The purpose of this blog is to show off John Lofgreen's Alaskan world through his wildlife art and nature photography. It will explain his painting techniques, and report on his latest activities including exotic journeys around the world.
Last Autumn Scott flew out into the Alaska bush to take in the colors of the tundra.
A lot of the tundra vegetation is made up of dwarf trees. They are deciduous and turn bright colors in the fall, just like their full sized cousins.
Tundra produces an abundance of berries of many kinds. Every fall, people head up to the tundra to gather berries. Blueberrys are everybodies favorite. Berries help to fatten up Grizzly Bears so they can hibernate through the winter.
A nice sample of berries for making jam, or just eating fresh.
Besides berry bushes and dwarf trees, much of the tundra is made up of mosses, lichens, and ground-hugging flowers. It can be a wildly colorful palette.
The fantastical plants in the movie Avatar were not any more exotic than the tundra jungle. I have painted it many times.
Although I did'nt give it any thought before I moved up to Alaska, tundra proved to be an unexpected delight.
The photo above, and the photos that follow, are some Autumn scenes that I photographed in past years. This fall, I have been experimenting with shooting in RAW format. I have not figured out how to put those photos up on the blog yet.
A photo of the sunlit mountains of theAlaska Range, in the state's interior.
Another view of the bright mountains.
Right now we are seeing termination dust on the local mountaintops. This snow indicates the termination of Summer. Beautiful but foreboding.
The choo-choo chugs it's way past Denali National Park, headed to fairbanks.
The Matanuska River. I apologize if I have already posted some of these photos last fall. I just dont remember. Senility is catching up with me I guess.