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posted: June 30th, 2020
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This page begins with May 29th and a short hike on the Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge Trail System, where we found a pair of Horned Grebes which were in the process of changing positions in the 'sitting-on-the-nest' duty - interesting.  The following day, May 30th, we headed for the mountains - Twelvemile and Eagle Summits and found early flowers.  We were also there on May 31st.  The next adventure on this page is a trip to Denali National Park and a hike to the summit of the Savage Alpine Trail.  That's all you'll find on this page.  Click on any thumbnail to begin.

Begin May 29th - 31st
  On May 29th we went to Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge again and in the large pond we spotted a pair of Horned Grebes (Podiceps auritus) nesting. In this series of photos the two parents-to-be are switching positions - time for the other one to come and sit on the eggs while the one which was sitting on the nest swims around finds food for itself. In the first photo you can see both birds - the one on the left is on the nest. The second shot is zoomed-in to the nest. The third shot shows that now they are both at the nest. The changeover has not yet happened.
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Trail_HornedGrebeNestRC
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  In the first and second shots in this row the changeover has occurred and the new "sitter" is checking the position of the eggs, or maybe rearranging them. In the third shot, the alternate parent is in position and keeping things warm.
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Field_PodicepsAuritusRC
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Field_PodicepsAuritusRC
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Field_PodicepsAuritusRC

  On May 30th and 31st we visited the Eagle Summit Area for the second time this season. The first photo in this row shows a Woolly Lousewort (Pedicularis lanata), the second photo shows a Blackish Oxytrope (Oxytropis nigrescens var. nigrescens), and the third photo shows a Alaska Blue Anemone (Anemone multiceps aka A. drummondii).
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Summit_PedicularisLanataRC
May30th_005_TwelvemileSummit_OxytropisNigrescensVarNigrescensRC
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OxytropisNigrescensVarNigrescensRC
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Summit_AnemoneMulticepsRC

  Here are two more shots of Alaska Blue Anemone (Anemone multiceps aka A. drummondii) and sandwiched between them is a two-shot panorama showing Eagle Summit Area scenery. That tiny person you can see is me.
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_AnemoneMulticepsRC
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Pano_EagleSummitRC
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_AnemoneMulticepsRC

  In first position in this row is a photo of Mountain Avens (Dryas octopetala). In second position is another two-shot panorama which shows more Eagle Summit Area scenery, including a deep snowdrift. The third photo shows a Parry's Wallflower (Parrya nudicaulis).
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Summit_DryasOctopetalaRC
May30_11_12_AutoPano_EagleSummit_SceneryRC
May30_11_12_AutoPano_
EagleSummit_SceneryRC
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Summit_ParryaNudicaulisRC

  Here is an additional example of Parry's Wallflower (Parrya nudicaulis), then another two-shot panorama of Eagle Summit Area scenery. In third position is another Woolly Lousewort (Pedicularis lanata).
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May30th_077_Eagle
Summit_ParryaNudicaulisRC
May30_13_14_AutoPano_EagleSummit_SceneryRC
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EagleSummit_SceneryRC
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Summit_PedicularisLanataRC

  Here are three scenery photos taken in the Eagle Summit Area. The center shot is a zoomed version of the first photo.
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Summit_SceneryRC
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Summit_SceneryRC
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EagleSummitRC

  The first shot in this row shows Snow Buttercup (Ranunculus nivalis), the center shot shows the sky at 11:48 PM and the third shot is one of morning scenery.
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May30th_115_Eagle
Summit_RanunculusNivalisRC
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EagleSummitRC
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May31_001_Eagle
Summit_SceneryRC

  Here are two shots of Lapland Rosebay (Rhododendron lapponicum) and then a shot of Kazuya photographing Snow Buttercup (Ranunculus nivalis).
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Summit_RhododendronLapponicumRC
May31st_004_EagleSummit_RhododendronLapponicumRC
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Summit_RhododendronLapponicumRC
May31_008_EagleSummit_RanunculusNivalisRC
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Summit_RanunculusNivalisRC

