Soldotna, Alaska

Avery Walden, 9, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro last year with her dad. Read about it at the Peninsula Clarion.

Kenai, Alaska

The flats at Kenai in March. Taken with a Nikon D300 and a 70-300 mm lens.

Slaughter Ridge, Alaska

As if it it had been invisible before, a trail appeared out of the woods. I followed footsteps through the rotten snow that slurped into my hiking shoes and soaked the legs of my pants. No matter; the fresh air and sunshine filtering through the ratty needles of the taiga made the day irresistible. I’ll…

Skyline Trail, Alaska

The tops of the mountains in Alaska sometimes remind me of stories people have told me about Scotland. It’s virtually the same latitude as Scotland here, I think; sometimes the jags of the mountains here remind me of bones, like skeletal protrusions of a living being settled down to earth at last. Caught up in…

Kenai, Alaska

Ravens take off into a headlong wind in a snowbound Kenai. Now that the snow is going out, the winter doesn’t seem so long; the grasses are showing and the birds are returning. But in the grip of it, I thought it would never end.

Anchorage, Alaska

They call the Iditarod “the Last Great Race” here. It’s the mushing equivalent of the World Series — there are qualifying races, everybody whittles down their teams, and by the time you race in the 750-mile trek, you’re typically pretty well known in the mushing world. In a changing world, the future of a sport that…

Phoenix, Arizona

I have always hated Phoenix. Growing up in the steppe, at about 5,200 feet on the upper plateau above the Mogollon Rim in Arizona, you look down on the Valley residents in their air conditioned homes and their sinuous highways and 115+ degree heat in the summer and you wonder, “Why would you live there?…

Kenai, Alaska

I haven’t managed to get far out of Kenai this winter. I ducked home for a moment (see my Phoenix, Arizona post) but I’ve been pretty much on the central Kenai Peninsula since November. I’m looking forward to getting up to Anchorage for awhile in February and meandering around in the more remote areas of…

Kenai, Alaska

A moose visited our parking lot Thursday afternoon. She clearly wasn’t shy (I guess all my coworkers thronged around her and took pictures for awhile when someone first noticed her) and so by the time I got there, she was fairly quiet and just munching on the available browse. I decided to try out my…

Kenai, Alaska

Taken with a Nikon D300 and a 55-200mm lens. Dancers prepare for a show in Kenai, Alaska.