Night Sky over the Chena River along the Angel Rocks Trail.
Posted by lwpetersen | March 27, 2019
Photo of the Week – “Night Sky over the Chena”

"Night Sky over the Chena River" - Photo of the week ending March 24, 2019 On March 20th there was a coronal mass ejection resulting from a solar flare. It...

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Cat tries to tie her hat at Granite Tors
Posted by lwpetersen | March 22, 2019
Photo of the Week – “Tors in Winter”

"Tors in Winter" Photo of the week ending March 17, 2019 This week's photo of the week is of Cat trying to tie her hat on tight with mittens on...

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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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Watching the first sunrise of 2018 from Ester Dome. Fairbanks, Alaska.
Posted by lwpetersen | January 3, 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...

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Aurora at Angel Rocks
Posted by lwpetersen | February 2, 2017
Yikes . . . Has it really been this long?! Part 1: Spring in Alaska

It sure doesn't feel like it, but it's been over a year since I've published a blog-post. I've still been writing, editing, and updating, but not publishing new things. I've...

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

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

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

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Posted by lwpetersen | October 10, 2014
Highly Anticipated Aurora

Aurora band from US Creek Road overlooking the White Mountains. My mother and father in law have been to Fairbanks four times, including two very cold winter visits. To our...

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Silhouettes of Granite Tors in the Chena River State Recreation Area at sunset.
Posted by lwpetersen | May 13, 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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