Saturday, June 19, 2010

Alaskan miscellanea

Following are some of the flora and fauna that I've observed in the past week or so...

Glacial lake with beaver dam, mountain pass about two miles off the Sterling Highway, Kenai Peninsula.

Moss Heather, Cassiope stelleriana, remote valley near mouth of Resurrection Bay, Seward area.

Black-billed Magpie, junction of Seward and Sterling highways.

Intricate patterns of emerging Green Hellebore, Veratrum viride, alpine meadows of mountain pass, Kenai Peninsula.

Woolly Lousewort, Pedicularis kanei, rocky scree of ridge on St. Paul Island, Pribilofs.

Arctic Fox, St. Paul Island, Pribilofs.

Western Columbine, Aquilegia formosa, White Spruce/Balsam Poplar forest, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

Rock Sandpiper, St. Paul Island, Pribilofs.

Rock Sandpiper nest, St. Paul Island, one chick hatched, one pipping out of egg.

Golden-crowned Sparrow near timberline, mountains in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

Red-necked Phalarope on cold lake, St. Paul Island, Pribilofs.

Cow Moose with calf, Anchorage.

Mew Gull bugling from tree perch, Tern Lake, junction of Seward and Sterling highways.

Alpine meadow high on mountain slope, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

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5 comments:

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Alaska is one of my favorite places. I have probably said that before. I have so enjoyed all of the pictures you have posted.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful photos of an amazing place.I've been to Alaska twice but only on cruises. How I would
love to spend "real" time there.
Dawn Z.

Jim McCormac said...

Thank you Lisa and Dawn! I'm back to Columbus tonight, and will really miss this place :-(

Jim

DebM said...

inmelReally enjoyed these posts. We did much of that route in June 2001 and loved it--flora, fauna and scenery were amazing. The whole daylength thing and its profound impact on all life in the area added another dimension that I hadn't really anticipated. Plus the Alaskans that we met were really interesting people.

Nature ID said...

Thanks for sharing your Alaska experience. Makes me want to go back there soon.