Friday, August 7, 2009
Denali - Photographing on the Park Road
Been dynamic here in Denali lately. I have been out just about every evening since my last post, doing either wildlife photography or social things. I had an opportunity to photograph on the Denali park road with two awesome photographers. One, a Kent Miller, who is a photo-journalism professor from Central Michigan University, The other, Neil Blake, his student intern doing photojournalism studies here in Denali. We photographed the road for two solid days and had good times. The above images were some of my favorites.
Although the wildlife activity was generally slow, we had two exceptional opportunities with a sow and her two cubs close to the road and a rainbow that appeared in the Polychrome area of the park.
Fortunate for us, the mountain (Mt. McKinley) was out as well. The hiker pictured above was from Switzerland. He was passing through when we stopped to photograph Denali. He was the real deal. When I talked to him, he told me he had already spent 10 days in the park back country. If you look closely you can see his beat up water bottle and natural wood hiking stick, no commercial trekking poles for this fellow. I asked if he wouldn't mind posing just to the right of the mountain.
We also had a great opportunity to photograph some Arctic Terns. These amazing birds are always a blast to photograph. After patterning their flight over a portion of a small lake, we could predict where they would return to hover prior to diving in for a minnow. The above are just a few of a series of fun images.