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posted: September 1st, 2019
This page, the only page this month, begins with August 10th and the bouquet which I bought for Kazuya for our 4th Wedding Anniversary.  Then we have a single photo from August 11th and a berry picking day.  After that the remainder of the photos were taken on August 26th on a camp-out which we went on.  Click on any thumbnail to begin.

Begin August 10th and 11th
  August 10th was our 4th Wedding Anniversary, so I got Kazuya the traditional 4th anniversary present - a bouquet, with some blue flowers in it. This bouquet concentrated on the Peony Flowers. These flowers were all grown right here in Fairbanks.
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  On August 11th we went to a place where we expected to find an abundance of Blueberries (Vaccinium uliginosum). We were disappointed - we were able to find only a cup or so, not worth the trip. At least we got out of the house and were outdoors though.
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  On August 26th we headed out on a berry picking adventure, which was also to be a celebration of my 72nd birthday. On our way out the Steese Highway we stopped at the Osprey Nesting Platform which has been built at Milepost 32 on the Steese Highway. These are actually Western Osprey (Pandion haliaetus). We had never seen three young here before, so this was quite a sight to behold.
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  Here are three more photos of the Western Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) young in the Osprey Nesting Platform. Note the beaks, specifically designed to tear apart fish we guessed. From this angle we could only see two of the young.
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  Here are two more shots of the Osprey Nesting Platform showing two of the three young birds.
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  Here are the final two shots of the Osprey Nesting Platform. The first shot is an overview and it shows the reason the nesting platform was built - because they had been building their nest on the power pole to the right and causing problems. We assume that it was money-saving to erect the pole and put the nesting platform on top of it rather than try and keep electricity going through the pile of sticks on the other pole.
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  Now we are on the US Creek Road, which is accessed from about milepost 57.2 of the Steese Highway. The first shot in this row shows some nice color in the mountain alder while the second and third shots show the amazing red of the Bearberry (Arctostaphylos alpina).
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  Here are two scenery shots taken from the US Creek Road. The second shot shows basically the same view as the first shot, but it is zoomed-in more. You can see Table Top Mountain in the distance. The third shot shows another bush with brilliant autumn colors.
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  Here are two more shots showing autumn color in the small things and then one more photo which shows the big picture, so to speak.
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  These three shots all show autumn color scenery. Once again, you can see Table Top Mountain in the distance.
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  Three species of berries - first, a Blueberries (Vaccinium uliginosum), then Bearberries (Arctostaphylos alpina), and finally the inedible Canadian Dogwood (Cornus canadensis).
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  The first two shots show Kazuya while he is picking berries. The third shot is a very nice autumn color shot.
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  In first position is another autumn color shot. The second and third photos show Blueberries.
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  Here are three nice shots of Bearberry (Arctostaphylos alpina). In the second and third shots you can also see some Lingonberries (Vaccinium vitis-idaea). The Lingonberries were what we actually came here for, but there were so many Blueberries that we kind of got side-tracked and also picked a bunch of those.
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  Here are three additional shots of Bearberry (Arctostaphylos alpina). This plant has such bright red leaves in the autumn that it's amazing, and then when you combine it with the black or gray color of the berries it makes for such a beautiful plant.
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  In first position in this row is a final shot taken from the US Creek Road. The second shot was taken as we walked around the Mt. Prindle Campground. Can you recognize that the mountains shown in the second shot are also visible in the first shot?
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  These two shots were taken at home after our Lingonberry harvest was all dumped into a single container. This is about 2 gallons of berries, which we will enjoy all winter in various things.
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