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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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
Photo of the Week — “Snowy Blues”

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...

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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 | December 22, 2014
Winter Solstice Light

Fairbanks is dark in the winter. The official length of the day on the winter solstice is 3 hours, 41 minutes, and some change. Luckily, we benefit from having a...

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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
Aurora and Milky Way from Murphy Dome

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...

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A bit of aurora shortly before the clouds rolled in - trees illuminated by the moon.
Posted by lwpetersen | December 14, 2014
Photo of the week — “Aurora before the clouds”

It seems like every night the clouds roll in fast, no matter how nice of a day it may have been. I still managed to catch some brief glimpses of...

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Sunrise over a snow-covered boreal forest after 11 am in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Posted by lwpetersen | December 8, 2014
December sky and snow – 2014

Early last week I took a photo-walk downtown, shortly after we finally had our first significant snowfall. There has been some snow on the ground since early October, but things...

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The big dipper over road through boreal forest. Very faint aurora on the horizon. North of Fairbanks, Alaska.
Posted by lwpetersen | December 7, 2014
Photo of the Week – “ALASKA”

It wasn't very easy to see the stars when the moon was shining so brightly, but you can still make out the big dipper over the road. The big dipper...

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Panorama of the new Polaris sculpture and Immaculate Conception Church and the downtown Fairbanks "skyline". Nice warm light in the early afternoon.
Posted by lwpetersen | December 2, 2014
Fairbanks in Black and White

  From October until April we live in a mostly monochromatic world. The sky makes some pretty dramatic colors at sunrise and sunset, but in the middle of the day...

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