Anolis carolinensis, 18 March 2017

Anolis carolinensis, the Carolina green anole;
Miami-Dade county, Florida (18 March 2017).
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Anolis carolinensis, 06 April 2014

Anolis carolinensis, the Carolina green anole;
Volusia county, Florida (06 April 2014).
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Zoomed In:

Anolis carolinensis, 06 April 2014

Pelidnota punctata, 19 June 2013

Pelidnota punctata, the Grapevine beetle;
Lowndes county, Georgia (19 June 2013).
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Pelidnota punctata, 19 June 2013

Pelidnota punctata, the Grapevine beetle;
Lowndes county, Georgia (19 June 2013).
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AKtoFL: Robertson River, Alaska (01 June 2011)

Robertson River
Southeast Fairbanks Census Area, Alaska (01 June 2011).
Day 02 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0583 of 7221).

A wider angle shot of Robertson River’s silty, muddy waters partially corralled by top-surface ice sheets persisting well into the Alaskan summer. Quite an amazing color play, those browns and blues… a color play likely exacerbated by an imposing and somewhat ominous overcast sky.

AKtoFL: Robertson River, Alaska (01 June 2011)

Robertson River
Southeast Fairbanks Census Area, Alaska (01 June 2011).
Day 02 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0583 of 7221).

Frozen blue on silty brown… A fairly typical river texture in the midst of the short and fleeting central Alaskan summer.

AKtoFL: Alaska Highway at Delta Junction (01 June 2011)

Alaska Highway terminus at Delta Junction
Southeast Fairbanks Census Area, Alaska (01 June 2011).
Day 02 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0509 of 7221).

At Delta Junction, Alaska, I finally began the long drive on the fabled and fantastical Alaska Highway, a stretch of road (and pseudo-road) running about 1400 miles south and east to Dawson Creek, British Columbia. With eastern Alaska, the entirety of the Yukon, and much of British Columbia ahead of me, I was very much ready to experience the entirety of the Alaska Highway. 

AKtoFL: Delta Junction, Alaska (01 June 2011)

Alaska Highway terminus at Delta Junction
Southeast Fairbanks Census Area, Alaska (01 June 2011).
Day 02 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0509 of 7221).

A small cabin somewhat on display for sojourners of the Alaska Highway starting at Delta Junction, Alaska. Can you imagine what this little cabin must look like in the deep, dark winter snow? 

Basiliscus vittatus, 11 June 2016

Basiliscus vittatus, the Brown basilisk;
Miami-Dade county, Florida (11 June 2016).
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Basiliscus vittatus, 11 June 2016

Basiliscus vittatus, the Brown basilisk;
Miami-Dade county, Florida (11 June 2016).
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Anolis sagrei, 27 November 2015

Anolis sagrei, the Cuban brown anole;
Monroe county, Florida (27 November 2015).
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Anolis sagrei, 27 November 2015

Anolis sagrei, the Cuban brown anole;
Monroe county, Florida (27 November 2015).
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Opheodrys aestivus, 13 May 2013

Opheodrys aestivus, the Rough green snake;
Lowndes county, Georgia (13 May 2013).
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Opheodrys aestivus, 13 May 2013

Opheodrys aestivus, the Rough green snake;
Lowndes county, Georgia (13 May 2013).
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Anolis chlorocyanus, 21 January 2017

Anolis chlorocyanus, the Hispaniolan green anole;
Broward county, Florida (21 January 2017).
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Anolis chlorocyanus, 21 January 2017

Anolis chlorocyanus, the Hispaniolan green anole;
Broward county, Florida (21 January 2017).
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Deirochelys reticularia chrysea, 14 July 2014

Deirochelys reticularia chrysea, the Florida chicken turtle;
Volusia county, Florida (14 July 2014).
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Deirochelys reticularia chrysea, 14 July 2014

Deirochelys reticularia chrysea, the Florida chicken turtle;
Volusia county, Florida (14 July 2014).
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Deirochelys reticularia chrysea, 14 July 2014

Deirochelys reticularia chrysea, the Florida chicken turtle;
Volusia county, Florida (14 July 2014).
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AKtoFL: Tanana River, Alaska (01 June 2011)

The Tanana River
Southeast Fairbanks Census Area, Alaska (01 June 2011).
Day 02 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0487 of 7221).

