Night Aglow – the Northern Lights

Excerpted from The Northern Lights: Celestial Performances of the Aurora Borealis by permission of Sasquatch Books Daryl Pederson figures that he misses capturing a great aurora image nine out of every 10 attempts. But 10 percent is pretty good, he figures, especially when the effort rewards him...

Body By Nikon – Blunders of an Aspiring Wildlife Photographer

Fourteen thousand dollars. That’s the grand total of the camera equipment in my loft. I haven’t thought about how I’ll pay for it; I only know this—after photographing wildlife for most of my adult life, it was time to step up—to see what I might really do with the proper...

The Right Mask – Finding Meaning in Anaktuvuk Pass

The shadow of our single-engine plane coasted north over a landscape that grew increasingly brown and bare. Serpentine rivers which once carved through a sea of trees near Fairbanks now ran naked beneath the sun. I craned my neck over the pilot’s shoulders, impatient for mountains to surface....

Frontier over Family

In 1904, Sydney Laurence, an artist approaching the age of 40, deserted his family and moved to Alaska. Though some may find his decision objectionable, his paintings would come to define Alaska’s image as the final frontier to Americans longing for a bygone era.

Snorkeling in Alaska

To say the suit is snug would be an understatement. I nearly broke a sweat pulling it over my calves, and it was frustrating having to furiously twist my arms to get them out the other side. Now I’m grinding my foot into the booties and working my fingers into the tips of the gloves. Standing...

Two for Each Whale – A View from Point Hope

A bitter westerly lashes off the Chukchi Sea, hurling skeins of sleet, fog and snow – typical early June weather for Point Hope, Alaska. This Inupiaq Eskimo village of roughly 700 perches on a weather-raked gravel spit a hundred-some miles north of the Arctic Circle, on the state’s...

Where in Alaska?

This image was taken by Patrick Endres in his travels through Alaska. Can you tell us where you will find this view? Tell us on our Facebook page, Facebook.com/AlaskaMagazine

Same Bay, Different Bear – Playtime and Survival in Kukak Bay

“This is crazy,” murmurs Perry Mollan, lead guide of Katmai Wilderness Lodge. Here we are in Kukak Bay, about as wild as Alaska gets, and we’re witnessing a scene straight out of Disney: a 400-pound brown bear and a red fox hanging around with each other. In all his years,...

Unexpected Donuts – A family-run restaurant serves up happiness in Adak

If you fly three hours west out of Anchorage on a Sunday afternoon, along the spine of the Aleutian Islands that separate the Gulf of Alaska from the Bering Sea, and you land in Adak, you’ll walk off the plane into an otherworldly place, stunning in its natural beauty, rare for its isolation...

Alaska’s Next Gold Rush!

On the cusp of the 20th century, some 100,000 prospectors flooded into the Yukon to strike it rich. There was gold up in the hills and people’s eyes glittered with thoughts of prosperous lives. A few thousand did find gold. Most didn’t. Some died trying to find it. Some lived and headed...