The colorful aurora borealis arcs over the White Mountains National Recreation Area just 35 miles north of Fairbanks in Alaska’s Interior. Because of Fairbanks Alaska’s unique combination of a northern latitude and often clear skies, it is becoming the preferred destination for aurora viewing and photography. (Patrick J Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com) March is not the only…Details
Festival of Native Arts, Aleutian Region School District Unangax Dancers, Native dance and art celebration in Fairbanks, Alaska (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com) The Festival of Native Arts provides cultural education and sharing through traditional Native dance, music, and arts. The Festival continues the University of Alaska Fairbanks student-led tradition that began in 1973 of…Details
Snow covered spruce trees in the boreal forest of Fairbanks, Alaska. (Patrick J Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com) The boreal forest or “northern forest” is the world’s largest land-based biome and represents approximately 30% of the world’s forest. In Alaska, the boreal forest or “taiga” exits between the northern Brooks Range down to the southern Coast Range mountains,…Details
My blog posts have been very slim in 2017, as I’ve been busy with many projects, including lots of travel in Alaska. In keeping a tradition alive, I’ve picked 100 pictures from my travels and photo adventures in 2017. It was a great year of sights and sounds, and the new destinations in Alaska seem…Details
On June 10th I crossed Ernie Pass (the continental divide) of the Brooks Range on foot, during a 110 mile hike/packraft trip with a friend. Yesterday, I was near Isabel Pass in the Alaska Range. Mountain travel has one common feature, and that is dramatically changing weather. It is one aspect I like about traveling…Details
Summer is here in Alaska! In just a few weeks, the solstice will mark the longest day of the year, and believe it or not, we start losing daylight following that. To really see the beauty of the “evening” light, it will require a late night indeed. I was traveling through the Alaska Range last…Details
The Calypso Orchid May of 2016 in Fairbanks has been a big leap into the Spring season, with early green up and a few days of record temperatures. All of this wonderful weather has no doubt influenced the early blossoms of a beautiful orchid that I spotted while on a trail in the Fairbanks area.…Details
I took a photo a few days ago in Broad Pass, which is the high point through the Alaska Range mountains along the George Parks Highway that connects Fairbanks to Anchorage. A few inches of fresh snow had fallen early that morning and decorated the tundra in a beautiful white blanket. The small spruce trees…Details
Rustic Cabin and the Aurora I have a cabin in the Alaska Range mountains, which is nestled amongst spruce trees and beautifully flanked by snow covered mountains. I made my first trip to this area when I was 18 years old and am so grateful to still make such ventures 34 years later! Abundant snow…Details
In keeping with a year-in-review tradition, I’ve selected 100 photos that reflect favorite sights and experiences in 2016. I’m really looking forward to some great experiences and photo opportunities in 2017.
Thank you 2015 for a great year of travel and adventure. Here are some pics that reflect favorite sights and experiences this past year. All the best for 2016!
If you have been on a venture to photograph the northern lights, then you have encountered the challenge of photographing in the dark while still being able to control your camera settings. A headlamp with a red filter can help provide the necessary light to assist with camera adjustments. However, that light can easily find its way into the picture if you are not careful. In order to avoid headlamp light pollution in your aurora photos, see headlamp etiquette practices on my blog article here.Details