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Arctic willow in the White Mountains in the Alaska interior
Arctic willow – Salix arctica

Arctic willow is a creeping dwarf shrub with catkins that are absent of sepals or petals. It is distributed throughout the arctic, including Alaska.

Common yarrow flower in Fairbanks, Alaska
Common Yarrow – Achillea millefolium

Common yarrow is a tall, weedy plant with a dense cluster of small, white flowers at the head. It may have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects and has traditionally been used as a tea or medicine.

Brands I Trust
Brands I Trust

A few of the brands I trust - Since I am writing gear reviews on equipment I use, a few brand names will keep reappearing. Here's a few points on picking brands and staying unbiased when purchasing new products.

Wood frog in Fairbanks, Alaska
Wood Frog – Lithobates sylvaticus

The wood frog is the furthest north living amphibian on the planet. It has the remarkable ability of being able to freeze solid over winter and re-wake after thawing in the spring.

Shrubby cinquefoil flower blooming in the White Mountain National Recreation Area of the interior of Alaska.
Shrubby Cinquefoil – Dasiphora fruticosa

Shrubby cinquefoil is a shrubby plant growing about 1 m tall. The shrub is densely leafed with many small, buttercup-shaped, yellow flowers.

Flower of western arctic shootingstar in the interior of Alaska
Western arctic shootingstar – Primula frigida

The western arctic shootingstar (sometimes frigid shootingstar) has a magenta or pink flower, shaped like a dart. Identification info and story around the name.

Alpine sweetvetch – Hedysarum alpinum
Alpine sweetvetch – Hedysarum alpinum

Alpine sweetvetch, often known as wild potato or eskimo potato is a perennial herb with many small pink flowers on a raceme. The root is edible, but seed contains L-canavanine, that may have led to the death of Christopher McCandless.

dwarf dogwood flowering plant in Fairbanks, Alaska
Dwarf Dogwood – Cornus canadensis

Dwarf dogwood is a flowering subshrub with 4 white or cream-colored bracts instead of petals and a small white or purple inflorescence. A cluster of red berries form in the fall.

Review: Nikon AF-S FX 200-500mm f/5.6E
Review: Nikon AF-S FX 200-500mm f/5.6E

My Review of the Nikon AF-S FX 200-500mm f/5.6E lens. Great for wildlife or sports photography!

A moulin on the Worthington Glacier
Worthington Glacier Hikes

Description for a few Worthington Glacier hikes, starting at 2 miles and up. Maps, photos, information, and route descriptions.

Reflection of Light
Reflection of Light

The relation that the angle of incidence is equal to the angle of reflection combined with the observation that the normal direction, incident, and reflected rays lie in the same plane is known as the law of reflection.

Arctic Lupine – Lupinus arcticus
Arctic Lupine – Lupinus arcticus

The arctic lupine is a purple-flowering, herbaceous plant with a raceme of pea-like flowers. It contains a neurotoxin, sparteine, thought to deter snowshoe hares.

Reflection at Horseshoe Lake, one of the Denali National Park Entrance Trails
Denali National Park Entrance Trails

Map and descriptions for numerous trails near the entrance and Visitor Center to Denali National Park. Trails for all walkers and hikers.

Norwegian cinquefoil – Potentilla norvegica
Norwegian cinquefoil – Potentilla norvegica

Norwegian cinquefoil is a widely distributed annual or perennial in the Rose family with ternate, serrated leaves and small yellow flowers.

Bridal Veil Falls in Keystone Canyon near Valdez, Alaska
Keystone Canyon – Valdez Sightseeing

Keystone Canyon is a gorgeous 3-mile long canyon with enormous waterfalls and cliffsides near Valdez, Alaska. There are numerous hiking trails in the area.

Park visitors speak with Denali National Park Rangers and staff outside the Visitor Center which is closed for the 2020 summer season due to COVID-19.
Weekend in Denali – Year of COVID-19

At the beginning of July, we spent a weekend in Denali, camping for 2 nights at the Riley Creek Campground. For a change, we weren't off for big adventures, but I had the goal of mapping all the Park Entrance...

Review: MSR WindBurner Personal Stove System
Review: MSR WindBurner Personal Stove System

The MSR Windburner is an exceptional personal stove system made by Mountain Safety Research. My review, tech specs, and recommendations for use.

Twinflower in Denali National Park
Twinflower – Linnaea borealis

Twinflower is a creeping subshrub with a two nodding, bell-like flowers on a Y-stem. It was named after the "father of modern taxonomy", Carl Linnaeus.

