Climbing higher along the Harding Ice Field along exit Glacier, looking across the green growth at more ice creeping over the top of the mountain.
From high up on the Harding Ice Field trail, looking down at Exit Glaciers, it's difficult to see exactly how huge and deep the breaks are between the ice. Each a mountain of their own.
After visiting the Arctic Circle Trading Post, I headed back down to Fairbanks. The scenery along side all of the Alaskan roads is always amazing. I was taken in by the dark black pool of water reflecting the amazing color of the fall leaves.
The park road inside Denali is only paved for several miles. On my first day I took a quick trip up the section of park road that guests are allowed to drive on. I was amazed to see how colorful the landscape is.
This is the view from the top of the Mount Healy trail. The top offers a great view of the valley below. Even here, more blueberry bushes cover the top of the mountain. I stopped here to have my lunch and enjoy the view before heading back down the trail.
The top of the Mount Healy trail offers stunning 360 degree views of the valleys and surrounding mountains. A very rewarding trip. The variety of colors along the landscape are breathtaking.
The top of the Mount Healy trail offers stunning 360 degree views of the valleys and surrounding mountains. A very rewarding trip. The variety of colors along the landscape are breathtaking.
The top of the Mount Healy trail offers stunning 360 degree views of the valleys and surrounding mountains. A very rewarding trip. The variety of colors along the landscape are breathtaking.
The top of the Mount Healy trail offers stunning 360 degree views of the valleys and surrounding mountains. A very rewarding trip. The variety of colors along the landscape are breathtaking.
The top of the Mount Healy trail offers stunning 360 degree views of the valleys and surrounding mountains. A very rewarding trip. The variety of colors along the landscape are breathtaking.
The view of the valley below from the park road reveals how stunning the amount diversity in life is throughout the valley.
The shuttle bus stops at Toklat river to give riders a bathroom break, and an opportunity to take photographs of the Toklat river.
The shuttle bus stops at Toklat river to give riders a bathroom break, and an opportunity to take photographs of the Toklat river.
The shuttle bus stops at Toklat river to give riders a bathroom break, and an opportunity to take photographs of the Toklat river.
One of the last stops before the Wonder Lake campground is the Eielson Center. The Eielson center is a small museum with lots of information about the park. Here, at this elevation, most of the mountains are covered in snow.
One of the last stops before the Wonder Lake campground is the Eielson Center. The Eielson center is a small museum with lots of information about the park. Here, at this elevation, most of the mountains are covered in snow. These Caribou antlers were on display.
One of the last stops before the Wonder Lake campground is the Eielson Center. The Eielson center is a small museum with lots of information about the park. Here, at this elevation, most of the mountains are covered in snow. These Caribou antlers were on display.
Denali, unfortunately known by the other name Mount McKinley, is the highest peak in the United States. The mountain is amazing to behold. Here you can see it towering over the mountain range below. The smaller mountain range below, is as tall as the Rockies.
While at Wonder Lake campground I took a short hike over to Wonder Lake. Along the way are many small ponds of water that were carved out by glaciers.
I walked up from Wonder Lake campground to search out the spot of one of Ansel Adams famous photographs of Denali. Unfortunately, as is most often, the weather was not cooperating with me. In the Ansel Adams photograph, the clouds would be replaced by Denali towering over top of the lower mountain range.
A view of a small glacier pond near Wonder Lake in Denali National Park.
Although Mirror Lake is better known for it's photographs of Denali reflecting in ti's water. The vast openness of the valley in front of Denali reminds visitors how vast the park really is. Here, off in the distance, is a snow storm passing across the valley.
Although Mirror Lake is better known for it's photographs of Denali reflecting in ti's water. The vast openness of the valley in front of Denali reminds visitors how vast the park really is. Here, off in the distance, is a snow storm passing across the valley. Lake is better known for it's photographs of Denali reflecting in ti's water. The vast openness of the valley in front of Denali reminds visitors how vast the park really is. Here, off in the distance, is a snow storm passing across the valley.
