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Snapshots

  1. Nearbynatureprocess Perched water

    Snapshot Title: Nearbynatureprocess Perched water
    Taken by: Chris Fastie

    Image: Alpine Tundra, Eagle Summit, Alaska
    Image Owner: Chris Fastie



    Description:

    Water is ponded here, and dampens the tundra in this entire area, because the soil is frozen several inches below the surface, blocking drainage.



  2. Nearbynatureprocess Fellfield

    Snapshot Title: Nearbynatureprocess Fellfield
    Taken by: Chris Fastie

    Image: Alpine Tundra, Eagle Summit, Alaska
    Image Owner: Chris Fastie



    Description:

    Rocks pushed to the surface by frost action among blooming Dryas octopetala. The expansion of water as it freezes, and the growth of ice masses by the attraction of nearby soil water, lifts rocks more...



  3. Nearbynature Macoun's poppy

    Snapshot Title: Nearbynature Macoun's poppy
    Taken by: Chris Fastie

    Image: Alpine Tundra, Eagle Summit, Alaska
    Image Owner: Chris Fastie



    Description:

    At least no one will challenge my identification of this yellow flower of Papaver macounii.



  4. Steese Highway

    Snapshot Title: Steese Highway
    Taken by: Chris Fastie

    Image: Alpine Tundra, Eagle Summit, Alaska
    Image Owner: Chris Fastie



    Description:

    The highest point on the Steese Highway which connects Fairbanks and Central, AK.



  5. Nearbynature Iceland moss

    Snapshot Title: Nearbynature Iceland moss
    Taken by: Chris Fastie

    Image: Alpine Tundra, Eagle Summit, Alaska
    Image Owner: Chris Fastie



    Description:

    Tha dark brown lichen is Cetraria islandica growing with other foliose and fruticose lichens.



  6. Nearbynature Cutleaf anemone

    Snapshot Title: Nearbynature Cutleaf anemone
    Taken by: Chris Fastie

    Image: Alpine Tundra, Eagle Summit, Alaska
    Image Owner: Chris Fastie



    Description:

    Deeply lobed leaf of Anemone multifida.



  7. Nearbynature Labrador lousewort

    Snapshot Title: Nearbynature Labrador lousewort
    Taken by: Chris Fastie

    Image: Alpine Tundra, Eagle Summit, Alaska
    Image Owner: Chris Fastie



    Description:

    This might be Pedicularis labradorica.



  8. Nearbynature Low blueberry

    Snapshot Title: Nearbynature Low blueberry
    Taken by: Chris Fastie

    Image: Alpine Tundra, Eagle Summit, Alaska
    Image Owner: Chris Fastie



    Description:

    Leaves of Vaccinium uliginosum.



  9. Nearbynature Little weaselsnout (really)

    Snapshot Title: Nearbynature Little weaselsnout (really)
    Taken by: Chris Fastie

    Image: Alpine Tundra, Eagle Summit, Alaska
    Image Owner: Chris Fastie



    Description:

    Here is a better example of Lagotis minor.



  10. Nearbynature Alpine groundsel

    Snapshot Title: Nearbynature Alpine groundsel
    Taken by: Chris Fastie

    Image: Alpine Tundra, Eagle Summit, Alaska
    Image Owner: Chris Fastie



    Description:

    This appears to be Packera pauciflora.



  11. Nearbynature Lapland diapensia.

    Snapshot Title: Nearbynature Lapland diapensia.
    Taken by: Chris Fastie

    Image: Alpine Tundra, Eagle Summit, Alaska
    Image Owner: Chris Fastie



    Description:

    White flowers of Diapensia lapponica.



  12. Nearbynature Moss

    Snapshot Title: Nearbynature Moss
    Taken by: Chris Fastie

    Image: Alpine Tundra, Eagle Summit, Alaska
    Image Owner: Chris Fastie



    Description:

    The moss and lichen mat underlying this tundra is a foot thick in places making walking fun and lying down even better.



  13. Nearbynature Little weaselsnout

    Snapshot Title: Nearbynature Little weaselsnout
    Taken by: Chris Fastie

    Image: Alpine Tundra, Eagle Summit, Alaska
    Image Owner: Chris Fastie



    Description:

    Blue raceme of Lagotis minor.



  14. Nearbynature Lingonberry

    Snapshot Title: Nearbynature Lingonberry
    Taken by: Chris Fastie

    Image: Alpine Tundra, Eagle Summit, Alaska
    Image Owner: Chris Fastie



    Description:

    Small roundish leaves and pink flowers of Vaccinium vitis-idaea.



