I crossed the River Styx, and lived…

For me, summer is a time of chaos, long hours, travel, and moments of serenity found in nature. These are a sampling of images that tell a story of the first half of my summer field season. As a geologist for the State of Alaska I was fortunate to explore the Western Alaska Range’s Styx River and Kuskokwim  River regions by foot and by helicopter. There really is no better way to see the state. We were based out of the historic Rainy Pass Lodge, one of the oldest lodges in the state and also one of the first checkpoints on the iconic Iditarod dog sled race.


surreal lake

glassy puntilla lake


long exposure puntilla lake

Long exposure of puntilla lake


4th of July Fireworks

4th of July fireworks at Rainy Pass Lodge


northern volleyball

Volleyball at Rainy Pass Lodge


Puntilla lake float plane

Float plane taking off out of Puntilla lake


radio repeater setup

Radio repeaters and solar setup


Rainy pass lodge

Rainy Pass Lodge looking South


glacial lake swimming

Glacial lake swimming


GoPro selfie

Solo morning traverse



glacial geology


Steep slopes

Any sheep?


never ending mountains

Never ending mountains


rock and ice

Brightly colored slope


scree slope

The beckoning slope


colorful ridge

Ridge worker


helicopter pilot and view


women looking over ledge

The ponderer


summer slowers

Alpine flowers


sunny slope

Sun spot


narrow landing

Tight landing


helicopter fieldwork

Helicopter fieldwork


glacial recession panorama

Glacier recession


Foggy Morning

Foggy morning


Summer weddings

These last few weeks have been very busy and exciting. I had my first two weddings of the season in the beginning of July and have been busy processing and editing all of the images for the happy couples. It has been refreshing meeting so many wonderful people at the weddings and I couldn’t have asked for a more fun group of people! Thank you to both of the families as well who were so excited and helped to make the days unforgettable.

Since the bulk of my image work is done I thought I would share with you all some of my favorites. These are by no means all of my favorites but it is a good selection none the less.

If you are interested in a photographer for your wedding, please contact me

wedding glasses

champagne glasses

wedding day shoes

brides shoes hanging

wedding groom

groom talking with guest

fairbanks wedding

wedding couple getting prepared

bride portrait

bride composing herself

bride and bridesmaids

preparing for the ceremony


wedding rings in hand

walking down the aisle

brothers walking bride down the aisle

at the altar

couple getting married at Wedgewood resort


mother fixing dress at altar

wedding couple outside

couple portrait on the grass

fairbanks wedding altar

at the altar

fairbanks wedding couple

man and wife

fairbanks wedding couple


wedding celebration

reception celebrations


bouquet toss

tossing the bouquet


wedding party

the complete wedding party


wedding toast

a toast to the couple


first dance

first dance







The New Look

Alaska Fireweed Bloom

Well I have finally gotten around to integrating my blog and my website. The idea will be to keep everyone informed in a way that won’t require looking at multiple sites. I used a round about method called simplepie, because it is as simple as pie of course, but let me tell you for an amateur self taught web designer like myself, it took me all day to set this one up. Although it turned out the real problem was that feedburner.com and simplepie do not get along really well and so in order for me to get full text rss I had to send my feeds through a 3rd party rss full text creator.

For anyone looking to create a website with no background knowledge of how to do so, and simply trying to do it on your own with no help/classes, I would recommend having a lot of time on your hands. And occasionally putting on some nice music and grabbing a glass of wine when you are really hitting a bog.

All that aside I would really like to hear what you all think of the new look. Do you like it more? Is it easier to navigate the site? What would you like to see to make it better? Let me know, all of your comments would be appreciated.

I hope you can all get out and enjoy what we have left of summer