  Here is closer shot of that Snow Buttercup (Ranunculus nivalis) shown above. In second position is another two-shot scenery panorama and in third position is another scenery shot with Kazuya pointing into the distance.
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May31st_006_Eagle
Summit_RanunculusNivalisRC
May31_024_025_AutoPano_EagleSummit_SceneryRC
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_EagleSummit_SceneryRC
May31_019_EagleSummit_SceneryRC
May31_019_Eagle
Summit_SceneryRC

  Here is a very interesting Circle Lichen in first position. In the center is another two-shot scenery panorama and in third position is a four-photo collage of Male Northern Wheatear birds (Oenanthe oenanthe). What an amazing bird. Check out its migration route HERE. (Map will open in new tab).
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May31_028_Eagle
Summit_CircleLichenRC
May31_049_050_ReposPano_EagleSummit_SceneryRC
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_EagleSummit_SceneryRC
May31st_024_023_026_May30th_117_EagleSummit_NorthernWheatearRC
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_EagleSummit_NorthernWheatearRC

  All three shots in this row show Woolly Lousewort (Pedicularis lanata).
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_PedicularisLanataRC
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_PedicularisLanataRC
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_PedicularisLanataRC

  In first position you see a specimen of Lapland Rosebay (Rhododendron lapponicum). In the center is another two-shot panorama of Eagle Summit Area scenery and in third position is Narcissus-flowered Anemone (Anemone narcissiflora).
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May31_054_EagleSummit
_RhododendronLapponicumRC
May31_062_063_AutoPano_EagleSummit_SceneryRC
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EagleSummit_SceneryRC
May31_066_EagleSummit_AnemoneNarcissifloraRC
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_AnemoneNarcissifloraRC

  The first shot in this row shows Kjellman's Groundsel (Tephroseris kjellmanii), the center image is a two-shot scenery/snow panorama (one shot above/below the other) and the third shot shows how deep the snowdrifts are in some places along the Steese Highway in the Eagle Summit Area on May 31st, 2020.
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May31_068_EagleSummit
_TephroserisKjellmaniiRC
May31_078_078_AutoPano_EagleSummit_SceneryRC
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_EagleSummit_SceneryRC
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EagleSummitRC

End May 29th - 31st, Begin June 8th
  Now we are in Denali National Park and we are hiking/climbing the Savage Alpine Trail. The first shot shows a Lapland Rosebay (Rhododendron lapponicum) and the remaining photos show Lehmannís rock-jasmine (Androsace chamaejasme ssp. lehmanniana).
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Trail_RhododendronLapponicumRC
June8th_006_DenaliSavageAlpineTrail_AndrosaceChamaejasmeRC
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Trail_AndrosaceChamaejasmeRC
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AlpineTrail_AndrosaceRC

  The first photo in this row is of Lapland Rosebay (Rhododendron lapponicum), the second is Lehmannís rock-jasmine (Androsace chamaejasme ssp. lehmanniana), and the final one is Frigid Shooting-star (Dodecatheon frigidum). We were amazed at the diversity here.
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AlpineTrail_RhododendronLapponicumRC
June8th_014_DenaliSavageAlpineTrail_AndrosaceChamaejasmeRC
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Trail_AndrosaceChamaejasmeRC
June8th_029_DenaliSavageAlpineTrail_DodecatheonFrigidumRC
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Trail_DodecatheonFrigidumRC

  Here is another shot of Frigid Shooting-star (Dodecatheon frigidum) and then two shots of a small fern. For scale note my gloved hand in the center photo.
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June8_013_DenaliPk_SavageAlpine
Trail_ShootingStarRC
June8_019_DenaliPk_SavageAlpineTrail_FernRC
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AlpineTrail_FernRC
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SavageAlpineTrailRC

  The first photo here shows One-flower Cinquefoil (Potentilla uniflora), the second photo shows examples of Ciliate Saxifrage (Saxifraga eschscholtzii) on the left and Sandwort (Arenaria chamissonis) on the right. The third shot shows only the Ciliate Saxifrage.
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June8th_044_DenaliSavageAlpine
Trail_PotentillaUnifloraRC
June8th_046_DenaliSavageAlpineTrail_ArenariaChamissonis_SaxifragaEschscholtziiRC
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ArenariaChamissonis_SaxifragaEschscholtziiRC
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Trail_SaxifragaEschscholtziiRC

