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Tall Jacob’s Ladder – Polemonium caeruleum
Tall Jacob’s Ladder – Polemonium caeruleum

Tall Jacob's ladder, also known as Polemonium caeruleum ssp. villosum, is a blue or violet flowering perennial herb notable for its ladder-like leaf arrangement. It has traditional medicinal uses and thrives in meadows and woodland areas.

Spring is Springing!
Spring is Springing!

A fox kit appears from its den in Fairbanks, Alaska, in late May | Prints The long-awaited return of spring is finally upon us, bringing warmth and renewed life to both the people and animals of Fairbanks, Alaska. After enduring...

Writing an (accurate) wildflower guide is a pain in the …

Some frustrations and insight into my work on writing an online and hopefully soon a printed field guide to Alaska Wildflowers. Sometimes, it's not as simple as it seems on the surface.

Dwarf Fireweed – <em>Chamaenerion latifolium</em>
Dwarf Fireweed – Chamaenerion latifolium

Dwarf fireweed is a pink or purple flowering perennial forb/herb that is closely related to the more familiar common fireweed. It is a widespread arctic-alpine species common in Alaska and Canada.

Aurora Borealis – February 26, 2023
Aurora Borealis – February 26, 2023

Beautiful layers of aurora dancing in the moonlight on February 26, 2023 It's safe to say the Sun has been incredibly active the last few weeks. On February 24 and 25, the Sun spit out two CMEs sequentially straight in...

Valentine’s Day Aurora – 2023
Valentine’s Day Aurora – 2023

Valentine's Day Aurora - February 14, 2023 Great show with lots of photos of the northern lights from Fairbanks, Alaska and information on potential displays over the next few days!

A little winter delight
A little winter delight

I've been out taking lots of photos of our beautiful boreal forests, snow and snowflakes, and the winter light the last few weeks. Recently I wrote about how I had gone through a photography rut last year and what I...

Nelson’s saxifrage – Micranthes nelsoniana - Alaska Wildflower Guide - White Flowers
Nelson’s saxifrage – Micranthes nelsoniana

Nelson's saxifrage (Micranthes nelsoniana), also commonly known as heartleaf saxifrage is a white-flowering plant with long stamens and pink anthers. It's found in Alaska, western Canada, and the Pacific Northwest.

Aurora Borealis – January 14, 2023
Aurora Borealis – January 14, 2023

One of the 250 photos I took of the aurora borealis on the night of January 14, 2023 On the evening of January 14, 2023, between 9:30 and 10:15 pm Alaska time, the aurora borealis put on one of the...

2022 Photo Highlights
2022 Photo Highlights

My 2022 photo highlights from Alaska - wildlife, aurora borealis, snowflakes, wild landscapes, and more!

Breaking The Block – When inspiration isn’t there
Breaking The Block – Things to do when inspiration isn’t there

Everyone involved in creative arts has suffered from "writer's block." These are some methods for breaking the block, including some that have worked for me.

Leaning Trees
Leaning Trees

Leaning trees in Fairbanks, Alaska I've come across a lot of drunken forests in Alaska, but something different is happening this winter. For those that don't know, drunken forests refer to areas of collapsed or collapsing woodlands due to permafrost...

Aurora Borealis – November 28-29, 2022
Aurora Borealis – November 28-29, 2022

Aurora Borealis - November 28-29, 2022 from Fairbanks, Alaska. Photos, stories, and potential up-coming northern lights on my aurora blog.

Chocolate Lily – Fritillaria camschatcensis - Alaska Wildflower Guide
Chocolate Lily – Fritillaria camschatcensis

The Kamchatka fritillary, also commonly known as the chocolate lily (Fritillaria camschatcensis) is a brown flowering plant living mostly in coastal areas in Alaska and northwestern North America and coastal Siberia and Japan.

The pink flowers of the liverleaf wintergreen plant
Liverleaf Wintergreen – Pyrola asarifolia

The liverleaf wintergreen is a 10-20 cm tall plant with a raceme of pink, nodding flowers. It typically lives in forests or alpine meadows in moist soil.

2023 Aurora Borealis Wall Calendar

2023 Aurora Borealis Wall Calendar with photos by Lee Petersen. The calendar is 8.5"x11" and spiral bound for sale on lulu.com.

Butter and eggs – Linaria vulgaris
Butter and eggs – Linaria vulgaris

Butter and eggs, or toadflax is a yellow and white flowering, snap-dragon like plant that is native to Europe and parts of Asia and is invasive to most of North America after being introduced as an ornamental.

Stream on the Canwell Glacier
Spring and Summer Updates 2022

Some spring and summer updates for 2022. Hiking photos and video from Granite Tors, the Canwell Glacier, McManus Mountain and more.

