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Black Rapids: April 2012

The last week of April I went on my first field trip to the Black Rapids Glacier in the Alaska Range. It was also my first trip that involved landing on a glacier. It is the largest glacier that I...

Saturday Walk

Just now the birch leaves are starting to open in Fairbanks. Many of the willows and alders are still barren near us, only a few of the smaller ones are starting to bud and leaf. Green grasses and ground-cover are...

Fang Mountain over the Savage River Valley
Spring skiing in Denali National Park

Double Mountain in the foreground, Denali in the background. On Sunday the weather was fantastic,unbelievably fantastic, perfect, and gorgeous. My friend Sam and I drove down to Denali National Park to go skiing. Not knowing ahead of time how far...

ADMA Panorama

Click for the full size image. This panorama is made from 68 images taken from the Alaska Dog Musher's Association. The quality has been significantly reduced to fit on flickr. The original image is a 2 GB tiff or a...

I hate daylight savings

The weather has really taken a turn the last few days. It has even been getting above freezing in the daytime and it has been wonderful to be able to walk around outside without a jacket. Now that the equinox...

Improve my odds

This is a longer story about three completely different things. Most of the aurora photos are up on my photos page. I spent Thursday and Friday in Aviation Land and Water Survival School with Learn to Return Survival Training Systems....

Aurora . . . wait for it . . .

Here is a still image from two time-lapses stitched together (below) from early in the morning on March 13 (or really late March 12). The night started out pretty dull, but there was a lot of activity was and occasional...

2012 World Ice Art Championships
2012 World Ice Art Championships

We went a little late to the World Ice Art Championships this year. It started on February 28th, but we didn't make it there until March 12th after the multi-blocks had been finished and the awards issued. It has certainly...

Night skiing, snowshoeing, and photographing on Murphy Dome

Last night Jason (blog | flickr) and I went out shooting on Murphy Dome. The hope was (like always) to photograph the incredible aurora we were supposed to have. Like most times as of late, it was a dud of...

Ok, fine, don’t light up the night . . . hmph

Awaiting the geomagnetic storm of the century we were supposed to have last night, frustration began before the Sun even went down. Apparently the aurora has been pretty good for most of the week, but Fairbanks has been busy getting...

Castner Creek and Castner Glacier

The snowy drive south of Delta Junction. Last weekend was the last outing for the ski mountaineering class. Saturday morning we drove down the Richardson Highway. After a brief stop at the IGA in Delta Junction for food and coffee,...

Another time-lapse; Welcome March!

Purchase Prints or License | A still from the time-lapse below. It was a really good start to the month! At 12:30am I was editing the previous time-lapse and I saw on the computer screen that the Poker Flats all-sky...

First D7000 Timelapse

The Nikon D7000 is the first camera I've owned with a built in intervalometer. The aurora didn't seem incredibly active tonight so I decided this would be a good time to try it out, and it worked awesome. Unfortunately the...

Ski Mountaineering

This semester I've been taking a class in ski mountaineering with Stan Justice from the Alaska Alpine Club and UAF. It's been a lot of fun and I've learned a ton. My adviser recommended it to me since we'll be...

I . . . am an idiot, but look how cool this is!

The aurora came out incredibly early, shining brightly in the twilight sky directly overhead. This night was one of the most incredibly gorgeous aurora displays I've seen yet. You should read Kate's story about it, go do it, it's a...

Happy Valentine’s Day Aurora!

Valentine's Day is over and in standard form, I am sick. After a day of deteriorating health, Kate has talked me into staying at home today. Since I'm coughing, sneezing, my nose won't seem to stop running and I feel...

Three pictures from this morning

This morning I woke up a little after 6am, went out to the outhouse, and noticed something unusual for these morning hours . . . the sky was green! Finally I had a chance to take some aurora pictures with...

Pretty night under the full moon, but where is the aurora?

Birch trees in the front yard under the full moonlight. The other night the moon was full and it made for a pretty bright night. However, this has been the longest stretch I've gone in Alaska without seeing good aurora...

