Category: From Alaska to Florida

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,…

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…

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…

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 sorts at Denali National Park. As much as I love Florida, I must admit the rocks…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

AKtoFL: Lupinus arcticus (31 May 2011)

Lupinus arcticus, the Arctic lupine Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0163 of 7221). Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org. My oh my, how I loved lupine. A tremendously gorgeous plant quite…

AKtoFL: Denali State Park, North (31 May 2011)

Denali State Park North Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0163 of 7221). A zoomed shot of the Alaska range hovering over and blocking the low horizon to the west. Note the sandy drop…

AKtoFL: Denali State Park, North (31 May 2011)

Denali State Park North Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0163 of 7221). A wider angled lens would do this more justice, but here’s Big Sky hovering over Denali State Park, Northern section. Damn…

AKtoFL: Denali State Park, North (31 May 2011)

Denali State Park North Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0163 of 7221). A slightly yellower portion of forest at Denali State Park, Northern section. Much of the ground you see here is…

AKtoFL: Denali State Park, North (31 May 2011)

Denali State Park North Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0163 of 7221). A forested view from the edge of Denali National Park (Northern section). People tend to think of gray and white when…

AKtoFL: The Parks Highway (31 May 2011)

The Parks Highway Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0140 of 7221). Cruising northbound on Parks Highway, headed closer to Denali National Park, I had to stop to simply admire the road and its…

AKtoFL: The Chulitna River & the Alaska Range (31 May 2011)

Chulitna River and the Alaska Range Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0134 of 7221). One final parting shot of the Chulitna River from Denali State Park. The time had come to resume…

AKtoFL: Denali (31 May 2011)

Denali (elevation 20,310 feet) Also known as Mt. McKinley, Denali is the highest mountain peak in North America. Denali State Park, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska (31 May 2011). Day 01 of the 2011 Roadtrip from Alaska to Florida (Mile 0134 of 7221). A big, ole’ telephoto…