Photography by Lee Petersen
  • Autumn in Denali National Park

    Mountains south of the Park Road in Denali National Park and Preserve. "Rivers" of yellow wind through the red foliage and "lakes" of green spruce dot the hillsides. I have yet to find a place that I would prefer to be in autumn, even though the season here is incredibly short. The splendid colors only hang around for about a week before the deciduous leaves fall, followed shortly by the snow.

  • Backyard Aurora

    The northern lights just a few yards away from our cabin.

  • New stream

    On the Black Rapids Glacier in the Eastern Alaska Range. Eventually the slushy blue streaks in the snow from a few days before this gave way to water channels in the ice beneath the surface. Sometimes they find old channels from previous years, sometimes they don't. In the summer of 2014 we spent two weeks camped on the glacier and had to cross many of these streams. It was still early in the melt season which meant that there weren't any moulins yet to drain the water for the surface. This meant that to get across the glacier we had to jump over many of these streams, a handful of which were quite wide. My knees would often be swollen and sore at the end of the day. I was always more comfortable jumping to my dominant, right leg, but when I didn't mix it up I paid for it later. I started jumping all the small streams to my left leg, and only to my right if there were consequences for missing a jump.

  • Meadows Over Exit Glacier

    The higher you go on the Harding Icefield Trail, the better the views seem to get. It's a long way down to the crevassed Exit Glacier. Kenai Fjords National Park.

  • Autumn's Winter

    An early snowfall fell in September of 2013 in Fairbanks. The foliage was just coming into peak and the oranges and yellows were beautiful covered in a bit of white. I would not mind if snow fell every year on autumn leaves.

  • Kennecott

    The old ammonia leaching plant at the Kennecott copper mine. To the left is the largely debris covered Kennicott Glacier (yes, the spelling is different) and the flanks of Mt. Blackburn (16,390 ft - 4,996 m) hiding behind the clouds. (In my opinion, it's worth a trip to Alaska just to go here!)

  • Northwestern Glacier

    Northwestern Glacier, a tidewater glacier near Seward, Alaska. Kenai Fjords National Park.

  • Grizzly Bear - Denali National Park

    The brown bear paused from eating soapberries to look around before returning to the river. I can't believe how beautiful, almost human, it's eyes were. This really wrapped up a fantastic bus trip into Denali National Park.

  • Paddle-tailed darner

    Paddle-tailed darner (Aeshna palmata) on bird vetch (Vicia cracca). Vetch is an incredibly invasive plant species in the Alaska Interior. It's kind of pretty, but it chokes all native plants, including tree saplings and spreads like crazy. The dragonfly is just pretty, enjoy it!

  • Blue Skies in the Alaska Range

    Peak near the head of a large tributary to the Black Rapids Glacier in the Eastern Alaska Range.

  • Magical Forest

    The aurora borealis dances over a boreal forest in Fairbanks, Alaska. Blog: http://lwpetersen.com/photo-blog/week-northern-lights-wouldnt-quit/

  • After Sunset

    Silhouetted boreal forest and reflection at Ballaine Lake - Fairbanks, Alaska

  • Richardson Highway

    Pastel skies and arnica on the side of the road. At Donnelly flats south of Delta Junction.

  • Toughing it Out

    I woke up and it was -35° F at the house. The redpolls managed to devour two whole feeders worth of seed yesterday, and they are on track to do it again today. Lucky for them, it looks like today is the last cold day in the forecast - we're looking at possible temperatures over 60° [F] warmer! And Spring is right around the corner!

  • Auroral Corona

    Not a minute after that eruption on the horizon this auroral corona danced overhead and seemed to last for a really long time. Usually only appearing for a few seconds, I think I had about a minute of shooting this one. In the center you might be able to make out the big dipper, but the stars were pretty dim compared to the northern lights that night!

  • Planetary Twilight

    Jupiter and Venus shining bright after sunset as twilight takes over on a cold, cold night on Murphy Dome. The "blue hour" lasts a very long time in the interior of Alaska for most of the fall, winter, and spring.

  • Prancing

    Early on the Thoro Ridge Trail in Denali National Park a caribou came up over the hillside with her calf and trotted across the ridge for a while. blogpost: hiking the Thoro Ridge

  • McGinnis Peak - Fresh Snow

    In the short summer, water scours the glacier surface creating a ripple-like surface on the ice going down glacier. At the end of the season, when the first major snow falls the rough surface becomes once again smooth. This was taken at the end of the day when I could really see the shadows from those ripples. It kind of looks like little waves on the glacier.