It’s still winter, but we may not know it

This winter has been strange. In November we had record breaking cold. The thermometer hit -40° multiple times and the cold was relentless. Then came December . . . the temperatures turned to near freezing, it even rained once. It...

The start of the 2012 Yukon Quest

Yesterday, February 4th, Kate and I went down to the Chena River to watch the start of the Yukon Quest. The Yukon Quest is a 1000 mile international dog sled race that runs between Fairbanks, Alaska and Whitehorse YT. The...

Morning light

I noticed this morning that the light outside was getting to be pretty remarkable around 9:30, even for Fairbanks. It's still cold, about -40° F. I went out to take some pictures despite the fact I wasn't really dressed for...

It’s Cold!

This was taken last night after I picked up Jason from the airport. The low last night was reportedly -48° F. As Kate reported in her post, the boiling point of lp gas is -44° F. This is problematic since...

Bright Nights

Bright moon at night in Fairbanks, Alaska. A slight moondog comes into view in the upper right. It seems like all we see lately is the moon. We recently passed the winter solstice and are moving on toward brighter days,...

Happy late Thanksgiving! – and pics from home

We had a good holiday here, friends at the cabin enjoying food and playing games. I hope family and friends all had a good long weekend too. I hear it's been pretty warm back in New England. Temperatures in the...

When the weather outside is . . .

I woke up this morning and went to the outhouse; it was pretty freaking cold outside. Cold and dark. The Sun is only out for a little over six hours today (rise at 9:29 am and sets at 3:41 pm)....

Ode to the cold

It's cold! Cold is here! It is -14° F right now as I'm writing this; two degrees less than when I woke up this morning. Since the beginning of October we have slowly crept up to about 10 inches of...

Happy November

Sorry it has been a while since my last post. Work and school have been busier than ever. I hope that in a couple weeks it will start to slack off a bit, since I'll be mostly done with one...

Blue, white, and yellow

After 2.5 days of working on Classical Mechanics homework, then half a day of grading, Jason made me go out and take pictures of things. It was really a nice day, and its been almost three since I've really gone...

Fingers crossed

Let's have a clear night tonight!From spaceweather.com:GEOMAGNETIC STORM: A strong-to-severe geomagnetic storm is in progress following the impact of a coronal mass ejection (CME) at approximately 12:15 UT on Sept. 26th. The Goddard Space Weather Lab reports a "strong compression...

Ode to Aurora

Yesterday was exciting because NPR did an equinox post on their picture show and used some of my aurora photos. Here's a link to the post:NPR: Auroras on Autumnal EquinoxThe title is a little misleading since two of the three...

Equinox

The leaves around the house are almost totally gone!It is here again, the autumnal equinox. The equinox officially occurs on September 23 at 9:04 am UTC. As it passes us by, normal length days begin to fade away as well....

Oops, we went to Denali again

More photos and prints available in the gallery here It's getting harder to stay away because the park is so incredibly awesome. Of course, September is here which means its full on fall foliage season for most of the interior...

Stovetop

Stovetop, a photo by Lee Petersen on Flickr. This is the stovetop inside the home of Fannie Quigley in Kantishna, Alaska, a town encompassed by Denali National Park. A good glimpse into her life can be found in her Blueberry...

Wandering through the Alaska Range

(The whole photo set from this post with full-size images is in the gallery here.) Last Friday I woke up early in the morning, there was a crescent moon in the purple sky. Jason and I left Fairbanks for the...

A great day and night

Fairbanks has been having absolutely perfect weather the last few days: 65 and sunny. On Sunday a few clouds scattered the sky, it was totally gorgeous and the air felt awesome. Kate and I went for a walk in Creamer's...

Walking

Yesterday I walked a lot. I walked to campus from home (about 5 miles) since Kate got called to babysit at 1:30 in the morning and had to take the car. It was a gorgeous morning and the air felt...