Surfers explore the waves of Umnak Island in the Aleutian Chain.
An earthquake and landslide in Lituya Bay unleashed the largest wave ever recorded, and there are more monster tsunamis in Alaska history.
Sledge Island, a rocky outcrop in the Bering Strait 24 miles from Nome, is host to artifacts, wildlife, and survival stories.
Indigenous people across Alaska used grass to weave baskets that are both masterpieces of art and useful tools.
Come April, light-starved Alaskans on porches lift their faces to the sun, letting it gently massage cheeks, brows, and shuttered eyelids. Some native wildflowers attuned to circadian rhythms even more diligently in June follow suit. The glory of summer tundra is fleeting, brilliant florescence. Boreal perennials bud mostly just before fall slams the door, powering up and unfolding as soon as temperatures climb in the spring. How much nectar they produce depends on the sunshine they receive. South-facing slopes benefit these dainty creations, though all yield less than their austral kin. Several screen their reproductive goods—pollen—from rain. When clouds gather, Arctic gentian’s porcelain furls within minutes, keeping its ambrosia undiluted. In harsh environments, hardier, dwarf species or subspecies evolved, like the region’s two magenta marvels, Lapland rosebay (a fragrant, heathery rhododendron) and purple saxifrage. Waxy leaves the size of ladybug wings hug the earth, ducking winds, checking evaporation. Alaska moss…
Six kinds of bat species inhabit Alaska. Scientists and enthused citizens are working together to understand more about them.
Bob Kaufman has an extensive portfolio of Alaskan landscape images and often shoots photos while he’s flying his plane or helicopter.
From a giant who steals salmon to little people who hoist caribou overhead, sightings of odd beings aren’t uncommon in Alaska.
Bears are creatures of habit, and create trails through Alaska visible as ruts in the earth and marked by scents along the route.
Mo’s Deli in Anchorage is a New York style deli that combines a traditional deli and Alaskan flare with dishes like sockeye lox.