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!
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.
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.
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.
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...

The week when the northern lights wouldn’t quit
The week when the northern lights wouldn’t quit

Purchase Print Where do I even begin? I mean, the title kind of says it all. As I sit here writing, I am purely exhausted. I was driving to the post office this morning and...

Aurora Landscape in Black and White. A gorgeous moonlit boreal forest in Fairbanks under a sky filled with aurora.
Photo of the week — “Aurora Landscape”

“Aurora Landscape” — photo of the week ending January 3, 2015 Everything was so still. Except for the sky. The sky was crawling. The cold snow crunched beneath my feet with every step. The ice...

Aurora borealis over a moonlit and snow-covered boreal forest in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Aurora borealis and a full moon

Sitting at the computer last night, I had given up any hope that we'd have any good aurora this weekend, so I started writing a trip plan for 2015. I flipped to my tab with...

Winter in the Alaska Interior is all about the extended "blue hour". We have over 3 hours of twilight on either side of the sunrise and sunset. Recent snow has been caked to all the branches.
Photo of the Week — “Snowy Blues”

My last "photo of the week" for 2014 . . . I'm crazily excited to see what 2015 will bring! The "blue hour" - that period of twilight before the sun rises and after it...

Either an immature male or female pine grosbeak
Pine Grosbeak

This is the first year we've had pine grosbeaks regularly at the feeder, sometimes up to 6 at a time. It's been at least 8 days in a row now, so I'm hopeful they'll be...

Low auroral band and the big dipper over rock outcropping and spruce.
Photo of the Week — “Big Dipper and Aurora”

The big dipper and north star is the subject of the Flag of Alaska (designed by 13 year old Benny Benson in 1927, when Alaska was still a territory). I thought it would be nice...

Winter Solstice Light

Fairbanks is dark in the winter. The official length of the day on the winter solstice is 3 hours, 41 minutes, and some change. Luckily, we benefit from having a lot of twilight, long sunrises...

A two image panorama of the aurora over one of the rock outcroppings on Murphy Dome. It was a nice, warm night to go snowshoeing, but really windy.
Aurora and Milky Way from Murphy Dome

Last night I strapped on my snowshoes to take a walk around Murphy Dome. It's not really my favorite spot, but it's a convenient location with a good view and a mostly dark sky. It's...

A bit of aurora shortly before the clouds rolled in - trees illuminated by the moon.
Photo of the week — “Aurora before the clouds”

It seems like every night the clouds roll in fast, no matter how nice of a day it may have been. I still managed to catch some brief glimpses of the aurora before the clouds...

Sunrise over a snow-covered boreal forest after 11 am in Fairbanks, Alaska.
December sky and snow – 2014

Early last week I took a photo-walk downtown, shortly after we finally had our first significant snowfall. There has been some snow on the ground since early October, but things were beginning to look a...

The big dipper over road through boreal forest. Very faint aurora on the horizon. North of Fairbanks, Alaska.
Photo of the Week – “ALASKA”

It wasn't very easy to see the stars when the moon was shining so brightly, but you can still make out the big dipper over the road. The big dipper is the constellation on the...

Panorama of the new Polaris sculpture and Immaculate Conception Church and the downtown Fairbanks "skyline". Nice warm light in the early afternoon.
Fairbanks in Black and White

  From October until April we live in a mostly monochromatic world. The sky makes some pretty dramatic colors at sunrise and sunset, but in the middle of the day (for all 3 hours of...

Photo of the Week – “Beautiful morning sunrise”

Beautiful Morning Sunrise - Monday November 24, 2014 Full disclosure -- I didn't take many photos this week. I slept in late on Sunday after my Angel Rocks trip, then spent the week cleaning, shopping,...

Aurora Borealis – November 21, 2014

With little to no snow on the ground I packed up my winter hiking boots instead of my ski boots and hiked slowly out to Angel Rocks (about 50 miles from Fairbanks). I had hopes...

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