It’s Fun Fact Friday! So, here are a few facts about Denali Mountain and Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska. Did you know that only about 30 percent of people visiting the park ever get a glimpse of the mountain? Like Mount Rainier, Denali Mountain makes its own weather and these conditions can hide the 20,310-foot tall mountain behind a wreath of clouds and fog most of the time. The first climb to the top of this tallest peak in North America was done in 1913, and a member of the climbing party – Harry Karstens – would later become Denali’s first superintendent.
There’s an interesting article in today’s edition of the National Parks Traveler about Denali Mountain. Climbing rangers out there are voicing concerns about inexperienced climbers trying to summit the mountain, and after reading the article, I see there is very good reason for them to be concerned. To read that article, click on the image above.
I visited Denali National Park and Preserve for five days several years ago, and was lucky to have been able to see Denali every single day I was there. This image is the result of one such day of clear viewing.
Here’s something interesting you might or might not have known about life in Denali National Park and Preserve, in Alaska. There are 39 species of mammals in the park, including the Big 5 (moose, caribou, Dall sheep, wolves, grizzly bears), and 139 species of birds. But, only one amphibian has managed to adapt to life under the harsh conditions of the park’s landscape. The wood frog can actually freeze itself solid during the winter! It’s heart stops, it doesn’t breathe, but there are cryptoprotectant chemicles that keep the frog’s cells alive, and when spring arrives, the frog thaws out and starts searching for a pond and a mate. Pretty cool, huh? (pun intended).
As for this image, it was captured during my 5-day stay at Camp Denali, located near the end of the one and only road through the park. There’s a little pond right outside of the main camp building called Nugget Pond, and on this particular day, I captured three different shots of it as the morning lightened up. The first shot you can see if you look at a previous post. This is the second shot, captured a little later during sunrise, and I’ll post the final shot later on.
Morning Views of Nugget Pond, The Alaska Range, and Denali Mountain
I write a monthly “Photography In The National Parks” column for the National Parks Traveler. I try to gear the column for any type of photography, from smartphone to point-and-shoot to SLR. I will own up that quite a few of my tips involve things for SLRs, like Neutral Density and Polarizing filters, but for the most part, the tips and techniques I include are for any sort of photographer. One of the tips I emphasize in many of my articles for this column is to visit (re-visit) a favorite spot during different seasons, weather conditions, and times of the day. The images above, taken during an August stay at Camp Denali in Denali National Park & Preserve, were captured during the morning hours, but on different days and under different weather conditions. As you can see, they all look a little different, don’t they?
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The long, dusty road through the park, Denali National Park & Preserve
Happy Monday! Hope the beginning of the workweek for the majority of you doesn’t feel like a long dusty road toward the next weekend.
This shot was taken a few years prior, during a trip I took to this national park. This was captured on a bus at the end of my stay there, on the day we were heading back to the visitor center. The road through the park is 92 miles long and gravel for most of the way, so the trip itself takes about 3-4 hours, including any stops along the way for photos.
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The morning view from my cabin in Denali National Park & Preserve
I recently finished up an article for future publication in the National Parks Traveler, dealing with photographic themes. In the article, I mention I tend to capture sunrise shots (if I can) in every park I visit. This was one such sunrise image, taken during my stay at Camp Denali in Denali National Park & Preserve, in Alaska.
On a side note, I’m glad its getting lighter earlier in the mornings, now. Of course, that means I have to get up earlier in order to get to a prime spot for sunrise shots 🙃⏰
I‘m a bad blogger, I know I am. It’s been a month, right, since I last posted? Until recently, I’ve been traveling, then I had a food photo session last weekend and now am preparing for a wedding photoshoot in a couple of weeks and – oh yeah – I have my day job with which to contend.
I actually have an upcoming article that will be published in the National Parks Traveler, the link of which I’ll provide in a new blog post. For now, though, here’s something I wanted to post for your viewing pleasure.
Remember my last article that was published for the National Parks Traveler? It dealt with returning to the same scene in a national park but during different seasons, different times of day, and different weather patterns in order to get totally different looks for the same place.
Well, I applied this during my recent visit to Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska, while staying at Camp Denali. The scene you see is Nugget Pond, situated right in front of Camp Denali’s lodge building. Time of day was either morning or afternoon. The weather ranged from sunny to overcast to stormy, with clouds in between.
Enjoying my first cup of coffee for the morning on the porch of the Potlatch Building. Do I look a little tired? Well, I probably was, from all of the activities in which I’d been involved and with plenty more fun ahead of me.
Stay tuned for my upcoming article about photographing in Denali National Park that will be published in the National Parks Traveler.
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