Sun rose this...

Another Aurora Timelapse

I started re-organizing my filesystem for my photos last weekend and I stumbled upon an aurora timelapse that I had never published. As it turns out, it is also one of my favorites so far. The first frame was taken...

Beautiful weather in Fairbanks, overcast and rainy in Denali NP

Click for the full gallery or to purchase prints | follow on facebook On Monday we drove some friends of a friend down to Denali National Park where they will be staying for a week. We left perfect weather in...

Highlights from last week

I've been getting pretty busy studying for my comprehensive exams coming up in August. It's definitely put a damper on exploring the area. Still, I try to find time to get out and clear my head. On Tuesday Venus transited...

Walk near Moose Mountain

Last year there was a big fire up near Moose Mountain. Kate and I could see the smoke from Denali Elementary School on the south side of Fairbanks and it was quite impressive. Luckily, no structures were lost. Sunday, after...

The light won’t leave me alone

Over the last two weeks spring has come and gone. The mosquitoes are out in full-force, but I don't think they are as bad as last year. I'd like to say it's summer, except that it was in the thirties...