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#Alaskan Mountain Ranges featuring @NorthernHorse Photography #AtoZChallenge

It’s been a bit since I posted something fabulous about Alaska. (I also apologize for this being so late in the day still working on recovering from my flesh eating virus… cheese and bananas I tell you!!) .. ANYWAY I was planning on writing a post on Reviewing today but after I saw some of the latest northern light images from a local photographer, Lara Poirrier of Northern Source Images I decided to show of Alaska the best way I know how, with some amazing photographs.

R-is-for-Alaskan-Mountain-Range (photo credit ©Northern Horse Photography)

Photo credit © Northern Horse Photography – shared with permission

One thing I want to state, when states work on their tourism campaign they always include a beautiful and colorful brochure. Alaska is pretty easy on the eye plus has some amazing eye candy a nature enthusiast could ever want to make it a breathtaking place to live. We have four major military bases; which is how I ended up here, a small population compared to our square miles, an incredible college with three main campuses and one of top schools for Natural Resource Management, Geophysical Instute, which some of you may remember is home of Poker Flat Research Range presently the only collegiate rocket test range in the U.S.  and though I will admit I have a love hate relationship with the state I will never forget my first summer here. I discovered there really is more than 24 hours in a day, especially when the beauty is lit by the Midnight Sun! 

Before I keep going on and on and bore you even more,  I give you photos from Lara’s portfolio. Each of them is linked back to the original where you can peruse more than 6000 more images just as amazing. Another great thing about some of her gallery images proceeds are donated to a local group for Autism Awareness month. Check out her complete Blue Gallery which proclaims they are lighting it up blue!

You can learn more about this wonderful group here I actually have one of hers hanging in my house proudly. It is a gorgeous image of a storm Alaskan Style.. which generally means big! Since the Interior is actually a desert climate we supposedly do not have a rainy season, but truthfully like any other desert, we have rain storms in late June through mid July which though not exactly like the hard core rain of Arizona monsoon season, still rains so powerfully you can take a shower outside on the deck and even count on decent water pressure. Truthfully one of the most refreshing ways to bath in the summer I experience each year.

So grab a cup of comfort and be prepared to be awe struck. Remember if you want to see the image larger and find more of this amazing photographer’s work, click on the image or follow her links in her bio below. I thought I would also include some quotes about Alaska I love and one of my poems too. Enjoy!

R is for Alaskan Mountain Ranges

Gulkana Glacier (left) and the mountains of the Alaska Range with the rising moon (right) shortly after the sun set in late October. COPYRIGHT NORTHERN SOURCE IMAGES © 2012

“But why Alaska?’ I asked her.

‘Well, later, I found out what it means. It’s from an Aleut word, Alyeska. It means ‘that which the sea breaks against,’ and I love that. But at the time, I just saw Alaska up there. And it was big, just like I wanted to be.” 
― John GreenLooking for Alaska 

Valdez Pipeline Terminal at sunset in July.COPYRIGHT NORTHERN SOURCE IMAGES © 2012

“I have quite keenly observed that Jacksonville has two parts: day and not day. I guess it’s like that everywhere, except possibly Alaska. 
― Jarod KintzI am Jacksonville


I consider myself a product of Alaska. The love and the debt that I feel to my home state, you always want your hometown to be the proudest of you.



“But three cheers for Alaska, they’ve got 24-hour hot fucking bear delivery. 
Note to self: Nuke Alaska.” 
― Mykle HansenHELP! A Bear is Eating Me!


“The climate of Barrow is Arctic. Temperatures range from cold as shit to fucking freezing.” 
― Steve Niles30 Days of Night


When the wood is in the wheelbarrow
And the order has been filled
Leaving wet cavities in the grey snow


My hands and feet have lapsed
Into painful sleep
My eyes blurred
By fictions of a shadow world


The evening star
Poised alone in the still, black night,
Faintly flickers, and
I am warm.

Kriss Morton ©2010 
(while pondering my existence one evening here in the cabin)

“The ghostly winter silence had given way to the great spring murmur of awakening life.” 
― Jack LondonThe Call of the Wild


Kids in Alaska don’t know they’re growing up on the Last Frontier. It’s just what they see on the license plates, and it’s something tourists like to say a lot because they’ve never been around so many mountains and moose before.

Tom Bodett, award winning NPR Brodcaster (and former resident of Alaska for 23 years)

Frozen Summit Lake glistens in the setting sun in late October.COPYRIGHT NORTHERN SOURCE IMAGES © 2012

About Lara Poirrier

#Alaskan Mountain Ranges featuring @NorthernHorse Photography #AtoZChallenge

Lara Poirrier documents the beauty and awe of what she witnesses while living and traveling in Alaska. Specializing photographing the aurora borealis and landscapes, Lara's ability to capture these special moments is superb.

You can also find more examples of Lara's work on Flickr. If you are in the Interior and want some family photos done her Northern Horse Photography is a favorite for the uniqueness of the Alaskan family. Contact her via her Facebook pages or email her [email protected]

Also Lara is a big supporter of Autism Society of Alaska. Part of her BLUE themed album benefits are donated. Please visit and considering purchasing an image.
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Blue Alaska

More Alaskan Facts

More-on-AlaskaAlaska is the largest state in the United States by area, the 4th least populous and the least densely populated of the 50 United States. Approximately half of Alaska’s 731,449[4] residents live within the Anchorage metropolitan area. Alaska’s economy is dominated by the oilnatural gas, and fishingindustries, resources which it has in abundance. Tourism is also a significant part of the economy.


Although it had been occupied for thousands of years by indigenous peoples, from the 18th century onward, European powers considered the territory of Alaska ripe for exploitation. The United States purchased Alaska from Russia on March 30, 1867, for $7.2 million ($121 million adjusted for inflation) at approximately two cents per acre ($4.74/km²). The area went through several administrative changes before becoming organized as a territory on May 11, 1912. It was admitted as the 49th state of the U.S. on January 3, 1959.[6]


The name “Alaska” (Аляска) had been introduced in the Russian colonial period, when it was used to refer to the peninsula. It was derived from an Aleut idiom, which figuratively refers to the mainland of Alaska. Literally, it means object to which the action of the sea is directed.[7][8][9] It is also known as Alyeska, the “great land”, an Aleut word derived from the same root.




  1. Stunning pictures, Kris. I visited Alaska in 2008 as part of my in-laws’ 50th anniversary celebration. My only regret was that it was part of a cruise, so we couldn’t go hiking in Denali. It’s on my list to return and do that sometime. Thanks for reminding me how beautiful the scenery is in Alaska.

  2. I so want to visit Alaska someday. More for the mountains than anything else. My husband spent part of his childhood there. Lucky guy – Boy Scouts in Alaska!
    Marlene at On Writing and Riding

  3. Well, crap. Thanks a lot — now I want to go back. 😛

    I’m pretty sure I stopped at the rest area on the Parks Highway, btw, except a couple of busloads’ worth of Asian tourists had stopped there just before I did. I practically had to throw elbows in order to get a picture of Denali. 😀

  4. This is my favorite A to Z post of yours so far i think.

  5. This just made me sigh 🙂

  6. Alaska is definitely on my travel to-do list! I would like to visit in both spring and summer because I really want to see the Aurora up there. (I’ve seen it in WA State, but still…)

    Gorgeous photo essay. Thank you for the armchair travel. Sigh…

    ~Tui Snider~ Dropping by from the A to Z challenge! 😀
    @TuiSnider on Twitter
    My blog: Tui Snider’s Offbeat & Overlooked Travel
    I am also part of the #StoryDam team, a friendly writing community!

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