May I have this Dance?
Denali and Lady Aurora in a magical dance with one another over Nugget Pond at Camp Denali
It was amazing moment filled with sunshine...We win road lottery to Denali National park. (4 days in Autumn, 400cars can drive all the way to the end of park. If they win lottery) .We were driving and saw this caribou crossing road.When we stop, I run up in the hill, saw this mountain on horizon and running caribou.I imagined this image.I run higher to be in perfect spot. Then I wait,wait for the perfect moment. Sunshine break through clouds, caribou stopped, look at me..And I said to him common just two more steps.. And there he went, run in the frame like I imagined..I was just lucky, but I was in right time, right spot and ready.
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Denali Arctic Ground Squirrel
Another awesome critter we found during 2013's Fall Road Lottery. A very sunny summer lead to an amazing berry season and this guy looked well prepared for the long winter ahead.
From Alaskan Wildlife
Found this beautiful Bull Moose in Denali National Park near Wonder Lake during the 2013 Fall Road Lottery. We had a very late Spring and Fall which led to an unusually late color change making 2013's Road Lottery one for the books!
From Alaskan Wildlife
The Long Kiss Goodnight
Sunset in Denali National Park and Preserve from Reflection Pond at Wonder Lake. Denali blushes a majestic alpenglow pink as setting sun kisses her goodnight. The good fortune of being in this moment at this time is owed to a couple of strangers who enabled us to get there just in time. There has never been a more magical or spectacular moment in nature in which I've had the pleasure to see with my own eyes. There may never be.
McKinley Panorama from Eielson Visitors Center
This image is composed of 4 indidvidual images stiched together in Photoshop. This was the first trip I've taken into the park in which I've been able to see Denali in it's entirity.
The Crown Jewel
It took 4 years of planning and as many failed trips to Denali National Park and Preserve to make this image happen but the day after Thanksgiving I have much to be grateful for as all the elements finally came together to make this photo possible. Despite temps that dipped down colder than -40ºF causing the frost to win the battle with our car's defrost for the windshield, the conditions were nearly perfect! The wind was nonexistent (very rare for this usually windy location) which helped to keep the trees sharp over the 10 second exposure, the moon was nearly full and coming from the southwest (perfect angle and amount of light for this location), and after working the scene to get the right composition and waiting for nearly an hour, the lights danced magically for about 10 minutes. They then faded out and never really returned. This results from part skill, part planning, part stubbornness and part just dumb luck.