Project Poppy

(Wildflowers of Alaska's Circle Mining District)

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Scientific names of the flowers are those given in Hultén's  Flora of Alaska and Neighboring Territories.  This standard reference was published in 1968. We have listed these names to the species level. Some of these names are no longer the accepted name.  Where this is true, the currently accepted scientific name is given in parentheses under the previous scientific name.  Spellings are from Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: 2005 Annual Checklist (Bisby et al).

Project Poppy containing photographs of over 250 species in 58 families (including some non-flowering plants) is an expanded computerized version of a photographic display from the Circle District Museum in Central, Alaska. For any questions or comments about this project contact: bottomdollar@hotmail.com

The photographs were taken by Patricia Oakes (1932-1993), Laurel B. Tyrrell, Betsy Gelvin, and Alfred Cook. Scripts for the photographs in the museum display were written by Laurel B. Tyrrell and the Cibachrome photographs from the original Kodachrome 25 slides were printed by Alfred Cook. The project was supervised by Patricia Oakes. The original project was completed prior to the opening of the museum in 1984.

This computerized version of "Wildflowers of Alaska's Circle Mining District" contains some of the thirty-six photographs from the original museum display and many additional photographs and scripts which are unique to the computerized version. Some of the photographs were on hand from the original project and were taken by the four above-mentioned photographers. In the summers of 1998-2006 Laurel Tyrrell and Alfred Cook photographed the flowers extensively along  the Circle Hot Springs Road and along the Steese Highway from Twelvemile Summit (86.7 mile Steese Highway) to 155 mile Steese highway beyond the Birch Creek Bridge.  Alfred Cook photographed along the Portage Creek-Harrison Creek loop from Circle Hot Springs to Squaw Creek, along the Pinnell Mountain Trail from Twelvemile Summit to Eagle Summit and on many mountain tops throughout the district.

Photographs were taken using a Sony Mavica MVC-FD7, Mavica MVC-CD1000, Cybershot DSC-P51, Cybershot DSC-F707 and Cybershot DSC-P200 digital cameras and a Nikon F with 55 mm micro-Nikkor Lens. Only a few of the photographs taken with film cameras were retained for this website. Laurel Tyrrell wrote the scripts for the flowers, and Alfred Cook prepared the project for the internet.

The photographs from film were digitized using a Minolta Quickscan 35 high-resolution film digitizer. The digital data was input into an Apple Macintosh G-4 computer using Adobe Photoshop LE 5.0 and Adobe Photoshop 7.0.  Photoshop 7.0 was also used to crop, proportion and enhance the photographs.  Dreamweaver MX was used to render the project for viewing on the museum display computer and on the internet.

Alfred Cook, January 17, 2007