Tag Archives: Wrangell

The Dryas Plant

These plants are informally known as “Little Einsteins”. Before blooming, they look like twisted tufts of white hair.  The image below is a Dryas in full bloom, before deseeding.  Similar to the dandelion, the Dryas distributes it’s seeds through the wind.  Unlike the dandelion, the Dryas is a “nitrogen fixer”, meaning that decomposition leaves a nitrogen rich soil vital to the successive process of the boreal eco-system.  Aside from that, they are cool looking plants, which are found just about everywhere.

Greetings from McCarthy

Welcome to the summer home of mikerenner.wordpress.com. Since the last posting in Alta, Utah our offices have relocated. The new home for the blog, as of this spring, is McCarthy, Alaska. McCarthy is the last outpost leading into the wilderness of Wrangell – St. Elias National Park. W.S.E.N.P., the nation’s largest park, is often referred to as “the mountain kingdom of North America.” To learn more about the park, visit the National Park Service website at:

As usual, visitors to this blog can expect regularly updated picture galleries and occasional anecdotes seeking to interpret the seasonal employment experience. The current intention of this online journal is to document the way-of-life, scenery, and surroundings of this remote section of Alaska. This, of course, is all dependant on the sometimes spotty internet connection remaining functional.

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