Category: Alaska

Bombycilla garrulus, 01 March 2009

Bombycilla garrulus, the Bohemian waxwing; Municipality of Anchorage, Alaska (01 March 2009). Bohemian waxwings were on-campus regulars during my four years teaching at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Folks may think of bears and moose when they think of Alaska (and for good reason), but I… Continue Reading “Bombycilla garrulus, 01 March 2009”

Anas platyrhynchos, 12 October 2008

Anas platyrhynchos, the Mallard; Municipality of Anchorage, Alaska (12 October 2008). A mallard slinks about Cheney Lake in Anchorage, Alaska, as Fall begins to slide into Winter. Each winter season, a handful of mallards would stay behind in Anchorage. A tough gig.  Learn more… Continue Reading “Anas platyrhynchos, 12 October 2008”

AKtoFL: Tetlin NWR (01 June 2011)

Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge Southeast Fairbanks Census Area, Alaska (01 June 2011). Day 02 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0699 of 7221). As Day 02 began to run long, I found myself entering into the Tetline National Wildlife Refuge, a… Continue Reading “AKtoFL: Tetlin NWR (01 June 2011)”

AKtoFL: Alaska Highway (01 June 2011)

The Alaska Highway Southeast Fairbanks Census Area, Alaska (01 June 2011). Day 02 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile ~0540 of 7221). Continuing onward, I felt the need to pause momentarily on this lonely stretch of the Alaska Highway. It’s hard… Continue Reading “AKtoFL: Alaska Highway (01 June 2011)”

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). Another wider-angled shot of the Robertson River. Overcast and dreary weather makes for interestingly dynamic light plays with a little filtering. 

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). Blocks of surface ice float upon the silty, cool waters of the Robertson River. When the temperatures rise, water gets its… Continue Reading “AKtoFL: Robertson River, Alaska (01 June 2011)”

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… Continue Reading “AKtoFL: Robertson River, Alaska (01 June 2011)”

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,… Continue Reading “AKtoFL: Alaska Highway at Delta Junction (01 June 2011)”

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.… Continue Reading “AKtoFL: Delta Junction, Alaska (01 June 2011)”

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… Continue Reading “AKtoFL: Tanana River, Alaska (01 June 2011)”

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,… Continue Reading “AKtoFL: Tanana River, Alaska (01 June 2011)”

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,… Continue Reading “AKtoFL: North Pole, Alaska (01 June 2011)”

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,… Continue Reading “AKtoFL: North Pole, Alaska (01 June 2011)”

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… Continue Reading “AKtoFL: Chena Lake, Alaska (11:54pm, 31 May 2011)”

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,… Continue Reading “AKtoFL: Lithobates sylvaticus in Alaska (31 May 2011)”

AKtoFL: Chena Lake, Alaska (11:49pm, 31 May 2011)

Chena Lake Recreational Area, 11:49pm Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0416 of 7221). I eventually wandered my way to Chena Lake Recreational Area to camp my first night not too… Continue Reading “AKtoFL: Chena Lake, Alaska (11:49pm, 31 May 2011)”

AKtoFL: Parks Highway, Alaska (9:31pm, 31 May 2011)

The Parks Highway, 9:31 pm Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0373 of 7221). My first day of the transcontinental roadtrip from Alaska to Florida began to wrap up as I made… Continue Reading “AKtoFL: Parks Highway, Alaska (9:31pm, 31 May 2011)”

AKtoFL: Nenana River, Alaska (31 May 2011)

The Nenana River Denali Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0273 of 7221). A wider angle of the Nenana River weaving is way throughout central Alaska. In summer, these rivers are obviously more active… Continue Reading “AKtoFL: Nenana River, Alaska (31 May 2011)”

AKtoFL: Nenana River, Alaska (31 May 2011)

The Nenana River Denali Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0273 of 7221). The Parks Highway reaching across the Nenana River in central Alaska. Old and new bridges alike are truly something to behold throughout the weathered… Continue Reading “AKtoFL: Nenana River, Alaska (31 May 2011)”

AKtoFL: Nenana River, Alaska (31 May 2011)

The Nenana River Denali Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0273 of 7221). A fun, little ravine of sorts adjacent to the Nenana River and the Parks Highway in central Alaska. Residual snow persists… Continue Reading “AKtoFL: Nenana River, Alaska (31 May 2011)”

AKtoFL: Parks Highway, Alaska (31 May 2011)

