Posts Tagged Denali National Park

DC at night

Some might claim that Washington, DC, is in a permanent state of night following the last month’s odd goings on, but this is a little different.

I attended a conference in DC in November and my friend Phil came down for a couple days of sightseeing and photography after the conference.

When I go to DC I always go to The Wall and pay my respects to a few friends and shipmates. After that I wander The Mall and then head back to the hotel. Phil wanted to do some night photography and that sounded like a good idea. Since this is a big city, we weren’t about to see many stars, so that left the monuments and the surprising crowd around them, even in the dark. I had a little Platypod, a small metal plate that serves as a tripod substitute if I’m too lazy to carry the real thing. From that I got a couple interesting images. With a tripod I might have had a few different angles, but what I got worked pretty well.

There was a young man on a bicycle with multicolored lights at the ends of the spokes, so, of course, a longish exposure might just capture some interesting motion. I suppose if I had kept the shutter open even longer, the streak of color would have been wider, but this is not too bad (click on the images for a better view):

 

Lights on the spokes

Lights on the spokes

 

I just read an article that reported on a survey done of political science professors in having them rate the Presidents of the United States based on several different factors. Of course, the top two were Abraham Lincoln and George Washington. It makes sense, therefore, that they have monuments built to them on the Mall and that they are well-lit and well-visited at night. Here they are:

 

Lincoln Memorial:

 

Lincoln Memorial at night

Lincoln Memorial at night

 

Washington Monument:

 

Washington Monument at night

Washington Monument at night

 

Yes, our Nation’s Capitol is quite a treat even at night.

More to follow

Bob

 

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Denali Mountains

We traveled alongside the Alaska Range from Anchorage to Denali. In the park we saw some beautiful landscape. One of the first stops was at Polychrome Pass, where I did a quick HDR of the scene. I think it worked out pretty well.

Polychrome Pass, Denali NP, Alaska

Polychrome Pass, Denali NP, Alaska

Our guide said that on average, only 30% of visitors get to see Mt. McKinley (what the native Alaskans call Denali and what the European-descended folks call “The Mountain,” or just “it,” as in, “Did you see it?”

We saw it. I posted an HDR of Denali last week, here’s a non-HDR view from a different angle.

Mt. McKinley, Denali NP, Alaska

Mt. McKinley, Denali NP, Alaska

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Bob

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Alaska Critters

It’s been forever since I’ve tried any wildlife photography, but one just can’t pass up the opportunity at Denali. I may have an alignment problem with my lens or just with my eyes, so will spend a little more time practicing with critters to figure it out. At least I got a start.

Here are a couple of Dall Sheep hanging out on a cliff. There were three others directly below the bus, but the German across from me glommed on to the window and wouldn’t move to let me get a good shot. Reminds me of me.

Dall sheep, Denali NP

Dall sheep, Denali NP

And, of course, what trip would be complete without seeing a GRIZ. Or several. We saw two groups of three, both made up of a sow with two cubs (I think they’re yearlings) and one boar. The boar didn’t get very photogenic for my small lens, so here’s a cub wondering what sort of trouble he can cause next.

Grizzly cub, Denali NP

Grizzly cub, Denali NP

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Bob

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Alaska, Day 3

We faced every kind of weather except snow today. Sun, hot, rain, cold.

Went back to Denali for a short drive (private vehicles are pretty well banned from the park) and a quick hike. Hot and sunny.

Drove to Trapper Creek through rain and we encountered the brightest rainbow I’ve ever seen. Added bonus: it was accompanied by a full double. Then we found some interesting flora, so broke out the macro lens.

Here’s what we saw today:

Hiked up the Savage River and found some nice reflections in the braided stream. It cried for black-and-white.

Savage River, Denali NP

Savage River, Denali NP

And then rain and cold, but we were rewarded by this:

two rainbows

two rainbows

Of course, the rain leaves other clues that it was in the area:

Rose Leaf, Alaska

Rose Leaf, Alaska

potentilla fruiticosa, Alaska

potentilla fruiticosa, Alaska

That’s enough for now.

More to follow,

Bob

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