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The big dipper over road through boreal forest. Very faint aurora on the horizon. North of Fairbanks, Alaska.
Photo of the Week – “ALASKA”

It wasn't very easy to see the stars when the moon was shining so brightly, but you can still make out the big dipper over the road. The big dipper is the constellation on the...

Fairbanks in Black and White
Fairbanks in Black and White

From October until April we live in a mostly monochromatic world. The sky makes some pretty dramatic colors at sunrise and sunset, but in the middle of the day (for all 3 hours of it)...

Photo of the Week – “Beautiful morning sunrise”

Beautiful Morning Sunrise - Monday November 24, 2014 Full disclosure -- I didn't take many photos this week. I slept in late on Sunday after my Angel Rocks trip, then spent the week cleaning, shopping,...

Aurora Borealis – November 21, 2014
Aurora Borealis – November 21, 2014

With little to no snow on the ground I packed up my winter hiking boots instead of my ski boots and hiked slowly out to Angel Rocks (about 50 miles from Fairbanks). I had hopes...

Photo of the Week – “Aurora Breaks the Horizon”

"Aurora Breaks the Horizon" - Saturday November 21, 2014 See it in the gallery | Buy a print This wasn't the best aurora on Saturday night by far, but I felt it perfectly encapsulates the...

Drive to Valdez and Stan Stephen’s Cruise

Valdez is a quaint harbor town of 4000 bordered by the beautiful Prince William Sound, the majestic Chugach Mountains, and enormous glacier-fed waterfalls. In the summer it's full of tourists, drunk fisherman from Washington, and...

Photo of the Week – “Peak Sunrise”

"Peak Sunrise" - Wednesday November 12, 2014 - see it in the gallery / buy a print This sunrise photo was taken on the mushers trails about a mile north of the Creamer's Field farmhouse....

Aurora Borealis – November 14, 2014
Aurora Borealis – November 14, 2014

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYjjI0WdZdg Well . . . last night was incredible. The aurora was out shortly after nightfall. Diffuse bands filled the sky between 8-11 pm. Shortly after 11 pm the sky exploded. I've never seen the...

Crossing a stream on the Canwell Glacier
Exploring the Canwell Glacier

Hiking Guide to The Canwell Glacier Below A water carved canyon along a lateral moraine on the Canwell Glacier - gallery | prints Living as close as we do to enormous glaciers that could only...

Aurora Borealis – September 26, 2014
Aurora Borealis – September 26, 2014

Aurora in twilight - gallery | prints I love eating dinner, then walking out our door to sights like this. Any night I don't have to stay up until 4 am to watch the northern...

Hiking the Thoro Ridge

This is the view to the north and east from the Thoro Ridge, a bit west of the Alpine Trail near the Eielson Visitor Center. This summer I went hiking on the Thoro Ridge in...

Highly Anticipated Aurora

Aurora band from US Creek Road overlooking the White Mountains. My mother and father in law have been to Fairbanks four times, including two very cold winter visits. To our dismay, over twenty nights in...

A stream in the Rainbow Basin between the Canwell Glacier and Rainbow Ridge in the Eastern Alaska Range.
Camping in the Rainbow Basin

Driving through Red Rock Canyon is a slow kind of exciting. I barely reach 10 miles per hour as alders scrape both sides of the car on the single lane, windy road in the Delta...

Blue stream on the Black Rapids Glacier in the Eastern Alaska Range
Black Rapids Glacier: Summer 2014

The theme of this season was certainly "precipitation". I kept thinking about the Forrest Gump quote, "One day, it started raining, and it didn't quit for 4 months". Luckily we were only there for two...

Spring marches on

Since it's been a while since I last posted and next week I'll be leaving for field work on the Black Rapids Glacier for two weeks, I thought I should share some of my images...

Silhouettes of Granite Tors in the Chena River State Recreation Area at sunset.
Finally, Granite Tors

Every year that I've been in Alaska I have wanted to hike out to the Granite Tors. Every year I haven't gone. My friend Jason has done the same. Until this year when a fellow...

On the verge of green at Angel Rocks

Over the weekend the birch trees greened up here in Fairbanks, a bit early this year. It probably helps that we've had a few days in the 70's already. The mosquitoes have also come out...

Welcoming Spring in Fairbanks

An absolutely gorgeous day on Smith Lake. If you have a big monitor it's worth clicking on this to view in lightbox. Small screens won't do this panorama justice. The snow is melting fast. The...