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Deborah, Hess, and Flock of Cranes

, a photo by Lee Petersen on Flickr.It's that time of year again when the sandhill cranes and geese are on the move and the mountains are coming out of the clouds to play. It's pretty exciting because of all...

Oh no . . . it’s all over!

I go back to work tomorrow. Vacation is over. The sky gets dark again. I saw a sky full of stars the other night. We are losing almost 7 minutes of daylight every day. The Sun is noticeably lower in...

Vacation from Fairbanks

What follows is a seven day road-trip through Alaska. There are a lot of pictures and this is a long post. You will want to come visit Alaska afterward. Of course, the nice thing about living in Alaska is that...

Denali National Park | Summer day trip

*I will be adding to the flickr set over the course of the summer. Check it out later. There are still a few hundred more pictures to go through at least! Kate's parents, Dave and Sandi are in town and...

Been a while . . .

The trees are enjoying the Sun and the blue sky, again. I love walking out the front door to this sight.Wow, it's been almost 15 days since my last post. I haven't been busy, I haven't been working, I haven't...

An afternoon drive down the Richardson Highway

Kate and I decided to head out for our first anniversary and drove south down the Richardson. We stopped to have a brief picnic by the Clearwater River, a spring-fed river that flows into the Tanana near Delta Junction. Thunder...

Do you have a better way to keep Russians out of your top secret military training facilities?

Kate and I saw this gem on the side of the Richardson Highway.Do you have a better way to keep Russians out of your top secret military training facilities?, a photo by Lee Petersen on Flickr. "Every morning, when Alaskans...

Nighttime storms

The clouds building to the east, light from the Midnight Sun, rain in the lower right corner, blue-darkened sky to the north, all around incredible lighting situation.Rumbles of thunder shook the house for a while last night as some big...

After some rain

Ballaine Lake at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks. The weather finally cleared up after about 3 days of gloominess. It was nice to see some blue skies and sunshine again.Fairbanks has been a little chilly and rainy as of...

Finally A Break

The fireweed is starting to bloom in the backyard.When I posted a picture on flickr a couple of weeks ago my friend Jason said, "Finally new stuff. I thought you got eaten or something." It was just a result of...

Murphy Dome: Wildflowers and Wildfires

Kate and I went for a walk on Murphy Dome yesterday. The temps in Fairbanks hit the mid-high 70's, but up in the hills it was a comfortable 64. The winds were calm which meant the mosquitoes were bad. We...

Taking some time to breathe

Kate and I have one more week of science camp. The last three weeks have been 80-90 hour weeks for both of us and we are finally in a place where we don't have to spend the whole weekend working....

Why there is so little sleep

I took a picture of our street last night at 1 am. That's one o'clock in the morning, just about half an hour after sunset, and about 2 hours before sunrise.Kate and I have completed our first week of science...

Hayes Creek residents urged to leave as Hastings Fire nears

This thing is getting crazy. We could see the smoke plume from college road yesterday afternoon. The Newsminer is reporting that it has burned more than 12,000 acres already and some nearby residents are being asked to leave.Hayes Creek residents...

Lightning Causing New Wildfires

The smoke was really bad yesterday. I hoped that it would drive off the mosquitoes a bit, but it didn't. The closest one to us is the Hastings fire, about 15 miles from where we live. When the winds shifted...

Hastings Fire

A new fire is burning a little further north and west of the Moose Mountain fire of last week right on the Chatanika River. Just like with the previous fire the forest service is fiercely fighting to keep homes in...

The Sun part blah / Wishing for darkness

The Sun rose this morning at 3:39 am. Fine, whatever. The Sun will set tomorrow morning at 12:01 am. Crap. Solar midnight happens at about 1:48 am here, so when I was awake at two in the morning last night...

Murphy Dome in the Light of Day

Frickin' gorgeous place this is . . .Kate and I drove up Murphy Dome and explored some of the trails a bit. I realized that this was the first time I have really spent any time up there in the...

A summer-like walk in the backyard

It started out innocent enough, just stroll through the trails behind the house. Sure, there were a few bugs, it was 82° F and there was a lot of mushy ground and some water on the trail. As I got...

Change of Pace

I have successfully completed my first year of graduate school. After leaving my work with the Interstellar Boundary EXplorer (IBEX) at UNH I thought I would be heading into a possible space physics based career in graduate school too. However,...

To Do in Fairbanks 5: Go Ride A Train

I initially had a few concerns about taking the train the leg between Fairbanks and Denali. My first concern was that since I have made the drive down the Park's Highway a few times, I'm not really sure I'm going...

Yellow Rumped Warbler

Yellow Rumped Warbler, a photo by Lee Petersen on Flickr.In Denali National Park on the Taiga Trail.

Fairbanks Wildfires

Since I sat down to start editing some pictures tonight about thirty waterbombers have flown directly over the house. Our home is on stilts and it rattles a bit when they fly over. We are apparently right in the flight...

The Things That Happened That Were NOT School Related

The last few weeks were rough. Teaching, grading, presentations and papers, final exams, random paperwork that for some reason is always due around finals week, cleaning out my office, blah, blah, blah. Despite everything else we still managed to get...

Junco

Junco, a photo by Lee Petersen on Flickr.Dark-eyed junco's arrived at our home about a week ago. Fairbanks Alaska.

Wildfire Season

I still have trouble grasping the size of the state of Alaska. I think I saw one of the first wildfires of the season from our roost at UAF today (the first report was on the 6th of May). It...

Alaska Slideshow

Since I don't have the time for posts right now I'll just add a slideshow of pictures from the last 9 months:Created with Admarket's flickrSLiDR.

Tanana Breakup

So this week was busy. End of the semester projects and homework have been due, finals are to be prepared for, grading needs to be completed, etc. It's been so busy that I didn't really get to do much of...

Brief Hiatus

Sorry I haven't posted anything on the blog in the last week or so. I'm in the last two weeks of school which means I'm trying to get my own work done and help my students succeed on their final...

More New Things

There is a component of life your first year of Alaska that resembles getting slapped in the face every few days and getting your world view turned upside down. The change in daylight on a daily basis is certainly a...

The Warmer, Wetter Side of Alaska

I spent the day trying to get a little more caught up on work and helping students do make-up labs. Quite boring. So, I thought I'd just share a few pictures I took last night when the light was fantastic.We've...

Yesterday Liquids Fell From the Sky

The first rain of 2011 in Fairbanks fell yesterday and today, confusing and astounding me. A few days before Thanksgiving we had a freak rainstorm, but it's been all solid precipitation since then. Time to remove the snow tires!Afternoon clouds...

The Many Signs that Spring is Here and Summer is Coming

(1) I saw a big, fat sparkling white tour bus at the museum yesterday. I hear that the tourists descend fast and hard on Fairbanks as soon as the weather becomes "nice". (2) The birds have arrived en masse. Sunday...

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...