  • autumn aspen

    Quaking aspen along a trail at the University of Alaska Fairbanks at peak foliage in September.

  • Seeing the Light

    Spruce forest, low sun, ice fog. Suggested Prints: 5"x10" or 10"x20" Metal

  • Moose

    I had the sneaking suspicion that I was being watched . . . Wandering around the Alaska Dog Musher's Association trails, in part of Creamer's Field. Fairbanks, Alaska.

  • Vast

    Panorama taken in the White Mountains of Alaska. Autumn has come and gone here already. I started to build a snowman, but my hands got cold.

  • Cold Morning

    Supraglacial stream on the Canwell Glacier. We had a beautiful hike in, then it started raining. When we woke up there was a dusting of snow on the tent and the air was crisp.

  • Lennies

    Lenticular clouds form rapidly over the Alaska Range. Taken from the Canwell Glacier.

  • Sunset at Donnelly

    Pastel colors in the sky over the Alaska Range

  • Reflections

    Across the Richardson Highway from the Donnelly Creek Campground. Possibly the calmest weather I've ever seen in this part of the Alaska Range. Wind is often funneled through Isabel Pass from the south, so it's not often I see flat water here.

  • Peak Sunrise

    The pastels turn fiery as the Sun nears the horizon. Taken on the Alaska Dog Musher's Association trail system on the Creamer's Field Migratory Bird Refuge. It's sunrises like these that keep me going in the dark winter here.

  • More cracks

    Longitudinal crevasses on the Castner Glacier

  • aurora blast

    One of the brightest, albeit brief displays I've seen over Fairbanks, Alaska.

  • Polychrome View

    The shuttle buses in Denali National Park stop constantly for wildlife, this is one of the few stops that is made purely for the view. Braded rivers, kettle ponds, and glacial erratics dot the valley. This was one of the only days I've been there that the glaciers were visible.

  • June - Blue from above

    Anybody want to go swimming!? Flying over a water-filled pothole up high on the Black Rapids Glacier in the Alaska Range.

  • Ravens

    Watching ravens play

  • Rainbow

    A bright rainbow in the Donnelly Flats just north of the Alaska Range.

  • Spruce Ballroom

    Snow-clad spruce trees at sunrise. Sunrises have to be one of my favorite things about Fairbanks, next to the aurora, and the mountain range to our south. Our sparse boreal forests give nice open views of the sky too. I love seeing those subtle arctic blues behind the brilliant colors. Almost every morning in the winter is wonderful!

  • Northern Lights Spiral

    Northern lights spiral

  • The Road Home

    Rocky moraine on the Black Rapids Glacier in the Eastern Alaska Range. You'd barely know there was 8 inches of fresh snow just a few days before. June 2014.

  • Snow Swept

    The White Mountains of the Alaska interior starting to earn their name in early September.

  • August - Mt. Shand

    The south face of Mt. Shand (12,660 feet, 3859 meters) in the Alaska Range. That's about a mile of vertical, exposed rock.

  • September - The view from US Creek Road

    Taken during a late autumn drive into into the White Mountains of the Alaska Interior for a dayhike. The White Mountain Recreation Area is incredibly remote, but littered with trails for hiking, snow machining, and skiing. Bordered by the Steese and Elliot Highways the rest of the 1 million acre rec area must be accessed by a handful of mining roads and by trail.

  • Desolate

    Looking at the toe of the Canwell Glacier from Miller Creek. Eastern Alaska Range.

  • Glacier Basin

    Mountains covered in ice and a dusting of fresh snow in the Trinity Basin, high up in the Alaska Range.

  • June - Ice and Water

    Surface stream near a moraine on the Black Rapids Glacier in the Alaska Range.

  • August - cow moose

    Evening meal time in Denali National Park. I took over 30 photos of this mama and her calf feeding on willows, and then the calf nursing right in the middle of the Park road. That set starts here, if you'd like to take a look.

  • on the ridge

    After a bit of slipping and sliding on the alpine trail I found myself on the totally snow-free, rocky ridge. This was the view from the direction I came, with Denali on the horizon. Denali National Park

  • Moby Dick

    Moby Dick in the Hayes region of the Alaska Range and some ice in the air. This is an incredible looking peak from the east. (10,062 ft 3067 m)

  • Moonlight

    Oh, thanks for the snow!

  • Goldstream Valley Aurora

    Watching the aurora down in the Goldstream Valley. Lights from the homes on the hill, some purple at high altitudes, brilliant night!

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