Readers’ wildlife photos

March 18, 2021 • 8:00 am

I’m still not out of danger, so please send in your good photos.

Today’s photos are by Mark Richardson, and show some of the landscapes of Alaska. Mark’s notes and captions are indented; click on the photos to enlarge them. I’ve put a map of the area—the Kenai Peninsula—at the bottom.

Here are some landscape photos of wild Alaska. Most are self-explanatory as landscapes naturally are. I had a whimsy with one name…can you guess?
This was a trip to Alaska’s Kenai peninsula in 2004. The area is readily accessible by car (it’s about 4 hours from Anchorage)  and offers what the locals call “combat fishing”- fisherfolk elbow to elbow trying to catch spawning salmon. I must admit, it is some of the greatest salmon fishing I’ve ever encountered. But after a day of this angling mayhem, we took a plane out of Soldatna and flew for about an hour into the interior. This meant fewer people and even better fishing. These photos were taken on the flight to the secluded cabin and surrounding areas.

A wild coast aerial:

Alaska green aerial view:

Aerial view of a braided river:

Fangorn forest:

Portrait of morning fog:

Portrait with fireweed [Chamaenerion angustifolium]:

Portrait with fireweed 2:

Sea and cliff:

Aerial view of winding river:

The Kenai Peninsula:

9 thoughts on “Readers’ wildlife photos

  1. I live (half the year anyway) in the Kenai and it is beautiful. I have a neighbor who makes jam with fireweed and salmon berries.

    1. The bugs aren’t too bad near the coast where the winds are strong. But in the interior, especially where there’s a lot of tundra and flat landscape, the bugs can be truly awful. Deet is barely a remedy. And going to the bathroom (esp. #2) is a nightmare. Worth the fishing? Well, I haven’t been back to that area. 😬

  2. Thanks for all the kind comments readers! And thank you Jerry for allowing us readers to share our photos.

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