The Parks Highway Denali Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile ~0260 of 7221). Leaving Denali National Park, I return to my northward trek towards Fairbanks along the Parks Highway — a stretch of weathered… Continue Reading “AKtoFL: Parks Highway, Alaska (31 May 2011)”

AKtoFL: Denali Rocks in Alaska (31 May 2011)

Rocky outcrop along the Savage River Trail Denali Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0253 of 7221). One final, parting shot of the magnificent rocks of Denali National Park before we resume our trip… Continue Reading “AKtoFL: Denali Rocks in Alaska (31 May 2011)”

AKtoFL: Urocitellus parryii in Alaska (31 May 2011)

Urocitellus parryii, the Arctic ground squirrel Denali Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0253 of 7221). Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org. Though I’ve got plenty more such photos sitting in my archive,… Continue Reading “AKtoFL: Urocitellus parryii in Alaska (31 May 2011)”

AKtoFL: Larus canus in Alaska (31 May 2011)

Larus canus, the Mew gull (presumably) Denali Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0253 of 7221). Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org. From what I saw (and from what was able to identify… Continue Reading “AKtoFL: Larus canus in Alaska (31 May 2011)”

AKtoFL: Perhaps Arctia plantaginis in Alaska (31 May 2011)

Arctia plantaginis, the Wood tiger Denali Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0253 of 7221). Learn more about Arctic plantaginis at iNaturalist.org. I’m not 100% sure with the identification, but I believe this is a… Continue Reading “AKtoFL: Perhaps Arctia plantaginis in Alaska (31 May 2011)”

AKtoFL: Denali National Park, Alaska (31 May 2011)

On the Savage River Trail Denali Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0253 of 7221). A lovely spill of rocks along a steep slope adjacent to the Savage River Trail in Denali National Park. How… Continue Reading “AKtoFL: Denali National Park, Alaska (31 May 2011)”

AKtoFL: Denali National Park, Alaska (31 May 2011)

On the Savage River Trail Denali Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0253 of 7221). An excellent outcrop of rock along the Savage River Trail in Denali National Park. In many ways, the rock… Continue Reading “AKtoFL: Denali National Park, Alaska (31 May 2011)”

AKtoFL: The Savage River Trail, Alaska (31 May 2011)

On the Savage River Trail Denali Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0253 of 7221). A higher perspective of the Savage River Trail winding along and across its namesake. Note the exposed rock formations and… Continue Reading “AKtoFL: The Savage River Trail, Alaska (31 May 2011)”

AKtoFL: The Savage River Trail, Alaska (31 May 2011)

On the Savage River Trail Denali Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0253 of 7221). Check out the trail running to the right of the water flow. Just bumpy enough to keep your focus somewhat grounded on… Continue Reading “AKtoFL: The Savage River Trail, Alaska (31 May 2011)”

AKtoFL: The Savage River Trail, Alaska (31 May 2011)

On the Savage River Trail Denali Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0253 of 7221). A low(ish) ridge rising over the edge of the Savage River Trail. So much cool and texture in this area. 

AKtoFL: The Savage River Trail, Alaska (31 May 2011)

On the Savage River Trail Denali Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0253 of 7221). Quite the color play between the rock and the surrounding foliage. 

AKtoFL: The Savage River Trail, Alaska (31 May 2011)

On the Savage River Trail Denali Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0253 of 7221). Starting off on the Savage River Trail in Denali National Park. A fantastic medley of dry, jagged rock and thin, stiff plant… Continue Reading “AKtoFL: The Savage River Trail, Alaska (31 May 2011)”

AKtoFL: Urocitellus parryii, 31 May 2011

Urocitellus parryii, the Arctic ground squirrel Denali Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0253 of 7221). The Arctic ground squirrel at times felt like a Lower 48 squirrel and prairie dog had some sort… Continue Reading “AKtoFL: Urocitellus parryii, 31 May 2011”

AKtoFL: Urocitellus parryii, 31 May 2011

Urocitellus parryii, the Arctic ground squirrel Denali Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0253 of 7221). An adorable and fairly common rodent throughout much of Alaska, especially in rocky, modestly-elevated areas, the Arctic ground… Continue Reading “AKtoFL: Urocitellus parryii, 31 May 2011”

AKtoFL: The Savage River Trail, Alaska (31 May 2011)

