Packrafting the Ivishak River: Day 5 of 7

Day 5, June 18, 2014, 34 miles packrafting the Ivishak River. A 7 day, 170 mile wilderness backpack and packraft trip along the Ribdon, Ivishak and Sagavanirktok rivers in Alaska’s Brooks Range from June 14-20. Our campsite on the tundra bench by the river was beautifully colored by the spring blooming flowers. Namely Lapland rosebay, which is bright pink,…

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Qiviut

During my early summer photo ventures into Alaska’s Arctic, I’ve collected qiviut from the willow bushes along the tundra. What is qiviut? It is the super soft undercoating of the muskox. In June, as the summer warmth comes to the Arctic, the muskox shed their winter coat. I’ll be traveling to the Arctic a handful…

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Wolf on the run

Close encounters with wild wolves in the arctic are rare. I’ve had a few serendipitous ones during my travels and photography ventures but the most recent one offered some very close up views. This wolf happened to be walking along the snow covered tundra north of the Brooks Range, very close to the road. What…

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