Granite Tors West Side
Posted by Lee Petersen | June 20, 2024
Granite Tors West Side

One of the Welcome Tors at Granite Tors, about 5 miles in on the west side of the loop On Sunday, Cat and I hiked the west side of the...

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Murphy Dome Wildflowers
Posted by Lee Petersen | June 18, 2024
Murphy Dome Wildflowers

Snow arnica was exploding all over Murphy Dome I planned on hiking near Wickersham Dome on Friday, but when I checked the weather radar, it looked like rain and storms...

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Angel Rocks Evening Storms and Flowers
Posted by Lee Petersen | June 2, 2024
Angel Rocks Evening Storms and Flowers

My first trip was to Angel Rocks on Friday afternoon. The parking lot was fairly empty for what seemed like a beautiful spring/summer afternoon. When I started on the trail,...

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A few small, lone spruce trees on the flat summit of Table Top Mountain in the White Mountain National Recreation Area. The groundcover is still brown, scattered with dark talus rocks and the landscape seems to go on forever under lightly overcast skies.
Posted by Lee Petersen | May 26, 2024
Table Top Mountain Trail Flora – May 25, 2024

Sparse spruce and the seemingly endless landscape in the White Mountain National Recreation Area, Alaska Cat and I headed to the Table Top Mountain Trail late on Saturday, May 25....

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Pink flower of the Rosa acicularis ssp. sayi, or prickly rose
Posted by Lee Petersen | July 8, 2023
Prickly rose
Rosa acicularis

The prickly rose (Rosa acicularis) is a showy, pink flowering plant ubiquitous through much of the northern hemisphere including Alaska. Rose hips are frequently used to make jelly and the...

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The view from Wickersham Dome in the White Mountain National Recreation Area near Fairbanks, Alaska. Seemingly endless green hills and a bit of the Elliott Highway winding around them.
Posted by Lee Petersen | May 29, 2023
Wickersham Hike and Early Season Wildflowers

Wildflower and landscape photos from a spring hike on Wickersham Dome in the White Mountain National Recreation Area.

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A bumblebee pollinating a female willow catkin in Fairbanks, Alaska
Posted by Lee Petersen | May 14, 2023
Spring’s Early Bloomers: A Close-Up Look at Willow Catkins in Alaska’s Taiga

Explore the mysterious world of Alaskan willow catkins through the lens of macro photography. Learn about their ecological significance and the joys of springtime wildlife observation. Dive into the unique...

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Little yellow rattle –
Posted by Lee Petersen | May 12, 2023
Little yellow rattle – Rhinanthus minor

Rhinanthus minor, commonly known as Little Yellow Rattle is a yellow-flowering, hemiparasitic, plant with distribution across various habitats, and its nuanced role in our ecosystems. Common across Alaska and much...

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The pink flowers of the liverleaf wintergreen plant
Posted by Lee Petersen | September 18, 2022
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.

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Common yarrow flower in Fairbanks, Alaska
Posted by Lee Petersen | August 26, 2020
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...

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