The Savage River Trail Denali Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0253 of 7221). Rugged terrain at Denali National Park. Unlike southcentral Alaska, where I lived from 2007 through 2011, the Denali region has more of… Continue Reading “AKtoFL: The Savage River Trail, Alaska (31 May 2011)”

AKtoFL: The Savage River, Alaska (31 May 2011)

The Savage River Denali Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0253 of 7221). A view of Savage River in Denali National Park, one of the more accessible parts of the park by automobile. A fantastic… Continue Reading “AKtoFL: The Savage River, Alaska (31 May 2011)”

AKtoFL: Denali National Park, Alaska (31 May 2011)

Denali National Park Denali Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 253 of 7221). Another pseudo “Old West” visage from Denali National Park. Rocky outcrops and lines dotting and slicing through open scrub ground. It’s a shame rattlesnakes… Continue Reading “AKtoFL: Denali National Park, Alaska (31 May 2011)”

AKtoFL: Denali National Park, Alaska (31 May 2011)

Denali National Park Denali Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile ~0250 of 7221). At Denali, I was struck by the general eco-ambiance. Honestly, it felt more like the “Old West” than southcentral Alaska. I half-expected… Continue Reading “AKtoFL: Denali National Park, Alaska (31 May 2011)”

AKtoFL: Denali National Park, Alaska (31 May 2011)

Denali National Park Denali Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile ~0250 of 7221). Another view (southward, if I remembe correctly) showing a bit more vertical drama at Denali National Park. 

AKtoFL: Denali National Park, Alaska (31 May 2011)

Denali National Park Denali Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile ~0250 of 7221). Looking northwest from Denali Park Road, this is a fair representation of this portion of Denali National Park. Vast, wide open… Continue Reading “AKtoFL: Denali National Park, Alaska (31 May 2011)”

AKtoFL: Denali National Park, Alaska (31 May 2011)

Denali National Park Denali Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile ~0250 of 7221). The vast majority of Denali National Park is closed to vehicles, as you might imagine. Even Denali Park Road, the main paved… Continue Reading “AKtoFL: Denali National Park, Alaska (31 May 2011)”

AKtoFL: Entering Denali National Park, Alaska (31 May 2011)

Denali National Park Denali Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile ~0247 of 7221). Still drifting through my first day of my sojourn, I most certainly had to stop at Denali National Park for a few… Continue Reading “AKtoFL: Entering Denali National Park, Alaska (31 May 2011)”

Urticina crassicornis, 04 August 2007 (Captive)

Urticina crassicornis, the Christmas anemone, Alaska Sealife Center in Seward, Alaska (04 August 2007). Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

AKtoFL: Alces alces, 31 May 2011

Alces alces, the Moose Denali Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile ~0245 of 7221). Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org. Though not remarkable having just lived in Anchorage for four years, I was… Continue Reading “AKtoFL: Alces alces, 31 May 2011”

AKtoFL: Alongside the Parks Highway, Alaska (31 May 2011)

Alongside the Parks Highway Denali Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0219 of 7221). I remember thinking of the seeming-fragility of utility lines in the rocky climes of Alaska. What a tough place to scratch… Continue Reading “AKtoFL: Alongside the Parks Highway, Alaska (31 May 2011)”

AKtoFL: The Chulitna River in Alaska (31 May 2011)

The Chulitna River Denali Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0219 of 7221). Creeping closer and closer to Denali National Park, here’s another view of the Chulitna River. What a fantastic backdrop, right? 

AKtoFL: The Igloo Lodge in Alaska (31 May 2011)

The Igloo Lodge & Gas Station Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0190 of 7221). As you trudge north along the Parks Highway from Wasilla to Fairbanks, you’ll eventually pass a funky little building… Continue Reading “AKtoFL: The Igloo Lodge in Alaska (31 May 2011)”

AKtoFL: Hurricane Gulch, Alaska (31 May 2011)

Hurricane Gulch Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0175 of 7221). A view of Hurricane Creek from atop one of the two Hurricane Gulch bridges. Residual snow in Alaskan ravines persists deeper into… Continue Reading “AKtoFL: Hurricane Gulch, Alaska (31 May 2011)”

AKtoFL: Hurricane Gulch, Alaska (31 May 2011)

Hurricane Gulch Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0175 of 7221). Hurricane Creek is a tributary of the Chulitna River and a deeply-carved facet of Hurricane Gulch. As you head north toward Denali,… Continue Reading “AKtoFL: Hurricane Gulch, Alaska (31 May 2011)”