Slow Couple of Weeks
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by Lee Petersen
2d ago
Two moose calves near Delta Junction, Alaska I haven't churned out much content in the last few weeks. I just wrote that sentence and then spent a few minutes figuring out what I did on the weekend of July 6-7. I had to check my Google Maps timeline—multiple trips to multiple hardware stores. For the life of me, I can't remember what we were doing. We've since been working on a new plumbing project after discovering a leaky shower drain, but I don't know what we did a few weeks ago. Cat's asleep, so I can't ask her. We had a really nice family visit last weekend, with Cat's brother and his wif ..read more
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Lysimachia europaea Arctic starflower
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by Lee Petersen
3d ago
Lysimachia europaea, commonly known as arctic starflower or European starflower, is a small, white-flowering perennial herb with 5-9 petals arranged in a symmetric star pattern. It lives in northern climates, growing in forests, near streams, in tundra, and open meadows ..read more
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Pedicularis langsdorffii Langsdorff’s lousewort
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by Lee Petersen
1w ago
Pedicularis langsdorffii, commonly known as Langsdorff’s lousewort, is a pink-flowering perennial herb with distinctive hooded flowers that have slender teeth, differentiating it from woolly lousewort. Found in circumpolar regions, including Alaska, northern Canada, Greenland, and eastern Siberia, its habitat includes moist to dry tundra, wet meadows, and rocky slopes ..read more
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Orthilia secunda one-sided wintergreen
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by Lee Petersen
1w ago
Orthilia secunda, commonly known as one-sided wintergreen or sidebells wintergreen, is a green flowering evergreen herb with a raceme of flowers all on one side of the plant. It is common in the northern hemisphere and is most often found in forests ..read more
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Pyrola chlorantha green-flowered wintergreen
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by Lee Petersen
1w ago
Pyrola chlorantha, or green-flowered wintergreen, is a green flowering perennial herb in the heath family with widespread, circumboreal distribution. It contains methylsalicylate, giving it analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties with numerous traditional medicinal uses ..read more
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Cypripedium passerinum sparrow’s-egg lady’s slipper
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by Lee Petersen
2w ago
Sparrow’s-egg lady’s slipper is a perennial herb in the orchid family with an inflated, egg-shaped lower petal with faint purple spots inside. It’s native to northern North America. It is found in Alaska, much of central and western Canada, and extends south into Montana, living in mossy or west forests and tundra ..read more
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Rainy Day on the Gulkana Glacier
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by Lee Petersen
2w ago
Cat on the Gulkana Glacier during our brief window of visibility. This was the last clear view we had before conditions deteriorated. Yesterday, I mentioned that Cat and I planned a rainy-day hike for Friday. We followed through, but the weather turned out even wetter than anticipated. The challenging conditions thwarted our goal of reaching the Gabriel Icefall. I've been excited just to get out and hike. While I enjoy working on my Alaska Wildflower Guide, June was intense. While I did get outside to hike, they felt more like work at times and not fun. My focus on the Alaska Wildflower Guide ..read more
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Early Summer Summary: 2024
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by Lee Petersen
2w ago
Cat and Tut walking along a stream south of Rainbow Ridge in the Alaska Range It's a rainy morning, continuing from most of yesterday. The rain has spread across much of Alaska's interior, which I hope will positively impact the current wildfires. Or rather, I hope it has a negative impact on the fires. Not long after the start of the McDonald and Clear fires south of town. The pyrocumulus cloud is from the Clear Fire, while most of the smoke in the background was from the larger McDonald Fire. A few days later, they combined. I haven't shared much in the past few weeks, so I wanted to provide ..read more
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Nuphar polysepala Rocky Mountain pond-lily
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by Lee Petersen
2w ago
Nuphar polysepala, known as Rocky Mountain pond-lily or Western yellow pond-lily, is an aquatic perennial herb distinguished by its large yellow flowers and broad, floating leaves. This species has a variety of traditional food and medicinal uses among Native American tribes. It is distributed across western North America, including Alaska, western Canada, and the Rocky Mountain states ..read more
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Geocaulon lividum northern comandra
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by Lee Petersen
2w ago
Northern comandra, also known as false toadflax (Geocaulon lividum) is a small, green flowering plant that forms small red to yellowish-orange berries that are edible but do not taste good. It’s found in Alaska and almost all of Canada and northern states in the US ..read more
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