the last part of our northwest trip. These are all from Washington; primarily the Bellingham area.

The only state-named shield we found north of Seattle. It’s in Bellingham.

Smoky sunset in Bellingham. Fires in the Ellensburg, about 150 miles to the southwest.

The smoke yields some unusually deep colors.

Rocket Donuts in downtown Bellingham features this rocket in front of the building.

A 1950s Chevrolet sits rusting by the side of old US-99, somewhere just north of Marysville.


Moose in the morning.

The leaves are changing color.

This – and the 1 mile advance sign just to the north – are the only button copy signs I know of in Alaska.

Heading back down to Anchorage. I made this photo black and white because there just wasn’t all that much color to begin with!


after the Arctic Circle, we head south and then west to Manley Hot Springs, before returning to Anchorage.

The Dalton Highway is numbered 11 – but there are very few signs for it.

Ducking between clouds for sunset.

And here’s the northern lights, from Manley Hot Springs!


interrupting the Mexico photos, we now bring you a week-long trip in two stages: several days driving all over Alaska, and several in Washington.

This first batch is the flight to Anchorage, and an attempt to drive the Dalton Highway all the way up to the Arctic Ocean at Deadhorse. How far will we make it?

Fjords of British Columbia, as seen from a Seattle to Anchorage flight.

Typical Dalton Highway clouds.

Official photo of the Arctic Circle monument. We made it!


photo taken just outside of Doyle, California. composite of one scenery image and a lot of suns.

a bit of a diversion from our usual roads fare…

photo taken in rural San Diego County.

And here is the rest of day 2 in Alberta and Northwest Territories… the sunset and the northern lights!

Sunset, over one of Canada’s innumerable boreal forests.

A pair of otters. If anyone wonders why I spend so much time between blog posts… it’s the sheer quantity of photos I have to process. I took about 200 just of these otters! (One came out.)

Full moon, perched on top of a cloud.

Aurora, and inverted big dipper. We have arrived!

As promised, a photo of the Alberta/Northwest Territories border. with all the northern staples: aurora, big dipper, yes it is time to head north and see what the world brings.


A day spent in Northwest Territories … here’s just the first half, because I took 1560 photos that day, so I am breaking it in two. No northern lights in this batch; you can all go home now.

Painted skies at dawn.

A seagull at the Mackenzie River ferry. Yep, they do have them even thousands of miles from the nearest sea.

Some yellow and some evergreens.


and here we start three days of photos from Alberta and Northwest Territories. I flew into Edmonton for the weekend (Friday-Sunday) of September 9th, as that is one of two annual peaks for the northern lights.

did I see the northern lights? In the interest of maintaining suspense, I’m not going to say quite yet.

Sunset. Usually shooting directly into the sun is a bad idea. Sometimes it isn’t.

The northern lights. Yep, they were out. This is about as bright as they get – when the red, purple, and green mix together to form a band of white.

Directly overhead, spanning the entire sky.

I used the fisheye lens for nearly all of the aurora photos seen here.


We pick up in Iowa, where we decide to stop heading east in order to get to New Mexico. We see flooding along the Missouri River, and catch a thunderstorm in Kansas.

Minimum maintenance road.

Flooding causes standing water. Standing water causes mosquitoes and other insects. A fresh source of food means the dragonflies grow fat and happy. This one was about three inches long, with a five inch wingspan.

We’ve got ourselves a good old fashioned lightning storm. Western Kansas.


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