Golden light hits the top of the trees near Ruby Creek in the Alaska Range
Posted by lwpetersen | 17 01 2020| Featured, photo-blog
2019 Photo Highlights

Forty of my favorite photos from 2019. Landscapes and wildlife from glaciers in the Alaska Range and Chugach Mountains, Denali National Park, and more!

Juvenile yellow-crowned night heron at Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge
Posted by lwpetersen | 14 01 2020| Featured, photo-blog
Birds (and more) at Pelican Island

The Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge is roughly 5400 acres of protected water and land. Located near Sebastian, Florida, the refuge is a beautiful conservation site in an otherwise sprawling urban area. This oasis of...

SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch on January 6, 2020
Posted by lwpetersen | 07 01 2020| Featured, photo-blog, Uncategorized
SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch

For a few seconds, it looked like the Sun was rising over the river. Standing almost 45 miles away the sky and water were completely lit up. We watched the Falcon 9 launch from the...

Posted by lwpetersen | 29 12 2019| Featured, outdoors, photo-blog
Biking the Park Road

Three day bike tour in Denali National Park before the tourist season opens. Dall sheep, grizzly bears, and ptarmigan were spotted among other animals along with some beautiful vistas.

Hiker descending the Savage Alpine Trail to the Savage River in Denali National Park in winter.
Posted by lwpetersen | 11 07 2019| Featured, hiking, photo-blog
Winter Hiking in Denali National Park

Winter is my favorite season in Denali National Park. It is empty. I rarely run into anyone, and when I do it might be a quick passing in the parking lot. Early spring is nice...

Little islands of moss covered forest floor appear in the snow. Spring in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Posted by lwpetersen | 08 04 2019| photo of the week
Photo of the Week – “Spring is Here”

We are entering the grossest season of the year here in Fairbanks. The snow is melting and what is left is no longer pristine and white. It's rather dirty and often filled with garbage, especially...

Night Sky over the Chena River along the Angel Rocks Trail.
Posted by lwpetersen | 27 03 2019| hiking, outdoors, photo of the week
Photo of the Week – “Night Sky over the Chena”

On March 20th there was a coronal mass ejection resulting from a solar flare. It was thought that it was partially earth-directed and that it may result in a G2 geomagnetic storm, which for us...

Cat tries to tie her hat at Granite Tors
Posted by lwpetersen | 22 03 2019| hiking, photo of the week
Photo of the Week – “Tors in Winter”

"Tors in Winter" Photo of the week ending March 17, 2019 This week's photo of the week is of Cat trying to tie her hat on tight with mittens on at Granite Tors. After having...

A stand of spruce trees on Murphy Dome at sunset.
Posted by lwpetersen | 21 03 2019| Featured, outdoors, photo-blog
Spruce Over the Years

I think 2012 was the first year I photographed this little stand of spruce trees on Murphy Dome. I have kept returning to this spot over the years that I've lived in Fairbanks. The photo...

Looking at Double Mountain over the frozen Savage River in Denali National Park.
Posted by lwpetersen | 18 03 2019| photo of the week
Photo of the Week – “Icy Savage River”

“Icy Savage River” — Photo of the week ending March 10, 2019 Looking at Double Mountain over the icy Savage River in Denali National Park & Preserve. Taken on March 8th, 2019. The snow-wall was...

Glacier Calving. Splashback from a chunk of the Columbia Glacier breaking off into Columbia Bay.
Posted by lwpetersen | 11 08 2018| Featured, photo-blog, travel alaska
Columbia Glacier Calving

Tidewater glacier calving is an extremely powerful event that everyone should get a chance to witness. If you haven't ever seen this, it's time to hop on a plane to Alaska, Greenland, Iceland, or Antarctica...

Watching the first sunrise of 2018 from Ester Dome. Fairbanks, Alaska.
Posted by lwpetersen | 03 01 2018| Fairbanks, photo-blog
Welcome 2018

I'm not big on New Year's resolutions, but I'm still resolving to write more and take more photos in 2018. I've been occupied with work the last couple years and it's led to a lag...

Aurora at Angel Rocks
Posted by lwpetersen | 02 02 2017| aurora borealis, outdoors, photo-blog, travel alaska
Yikes . . . Has it really been this long?! Spring in Alaska

It sure doesn't feel like it, but it's been over a year since I've published a blog-post. I've still been writing, editing, and updating, but not publishing new things. I've still been out taking photos...

Alignment of Jupiter, Mars, Venus, and Moon with Aurora Borealis
Posted by lwpetersen | 28 05 2016| aurora borealis, Featured, photo-blog
Aurora Borealis – October 6, 2015 – Planetary Alignment!

I woke up early to photograph a cool planetary alignment of Venus, Mars, and Jupiter with a quarter moon. I lucked out because the aurora was still going strong at 4:30 am! We were also...

Posted by lwpetersen | 25 05 2016| hiking, outdoors, photo-blog, travel alaska
Hike up Nome Creek

Ridges and tors over red and yellow valleys to the east of Nome Creek I took a little 12 mile ridge hike at Nome Creek in the White Mountains in early September of 2015. I...

Posted by lwpetersen | 06 12 2015| aurora borealis, photo-blog
Aurora Borealis – September 11, 2015

The first impressive aurora borealis display I witnessed this season was shortly after midnight on September 11. It broke up fairly quickly, becoming diffuse, but it was brilliant for about 10 minutes. There were some...