  15. Nearbynature Arctic bell-heather

    Snapshot Title: Nearbynature Arctic bell-heather
    Taken by: Chris Fastie

    Image: Alpine Tundra, Eagle Summit, Alaska
    Image Owner: Chris Fastie



    Description:

    Four-angled stems and two late flowers of Cassiope tetragona.



  16. Nearbynature Black crowberry

    Snapshot Title: Nearbynature Black crowberry
    Taken by: Chris Fastie

    Image: Alpine Tundra, Eagle Summit, Alaska
    Image Owner: Chris Fastie



    Description:

    Tiny leaves of Empetrum nigrum.



  17. Nearbynature Lousewort

    Snapshot Title: Nearbynature Lousewort
    Taken by: Chris Fastie

    Image: Alpine Tundra, Eagle Summit, Alaska
    Image Owner: Chris Fastie



    Description:

    I guess this is a Pedicularis, but I don't know which one.



  18. Nearbynature Nakedstem wallflower

    Snapshot Title: Nearbynature Nakedstem wallflower
    Taken by: Chris Fastie

    Image: Alpine Tundra, Eagle Summit, Alaska
    Image Owner: Chris Fastie



    Description:

    Pink flowers of Parrya nudicaulis.



  19. Nearbynature Mountain-avens.

    Snapshot Title: Nearbynature Mountain-avens.
    Taken by: Chris Fastie

    Image: Alpine Tundra, Eagle Summit, Alaska
    Image Owner: Chris Fastie



    Description:

    Crinkly leaves and creamy flower of Dryas octopetala.



  20. Nearbynatureprocess Frost boil

    Snapshot Title: Nearbynatureprocess Frost boil
    Taken by: Chris Fastie

    Image: Alpine Tundra, Eagle Summit, Alaska
    Image Owner: Chris Fastie



    Description:

    Where permafrost is present (soil stays frozen at depth all year), freezing of the soil in autumn proceeds from both above and below, putting the squeeze on the unfrozen soil which can ooze to the sur...



  21. Nearbynature Lichen

    Snapshot Title: Nearbynature Lichen
    Taken by: Chris Fastie

    Image: Alpine Tundra, Eagle Summit, Alaska
    Image Owner: Chris Fastie



    Description:

    A sort of foliose reindeer lichen.



  22. Nearbynature Alpine bearberry

    Snapshot Title: Nearbynature Alpine bearberry
    Taken by: Chris Fastie

    Image: Alpine Tundra, Eagle Summit, Alaska
    Image Owner: Chris Fastie



    Description:

    Leaves of Arctostaphylus alpina.



  23. Nearbynature Arctic bell-heather

    Snapshot Title: Nearbynature Arctic bell-heather
    Taken by: Chris Fastie

    Image: Alpine Tundra, Eagle Summit, Alaska
    Image Owner: Chris Fastie



    Description:

    Angular branches of Cassiope tetragona.



  24. Nearbynature Arctic willow

    Snapshot Title: Nearbynature Arctic willow
    Taken by: Chris Fastie

    Image: Alpine Tundra, Eagle Summit, Alaska
    Image Owner: Chris Fastie



    Description:

    Leaves and female catkins of Salix arctica.



  25. Nearbynature Netleaf willow

    Snapshot Title: Nearbynature Netleaf willow
    Taken by: Chris Fastie

    Image: Alpine Tundra, Eagle Summit, Alaska
    Image Owner: Chris Fastie



    Description:

    Leaves and female catkin of Salix reticulata.



  26. Nearbynature Mountain-avens

    Snapshot Title: Nearbynature Mountain-avens
    Taken by: Chris Fastie

    Image: Alpine Tundra, Eagle Summit, Alaska
    Image Owner: Chris Fastie



    Description:

    Flower of Dryas octopetala.



  27. Nearbynature Lapland rosebay

    Snapshot Title: Nearbynature Lapland rosebay
    Taken by: Chris Fastie

    Image: Alpine Tundra, Eagle Summit, Alaska
    Image Owner: Chris Fastie



    Description:

    Purplish flowers of Rhododendron lapponicum



  28. Nearbynature Alpine forget-me-not

    Snapshot Title: Nearbynature Alpine forget-me-not
    Taken by: Chris Fastie

    Image: Alpine Tundra, Eagle Summit, Alaska
    Image Owner: Chris Fastie



    Description:

    The scorpiod cyme of Myosotis alpestris.