Skip to main content

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.


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 :-(

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.

Popular posts from this blog

The Pinching Beetle, a rather brutish looking bug

The world is awash in beetles, and they come in all shapes and sizes. Few of them can match the intimidation factor of a Pinching Beetle, Lucanus capreolus, though. Those formidable looking mandibles look like they could slice off a finger.

Today was one of those coolly diverse days. I started off down in Fayette County, visiting the farm of a friend. He has restored about 25 acres of wetlands, and the response by the animal community has been nothing short of phenomenal. Blizzards of dragonflies of many species, amphibians galore, and nesting Blue-winged Teal, Pied-billed Grebe, and Sora. Among MANY other things. And all in a short two years. Add water and they will come.

Then, working my way home, I ducked into a Madison County cemetery that has a thriving population of Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrels, and shot images of our native prairie dog. Then, I stopped at a spot along Little Darby Creek, waded on in, and procured some pretty nice shots of various stream bluets and dancers. …

Calliope Hummingbird in central Ohio!

A hatch-year male Calliope Hummingbird strikes a pose. Small but tough, the hummingbird was feeding actively yesterday in 39 F temperatures. It frequents feeders and gardens at a home in Delaware County, Ohio, about a half-hour north of Columbus.

Fortunately, the wayward hummer appeared at the home of Tania and Corey Perry. Tania is a birder, and knew right away that the hummingbird was something special. For a while, the identification was up in the air, which isn't surprising. The Calliope Hummingbird used to be placed in its own genus, Stellula, but has recently been submerged into the genus Selasphorus, which includes Allen's, Broad-tailed, and Rufous hummingbirds. The latter two, especially, are quite similar to the Calliope in subadult plumage. Rufous is the default "vagrant" hummingbird here, with dozens of records and birds turning up annually. There is but one Ohio record of Allen's Hummingbird, from late fall/early winter 2009. Ditto the Calliope Hummi…

Snowy owl photography tactics - and things NOT to do

A gorgeous juvenile female snowy owl briefly catches your narrator with its piercing gaze. It's doing its Linda Blair/Exorcist trick - twisting its head 180 degrees to look straight behind. Owls have 14 neck vertebrae - double our number - which allows them such flexibility.

These visitors from the high arctic have irrupted big time into Ohio and adjacent regions, with new birds coming to light nearly every day. Probably 80 or so have thus far been reported in the state, and some of them have stuck around favored spots and become local celebrities.

I went to visit one of these birds this morning - the animal above, which was found last Friday by Doug Overacker and Julie Karlson at C.J. Brown Reservoir near Springfield. In the four days since its discovery, many people have visited as is nearly always the case when one of these white wonders appears near a large population center or is otherwise very accessible.

And as is always the case, people want to photograph the owls. And th…