Golden light hits the top of the trees near Ruby Creek in the Alaska Range
Posted by lwpetersen | January 17, 2020
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!

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Juvenile yellow-crowned night heron at Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge
Posted by lwpetersen | January 14, 2020
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...

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SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch on January 6, 2020
Posted by lwpetersen | January 7, 2020
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...

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Posted by lwpetersen | December 29, 2019
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.

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Hiker descending the Savage Alpine Trail to the Savage River in Denali National Park in winter.
Posted by lwpetersen | July 11, 2019
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...

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A stand of spruce trees on Murphy Dome at sunset.
Posted by lwpetersen | March 21, 2019
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...

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Glacier Calving. Splashback from a chunk of the Columbia Glacier breaking off into Columbia Bay.
Posted by lwpetersen | August 11, 2018
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...

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Alignment of Jupiter, Mars, Venus, and Moon with Aurora Borealis
Posted by lwpetersen | May 28, 2016
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...

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Castner Glacier in the Alaska Range
Posted by lwpetersen | September 5, 2015
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...

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Rainbow Mountain - Alaska Range
Posted by lwpetersen | June 8, 2015
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...

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