Nature potluck

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 18:07

An assortment of unrelated but potentially interesting observations and information.

The icy path of least resistance

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 12:30

This sport requires so much gear.

Walking my dog in wolf country

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 12:22

On a recent hike up a mountain on Douglas Island, I noticed a large rock rising from the alpine tundra. My dog Fen ran towards it, paused and ran two circles around it, smelling the earth as she went. It looked like the perfect marking post for wolves. Cautiously, Fen smelled the rock and then proceeded to run another circle.

Arctic squirrels, ants and aspens: Nature abounds at excursion to Kluane Park

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 12:24

Past an intensive construction zone, where the Chilkat River had begun to threaten the highway, up over the Three Guardsmen pass, there it begins — those splendid, wide, sweeping vistas of broad valleys, flanked by sharp-peaked mountains to the west. Trumpeter swans raise their cygnets in the ponds and marshes alongside the road. Long stretches of the highway are lined with bright purple flowers; without a specimen in my hand now, I cannot say which of two species it might be. (Confusingly, both are sometimes called sweet-vetch, but only the one that is also called bear root or Indian potato is nonpoisonous and edible).

Casting for fish — and guides — in Bristol Bay

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 12:23

Triston Chaney, a 19-year-old college student raised in Dillingham, knew before this year that he loved fly fishing. What he didn’t know is that he’d love helping other people catch fish, too.

Curious by Nature: What is glacial flour?

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 04:57
The Mendenhall Glacier produces a ton of it

The short answer is that it’s ground up rock. And no, you can’t cook with it (it’s ground up rock).

Seasonal overload

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 04:45

I’ve never been in one of those phone booths with the $100 bills flying around, but summer time in Alaska feels a lot like it sometimes.

Photos: Hiking to Cropley Lake

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 04:44

This past weekend, my friend Zach Gianotti was back in town for a summer visit, which means I had new company for this week’s adventure.

Yearlings must learn how to survive, even if it’s heart-breaking to watch

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 12:03

It’s normal for mother black bears to “kick their cubs loose” in June.

Low-tide explorations

Sat, 06/23/2018 - 13:37

June brought some good low tides, lower than minus four feet.

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