dwarf dogwood flowering plant in Fairbanks, Alaska
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 fall.

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!

A moulin on the Worthington Glacier
Worthington Glacier Hikes

Description for a few backcountry hikes possible near the Worthington Glacier starting at 2-miles and up. Maps, photos, and information.

Reflection of Light

The relation that the angle of incidence is equal to the angle of reflection combined with the observation that the normal direction, incident, and reflected rays lie in the same plane is known as the law of reflection.

Arctic Lupine – Lupinus arcticus
Arctic Lupine – Lupinus arcticus

The arctic lupine is a purple-flowering, herbaceous plant with a raceme of pea-like flowers. It contains a neurotoxin, sparteine, thought to deter snowshoe hares.

Reflection at Horseshoe Lake, one of the Denali National Park Entrance Trails
Denali National Park Entrance Trails

Map and descriptions for numerous trails near the entrance and Visitor Center to Denali National Park. Trails for all walkers and hikers.

Norwegian cinquefoil – Potentilla norvegica
Norwegian cinquefoil – Potentilla norvegica

Norwegian cinquefoil is a widely distributed annual or perennial in the Rose family with ternate, serrated leaves and small yellow flowers.

Bridal Veil Falls in Keystone Canyon near Valdez, Alaska
Keystone Canyon – Valdez Sightseeing

Keystone Canyon is a gorgeous 3-mile long canyon with enormous waterfalls and cliffsides near Valdez, Alaska. There are numerous hiking trails in the area.

Park visitors speak with Denali National Park Rangers and staff outside the Visitor Center which is closed for the 2020 summer season due to COVID-19.
Weekend in Denali – Year of COVID-19

At the beginning of July, we spent a weekend in Denali, camping for 2 nights at the Riley Creek Campground. For a change, we weren't off for big adventures, but I had the goal of mapping all the Park Entrance...

Review: MSR WindBurner Personal Stove System
Review: MSR WindBurner Personal Stove System

The MSR Windburner is an exceptional personal stove system made by Mountain Safety Research. My review, tech specs, and recommendations for use.

Twinflower in Denali National Park
Twinflower – Linnaea borealis

Twinflower is a creeping subshrub with a two nodding, bell-like flowers on a Y-stem. It was named after the "father of modern taxonomy", Carl Linnaeus.

Monkshood flower in Denali National Park
Monkshood – Aconitum delphiniifolium

Monkshood is a highly toxic plant with purple flowers, resembling larkspur with a purple hood over the top of the flower.

Smugmug – Not Just For Professional Photographers

SmugMug is an excellent photo service, whether you are just looking for an inexpensive cloud option for back-up or a seasoned pro photographer wanting to make a beautifully presented portfolio.

bluebell flowers with a butterfly
Tall Bluebells – Mertensia paniculata

The tall bluebell is a plant named after the shape and color of the flower produced. The flowers form from pink buds and sometimes remain slightly pink.

Alaska SeaLife Center
Alaska SeaLife Center

The Alaska SeaLife Center is a phenomenal non-profit research institution, rescue and rehabilitation facility, and public aquarium all rolled into one. Sadly, due to COVID-19 they are at risk of closing permanently, see what you can do to help!

Siberian aster flower blooming in Alaska
Siberian Aster – Eurybia sibirica

Siberian aster is a purple, daisy-like flower found across the circumboreal subarctic including Alaska. The flower is composed of light 12-50 light purple ray florets.

LaTeX in WordPress – Part 1

My documentation on learning to use LaTeX in Wordpress.

Gorgeous and endless views of the White Mountains from the summit
McManus Mountain Hike

McManus Mountain is an excellent hike through tundra and alpine terrain near the twelve-mile summit off the Steese Highway. The area is covered in wildflowers in June and July.

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