Q: What do you eat when you live out of your car for two months?
A: Processed food :(
Driving north on the Parks Highway
From Anchorage to Denali
University of Alaska Fairbanks Museum
Spent a few days here working in the herbarium!
Everything that goes with me on a hike into the backcountry in Alaska.
Drosera rotundifolia. Carniverous plant (closely related to the Venus Fly Trap) growing in soils with low nutrient levels in Alaska.
Granite Tors hike northeast of Fairbanks
There are so many species of willow in Alaska there is a whole book about it. These prostrate ground cover ones are the easiest to identify though - Salix reticulata.
My first Micranthes in Alaska
Wooly lousewort - one of my favorite common names
Nice petal markings and pollinator. Though not a Micranthes...
Lead a flower walk in Denali National Park. Look at everyone off botanizing :)
My first of many, many moose. Too many moose.
Looking out at the Steese Highway
Typical camp set up
Well this looks a little messy but you get the idea.
Evidence of permafrost upheaval
Roadside view somewhere on the Denali Highway
I think this is Silene involucrata
View from Lazy Mountain
Palmer, AK is somewhere near here.
I don't take many yellow aster photos...
But when I do they will have mountains in the background. Probably some sort of Arnica sp.
Roadside view on the way down the Seward Highway
From Anchorage to the Kenai Peninsula
A tiny, native orchid
The purple morph of Listera cordata.
I love my headnet
Seriously. Oh and there is a Micranthes at my fingertips in this photo.
Kenai Lake reflection
Taken from my campground early in the morning while the lake was still calm. Chugach Mountains in the background.
Vicinity of Hatcher Pass
Taken a few miles into the backcountry on the Reed Lakes trail. Reminds me of the eastern Sierra.
So colorful! So showy! So unlike most Micranthes!
A pair of Arctic Swans
Apparently, yes, bears do eat it. This plant is in the Saxifragaceae! So saxi! Boykinia richardsonii
Fritillaria camschatcensis. Pretty cool for a monocot.
Otto Lake at dusk
It's dusk for around 3 hours. Goes from sunlight to dusk to sunlight.
Is this not the coolest Artemisia you've ever seen. Saw this species up on Healy outside of Denali NP. Artemisia globularia
What a pretty poppy! Papaver radicatum
So many cool Primulas in Alaska
Very excited to find this one on the Denali Highway. Primula cuneifolia
Back in the Delta Range somewhere off the Richardson Highway
Similar picture to previous but taken from a higher elevation, later in the day, farther back towards the glacier. One of my favorite non-plant photos of the trip. Alaska is so beautiful.
Drove north of the Arctic Circle
Driving on the Haul Road
Also known as the Dalton Highway. You can see the trans-Alaskan pipeline in the corner of the photo.
Think they'll be able to tell I took my rental car off-roading?
I washed it don't worry.
4th of July pseudo-sunset
So the entire time I was in Alaska the sun never set. But sometimes when the clouds would build for about three or four hours you would get this traveling sunset that just moved around the western edge of the sky.
I saw more rainbows in Alaska then I have any other time in my life
Super Cub taking off in McCarthy
I was flown into the backcountry of Wrangell St. Elias National Park with two park employees (though one at a time because the plane is so small) to be dropped off and left to backpack over the next three days back to town. Epic.
Super Cub landing on top of Nikolai Pass
In the photo is Morgan who works for Wrangell St. Elias National Park and made this whole trip happen.
Hiking the plateau in Wrangel St. Elias
Morgan and Epic Scenery
Wrangell St. Elias National Park
Not a bad backyard
Set up our tents ~6 miles from Nikolai Pass the first night in the Wrangell Mountains
This Micranthes has never been recorded from eatern Alaska so I was beyond thrilled when we acccidentally stumbled apon it.
Kennicott Mines outside of McCarthy
considered the most lucrative copper mine in the world. Now a ghost town set among a beautiufl back drop.
Me on a glacier
The root glacier
Collected at Thompson Pass
Thompson Pass and the Chugach Mountains
A day off
Micranthes nudicaulis is only found in the Seward Peninsula region of Alaska near Nome. Flew there for a bizarro three days of plant collecting and living out of my car. Probably the most exciting plant I found in all of Alaska (both because it is rare and pretty).
I had the worst weather in Nome
I'm in full rain gear completely soaked in this photo. There's probably an epic vista behind me but the fog was so thick you cant see it. But at least I found cool plants.
Flew back to Florida for a week to go to our annual conference - Botany (not a very creative name). It was in Savannah this year. This photo is comprised of at least four labs but is the UF representation at the conference. I'm in there somewhere as are my advisors Nico and Doug.
Baby Mountain Goat
So I know this album is titled "Alaska" but I'm including a few photos from Washington because it felt like a continuation of my Alaska fieldwork. Saw this little guy hiking in Olympic National Park.
The signs of a good days work
Bunch of cool plants in Washington but this is one is one of my favorites. It's a flowering plant but is completely parasitic so does not produce any chlorophyll. Way, way cool.
Though fairly common I'm always happy to see the pink monkey flower.
Fields of flowers
Though I went to Washington a little late in the summer I still caught a pretty good bloom with these lovely fields of flowers.
One of my favorite Micranthes. I think I have collections from four different states for this species.
A different subspecies than I've seen before. Found it by accident.
View from Bogachiel Peak in the Olympic National Park
One of my favorite high elevation plants. So pretty. Common name is Explorer's Gentian.
View of Mt. Rainier from Mt. Ellinor
What a good lookin mountain!
Alpine slope of flowers on Mt. Ellinor
Blue sky for days.
And I didn't find the plant...
Took this after I didn't find any Micranthes on my last Micranthes hunt ever. A suitable ending! What a great field season!