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View of clouds over Wander Lake at the Wedgewood Wildlife Sanctuary in Fairbanks, Alaska
Wedgewood Wildlife Sanctuary and Nature Trail

The nature trails at the Wedgewood Wildlife Sanctuary are a wonderful quiet spot to walk around Wander Lake and a perfect spot for birdwatching near town!

hiking in nome creek
Alaska Spring 2020 – Hiking in the Year of COVID-19

I don't need to say that the spring of 2020 has been . . . interesting. For everyone. Here in Fairbanks, we finished off one of the coldest winters since I moved here ten years ago.

Yellow flowers of labrador lousewort taken in Nome Creek, Alaska.
Labrador Lousewort – Pedicularis labradorica

Labrador lousewort is a 5-15 inch partially parasitic plant with an inflorescence of yellow flowers. Native to Alaska, Canada and Greenland it grows in bogs and tundra.

Alaska Guide Map (Full)
Alaska Guide Map (Full)

Map to travel and hiking locations around Alaska. Each location has a link to a guide on that spot with more detail and things to do or see.

Twin Bears Trails
Twin Bears Trails

The Twin Bears Trail is a relatively easy day hike at mile 29.5 Chena Hot Springs Road. The approximately 5-mile hike gains over 1300 ft. in elevation.

Review: Garmin InReach Explorer+
Review: Garmin InReach Explorer+

The Garmin InReach Explorer+ is a handheld GPS and Iridium satellite communication device. It has a long battery life and great navigational capability.

Caribou running across alpine tundra at the top of the Eielson Alpine Trail
Eielson Alpine Trail – Denali National Park Hiking

The Eielson Alpine Trail is a short, steep hike at the Eielson Visitor Center in Denali National Park. Great views of the mountain and wildlife opportunity!

Purple Mountain Saxifrage flowers in rocky talus near the Black Rapids Glacier
Purple Mountain Saxifrage – Saxifraga oppositifolia

Purple mountain saxifrage is a low-growing, small, matted plant with dark green rounded and scaly leaves earning it the name French Knot. It's petals are edible, but bitter.

Review: Peak Design Capture Camera Clip
Review: Peak Design Capture Camera Clip

As an avid hiker carrying a DSLR, I find this to be a necessity. I love it and have used it now for 5 years. It's durable, comfortable, and easy to use.

narcissus-flowered anemone on Ester Dome in Fairbanks, Alaska
Narcissus anemone – Anemone narcissiflora

The narcissus anemone typically has 4-10 white sepals and somewhat hairy, basal leaves. It grows up to 60 cm (23 inches) tall on a long single stem.

Worthington Glacier State Recreation Site
Worthington Glacier State Recreation Site

The Worthington Glacier State Recreation Site is a great roadside stop near Valdez along the Richardson Highway with incredible views of the Glacier.

College Glacier – Hiking Guide
College Glacier – Hiking Guide

Info on hiking College Creek to College Glacier near the Hoodoos on the southern part of the Delta Mountains in the Alaska Range. Good backcountry hiking and fantastic views!

Teklanika Foothills Hike
Teklanika Foothills Hike

A fun, short (~5 mile), back-country, off-trail hike in the Teklanika foothills in Denali National Park. Open tundra and great views of Double Mountain!

Glacier Cave Entrance
Glacier Cave Entrance

The entrance to a glacier cave at the terminus of the Castner Glacier in the eastern Alaska Range. The ceiling of the cave is covered in fine hoarfrost, with crystals that increased in size further back in the cave.

Arctic Primrose – Primula pumila
Arctic Primrose – Primula pumila

The Arctic primrose tends to live in very wet soil and stream beds. It grows to be about 10-12 cm tall. It has 5 lobed pink or purple-pink petals.

Pleiades and Aurora
Pleiades and Aurora

Purchase Print The Pleiades cluster (upper left) shines brightly in the sky with the aurora borealis over Chena Dome. This photo was taken from the Angel Rocks to Chena Hot Springs trail in the Chena River State Recreation Area. The...

Northern Kittentails – Synthyris borealis
Northern Kittentails – Synthyris borealis

Northern Kittentails is a small, purple flower about 2-3 cm in diameter. They mostly grow individually in rocky, alpine areas, or in clusters of 2-3 plants.

Changing Hares
Changing Hares

Purchase Print A raggedy looking snowshoe hare slowly gaining its summer coat. They'll typically keep a bit of white on their flanks, feet, and sometimes ears. Otherwise they turn mostly brown. This one came running straight toward us out of...

