Mountain Avens – Dryas octopetala
Posted by Lee Petersen | June 30, 2020
Mountain Avens – Dryas octopetala

Mountain avens are an 8-petaled white flower frequently found in alpine environments distributed across the arctic and northwestern United States and Canada.

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Alaska poppy wildflower
Posted by Lee Petersen | June 30, 2020
Rooted Poppy and Alaska Poppy – Papaver radicatum

Identification and information of the Rooted poppy, Alaska poppy, and some similar species and subspecies found around Alaska. Photos of Papaver radicatum.

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denali viewed from the thorofare ridge
Posted by Lee Petersen | June 29, 2020
Mt. Thoro and Thorofare Ridge – Hiking Guide

Route information for hiking Mt. Thoro and the Thorofare Ridge. Both hikes are off-trail, although fairly easy to navigate through rocky alpine tundra.

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Arctic sandwort - Minuartia arctica
Posted by Lee Petersen | June 29, 2020
Arctic Sandwort – Minuartia arctica

Arctic sandwort is a mat-forming plant with small, white, 5-petaled flowers. It grows in rocky or gravelly alpine environments and is native to Alaska and Canada.

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Posted by Lee Petersen | June 26, 2020
Water and Ice

Water and ice seem to possess a never-ending range of color and texture. This project involves capturing images of the detail, complexity, and range of color of water and ice.

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Labrador Tea – Rhododendron tomentosum
Posted by Lee Petersen | June 22, 2020
Labrador Tea – Rhododendron tomentosum

Rhododendron tomentosum is a low to medium-sized evergreen shrub. Each plant has several white-flowered inflorescences. Precautions should be taken if using as a tea or medicinally.

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Wild Iris – Iris Setosa
Posted by Lee Petersen | June 21, 2020
Wild Iris – Iris Setosa

The flower of the wild iris is deep violet to blue 6-10 cm (2.5-4 inches) across with 2 sets of three petals. This poisonous plant grows up to 3 feet.

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View of clouds over Wander Lake at the Wedgewood Wildlife Sanctuary in Fairbanks, Alaska
Posted by Lee Petersen | June 20, 2020
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!

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hiking in nome creek
Posted by Lee Petersen | June 19, 2020
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...

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Yellow flowers of labrador lousewort taken in Nome Creek, Alaska.
Posted by Lee Petersen | June 17, 2020
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.

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