Alaska. Several young Dwarf Dogwood plants (Bunchberry) (Cornus canadensis) taking root in the top of the decaying stump of a spruce tree previously logged. Decaying logs and stumps hold moisture and nutrients that support new plant growth and are an important part of the rejuvenation of forests.
Alaska. Bright orange and red fall colors of Dwarf Birch (Betula nana) and Bog Blueberry (Vaccinium uliginosum) combine with yellow willows (Salix sp.) covering the open expanses and hillsides with a few White Spruce (Picea glauca) mixed in. White puffy clouds partly fill the sky above a ridgeline in the background in Denali National Park in August.
Alaska. Chugach National Forest sign at the entrance to the Ptarmigan Creek Campgroundl on the Kenai Peninsula in August. Located at mile 23 of the Seward Highway, there are 16 camping sites, a fish viewing deck, and the beginning of the Ptarmigan Lake Trail.
Alaska. Bright autumn yellow and orange colors of Paper Birch (Betula papyrifera) and Quaking Aspen trees (Populus tremuloides) cover a hillside while spotlighted with late afternoon sun near Sportsman's Landing on the Kenai Peninsula in September.
Alaska. Large road sign on a stone and concrete base near mile 75 along the Seward Highway between Portage and Turnagain Pass exclaiming "Welcome to Alaska's Kenai Peninsula" with dark green spruce trees in the background.
Alaska. A grove of Paper Birch (Betula papyrifera) and White Spruce trees (Picea glauca) covered with snow and hoarfrost at the edge of Upper Sixmile Lake on Elmendorf AFB near Anchorage in January. Afternoon sun is skimming the treetops along the ridge.
Alaska. Bright multi-hued sunset over Mount Spurr and the Tordrillo Mountains across Cook Inlet west of Anchorage seen from Point Woronzof in September. Extensive mixed clouds are lit in deep pinks and oranges, casting colorful reflections in the water while small patches of blue sky show above the horizon. Mount Susitna is silhouetted against the skyline to the right.
Alaska. Sunset over the Tordrillo Mountains across Cook Inlet west of Anchorage with Mount Spurr clearly defined against the orange clouds at the skyline in August. The tops of silhouetted foliage and the mudflats at the edge of the water show in the foreground.
Alaska. Fall colors of crimson and yellow brighten the rolling hills near the entrance to Denali National Park in August. Most of the red leaves are Bog Blueberry (Vaccinium uliginosum) and yellow leaves one of many species of willow (Salix sp.) or Paper Birch (Betula papyrifera).
Alaska. Wide-angle early morning view of snow-covered Mount McKinley in Denali National Park with Reflection Pond in the foreground in August. The sky is a deep blue with a thin layer of high white clouds moving in from the east, vegetation around the pond has already turned a deep golden brown with the early arrival of autumn, and there are strong reflections of the mountain in the smooth surface of the pond. Most references list the mountain (also called Denali—Koyukon Athabaskan for "The High One") as 20,320 feet in elevation, the tallest peak in North America, with a greater real vertical rise (18,000 feet) than Mount Everest. [HDR from three captures.]
Alaska. Dramatic January sunset colors high clouds over Cook Inlet fills with bright yellow, orange, and pink. Mt. Iliamna and Mt. Redoubt are silhouetted in the background with the Chigmit Mountains between. Fata Morgana is visible distorting the Chigmits and Mt. Iliamna making lower elevations appear taller than they are in real life. A substantial plume of steam is visible coming from Mt. Redoubt which is an active volcano. Lights in the city of Anchorage are visible in the foreground.
Alaska. State of Alaska Trail Lakes Hatchery located on Moose Creek at mile 32.4 of the Seward Highway on a sunny day with billowing white clouds in the background. Operated by Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association, the fish hatchery produces sockeye, coho, and chinook salmon for release throughout the Cook Inlet watershed.