• Fireweed bloom in the arctic, along the Dalton Highway. Fireweed bloom in the arctic, along the Dalton Highway.
  • An aerial view of the coastal plain, as we fly in to the drop-off point. An aerial view of the coastal plain, as we fly in to the drop-off point.
  • Dropped off, unloaded, and the plane departs, deep in the Brooks Mountains. Dropped off, unloaded, and the plane departs, deep in the Brooks Mountains.
  • Loading up the raft on the Marsh Fork River. Loading up the raft on the Marsh Fork River.
  • A quick dinner of fresh southwestern pasta and hot cocoa. A quick dinner of fresh southwestern pasta and hot cocoa.
  • View from a high ridge in the Brooks Mountains. Great dayhiking place. View from a high ridge in the Brooks Mountains. Great dayhiking place.
  • Photographing late in the evening. Photographing late in the evening.
  • After lunch on a dayhike to the mountains. After lunch on a dayhike to the mountains.
  • Taken close to midnight; most beautiful part of the arctic sumer day. Taken close to midnight; most beautiful part of the arctic sumer day.
  • A lush green hillside, mid-summer, in the Brooks Mountains. A lush green hillside, mid-summer, in the Brooks Mountains.
  • A small tributary of the Marsh Fork. A small tributary of the Marsh Fork.
  • Paddling down the Marsh Fork, on the way to the Canning River. Paddling down the Marsh Fork, on the way to the Canning River.
  • Coming in to the first of the canyons. Coming in to the first of the canyons.
  • Carl taking a dive in to the river on a warm sunny day. Carl taking a dive in to the river on a warm sunny day.
  • Mt. Copleton, of the Shublik Mountains. Mt. Copleton, of the Shublik Mountains.
  • Alaska cotton grass and the arctic coastal plain. Alaska cotton grass and the arctic coastal plain.
  • A little native American flute one evening on the arctic coastal plain. A little native American flute one evening on the arctic coastal plain.
  • Central Arctic Caribou herd on the coastal plain. Central Arctic Caribou herd on the coastal plain.
  • Muskox herd on the coastal plain, the Brooks Mountain range in the distance. Muskox herd on the coastal plain, the Brooks Mountain range in the distance.
  • More caribou on the coastal plain. More caribou on the coastal plain.
  • A rough-legged hawk, landing on a ridge by the Canning River. A rough-legged hawk, landing on a ridge by the Canning River.
  • Playtime on the aufeis. Playtime on the aufeis.
  • Good times, on the hard-packed aufeis. Good times, on the hard-packed aufeis.
  • A great view of the expansive refuge via a short hike up on this hillside. A great view of the expansive refuge via a short hike up on this hillside.
  • Looking back up the Marsh Fork. Looking back up the Marsh Fork.
  • A glaucous gull feeds her chick. A glaucous gull feeds her chick.
  • Wolverine tracks in the mid. Wolverine tracks in the mid.
  • Steve setting up for some midnight photography. Steve setting up for some midnight photography.
  • Yep, we have to go ALL that way! Yep, we have to go ALL that way!
  • We hiked up to this knoll from the river and enjoyed the view. We hiked up to this knoll from the river and enjoyed the view.
  • Campsite in the mountains Campsite in the mountains
  • Camp. Camp.
  • Donelle taking it easy during a break from paddling. Donelle taking it easy during a break from paddling.
  • A little fishing for Dollies! A little fishing for Dollies!
  • Bull caribou antlers lying on the coastal plain. Bull caribou antlers lying on the coastal plain.
  • One of my favorite places to poke around and explore on this trip. One of my favorite places to poke around and explore on this trip.
  • Pulling the raft for the night - nobody wants THAT to float away! Pulling the raft for the night - nobody wants THAT to float away!
  • A reflection of the Brooks Mountains. A reflection of the Brooks Mountains.
  • Sunset over camp. Sunset over camp.
  • Long-tailed Jaeger. Long-tailed Jaeger.
  • Looking back in to the hills of the Brooks Range Looking back in to the hills of the Brooks Range
  • Wildflowers on the coastal plain. Wildflowers on the coastal plain.
  • Bull caribou on the coastal plain. Bull caribou on the coastal plain.
  • The soft light of the midnight sun in the Arctic summer. The soft light of the midnight sun in the Arctic summer.
  • These collapsing bluffs along the Arctic Ocean coast show the net effects of thawing permafrost. These collapsing bluffs along the Arctic Ocean coast show the net effects of thawing permafrost.
  • An arctic tern overhead. An arctic tern overhead.
  • A tundra swan in a small pond on the coastal plain. A tundra swan in a small pond on the coastal plain.
  • I loved this massive cloud sweeping over the tundra. I loved this massive cloud sweeping over the tundra.
  • More caribou herds on the coastal plain. More caribou herds on the coastal plain.
  • A beautiful Pacific loon swimming in a small pond near camp. A beautiful Pacific loon swimming in a small pond near camp.
  • A bull muskox on the coastal plain A bull muskox on the coastal plain
  • Frank takes a dip in the Arctic Ocean. Frank takes a dip in the Arctic Ocean.
  • Dave and Joni hit the beach. Dave and Joni hit the beach.
  • Bob says enough is enough of this cold water. Bob says enough is enough of this cold water.