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National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska Gallery

This last June marked my second visit to the National Petroleum Reserve – Alaska, a monstrous 23 million acre area on Alaska’s north slope. It was originally set aside by president Harding as an emergency oil supply for the US Navy.  The average person knows little about the region, and it is huge. Some consider it a large wasteland full of mosquitoes. Well, the mosquitoes love the place (at least for a month or two), but there is much more going on there. There are many stories I could tell about my recent trip in June, but it is time to move on to other subjects and I’ll leave behind this gallery for casual browsing. The photos were all taken in the Utukok river uplands region, which is referenced on a map on a previous post.

  • Jodi Hilty - Great photos. Glad to run into you on the Archimedes Ridge….
    JodiJuly 19, 2010 – 9:41 amReplyCancel

    • Patrick - Thanks Jodi, and yes, it was fun meeting humans on the top of the ridge after a week of solitude.July 19, 2010 – 4:38 pmReplyCancel

  • Daryl Pederson - I wish I had taken a lot of these pictures. What a trip!July 18, 2010 – 12:51 amReplyCancel

    • Patrick - Daryl,
      Perhaps our vicarious knowing of each other will end in a face to face meeting one of these days. I hope your summer is giving a few photo options.July 18, 2010 – 6:28 pmReplyCancel

  • Troy - This series speaks volumes. So much wildlife and geography!
    Perfect compositions and tones leave lasting memory imprints. Hope the pepper spray was in focus, I mean handy!
    Well done Patrick, I look forward to seeing select images in various publications.July 16, 2010 – 6:54 pmReplyCancel

    • Patrick - Troy,
      I’ve got a pepper spray story to tell from that trip, but it was unrelated to a bear. Maybe I’ll share that one soon. That region is rich and truly wild and I thoroughly enjoyed the trip. I hope to visit an adjacent area in the next few years. As for the pictures appearing in print, that would be nice and if it happens I’ll ping you. Thanks for visiting.July 18, 2010 – 6:25 pmReplyCancel

  • Tim Newton - Thank you so much for sharing your work! I follow and enjoy all your postings! :-)July 16, 2010 – 11:28 amReplyCancel

    • Patrick - Tim,
      You are very welcome and I’m happy to hear you enjoy the viewing.July 18, 2010 – 6:22 pmReplyCancel

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