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This is Page 3 of 4 - the best of June 2021!
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This page begins with June 13th at 12:41 PM, as stated at the bottom of Page 2, with the continuation of our adventure at Murphy Dome.  In Row 4 we begin a new adventure - another trip out to Grapefruit Rocks in search of the Spotted Lady Slipper Orchid.  There was a sun halo for this entire day, so there are photos of that too.  The final shot on this page is a Rainbow Flower Collage which Kazuya created.  Click on any thumbnail to begin.

June 13th Continues From Page 1 (at 12:41 PM)
  We've shown you many photos of Mountain Azalea (Kalmia procumbens) over the years and the most recent time was back on Page 2, in Row 18. Well, here are two more photos of it, but this photo shows something we've never seen before as we've always seen it growing on the ground. Here, it is growing on a rocky face and we had an opportunity to see how this plant roots itself. WOW! It's obviously a long-lived perennial - very interesting to see this specimen of it. The third photo shows Kazuya walking around at Murphy Dome.
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  Here are two shots of Longstalk Starwort (Stellaria longipes ssp. longipes) with an example of Pink Plumes (Bistorta plumosa) sandwiched between them.
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  In first position here is a shot of Tall Jacob's Ladder (Polemonium caeruleum ssp. villosum). In second position is a photo of Snow Arnica (Arnica griscomii ssp. frigida) and in third position is an image which shows two shots of a Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus), the first one we'd ever seen, a new addition to our life list of birds.
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June13th_107_MurphyDome_ArnicaGriscomiiSspFrigida_RC
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Dome_NorthernFlicker_RC

End June 13th, Begin June 15th
  Now it's June 15th and we are on the Elliott Highway again. We stopped at the Wickersham Dome Trailhead just to see what might be in the parking lot. There was one vehicle with a couple rearranging the stuff in their pickup before heading up the Dalton Highway and the guy pointed out this sun halo to us. We took several shots and then continued on to Grapefruit Rocks, where we found the Spotted Lady Slipper Orchids (Cypripedium guttatum) to be in bloom.
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  You may recall from Page 1, Rows 4 and 5, June 8th, that we estimated that these plants would be blooming in another week. It appears that our estimate was spot on, as today is June 15th.
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  Here are three more shots which all show Spotted Lady Slipper Orchids (Cypripedium guttatum). Can you even imagine the feeling you would have to see this many orchids on a mountain?
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  And here are three more shots.
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Jun15_52_Grapefruit_CypripediumGuttatum_RC
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  These are nearly the final shots, so please enjoy them.
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  In this row are two shots of Dwarf Mountain Fleabane (Erigeron compositus) and sandwiched between them is a shot of Lehmannís rock-jasmine (Androsace chamaejasme ssp. lehmanniana).
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June15th_114_GrapefruitRocks
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June15th_117_GrapefruitRocks_AndrosaceChamaejasme_RC
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June15th_116_GrapefruitRocks_ErigeronCompositus_RC
June15th_116_GrapefruitRocks
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  This sun halo was visible all day long until sunset, which was after midnight. There were so many photos of it on the Fairbanks, Alaska Facebook page that it was ridiculous. The first shot in this row is the original and the remaining two images have obviously been manipulated to produce these effects. You can read about it in the description of each photo.
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Jun15_70InvertFadeTypeLighten_Grapefruit_SunHalo_RC
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Lighten_Grapefruit_SunHalo_RC

  Here is that same photo - manipulated in different ways.
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LinearLight_Grapefruit_SunHalo_RC
Jun15_70InvertFadeTypeColor_Grapefruit_SunHalo_RC
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Color_Grapefruit_SunHalo_RC
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  Here is a final manipulated image and then two final unedited shots of the sun halo.
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  The first shot here shows Lower Grapefruit Rocks as seen from Upper Grapefruit Rocks. The center shot shows a Dwarf Mountain Fleabane (Erigeron compositus) and the third shot shows another example of how Spotted Lady Slipper Orchids (Cypripedium guttatum) grow.
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June15th_148_GrapefruitRocks_ErigeronCompositus_RC
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Jun15_83_Grapefruit_CypripediumGuttatum_RC
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CypripediumGuttatum_RC

  Here are the final two shots of Spotted Lady Slipper Orchid (Cypripedium guttatum). The third shot was taken at a different location, about Milepost 57 of the Elliott Highway.
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Jun15_84_Grapefruit_CypripediumGuttatum_RC
Jun15_84_Grapefruit
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ElliottHWY_RC

  All three shots in this row show examples of Three-toothed Saxifrage (Saxifraga tricuspidata) on a steep hillside road-cut.
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ElliottHWY_RC
Jun15_87_SaxifragaTricuspidata_RC
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  Now we are headed back home and we can see a wildfire to the south of us. We later learned that this fire was the Haystack Fire, on Haystack mountain. Fortunately, for all of the people who live there, it was to the north of the subdivision by about 2 miles and the winds blew it away from the area. They were most fortunate - this time. It ended up at over 500 acres - lightning caused.
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  Here are two more shots of the Haystack Fire. In the second photo I have manipulated a small portion of the photo so that it is actually possible to see the flames in the manipulated portion. The distance from here to the fire is about 13.2 miles.
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HWY_WildFire_RC
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ElliottHWY_WildFire_RC

  Here is the final image for this page - Kazuya created this Rainbow Flower Collage. Should we have it made into a poster? It's sure as heck amazing.
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RainbowFlower
Collage01_RC

End June 15th, End Page 3
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