Alaska Guide

Hiking and travel guide to Alaska. Mostly in the Fairbanks and interior region of Alaska, but always expanding to new areas!


Stories of adventures and living in Alaska. Science related to atmospheric optics and aurora. Photography, cooking, gear reviews, whatever I feel like.

Alaska Wildflowers

Alaska wildflower guide with many photos and galleries of photos with identifying information, nomenclature and taxonomy, uses, and links to more references.


Tutorials on general and auorora photography. How to shoot the northern lights, how to edit photos in post-processing with a focus on FOSS software programs.


My Photography Page – Featuring wildlife, aurora borealis, landscapes, glaciers, and locations around Alaska and the US.

My Gear

Reviews of camera and outdoor gear I use in the field as well as information on brands I’ve come to know and trust.


Articles on science-related topics, especially pertaining to Alaska. Things like how the aurora works and various atmospheric optics phenomena.


Latest Posts

Aurora borealis in the twilight. April 22, 2021 - Fairbanks, Alaska
22 04 2021
April 22, 2021 – Aurora Borealis

Midnight view through the forest on April 22, 2021 There are only two more days before the darkest it gets in Fairbanks is nautical twilight, when only the brightest stars are visible and the Sun...

April 18, 2021 - Aurora Borealis over Fairbanks, Alaska
18 04 2021
April 17-18, 2021 – Aurora Borealis

Last night may have been the best aurora displays I've seen in years. And it was persistent. When I first walked out there was a bright band in the southern sky. About 10 minutes later...

April 16-17 – Aurora Borealis
17 04 2021
April 16-17 – Aurora Borealis

April 16, 2021. In Fairbanks, we have to say goodbye to the aurora in April. We’ve already begun the time when the Sun dips no more than 18 degrees below the horizon at night (astronomical...

Wild and Trailless – Denali National Park
05 04 2021
Wild and Trailless – Denali National Park

It wasn't easy to decide to post route info and GPS data from my trips in Denali National Park. The National Park Service asks specifically not to share GPS tracks socially. It's probably the only...

03 04 2021
Spring 2021 Contest

This spring I'm giving away a 12"x18" float metal print, ready to hang. There are 3 ways to enter, be sure to get your name for all three!

aurora on March 13, 2021
14 03 2021
March 13, 2021 – Aurora Borealis and Plumbing

Aurora Borealis Blog The fast solar wind stream from a southern coronal hole continues, and we continue to benefit from its impact on Earth's magnetic field! Aurora emerging over the trees | Purchase Print The...

March 12, 2021 Aurora Borealis
13 03 2021
March 12, 2021 Aurora Borealis

Aurora over Fairbanks | Purchase Print Earth has entered a fast solar wind stream from a coronal hole sparking some nice northern lights last night! After a spike in plasma density about a day ago,...

Our Alaska – Indiegogo Campaign
05 03 2021
Our Alaska – Indiegogo Campaign

Today I launched an Indiegogo campaign to help raise funds for this website.

Aurora Borealis – February 19-21, 2021
21 02 2021
Aurora Borealis – February 19-21, 2021

Aurora borealis displays February 19-21 in Fairbanks, Alaska. Geomagnetic storms sparked from a fast solar wind from a coronal hole have provided us with great northern lights!

Winter Sights – Fairbanks
02 02 2021
Winter Sights – Fairbanks

Auroral band behind the trees | Purchase Print We've had some wonderful winter sights, and a handful of light shows so far this winter. This is my 11th full winter in Fairbanks, marking a full...

Project 365: 2021
11 01 2021
Project 365: 2021

Project 365: I'm taking a photo a day throughout 2021.

SpaceX launch from Cape Canaveral
09 01 2021
Favorite Photos Taken After 2019 and Before 2021

Some of my photo highlights from 2020

Flickr color logo
07 12 2020
New Flickr Groups

The past few months, I've been re-vamping my presence on Flickr. I've certainly waxed and waned in my usage of the photo-sharing platform over the last 11 years, but frankly, that's where I first started...

29 11 2020
Intro To Darktable 1 – My Lightable Workflow

My first intro to Darktable, raw photo editing software. Covering a basic workflow for organizing, tagging, rating, and labeling photos pre-processing.

23 11 2020
Shoot in RAW

When and why you should (or shouldn't) shoot in raw. Photography and aurora photography tutorials.

Honesty in Aurora Photography
21 11 2020
Honesty in Aurora Photography

I've heard a few stories recently about disappointed "aurora tourists" around the world. Do the photos really look like what you see in social media? My article on honesty in aurora photography.

Review: Gregory Alpinisto Pack (35 and 50)
12 11 2020
Review: Gregory Alpinisto Pack (35 and 50)

My review of the Gregory Alpinisto 35 and 50 liter backpacks. These are great packs for skiing, snowshoeing, or any winter sport with lots of useful features for a pretty streamlined pack.

aurora borealis over fairbanks alaska
27 09 2020
What Causes the Aurora

A basic, yet comprehensive explanation of what causes the aurora. Tying together the solar wind, geomagnetic field, Van Allen belts, atomic energy states, and the electromagnetic spectrum.

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