I was waiting for the bus pickup at the campground when I saw the yellow leaves on the wet black rock. I loved all of the elements on this scene. The highlights, contrast, soft leaves, hard stone, black and yellow, wet an shiny.
Near the bus stop for the Wonder Lake campground was a large rock. The passing sleet left a smooth black shiny surface on the rock.
On the way back after a night of camping in Denali, the shuttle bus stops back at the Toklat bus stop.
On the way back after a night of camping in Denali, the shuttle bus stops back at the Toklat bus stop.
A photograph of the Alaska Train as it swooped around Turnagain Arm away from Anchorage.
The Williwaw campground is right outside of the tunnel to Whittier, my final destitution the next morning. This part of the glacier virtually hangs over top of the campsites below.
Valdez, although a small, and not so pretty town, has some of the most dramatic and amazing landscape. On the way into Valdez the road passes between the small crevice where two mountains meet. Along the road, on either side of the mountains are waterfalls that seem to pour down on top of you.
The drive back from Valdez was long, so I spent a night in the car in one of Alaska's many car parking spots along the roadway. This was the surprising beautiful scene I woke up to.
The drive back from Valdez was long, so I spent a night in the car in one of Alaska's many car lots. This was the scene I woke up to.
Walking along the salmon stream in the Williwaw campground.
The Williwaw campground is right outside of the tunnel to Whittier, my final destitution the next morning. This part of the glacier virtually hangs over top of the campsites below.
Boats docked at the harbor in Whittier Alaska.
Large Buoys at Whittier Alaska
A view of the shoreline on the glacier trip from Whittier.
A view of the shoreline on the glacier trip from Whittier.
Waterfall along the cliffs of the Harriman Fjord.
A small tour boat from Whittier takes you around to see several nearby Glaciers at the nearby bays, fjords and canals. This is Surprise Glacier
A small tour boat from Whittier takes you around to see several nearby Glaciers at the nearby bays, fjords and canals. This is Surprise Glacier. The dark lines show the earth that is pulled up as the glacier moves down from the mountains.
A small tour boat from Whittier takes you around to see several nearby Glaciers at the nearby bays, fjords and canals. This is Surprise Glacier. I was looking to be there in time to see a large calving event at Surprise Glacier.
A small tour boat from Whittier takes you around to see several nearby Glaciers at the nearby bays, fjords and canals. This is Surprise Glacier. I was looking to be there in time to see a large calving event at Surprise Glacier.
A small tour boat from Whittier takes you around to see several nearby Glaciers at the nearby bays, fjords and canals. This is Surprise Glacier. I was looking to be there in time to see a large calving event at Surprise Glacier.
A small tour boat from Whittier takes you around to see several nearby Glaciers at the nearby bays, fjords and canals. This is Surprise Glacier. I was looking to be there in time to see a large calving event at Surprise Glacier.
A small tour boat from Whittier takes you around to see several nearby Glaciers at the nearby bays, fjords and canals. This is Surprise Glacier. The dark lines show the earth that is pulled up as the glacier moves down from the mountains.
The beautiful blue ice of Surprise Glacier. What is fascinating is that the best time to see the ice look this way is on a gray day.
The sunbeams coming through the clouds over polychrome and Toklat River
These dall steep were sitting up on a steep cliff that overlooked Park road.
A photograph of Denali from down along the pines.
Close up look at the glacial ice at Byron Glacier
Zoom into the ice inside the ice dome at Byron Glacier
A slow shutter speed take of the stream flowing down from Byron Glacier
This is a panorama of the port in Seward.
Once at the top of the Harding Ice Field Trail, the view is like a very large ocean. In the distance is the mountain a mountain peak far across the ocean of ice.
A panorama of the isles in Blying sound while on a trip with Kenai Fjords tours.
A panorama of Aialik Glacier

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