Denali State Park erupts in bright shades of red, orange and yellow during the fall.
Denali is six million acres of wild land, bisected by one ribbon of road. Travelers along it see the relatively low-elevation taiga forest give way to high alpine tundra and snowy mountains, culminating in North America's tallest peak, 20,310' Denali. Wild animals large and small roam unfenced lands, living as they have for ages. Solitude, tranquility and wilderness await.
Denali is the highest mountain peak in North America, with a summit elevation of 20,310 feet above sea level.
Scenic overlook from the Eielson Visitor Center, inside Denali National Park and Preserve.
Two caribou grazing within Denali National Park and Preserve.
A close-up of one of the caribou.
Just outside Denali National Park & Preserve, I spotted this small group of moose in Alaska's Interior region.
A wolf passes by my tour bus. For most of the season, a shuttle bus or tour bus are the only ways to access the entire 92-mile road within Denali National Park and Preserve.
A mother brown bear and her cub spotted inside Denali National Park & Preserve.
At the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, visitors can get an up close experience with several of the residents, including this bull moose.
After more than 100 years of extirpation throughout Alaska, wood bison have found their way back to the state. In collaboration with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center was able to reintroduce the wood bison back to the state. In 2003, 13 wood bison were brought to AWCC from a disease-free herd in the Yukon Territory in Canada. The goal is to release the AWCC herd back into the Alaska wild. Currently, AWCC is home to the only wood bison herd in the United States. The first wood bison calves born in the state of Alaska in over 100 years were born at AWCC in 2005. In 2008, AWCC received 53 calves from Canada and placed them with the existing AWCC herd. Since 2006, AWCC has seen the birth of multiple calves every spring.
Before I upgraded to a Nikon DSLR, I worked with a Canon point & shoot. I remember sneaking up on this bald eagle who was pillaging inside this garbage dumpster. I spooked him, but was able to take this shot before he flew away.
Stretching 1,100 miles south and west from the Alaska Peninsula, the Aleutian Islands consist of more than 200 islands which are actually the peaks of 57 submarine volcanoes (27 of which are considered active) rising from near sea level to more than 9,000
The City of Unalaska - located along the Aleutian Islands - had a population of 4,376 at the 2010 census.
Barrow, Alaska is located above the Arctic Circle and is the northernmost city in America. Here is a photo of the whalebone arch.
Town Square Park in downtown Anchorage, Alaska.
After a 45 year career in construction, Bob Patterson has become an extremely prolific artist including this mural called “Anchorage History” in downtown. Across its 120 foot width, Patterson has illustrated key years, events and the evolution of transportation from the arrival of Captain James Cook in 1778 until 1997 when the mural was painted. Patterson talent earned him the title of “Artist of the Year” by Northwest Magazine in 1997.
In 2008, 27 years after Wyland’s quest began, the artist and the Wyland Foundation completed the monumental goal of painting 100 life-size public marine murals. Here is Wyland Wall #54 in Anchorage, Alaska. The mural is 400 feet long x 50 feet high.
Talk about one-stop shopping: At 14,000 square feet, this 20-year-old Anchorage store is Alaska's biggest gift shop.
"Flying" dogs on display in the William A. Egan Civic and Convention Center.
Starting line at the 2010 Iditarod - the Last Great Race on Earth.
Beautiful scenery viewed along the train ride south to Whittier, Alaska.
A bald eagle soars above my head in Seward, Alaska.
Steller sea lions resting in Kenai Fjords National Park.
Bear Glacier - the largest glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park.
Kenai Fjords National Park covers an area of 669,984 acres on the Kenai Peninsula in southcentral Alaska, near the town of Seward.
At the edge of the Kenai Peninsula lies a land where the ice age lingers. Nearly 40 glaciers flow from the Harding Icefield, Kenai Fjords' crowning feature.
The Suna-X hovercraft, a 93-foot-long vessel that once carried upward of 50 passengers between the cities of Cold Bay and King Cove. I had the opportunity to ride the hovercraft on my first trip to the Aleutian Islands.
Hike up close to Exit Glacier and experience the dense blue ice while listening to it crackle. President Obama visited this popular glacier during his 2015 visit.
A bald eagle takes a momentary rest before flying away in Unalaska, Alaska.
A puffin inside the Alaska SeaLife Center - the state's premier public aquarium and Alaska's only permanent marine mammal rehabilitation facility.
The best way to see Alaska is on the railroad! More than 460,000 passengers travel annually throughout the Last Frontier on the railroad.
The facade of the Alaska State Capitol building. — in Juneau, Alaska.
On her second to last day in office, Governor Palin served me a salmon burger at the annual Governor's picnic in Anchorage.