I want to show you a land at the edge of the world, mythic, incalculable and pristine. A land where alpine peaks pierce the sky and wild animals roam the ancient boreal forest and coastlines.

The stories I want to tell are about the majesty of its nature and to take you to places where bears lead their cubs to feed on fall berries; to the black volcanic sand beaches of the Alaska Peninsula where wolves and caribou share land so vast and silent you can feel the pulse of the earth; and to the spectacular mountains of the Alaska Range that spawn gigantic glaciers sculpting the landscapes we see today.

Separated geographically from the United States, Alaska has a huge landmass of over half a million square miles of which 16,000sq miles is covered by glacial ice, and 188,320sq miles is marshland and tundra wilderness, with 3.2 million lakes.

The indigenous peoples of Alaska probably arrived across the Paleolithic land bridge from Asia around 14,000BC followed by Russian explorers in the late 17th Century. Since then, the wealth of natural resources brought thousands more in search of animal fur, salmon, gold and oil, but with a harsh climate, a limited road network and dark winter days, less than one million people live in this country.

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New book: KINDER SCOUT – The People's Mountain

Words by Ed Douglas | Photography by John Beatty Read More →

Fungi Hunting in Winter Woods

Woodlands in Britain are quiet in winter. In the Peak District where I live we are surrounded by mixed woods. Sycamore, beech, larch and birch flank many of our valley sides. After prolonged rain when the dank trees are dripping on to soggy leaf mould it is a great time to go hunting for a few common fungi species.  Read More →