Northern Lights over a boreal forest in Fairbanks, Alaska
Posted by lwpetersen | January 8, 2015

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...

Aurora Landscape in Black and White. A gorgeous moonlit boreal forest in Fairbanks under a sky filled with aurora.
Posted by lwpetersen | January 7, 2015

“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...

Aurora borealis over a moonlit and snow-covered boreal forest in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Posted by lwpetersen | January 4, 2015

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...

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.
Posted by lwpetersen | January 1, 2015

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...

Either an immature male or female pine grosbeak
Posted by lwpetersen | December 28, 2014

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,...

Low auroral band and the big dipper over rock outcropping and spruce.
Posted by lwpetersen | December 27, 2014

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...

Posted by lwpetersen | December 22, 2014

We have about 4-5 hours of the "blue hour" every day Fairbanks is dark in the winter. The official length of the day on the winter solstice is 3 hours,...

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.
Posted by lwpetersen | December 16, 2014

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...

Posted by lwpetersen | December 14, 2014

Aurora before the clouds - December 8, 2014 It seems like every night the clouds roll in fast, no matter how nice of a day it may have been. I...