View from Polychrome Overlook. Denali National Park
Posted by lwpetersen | 08 10 2015| photo-blog, travel alaska
Summer – Denali National Park

I don't get to Denali National Park as often as I should, especially since I live only 2 hours away. Friend or family visits are an awesome excuse to hit the park, since it is,...

Castner Glacier in the Alaska Range
Posted by lwpetersen | 05 09 2015| Featured, hiking, photo-blog, travel alaska
Castner Glacier for the 4th of July

I went out for a weekend of hiking in solitude in the Alaska Range. Looking up Castner Creek into the Deltas. Black Cap is on the left, White Princess is hiding behind a cloud. Kind...

Rainbow Mountain - Alaska Range
Posted by lwpetersen | 08 06 2015| Featured, hiking, photo-blog
Day at Rainbow Ridge

I can definitely say now that Rainbow Ridge is as steep as it looks from the road below. I drove down on Saturday, June 6 with the hope of hiking to the top of Rainbow...

Aurora borealis from the Granite Tors Trail.
Posted by lwpetersen | 28 03 2015| aurora borealis, Featured, hiking, outdoors, photo-blog
Two nights on the Tors trail

I'm awakened in the night by a shiver. I have somehow found my way deep in my sleeping bag, sticking my nose toward the tiny cinched opening above me for fresh air. I shift to...

Aurora Borealis spiral over a boreal forest
Posted by lwpetersen | 17 03 2015| photo of the week, photo-blog
Photo of the Week – “Northern Lights Spiral”

"Northern Lights Spiral" -- Photo of the week ending February 7, 2015 The northern lights in a spiral, from the display on February 1st, 2015. You can read about and see more photos from that...

Gorgeous golden light on the tors and surrounding hills at Angel Rocks
Posted by lwpetersen | 17 03 2015| Featured, hiking, outdoors, photo-blog
Winter at Angel Rocks

I wanted to share some photos from a dayhike Jenn and I took this winter at Angel Rocks. I've hiked Angel Rocks in early spring, summer, and fall, and walked out one dark night to...

Excellent light in the early afternoon as the sun hung right over the hills behind me. We were walking through beautiful, scenic taiga for a while, but to me something seemed to stand out with these small black spruce. If you don't know it, I am a lover of these boreal forests. These 4 trees in the foreground really stood out and seemed to both frame the scene as the subject of it. You see through it the rest of the open taiga and forest all the way up the hills in the background. Simple and expansive.
Posted by lwpetersen | 15 02 2015| photo of the week, photo-blog
Photo of the Week — “4 Trees in the Light”

4 Trees in the Light" - Photo of the week ending January 31, 2015 The light was excellent in the early afternoon as the sun hung right over the hills behind us. We were walking...

Sunrise over the Tanana - Along the Richardson Highway north of Delta Junction. We were on our way from Fairbanks to the Delta Mountains - Eastern Alaska Range.
Posted by lwpetersen | 12 02 2015| Featured, hiking, photo-blog, travel alaska
Castner Creek to Castner Glacier

I don't usually start venturing into the Alaska Range until March. The temperature becomes a bit nicer, the snow is deeper and more supportive, and we have much longer days. But, Jenn decided to visit...

Northern lights over forest. Fairbanks, AK
Posted by lwpetersen | 08 02 2015| aurora borealis, photo-blog
Northern Lights – February 1st, 2015

The morning of disappointing, disappearing aurora Jenn and I managed to do a bit of aurora watching in mild(er) temperatures early in the morning on February 1st. I had been keeping my eye on the...

-40 degrees in front of the UAF sign
Posted by lwpetersen | 07 02 2015| Fairbanks, Featured, outdoors, photo-blog
Cold, Ester Dome, Chena Lake, and Tors

One of my best friends, Jenn from New Hampshire just made her second visit to Fairbanks, this time braving the bitter winter temps in hopes of seeing the aurora. After I picked her up at...

Snow-clad spruce trees at sunrise. Sunrises have to be one of my favorite things about Fairbanks, next to the aurora, and the mountain range to our south. Our sparse boreal forests give nice open views of the sky too. I love seeing those subtle arctic blues behind the brilliant colors. Almost every morning in the winter is wonderful!
Posted by lwpetersen | 01 02 2015| photo of the week, photo-blog
Photo of the Week — “Spruce Ballroom”

“Spruce Ballroom” — photo of the week ending January 24, 2015 [In my "Alaska Skies" album] Snow-clad spruce trees at sunrise. Sunrises have to be one of my favorite things about Fairbanks, next to the...

Incredible northern lights display over a snow-clad forest in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Posted by lwpetersen | 26 01 2015| aurora borealis, Featured, photo-blog
Boreal Winter – Black and White, Day and Night

Welcome to the Alaska interior, welcome to the boreal forest. This is a unique biome. Coniferous trees dominate the landscape, yet stands of birch and aspen remain plentiful in many places. The leafy trees love...

At 2 pm we're just about a month past the winter solstice, but the sun still doesn't get very high in the sky. Peeking through the trees in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Posted by lwpetersen | 23 01 2015| photo of the week, photo-blog
Photo of the week — “2 PM”

“2 PM” – Photo of the week ending January 17, 2014 [Boreal Forest Album] We're just about a month past the winter solstice, but the sun still doesn't get very high in the sky. The...

Aurora over snow-covered forest.
Posted by lwpetersen | 15 01 2015| photo of the week, photo-blog
Photo of the week — “Northern Lights”

“Northern Lights” — photo of the week ending January 10, 2015 After about 20 minutes of bright aurora bands filling the sky, it seemed like the display was fading, the brightest bands dwindling off into...