2023 Wall Calendar

My 2023 Wall Calendar is ready for order. Photos of wildlife, aurora borealis, landscape, and glaciers. All photos were taken by Fairbanks local photographer Lee Petersen.

Snowy Spring Hikes and More
Snowy Spring Hikes and More

Photos and stories from some snowy spring hikes, bouldering, and birding around Fairbanks, Alaska. Backpacking at Granite Tors, hiking Angel Rocks, climbing at the Tatlanika Boulders and more.

Hello World – Vlog Edition

That's right! I'm joining every other man, woman, child, and their mothers in starting a video blog. My plan is for it to mostly be about photography, hiking, backpacking, outdoor adventuring with camera gear

Fata Morgana – Superior Mirage
Fata Morgana – Superior Mirage

A fata morgana or superior mirage is a mirage that appears on the horizon and is typically associated with ships at sea or distant mountains.

Parhelion – Sun Dog
Parhelion – Sun Dog

A parhelion or sun dog is a bright patch of light occurring on or near the 22° halo on the right and/or left of the Sun caused by the refraction of the sunlight by plate-like hexagonal ice crystals in the...

Oneflower cinquefoil – Potentilla uniflora
Oneflower cinquefoil – Potentilla uniflora

The oneflower cinquefoil (Potentilla uniflora) is a yellow-flowering perennial herb that grows in gravelly soils and tundra and is covered in silky hairs.

Spring Things
Spring Things

It's been a while since I've written a plain old blog post. I'm primarily working on my Alaska Wildflower Guide, so there's lots of new stuff there. Not much else. I've been pretty dull. Seriously though, I haven't been getting...

Marsh fleabane
Marsh fleabane – Tephfroseris palustris

The marsh fleabane (Tephroseris palustris), also known as the mastodon flower is a yellow flowering annual or biennial that grows in wet habitats.

Lingonberry – Vaccinium vitis-idaea
Lingonberry – Vaccinium vitis-idaea

The lingonberry (or lowbush cranberry) is a small white or pink-flowering subshrub with berries that are very nutritious and are frequently made into a wide variety of food and drinks. It grows in Alaska and is widespread across the far...

Milky draba – Draba lactea
Milky draba
Draba lactea

Milky draba (Draba lactea) is a small white-flowering perennial herb with four small petals. It grows mostly in near-polar regions in rocky soil.

Purple-haired groundsel – Tephroseris frigida
Purple-haired groundsel – Tephroseris frigida

Purple-haired groundsel (Tephroseris frigida) is a yellow-flowering plant in the sunflower family that grows in Alaska, northern Canada, and Siberia.

Pretty Jacob’s Ladder – Polemonium pulcherrimum
Pretty Jacob’s Ladder – Polemonium pulcherrimum

Beautiful Jacob's ladder, often known as pretty Jacob's ladder or showy Jacob's ladder is a blue or purple flowering plant with a yellow center that is common in western North America.

Fries’ Pussytoes – Antennaria friesiana
Fries’ Pussytoes – Antennaria friesiana

Fries' pussytoes is a white flowering plant found resembling a cat's paw in high latitudes in North America, Greenland, and Siberia.

Ledge Stonecrop – Rhodiola integrifolia
Ledge Stonecrop – Rhodiola integrifolia

The ledge stonecrop (Rhodiola integrifolia) is a dark red flowering plant with succulent leaves found in Alaska, western US and Canada.

Tundra milkvetch – Astragalus umbellatus
Tundra milkvetch – Astragalus umbellatus

Astragalus umbellatus, commonly known as tundra milkvetch or hairy arctic milkvetch is a bright yellow-flowering perennial herb growing in Alaska, western Canada, and Siberia.

Scamman’s Oxytrope – Oxytropis scammaniana
Scamman’s Oxytrope – Oxytropis scammaniana

Scamman's oxytrope (Oxytropis scammaniana) is a purple or pink flowering plant that grows in rocky tundra or alpine areas. It is Native to Alaska and northwestern Canada.

Blackish Oxytrope – Oxytropis nigrescens
Blackish Oxytrope – Oxytropis nigrescens

Blackish oxytrope (Oxytropis nigrescens) is a small, purple-flowering perennial herb that grows in rocky tundra or alpine environments.

Marsh felwort (Lomatogonium rotatum)
Marsh Felwort – Lomatogonium rotatum

Marsh felwort (Lomatogonium rotatum) is a vibrant blue or white flowering plant standing 10-30 cm tall, thriving in the moist habitats of marshes, wet meadows, tundras, shorelines, and alpine zones across the circumpolar regions of the northern hemisphere.