Monkshood flower in Denali National Park
Monkshood – Aconitum delphiniifolium

Monkshood is a highly toxic plant with purple flowers, resembling larkspur with a purple hood over the top of the flower.

Smugmug – Not Just For Professional Photographers
Smugmug – Not Just For Professional Photographers

SmugMug is an excellent photo service, whether you are just looking for an inexpensive cloud option for back-up or a seasoned pro photographer wanting to make a beautifully presented portfolio.

bluebell flowers with a butterfly
Tall Bluebells – Mertensia paniculata

The tall bluebell is a plant named after the shape and color of the flower produced. The flowers form from pink buds and sometimes remain slightly pink.

Alaska SeaLife Center
Alaska SeaLife Center

The Alaska SeaLife Center is a phenomenal non-profit research institution, rescue and rehabilitation facility, and public aquarium all rolled into one. Sadly, due to COVID-19 they are at risk of closing permanently, see what you can do to help!

Siberian aster flower blooming in Alaska
Siberian Aster – Eurybia sibirica

Siberian aster is a purple, daisy-like flower found across the circumboreal subarctic including Alaska. The flower is composed of light 12-50 light purple ray florets.

LaTeX in WordPress – Part 1
LaTeX in WordPress – Part 1

My documentation on learning to use LaTeX in Wordpress.

Gorgeous and endless views of the White Mountains from the summit
McManus Mountain Hike

McManus Mountain is an excellent hike through tundra and alpine terrain near the twelve-mile summit off the Steese Highway. The area is covered in wildflowers in June and July.

Capitate valerian wildflower in bloom, also known as sharpleaf valerian or Valeriana capitata
Capitate valerian – Valeriana capitata

The flowering head of Capitate valerian is typically 2-3 cm wide. The budding inflorescence is purple, and the flowers on the blooming inflorescence are tubular, white or slightly pink

Small blacktip ragwort grows 5-60 cm (2-24 inches) tall with long basal leaves and yellow, ray-like or daisy-like flowers. It grows in a variety of habitats in Alaska.
Small blacktip ragwort – Senecio lugens

Small blacktip ragwort grows 5-60 cm (2-24 inches) tall with long basal leaves and yellow, ray-like or daisy-like flowers. It grows in a variety of habitats in Alaska.

Spring beauty flower in Alaska
Spring Beauty – Claytonia sarmentosa

Spring Beauty is a small plant with delicate magenta or white, 5-petaled flowers 15-20 mm in diameter. It is edible cooked or raw, its root often cooked.

Mt. Prindle and Wind Chimes, large tors on a ridge
Mt. Prindle via Nome Creek

Trail description and map for a popular 2-3 day hike up Mt. Prindle from Nome Creek in the White Mountain National Recreation Area. Great views of tors and valleys.

Mountain Avens – Dryas octopetala
Eightpetal Mountain Avens – Dryas octopetala

Mountain avens are an 8-petaled white flower frequently found in alpine environments distributed across the arctic and northwestern United States and Canada.

Alaska poppy wildflower
Rooted Poppy (Alaska Poppy) – Papaver radicatum

Identification and information of the Rooted poppy, Alaska poppy, and some similar species and subspecies found around Alaska. Photos of Papaver radicatum.

denali viewed from the thorofare ridge
Mt. Thoro and Thorofare Ridge – Hiking Guide

Route information for hiking Mt. Thoro and the Thorofare Ridge. Both hikes are off-trail, although fairly easy to navigate through rocky alpine tundra.

Arctic sandwort - Minuartia arctica
Arctic Sandwort – Minuartia arctica

Arctic sandwort is a mat-forming plant with small, white, 5-petaled flowers. It grows in rocky or gravelly alpine environments and is native to Alaska and Canada.

Water and Ice
Water and Ice

Water and ice seem to possess a never-ending range of color and texture. This project involves capturing images of the detail, complexity, and range of color of water and ice.

Labrador Tea – Rhododendron tomentosum
Labrador Tea – Rhododendron tomentosum

Rhododendron tomentosum is a low to medium-sized evergreen shrub. Each plant has several white-flowered inflorescences. Precautions should be taken if using as a tea or medicinally.

Wild Iris – Iris Setosa
Wild Iris – Iris Setosa

The flower of the wild iris is deep violet to blue 6-10 cm (2.5-4 inches) across with 2 sets of three petals. This poisonous plant grows up to 3 feet.