Looking at Double Mountain over the frozen Savage River in Denali National Park.
18 03 2019
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...

Glacier Calving. Splashback from a chunk of the Columbia Glacier breaking off into Columbia Bay.
11 08 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...

Watching the first sunrise of 2018 from Ester Dome. Fairbanks, Alaska.
03 01 2018
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...

Photographer/Writer

Welcome to my website! My name is Lee Petersen, I am a photographer, writer, climber and climbing coach, outdoorsman, cook, web designer, and scientist. Here you can read my stories of adventures and travel, view my photography, learn how to take aurora photos, and discover things to do around Fairbanks and the rest of Alaska.

I am currently available for freelance photography, writing, or web design. My photography and writing focus is primarily outdoors-related (hiking, climbing, biking). Feel free to contact me for more information. Check out more on my about page or my full résumé.

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Otters preparing to jump off an iceberg in Columbia Bay

I’ve only been getting really interested in wildlife photography over the last three years. It is becoming on of the most enjoyable and rewarding pursuits in my life. I’ve been amassing a collection of bear, sea otter, seal, sea lion, dall sheep, and moose photos from around Alaska. You can view my wildlife portfolio at the link below.

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Autumn colors in tundra in Denali National Park

My passion for landscape photography started with my hobby of taking photos and love of hiking and the outdoors. It wasn’t long after I started hauling my DSLR along on backpacking trips that I realized I was hiking, climbing, or skiing to seek out the coolest landscapes I could find.

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aurora borealis from Granite Tors

Probably the biggest draw to Alaska in the winter months is the hope to view the northern lights. I love being able to step out on my front porch at night and see the sky lit up in green. Even more, I love being able to hike out to beautiful locations and view the aurora borealis from my tent door.

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columbia glacier

In my 10 years in Alaska, I’ve seen a drastic shrinking of most of the glaciers that I hike to and on. Some of these will be nearly gone in my lifetime and photos will be all we have to remember them. Unfortunately, whatever your political stance is doesn’t seem to matter to the glaciers.

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birch trees with snow

The interior of Alaska is mainly covered by boreal forest. White spruce, black spruce, birch, aspen, tamarack, and balsam poplar are really all we have for native trees. The forests are gorgeous and one of the main reasons I love living here. Although, since I do a lot of hiking when I travel there is more than just boreal forest in the collection.

Mt. Shand stands nearly a vertical mile above the Black Rapids Glacier in the Eastern Alaska Range.
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Mt. Shand stands nearly a vertical mile above the Black Rapids Glacier in the Eastern Alaska Range.

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Cow moose grazing on willows in Denali National Park & Preserve.
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Cow moose grazing on willows in Denali National Park & Preserve. (No watermark on print)

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Gorgeous red landscapes over the Thorofare River and yellow vegetation-covered Muldrow Glacier.
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Gorgeous red landscapes over the Thorofare River and yellow vegetation-covered Muldrow Glacier. And of course Denali, the tallest Mountain in North America at 20,310′ above sea level. (No watermark on print)

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Ice-covered mountains over the Black Rapids Glacier in the Alaska Range
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A lot of snow falls up here covering the mountains of the Trinity Basin of the Alaska Range in ice. This is part of the small remaining accumulation area of the Black Rapids Glacier. I’m amazed at how such a conglomeration of ice and snow can take the appearance of simply being draped over the mountains. (No watermark on print)

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Birch reflections in the seasonal wetlands at Creamer's Field in Fairbanks, Alaska.
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Birch reflections in the seasonal wetlands at Creamer’s Field in Fairbanks, Alaska. (No watermark on print)

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Anderson Falls near Valdez, Alaska
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Anderson Falls in the Chugach Mountains near Valdez, Alaska. (No watermark on print)

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Auroral Corona
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Not a minute after that eruption on the horizon this auroral corona danced overhead and seemed to last for a really long time. Usually only appearing for a few seconds, I think I had about a minute of shooting this one. In the center, you might be able to make out the big dipper, but the stars were pretty dim compared to the northern lights that night!
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Parhelia over Black Rapids Glacier
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I photographed this awesome sight while doing field work out on the Black Rapids Glacier in the eastern Alaska Range. The view is to the southeast and you can see the Loket Tributary flowing into the main branch of the glacier center-right. Living in Fairbanks (a little under 100 miles north of here) we get to see a lot of optical phenomena from ice in the atmosphere. In the winter we frequently see halos and parhelia (sun dogs). It’s pretty rare to see the tangent arc and even rarer to see a parhelic circle – the line that continues ‘horizontally’ from the sundog. At times this made a full 360° circle around our heads from camp. The stitching together of this 14 image panorama was not fun and it isn’t perfect, but I think it came out nice enough. (No watermark on print)

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Waterfalls and islands in Prince William Sound near Valdez, Alaska.
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Waterfalls and islands in Prince William Sound near Valdez, Alaska. (No watermark on print)

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Grizzly bear in fall foliage in Denali National Park
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Grizzly in Fall Colors. Near the Primrose area of Denali National Park & Preserve. (No watermark on print)

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This is a pretty typical mid-winter scene in the Alaska Interior. There’s not much wind in Fairbanks, so the snow sticks to the trees for a while. The sun is always low on the horizon when it’s up around winter solstice, so it never gets much past the sunrise stage. Beautiful light makes up for the lack of light. (No watermark on print)

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Blue stream on the Black Rapids Glacier in the Eastern Alaska Range
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A blue stream forms in the snow on the surface of the Black Rapids Glacier in the Eastern Alaska Range. (No watermark on print)

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A stream in the Rainbow Basin between the Canwell Glacier and Rainbow Ridge in the Eastern Alaska Range.
02 10 2014
Camping in the Rainbow Basin

Driving through Red Rock Canyon is a slow kind of exciting. I barely reach 10 miles per hour as alders scrape both sides of the car on the single lane,...

Blue stream on the Black Rapids Glacier in the Eastern Alaska Range
02 07 2014
Black Rapids Glacier: Summer 2014

The theme of this season was certainly "precipitation". I kept thinking about the Forrest Gump quote, "One day, it started raining, and it didn't quit for 4 months". Luckily we...

Silhouettes of Granite Tors in the Chena River State Recreation Area at sunset.
13 05 2014
Finally, Granite Tors

Every year that I've been in Alaska I have wanted to hike out to the Granite Tors. Every year I haven't gone. My friend Jason has done the same. Until...

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2020 Alaska Wall Calendar – 8.5″x11″

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2020 Alaska Wall Calendar – 8.5″x11″

Photos are of 4 wildlife, 4 landscape, and 4 aurora photos. I appreciate your support very much, my calendar sales are my primary means of off-setting equipment and travel costs. The calendars are 8.5″x11″, spiral bound with a hole for hanging and are on high quality, press printed, heavy card stock. US orders will ship Priority Mail (typically 3 days with 1-2 days for processing).

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