Frosted Birch and Aspen on the UAF Ski Trails
About a half mile into my daily ski. This is about where my mind starts to disconnect from work and worries and tunes in to the beauty and the skiing.
These black spruce are coated with frost. Kudos to UAF for the nice job they do grooming the trails.
The low sun highlights the frost at the top of the trees.
A gap in the trees allows the sun in to illuminate the textures of the trails.
Over on the east side there are more birch and aspen.
Detail of the frosted spruce.
Looking over to the Alaska Satellite Facility antenna on top of the Geophysical Institute. The sun behind the trees highlights the frost coatings.
Sunlight on a frosted spruce branch.
One of the more open views in the forest. The short, thin trees are a sure sign of permafrost in the soil.
Cattails at the edge of Smith Lake. The view from this lake is nearly solid forest. It is very low key. Often I stop for a few minutes just to soak in the peaceful and out of the way feel of this beautiful spot.
Cattails at the edge of Smith Lake.
Detail of the frosted cattails.
I had to warm the battery inside my mitten for a few minutes before taking this photo. It was about -20F and having started out on skis with an only half-charged battery, I was really pushing the limits. I took this photo then headed non-stop back to the office.