Spring marches on

Posted by lwpetersen | June 6, 2014 | Fairbanks

Since it’s been a while since I last posted and next week I’ll be leaving for field work on the Black Rapids Glacier for two weeks, I thought I should share some of my images from late spring. This coming trip will be two weeks long and we’ll basically be doing the same equipment maintenance and surveying as last year, although this time without the big bulky interferometric radar (field blog). Most of my days have been filled with writing and field preparation, but I have managed to take a few photos as things have turned green around the interior.

It was a weird spring here – early warm weather drove a really early start to green-up, but then a cold snap stopped spring in it’s tracks. A total absence of rain (until this week) didn’t help much either. Everything has been so dry, I’m shocked that there haven’t been wildfires springing up everywhere. A few small ones around town have been put down pretty quickly. There has been a huge fire raging down on the Kenai Peninsula near Soldotna (Funny River Fire), but that’s nearly a 10 hour drive from us (320 miles by the way the crow flies). One day last week some thick smoke blew into town, it turned out to be from that Kenai Fire. Crazy. We’ve now had a couple of good rainfalls in the last few days and now it already looks and feels like summer to me.

Up on Murphy Dome with the Dog:

I took the dog for a cool, spring walk on Murphy Dome. I think this is his favorite place, the ground is covered in berries. It's just an enormous berry, treat dispenser.

I think this is his favorite place, the ground is covered in berries. It’s just an enormous berry, treat dispenser.


I love the shadows cast by the clouds on the valley.

I love the shadows cast by the clouds on the valley.

Murphy Dome Gallery

A few birds around the lakes:

Wood sandpiper at Smith Lake

Wood sandpiper at Smith Lake

We finally got the dog suited up with his own life jacket and took his first trip out in the canoe on Chena Lake on a windy day – tense excitement ensued


I love having the trails at UAF literally right out the door to the office.

Moose and I took a drive along Chena Hot Springs Road through the Chena River Recreation Area. It was a stunningly gorgeous day. We stopped at all the sloughs and river access points to explore.

Reflections in the Flat Creek Slough into the Chena River.

Reflections in the Flat Creek Slough into the Chena River.

ponds and sloughs along Chena Hot Springs Road


A foggy day in the Valleys from Ester Dome

I hope everyone else has had a pleasant spring season like Moose has!

Here are links to all my photos from May and June of 2014.

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