  In first position in this row is Ledge Stonecrop (Rhodiola integrifolia ssp. integrifolia), while in second and third positions are shots of Few-flowered Corydalis (Corydalis pauciflora).
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RhodiolaIntegrifoliaSspIntegrifoliaRC
June8th_050_DenaliSavageAlpineTrail_CorydalisPaucifloraRC
June8th_050_DenaliSavageAlpine
Trail_CorydalisPaucifloraRC
June8th_055_DenaliSavageAlpineTrail_CorydalisPaucifloraRC
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Trail_CorydalisPaucifloraRC

  Here is an Alaska Spring-beauty (Claytonia sarmentosa) in first position. In the center is a two-shot panorama from the Savage Alpine Trail, and in third position is another shot of Lapland Rosebay (Rhododendron lapponicum).
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Trail_ClaytoniaSarmentosaRC
June8th_060_061_AutoPano_DenaliSavageAlpineTrailRC
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DenaliSavageAlpineTrailRC
June8th_062_DenaliSavageAlpineTrail_RhododendronLapponicumRC
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Trail_RhododendronLapponicumRC

  The left photo in this row shows a Pincushion plant (Diapensia lapponica var. obovata). The center and right photos show Northern Anemone (Anemone parviflora).
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June8th_066_DenaliSavageAlpineTrail
_DiapensiaLapponicaVarObovataRC
June8th_077_DenaliSavageAlpineTrail_AnemoneParvifloraRC
June8th_077_DenaliSavageAlpine
Trail_AnemoneParvifloraRC
June8th_076_DenaliSavageAlpineTrail_AnemoneParvifloraRC
June8th_076_DenaliSavageAlpine
Trail_AnemoneParvifloraRC

  Here is a Mountain Avens (Dryas octopetala) and that is followed by two shots taken along the trail. The third shot shows me hiking.
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June8th_084_DenaliSavageAlpine
Trail_DryasOctopetalaRC
June8th_090_DenaliSavageAlpineTrailRC
June8th_090_Denali
SavageAlpineTrailRC
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June8th_091_Denali
SavageAlpineTrailRC

  All three shots in this row show the very strange Ciliate Saxifrage (Saxifraga eschscholtzii).
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June8th_106_DenaliSavageAlpine
Trail_SaxifragaEschscholtziiRC
June8th_108_DenaliSavageAlpineTrail_SaxifragaEschscholtziiRC
June8th_108_DenaliSavageAlpine
Trail_SaxifragaEschscholtziiRC
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AlpineTrail_SaxifrageRC

  In this row are photos of Sandwort (Arenaria chamissonis), Moss Campion (Silene acaulis), and Mountain Death-camas (Anticlea elegans).
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June8th_092_DenaliSavageAlpine
Trail_ArenariaChamissonisRC
June8th_121_DenaliSavageAlpineTrail_SileneAcaulisRC
June8th_121_DenaliSavageAlpine
Trail_SileneAcaulisRC
June8_060_DenaliPk_SavageAlpineTrail_DeathCamasRC
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Trail_DeathCamasRC

  Here is one more photo of Mountain Death-camas (Anticlea elegans) and then two photos of Three-toothed Saxifrage (Saxifraga tricuspidata).
June8_062_DenaliPk_SavageAlpineTrail_DeathCamasRC
June8_062_DenaliPk_Savage
AlpineTrail_DeathCamasRC
June8th_130_DenaliSavageAlpineTrail_SaxifragaTricuspidataRC
June8th_130_DenaliSavageAlpine
Trail_SaxifragaTricuspidataRC
June8th_131_DenaliSavageAlpineTrail_SaxifragaTricuspidataRC
June8th_131_DenaliSavageAlpine
Trail_SaxifragaTricuspidataRC

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