Oscar Comes to Alaska

  As a homeschooled youth in Delta Junction, Alaska, Ben Grossmann enjoyed a childhood filled with snowmachining and ATVing and nights camped out in an off-the-grid cabin. How does one get from that place to the stage at the Academy Awards accepting an Oscar for his work on […]


Hiking With Dick

  “Onward and upward,” said Dick as he stood and continued our climb up the side of a steep mountain. Dick Proenneke’s mountains surround Twin Lakes in Southwest Alaska’s Lake Clark National Park and Preserve. For thirty years Dick hiked these mountains, usually alone. But for six of […]


Winter’s Heartbeat

We walked the quiet woods, cameras dangling from our necks, the air cold and still. Soon our steps became further spaced as you wandered away, following the scent of your camera’s eye, discovering anew ice- rimmed leaves, a feather stuck to a tree, brittle wands of willow. Isn’t […]

The Major’s Marauders
Private First Class Edward DeFreest kneeling in front.

My Time in Panama

  I was born at the Palmer Hospital on a cold morning in December 1963, and grew up in Chickaloon, Alaska, the grandson of a hunting guide. I spent my summers in the Talkeetna Mountains with my grandfather preparing hunting camps for the upcoming seasons. My father’s father […]


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