Mt. Healy, High Blood Pressure, and Not COVID – July 2020
Posted by Lee Petersen | August 30, 2020
Mt. Healy, High Blood Pressure, and Not COVID – July 2020

In late July, Cat and I attempted to hike Mt. Healy via Bison Gulch, just south of Healy, Alaska. It gets added to the list of failed attempts on my...

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Arctic willow in the White Mountains in the Alaska interior
Posted by Lee Petersen | August 28, 2020
Arctic willow – Salix arctica

Arctic willow is a creeping dwarf shrub with catkins that are absent of sepals or petals. It is distributed throughout the arctic, including Alaska.

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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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Posted by Lee Petersen | August 24, 2020
Brands I Trust

A few of the brands I trust - Since I am writing gear reviews on equipment I use, a few brand names will keep reappearing. Here's a few points on...

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Wood frog in Fairbanks, Alaska
Posted by Lee Petersen | August 18, 2020
Wood Frog – Lithobates sylvaticus

The wood frog is the furthest north living amphibian on the planet. It has the remarkable ability of being able to freeze solid over winter and re-wake after thawing in...

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Shrubby cinquefoil flower blooming in the White Mountain National Recreation Area of the interior of Alaska.
Posted by Lee Petersen | August 16, 2020
Shrubby Cinquefoil – Dasiphora fruticosa

Shrubby cinquefoil is a shrubby plant growing about 1 m tall. The shrub is densely leafed with many small, buttercup-shaped, yellow flowers.

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Flower of western arctic shootingstar in the interior of Alaska
Posted by Lee Petersen | August 13, 2020
Western arctic shootingstar – Primula frigida

The western arctic shootingstar (sometimes frigid shootingstar) has a magenta or pink flower, shaped like a dart. Identification info and story around the name.

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Alpine sweetvetch – Hedysarum alpinum
Posted by Lee Petersen | August 11, 2020
Alpine sweetvetch – Hedysarum alpinum

Alpine sweetvetch, often known as wild potato or eskimo potato is a perennial herb with many small pink flowers on a raceme. The root is edible, but seed contains L-canavanine,...

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dwarf dogwood flowering plant in Fairbanks, Alaska
Posted by Lee Petersen | August 8, 2020
Dwarf Dogwood – Cornus canadensis

Dwarf dogwood is a flowering subshrub with 4 white or cream-colored bracts instead of petals and a small white or purple inflorescence. A cluster of red berries form in the...

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Posted by Lee Petersen | August 8, 2020
Review: Nikon AF-S FX 200-500mm f/5.6E

My Review of the Nikon AF-S FX 200-500mm f/5.6E lens. Great for wildlife or sports photography!

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