Title:     "Alaska Aurora Pioneer Peak Moose"

© Alaska Artist Dianne Roberson

         Northern Lights | Alaska                   

Stock #  DA 190

Medium:     
Digital Art       |         Color Print on glossy paper



Size:  20" wide by 16" High     $ 45.00      Color Print on glossy paper                                                   
                                                


Size:  20" wide by 16" High     $ 175.00     Color Print on stretched canvas                            




Size:  14" wide by 11" High     $ 35.00     Color Print on glossy paper                                                    





Description:  

Pioneer Peak in Palmer, Alaska with the Northern Lights in the sky.  Also know as the Aurora Borealis, these lights are best viewed in the
cold dark winter months in Alaska. The beautiful blaze of the Northern Lights, or
Aurora Borealis, begins when energetic electrically charged
particles accelerate along the magnetic field lines into the upper atmosphere, where they collide with gas atoms, causing the atoms to give
off light. The air lights up rather like what happens in a fluorescent light tube.  The colors reflect gases, the most usual yellow-green color
coming from oxygen. Red coloring is also due to oxygen with a contribution from nitrogen and violet is due to nitrogen. The charged particles
originate from the sun, and it is the “weather” conditions on the sun that decide whether or not we will see the
aurora. Low on the horizon a
faint glow of greenish light which forms an arch, stretching lazily across the sky can be seen in the night.  Additional bands of light form and
drift overhead, slowly brightening to form giant curtains in the sky that slowly wave like a gentle breeze blowing.  The bottom of the
aurora
curtain brightens with a reddish tint and ripples faster. Blues and purples appear as the curtains pass directly overhead.  Bright points of
light swirl like a pinwheel. The entire sky seems to be full of color and motion.

The most prominent peak in the Mat-Su Valley is Pioneer Peak (6,500') located just outside the small town of
Palmer, Alaska.  The Chugach
Range borders the southeast side of the Mat-Su borough, the Chugach Range forms a crescent that is 300 miles in length. Due to its close
proximity to Alaska's southcentral coastal waters, this range received the most snowfall than any other range in the world.

Moose are the largest species in the deer family with long, slender legs that support a massive body and a short, thick neck and humped
shoulders that support a large head.  The Alaska-Yukon race is the largest of all moose.  Only bulls have antlers and they are the largest of
all animal antlers, over six feet wide and 80 pounds.  Antler is the fastest growing tissue of any mammal, growing a pound and an inch a day
in summer.  They start growing in spring and are shed each winter annually.  Anters are palmate, having main and brown palms in a
butterfly shape.  Fur is generally dark, black to brown or grayish brown, with the lower legs being lighter and their underfur and long guard
hairs provide excellent insulation from the cold.

Moose are the least social species among the deer family, remaining fairly solitary except during the mating season.  They are not
territorial.  Outside of the rutting period, males and females are separated spatially, seasonally, and/or by habitat. Moose are crepuscular by
nature, being most active at sunrise and sunset.  Despite their ungainly appearance, moose are able to run silently through dense forests.  
Maximum speeds have been clocked at 35 mph.  Moose are also strong swimmers, being known to swim up to 12 miles.  Their daily
pattern includes traveling to new feeding sites, avoiding predators, browsing on plants, standing, and lying down for the rumination of their
food.  Moose mainly stay in the same general area, though some populations seasonally migrate up to 110 miles. Home range size of
moose varies between 1.4 to 35 square miles.  During their first year of life, young moose occupy the same home range as their mother and
do not establish their own home range until the age of two.

Moose are herbivores and primarily browse upon the stems and twigs of woody plants in the winter and the leaves and shoots of deciduous
plants in the summer.  Willows are the most preferred forage where available.  In interior Alaska, willows accounted for 94% of the biomass
consumed in the winter.  Food quality depends on twig bite size, fiber, species, and spacing in habitat.  During winters of deep snow, food
may be inaccessible to moose.  They have a difficult time walking in snow depths of greater than 3 feet.  During summer months, moose
often feed on aquatic plants in ponds and lakes.  They can dive to 20 feet in search of plants.  This food is highly digestable and abundant in
many areas.  An adult requires about 44 pounds of food per day to maintain energy levels for foraging and traveling.

Moose breed in September and October of each year, during a breeding season often referred to as "the rut".  Gestation averages about 231
days, with cows giving birth to one calf on average and often twins.  Calves are born at an average weight of 36 pounds and gain
approximately 2.2 pounds per day while they are nursing .  Males and females are sexually mature at two years of age, but full growth
potential isn't reached until four or five years of age.  At that age, females are at their reproductive peak and males have the largest antlers.  
Moose are polygamous, and only females take care of their young for a period of one year.  Females seek secluded sites to give birth to
young and remain highly protective until their calves are weaned.  Calves can browse and follow their mother at three weeks old and are
weaned at five months.  They remain with their mother until about one year after their birth, when the mother's next young is born.

Northern Lights

Also know as the Aurora Borealis, these lights are best viewed in the cold dark winter months in Alaska.   The beautiful blaze of the Northern
Lights,
or Aurora Borealis, begins when energetic electrically charged particles accelerate along the magnetic field lines into the upper
atmosphere, where they collide with gas atoms, causing the atoms to give off light. The air lights up rather like what happens in a
fluorescent light tube.  The colors reflect gases, the most usual yellow-green color coming from oxygen. Red coloring is also due to oxygen
with a contribution from nitrogen and violet is due to nitrogen. The charged particles originate from the sun, and it is the “weather” conditions
on the sun that decide whether or not we will see the aurora.

This print is treated with an ultra violent protective coating.  It will be rolled and inserted into a mailing tube if ordering a glossy paper print, if
ordering stretched canvas this print will be boxed.   The print  will be mailed first class by the U.S. Postal Service and insured.
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Alaskan Art by Alaskan Artist Dianne Roberson