A shot of the silty, slaty shoreline of the Tanana River in central Alaska. The rivers in this part of the state were very much silty during the summer months — carrying with them the annual load of earth-laden snow-melt. The earth is always on the move during the Alaskan summer months. 

AKtoFL: Tanana River, Alaska (01 June 2011)

The Tanana River
Southeast Fairbanks Census Area, Alaska (01 June 2011).
Day 02 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0487 of 7221).

A wide-angle shot of the Tanana River in central Alaska. Note how creamy the silty water is. In many ways, the rivers of central Alaska reminded me of the Canadian River basin I used to stomp around as a kid in central Oklahoma. The water was laden with finely grained earth and sand. 

AKtoFL: North Pole, Alaska (01 June 2011)

The Santa Claus House at North Pole, Alaska
Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska (01 June 2011).
Day 02 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0426 of 7221).

Wall art on the side of the Santa Claus House in North Pole, Alaska. Honestly, I’m not sure if I could handle living in North Pole. I’m sure the locals have a ball with it, but I get anxious when the rest of us start Christmas in mid-November these days… I’m not sure I could handle Santa 24/7 each day of the year!

AKtoFL: North Pole, Alaska (01 June 2011)

The Santa Claus House at North Pole, Alaska
Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska (01 June 2011).
Day 02 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0426 of 7221).

Morning of Day 2 brought me to the Santa Claus House in North Pole, Alaska (which is not, I might add, actually at the North Pole). This famous little town has made quite a bit of bank in alliance with Santa Claus. Sarah Palin once said we could see Russians from our rooftops, but, really, they walked among us — Saint Niclas being our most famous Russian insurgent. 

Sistrurus miliarius barbouri, 27 September 2015

Sistrurus miliarius barbouri, the Dusky pigmy rattlesnake;
Brevard county, Florida (27 September 2015).
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Sistrurus miliarius barbouri, 27 September 2015

Sistrurus miliarius barbouri, the Dusky pigmy rattlesnake;
Brevard county, Florida (27 September 2015).
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Nerodia taxispilota, 14 March 2018

Nerodia taxispilota, the Brown watersnake
Monroe county, Florida (14 March 2018).
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Nerodia taxispilota, 14 March 2018

Nerodia taxispilota, the Brown watersnake
Monroe county, Florida (14 March 2018).
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Coluber constrictor priapus, 15 March 2012

Coluber constrictor priapus, the Southern black racer;
Lowndes county, Georgia (15 March 2012).
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Coluber constrictor priapus, 15 March 2012

Coluber constrictor priapus, the Southern black racer;
Lowndes county, Georgia (15 March 2012).
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Coluber constrictor priapus, 15 March 2012

Coluber constrictor priapus, the Southern black racer;
Lowndes county, Georgia (15 March 2012).
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Coluber constrictor priapus, 15 March 2012

Coluber constrictor priapus, the Southern black racer;
Lowndes county, Georgia (15 March 2012).
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Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, 20 March 2015

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake;
Collier county, Florida (20 March 2015).
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Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, 20 March 2015

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake;
Collier county, Florida (20 March 2015).
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AKtoFL: Chena Lake, Alaska (11:54pm, 31 May 2011)

Chena Lake Recreational Area
Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011).
Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0416 of 7221).

Alas, Day 1 comes to a close. This shot was taken at 11:54 pm, just six minutes shy of the The Next Day. Alaska can certainly be a bit gray and moody during much of the year, but sometimes it can really light the sky on fire — even just shy of midnight. 

AKtoFL: Lithobates sylvaticus in Alaska (31 May 2011)

Lithobates sylvaticus, the Wood frog
Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011).
Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0416 of 7221).
Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

I was undoubtedly excited to find a few Wood frogs, Lithobates sylvaticus, scampering about near my campsite in Chena Lake Recreational Area. For a person such as myself, the relative lack of reptiles and amphibians was a real challenge while I lived in Alaska. This species, the Wood frog, was a welcome exception. This species is ridiculously well-adapted to surviving the long, dark, and brutal winters of the Great White North. For Wood frogs, spring and summer is a short and intense affair. Much work to do in so short a period of time! (and by “work” I mean eating and making baby frogs)