Snow cinquefoil flowering in the Alaska interior
Posted by Lee Petersen | July 24, 2021
Snow Cinquefoil – Potentilla nivea

Snow cinquefoil is a yellow-flowering plant that grows in rocky soils. It has deeply toothed leaves ternately divided (three leaflets) and 5 yellow petals.

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Ice towers on the Gabriel Icefall
Posted by Lee Petersen | July 19, 2021
Exploring the Gabriel Icefall – Round 2 (Good Weather)

Lots of photos of the Gabriel Icefall and Gulkana Glacier. I made a second trip to the area after getting caught in a snowstorm the week before. Had much better...

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Purple bittercress – Cardamine purpurea
Posted by Lee Petersen | July 13, 2021
Purple bittercress – Cardamine purpurea

Purple bittercress (or purple cress) is a small perennial herb with densely packed, 4-petaled purple flowers, mostly found in Alaska and the Yukon Territory.

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Exploring the Gabriel Icefall on the Gulkana Glacier
Posted by Lee Petersen | July 11, 2021
Exploring the Gabriel Icefall

Photos and story from a rainy and snowy summer day spent hiking and exploring the Gabriel Icefall on the Gulkana Glacier in the Eastern Alaska Range.

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Oeder’s Lousewort – Pedicularis oederi
Posted by Lee Petersen | July 8, 2021
Oeder’s Lousewort – Pedicularis oederi

Oeder's lousewort (Pedicularis oederi) is a yellow-flowering plant, often with a crimson-tipped hood on the top petal. It grows in taiga and open meadows.

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Fewflower fumewort – Corydalis pauciflora
Posted by Lee Petersen | July 6, 2021
Fewflower fumewort – Corydalis pauciflora

The fewflower fumewort is a blue or purple flowering plant with a cluster of showy, tubular flowers. It's found across Asia, Alaska, and northwestern Canada.

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Alaska boykinia flower in the Alaska Range
Posted by Lee Petersen | July 4, 2021
Alaska boykinia – Boykinia richardsonii

Alaska boykinia (Boykinia richardsonii), also known as Richardson's brookfoam is a showy, white flowering plant with large basal leaves, often found in wet soils.

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Getting My Legs Back – Day Hike on the Canwell Glacier
Posted by Lee Petersen | July 3, 2021
Getting My Legs Back – Day Hike on the Canwell Glacier

After nearly 1.5 years of dealing with a plethora of health problems, I set out on a 15-mile hike up the Canwell Glacier in the Alaska Range. Photos and story...

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Alpine forget-me-not – Myosotis asiatica
Posted by Lee Petersen | June 29, 2021
Alpine forget-me-not – Myosotis asiatica

The alpine forget-me-not is a tiny, true-blue flowering plant found in alpine environments. It has five fused petals with a bulging yellow center.

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view from Mastodon Dome
Posted by Lee Petersen | June 27, 2021
Mastodon Dome Hike

The approximately 12-mile round-trip Mastodon Dome hike in the White Mountains of Alaska is located on the south side of the Steese Highway at the Eagle Summit Wayside.

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