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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...

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
To Do in Fairbanks 4: World Ice Art Championships

I briefly wrote about this event earlier, but as I have uploaded nearly 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 have...

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...