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This page begins with June 17th and a trip to Eagle Summit and Central, Alaska (99730) to search for orchids (yes, we found them).  After finishing at Central we returned to Eagle Summit to camp there in our topper and also to capture more flower photos.  It proved to be an incredible day for photography - sun perfect, clouds perfect, and wind brisk enough to minimize bugs.  The 18th of June was also a great day for photography, so we spent several additional hours hiking around and taking more photos before we headed for home.  Click on any thumbnail to begin.

Begin June 17th
  Now it's June 17th and we're going to head up to Eagle Summit again, and even travel past there, to and beyond the village of Central, Alaska. These first three photos were taken at Eagle Summit during a short stop there. The first shot is of Oeder's Lousewort (Pedicularis oederi), the second shot shows the Arctic Forget-me-not (Eritrichium nanum) and the third shot is of a Little Weaselsnout (Lagotis minor).
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  Now we have passed through Central, Alaska and are in the general area of where we found the Northern Lady Slipper Orchid (Cypripedium passerinum) in bloom at about this time of the year in 2017. We found it again this year, obviously.
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  Here are three more photos of the Northern Lady Slipper Orchid (Cypripedium passerinum). Note that the third shot is of a plant which has two flowers.
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  Though the two-flowered plants were not common, there were several of them - in this row you can find the two-flowered plants in all three photos.
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  These three photos of the Northern Lady Slipper Orchid (Cypripedium passerinum) all kind of give an overview of their habitat - an old forest fire area.
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  Seeing as we have not found this flower since 2017 we were rather excited about it and took an abundance of photos.
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  Here are three additional photos of the Northern Lady Slipper Orchid (Cypripedium passerinum).
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  Here is the final shot of the Northern Lady Slipper Orchid (Cypripedium passerinum). Growing along with this, Kazuya also spotted some specimens of the Northern Green Orchid (Platanthera aquilonis), shown in the second and third photos.
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  Now we are back in the Eagle Summit Area and here are three shots of the Arctic Forget-me-not (Eritrichium nanum) - such an amazingly small flower, yet so very colorful.
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  Here are three shots of Arctic Bellflower (Campanula uniflora), which was a new species for us this summer.
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  Here is the final shot of Arctic Bellflower (Campanula uniflora). In the evening, as the sun got lower in the sky we hiked over to a snowfield - the flowers are always abundant just below a melting snowfield because it just became "spring" there (as the snow melted). The center shot shows that we are walking towards the snowfield. The third shot shows Inky Gentian (Gentiana glauca).
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  WOW! Talk about a flower field!!! Can you believe? The center shot shows Kazuya taking photos of the flowers. The third shot is of a Frigid Shooting Star (Dodecatheon frigidum).
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  This sun at a lower angle is fantastic for photography of these small flowers. Notice how even the lower portion of the Frigid Shooting Star (Dodecatheon frigidum) is illuminated - in the middle of the day it would be in shadow hanging there at the bottom of the flower.
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  Here are two more incredible shots of Frigid Shooting Star (Dodecatheon frigidum).
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  Here is an evening shot of Tall Jacob's Ladder (Polemonium caeruleum ssp. villosum), though I still had to use the flash to illuminate the center portion of the flower. The second shot is of a field of Narcissus-flowered Anemone (Anemone narcissiflora).
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End June 17th, Begin June 18th
  Now it's June 18th - the final day which I will show photos for in this set of pages. We are still at Eagle Summit and the first shot is of a Parry's Wallflower (Parrya nudicaulis). The center shot shows a Pale Gentian (Gentiana glauca) - note that this is the same species as shown in Row 11 and also in Row 18, though it's a different color. The third shot shows another Frigid Shooting Star (Dodecatheon frigidum) - and other species.
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  Here is another special shot of Frigid Shooting Star (Dodecatheon frigidum). That is followed by a shot of Macoun's Poppy (Papaver macounii). The third shot shows a nice line of Little Weaselsnout (Lagotis minor) plants.
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  Here is a great shot of Arctic Forget-me-not (Eritrichium nanum) in first position. The center photo shows Mountain Avens (Dryas octopetala) and a Caribou carcass and the third shot is another Inky Gentian (Gentiana glauca).
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  Here is another Inky Gentian (Gentiana glauca) and then a specimen of Pink Plumes (Bistorta plumosa). The third shot is of Tall Jacob's Ladder (Polemonium caeruleum ssp. villosum).
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  The first shot in this row shows a Yukon Grounsel (Tephroseris yukonensis). The second and third shots show something we'd never seen before, so it can't be too common. It's an Albino Tall Jacob's Ladder (Polemonium caeruleum ssp. villosum).
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  As we were returning to our pickup truck to head towards home Kazuya noticed these weird clouds. We had no idea what to call them, so I asked a friend who knows a lot about weather phenomenon and he also did not know the name of them. I then sent a photo to the National Weather Service, Fairbanks and they identified the clouds as gravity waves, and said that they often form over mountains.
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  Here are the final two photos for this month's pages. These two photos show Twice-hairy Butterweed (Tephroseris lindstroemii) - the common name of "Twice-hairy" is due to the fact that the leaves have two specific types of hairs on them.
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