Aftermath
Aftermath

Burnt spruce trees left standing on Murphy Dome Purchase Print Last year we heard about the Shovel Creek Fire on Murphy Dome almost every day. It started on June 21, 2019, from lightning. Many residents were evacuated later in the...

Sunlight on the Savage

Purchase Print Sunlight glimmering off the frozen Savage River in February. Taken at the end of a long day hiking the Savage Alpine Trail and some of the nearby mountains. This is one of my favorite established trails in Denali...

McGinnis Peak – Fresh Snow
McGinnis Peak – Fresh Snow

Looking at McGinnis Peak towering over the Black Rapids Glacier Purchase Print In the short summer, water scours the glacier surface creating a ripple-like surface on the ice going down-glacier. At the end of the season, when the first major...

Filling the Sky
Filling the Sky

Northern lights over snowy hills in Alaska

Sunset in The White Mountains
Sunset in The White Mountains

Purchase Print Gorgeous color fills the sky over the White Mountains from the Wickersham Dome Trail. Only about 45 miles outside of Fairbanks, this is a great spot for hiking, cross-country skiing, dog-mushing, fat-biking, or snowshoeing. Perfect endless landscapes of...

Wickersham Dome Trail
Wickersham Dome Trail (Summit Trail)

Wickersham Dome Trail is a 6-7 mile out-and-back hike that travels through boreal forest to rocky alpine tundra. Great day hike near Fairbanks, Alaska.

Aurora Borealis Viewing from Murphy Dome
Aurora Borealis Viewing from Murphy Dome

Murphy Dome is a great place to view the aurora borealis from September to April in Fairbanks, Alaska. Directions, map, and some info to help you get there.

Alignment – Moon, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Aurora Borealis
Alignment – Moon, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Aurora Borealis

Purchase Print This photo was taken early in the morning of October 6, 2015. I watched for a while as the moon came up over the horizon, followed by a string of the planets Venus, Mars, then Jupiter. I took...

Campsite at Granite Tors
Campsite at Granite Tors

Camping with fellow graduate students at the Granite Tors a few years ago. We managed to find a perfect little spot, about 8 miles in along the trail below the Flying Horseman Tor. If you ever have the chance to...

Denali From Thorofare
Denali From Thorofare

Purchase Print This photo was taken from the Thorofare Ridge in Denali National Park near mile 60 along the Park Road. Looking over a gorgeous vista of the Thorofare River, red alpine tundra with a kettle pond nested up high,...

Trumpeter Swan
Trumpeter Swan

More Photos A trumpeter swan feeding in the snowmelt at Creamer's Field in Fairbanks, Alaska. The Trumpeter Swan is the largest native waterfowl in North America, the males averaging about 26 lbs and have wingspans that can reach 8 feet....

Blue Skies in the Alaska Range
Blue Skies in the Alaska Range

Purchase Print Cumberland Peak, or Peak A-117 between the head of the Loket Tributary, a large tributary to the Black Rapids Glacier and Eureka Glacier in the Eastern Alaska Range. This photo was taken from the Loket Tributary in April....

Review: Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM FLD Standard Zoom Lens
Review: Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM FLD Standard Zoom Lens

The Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 lens is an excellent, general purpose or walk-around, wide to standard zoom lens. It takes detailed images with minimal distortion.

Young Steller Sea Lions
Young Steller Sea Lions

Purchase Print Young Steller sea lions swimming in a larger raft near Glacier Island in Prince William Sound. Most of the adult male and female sea lions were basking on the rocky shore while the youngsters swam and played in...

Northern Lights From the Hills
Northern Lights From the Hills

Purchase Print The northern lights appear on a windy evening while walking along the Angel Rocks to Chena Hot Springs Trail in the Chena River State Recreation Area. I'm always amazed by the stars out here. Like I forget every...

Autumn in Fairbanks
Autumn in Fairbanks

Purchase Print The end of summer brings wonderful color to the interior of Alaska. The leaves and undergrowth typically begin changing by the end of August and are well past peak by the time fall sets in at the end...

Light Pillars
Light Pillars

A light pillar display over Fairbanks on a very cold January evening in Fairbanks, Alaska. This photo was taken from the University of Alaska near the Geophysical Institute. Typically the human eye doesn't discern a lot of color from these,...

Glacier Basin

Purchase Print Blue skies over the Trinity Basin in the Alaska Range. This region is the accumulation area for both the Black Rapids and Susitna Glaciers. The Mountains here are completely draped in ice and snow at about 8000 ft....