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Alaskan Tundra

As the year approaches to a close, I am trying to recollect all the wonderful trips I had done this year, inspite of the break taken due to recovery from knee surgery. Perhaps the highlight has to be the weeklong trip to Alaska. Sure, I didn't get great weather for the better part of the trip. In fact, it was rather lousy weather. But getting great images under such conditions would probably be the goal of any aspiring photographer.


And that was how the trip turned out.


The sequence of images here are a great example of the kind of weather I had observed. No direct sunlight - but rather patches peering through the tick layer of clouds which had obscured most of the snow-capped peaks of the mighty Alaska Range. They say that 70% of those who come here do not see the peak (Mt Denali). I was ready to be judged part of that.


Thankfully, she did show her glorious face the next day. However, not having Mt. Denali in the frame now gave me a permission to focus on the other interesting aspects of the scene, such as the vast open treeless tundra; the predominantly grassy terrain providing wide sweeping views of the McKinley River as it flows away gently from the tail of the Muldrow glacier and nearby snowcaps while barren water-carved peaks rise in the distance beyond which lies what I assume to be Mt Denali.


As the clouds move, the shadows and lights cast some impressive dynamic lighting, which in the clear air is visible for miles. I really wish I had taken the time to shoot a timelapse, but I didn't carry the requisite gear then. But what a scene it was.


Below is a panorama from 6 images from the same location, but looking into the other direction. View large to immerse yourself into the scene. Even below is one of the beams of light illuminating the riverbed brightly.


Denali National Park



Speaking of mountains, I am planning a 2 week trip to Patagonian Chile and Argentina towards the end of February, involving quite a bit of backpacking and hiking. Is anybody interested?

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Taken on July 27, 2010