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Three Cranes

Three Cranes, a photo by Lee Petersen on Flickr.The Sandhill Cranes are officially back! Kate and I saw one out in the field yesterday. Today there were at least 4 between both fields, but maybe five.Sandhill Cranes feeding on the...

Trumpeter Swan

Trumpeter Swan, a photo by Lee Petersen on Flickr.At Creamer's Field: April 25th, 2011.

Saturday

When Kate and I realized we had no candy at 9pm Saturday night what were we to do? Obviously we had to head to Fred Meyer immediately to get some. When driving up our road I looked left down a...

Goose, Gooses, and More Gooses

Ohhhh boy, you'll never guess what we saw today: Geese!The first flocks of Canada Geese arrived in Fairbanks a couple of weeks ago. Today, Creamer's Field (migratory water fowl refuge) was packed! We saw both Canada and Cackling geese, but...

When is the sleep going to happen?

Looks like we just had another gorgeous sunset right? Nope, took this at just 15 minutes before midnight last night.I'm not sure if it's the amount of work that I've had to finish this week as the semester winds down,...

Springtime in Denali National Park

Kate, Jason and I took a little jaunt down to Denali National Park on Sunday, April 17th. It was a gorgeous day, a little hazy and overcast to the south, but we still managed to get some great views. If...

Spring Denali Slideshow

I'll make a real post soon, but until then here is a slideshow from yesterday's trip to Denali National Park. Updates will happen today.Created with flickr slideshow from softsea.

Magpies

Also in Denali National Park on April 17th, 2011:

Spruce Grouse

Seen in Denali National Park on April 17th, 2011:

8 Months and Counting!

Kate and I have been here for 8 months!My "This is Alaska" set has grown to 240 images strong (click to view in lightbox):Be warned it's a large photo set. After the first year I'll post a trimmed down version.

Fast-moving aurora: two hours of good shooting!

1. . . 2 . . . 3 . . . Run, don't slip, wait it's behind me now, just sit still it will come back in a minute! Ahhh, what do I do? It's everywhere at once! Tonight, under...

To Do in Fairbanks 4: World Ice Art Championships

I briefly wrote about this event earlier, but as I have uploaded nearly of all of my pictures from the 2011 championships I felt that a new post was necessary. Also, the event needs your help if it is to...

Melting, Pause, Melt Again

The last couple of weeks have been good. The days have been warm in comparison to recent months. We've even had temperatures reaching the 40's on the warmest days. Last week, for the first time in a while I saw...

No Darkness for Us

A few days ago I mentioned that it is staying twilight until really late. My friend Jason pointed out on facebook today that as of yesterday the Sun no longer goes lower than 18° below the horizon. By the definitions...

Blah

We woke up to an inch of fresh snow on top of the old crusty snow and ice. Trying to look at the bright side of things, I decided it was so fluffy that it really only amounted to a...

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

The snow was falling hard earlier today on campus.We still have snow, and quite a bit of it at that. I am absolutely ready to see some color again. The hardest part for me this winter has been the lack...

Twilight Nights

The light is staying late! Taken at 10pm on April 6th after the end of the homework session. Absolutely gorgeous night with the crescent moon descending behind the museum.March hit us pretty hard with light! We already are up to...

Hoping for Denali Trip Soon

Plowing started a few weeks ago down in the park, and they have the road open to the Savage River. Hopefully we can find some time to make a few trips down this spring. The definition of road work is...

Our Cat: Otis

Otis takes a break from watching the birds to figure out what I'm doing climbing up the tree by the window. His lip is usually caught on his tooth.Otis is a special little guy. He sits in our gigantic window...

Back Yard Wanderers

Kate looked out the window last night and let out a little yell. These guys were wandering around just outside the window! The cat is not so sure.

Chickadee Icicle

I took this one back in February, but wanted to add it here so that it can go into my birding log (blog ha!). Just a common chickadee hanging out, getting a drink.

Gray Jay

Another bird to add to our tick list. This one was seen on the McKay Creek Trail, off the Steese Highway a little past Chatanika.

Take off your jacket folks, it’s warming up!

That's right, we are welcoming high temps in the mid-forties! Sure, it still gets cold at night, but it's nice to go out and do stuff in the day and not need the heavy Primaloft or down jackets. Even Kate,...

To Do in Fairbanks 3: (Day) Go See a Dogsled Race, (Night) Watch the Aurora

I think a lot of people are put-off by the idea of visiting Fairbanks in the winter because of the cold temperatures. Ok, I won't lie, it's freaking cold here. How cold? Well, I managed to get minor frostbite twice...

Calling All Friends. . .

Come on up toWell, not today though. It was 10 below this morning and I have homework due this afternoon. Tomorrow might be good though. Denali this weekend?After the late night Quantum and E&M homework session last night I came...

Campus Walk

(Click any photo to go to flicker/make bigger)Needing to take a break from grading, Jason and I took off to walk around campus yesterday and took some pictures. The first thing we stumbled upon was the ground-breaking ceremony for the...

The Days are Getting Longer

The nice thing is that we are now waking up to the light. It's been weird with the Sun rising after 8 am for the last (almost) six months.I've already started noticing the physical effects of the light. Not only...

The Brightest I’ve seen yet

Tuesday night, or actually early Wednesday morning I walked out to see bands streaking across the entire sky. The bands ran the usual east to west, but there were so many they covered the entire sky from north to south,...

A Really Awesome Saturday in Fairbanks

We had Thai House for lunch, which is awesome. We went home and had reindeer dogs for dinner; the good ones that we got from the farmer's market last fall. We also went to the GCI Open North American Championship...

It’s a mad winter I tell you. . . Mad

March 21st and the first day of Spring is approaching fast. The temperature here has yet to go above freezing. Well, I guess there was that day in January, but that was just weird. Then there was that time it...

The Horror

Last week Thursday I felt a little ill. Nothing horrible, I was a little weak and sniffly. Friday morning I felt the same, but went to work anyway. I started feeling a little worse so I skipped my last class...

Good Thing This Place is so Pretty

Because, man it's cold. Last night I stood outside for a little over an hour just to get a few aurora shots as the temperature dropped to -30° F. I thought to myself as the clocked crossed over the midnight...

2011 World Ice Art Championships

The only thing I could ever imagine doing when it's -10° F is walking around in an ice enclosed ice park. So naturally Kate and I got in the car and drove to the World Ice Art Championships. We purchased...

Photo Projects

I'm working on a couple different photo projects right now so that I'm forced stay motivated on taking pictures of this freaking beautiful state and not always cooped up in the office. My first project is simple: 1 photo per...

What’s there to do in 12-16 inches of snow? Let’s follow Alex!

That's a lot of snow! Can I go under it? No. Can I go over it? Maybe. Can I go around it? Not really. I'll have to go through it!Aaaaarrrrrr!??????!!!Don't worry, there's probably not anything in there that could kill...

Birds and Moose!

You know I've been busy when I haven't had time to blog about wildlife encounters. First Kate and I saw two white-winged crossbills. Kate wants to post about them, so I'll just give this one picture from last week.Magic snow...