Kluane Lake, Kluane National Park, Yukon Territory, Canada. Canon 5D Mark III, 16-35mm f2.8L, 1/40 sec @ f/13, ISO 200.
Whenever I pass Kluane Lake in Kluane National Park, Yukon Territory (just 100 mile or so from the Alaska border) I can’t resist a crack at photography. It is a beautiful location. On this evening, the first snow of the year had just decorated the surrounding hillsides but the lake water had yet to freeze. How the sun would interact with the clouds in the late evening hour was certainly unpredictable. I found a spot on the edge of the lake and waited to see what happened. While there was not yet a lot of color, the scene is somewhere between peaceful and stormy, depending how you look at it.
Clouds roll over the forest hillsides of the Tongass National Forest, Hyder, Alaska, southeast. Canon 5D Mark III, 100-400mm f/5.6L IS (200mm), 1/160 sec @ f.8, ISO 200.
The layered and forested hills, accentuated by the misty and foggy weather of southeast Alaska truly define the Tongass National Forest. This was taken near Hyder, Alaska, a tiny town on the Alaska panhandle. Believe it or not, there was a slight splash of blue sky above these clouds but I purposefully cropped it out both to control the dynamic range but also to keep the mood of the scene consistent.
Alaska Canada (AlCan) highway in British Columbia. Canon 5D Mark III, 100-400mm f/4L IS, (100mm), 1/320 sec @ f/8, ISO 200.
This classic view of the AlCan Highway weaves its way through British Columbia and the Yukon Territory about 400 hundred miles from the Alaska border. I’ve traveled the highway many times over the past three decades, and while it has changed significantly, it still holds that charm of remote and unpopulated feel. Early to mid September is a beautiful time to make the journey as the leaves and surrounding tundra is turning ripe and colorful under autumn’s spell. At first I was shooting this scene from the road level, but later ran up an adjacent slope to get a slightly different perspective.
Fish creek, flanked by the forest hillsides of the Tongass National Forest, Hyder, Alaska, southeast. Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS (55mm), 1/15 sec @ f/16, ISO 100
Fish creek is located in near Hyder, Alaska, the only mainland accessible town along Alaska’s southern portion of the panhandle. It is a tiny place and accessed from the Cassiar Highway in British Columbia, Canada. Fish creek is a popular destination for bears who come in search of the salmon that lay in its clear waters. The Tongass National Forest borders the area and it was in classical form during my short visit, which was misty, rain filled clouds that would come and go through the mountains.
Wildland fire in the Tanana Valley south of Fairbanks, Alaska, is fueled by high winds. Canon 5D Mark III, 500mm f/4L IS II, 1/6 sec @ f/4, ISO 400
Within 24 hours this weekend, 80% of the leaves were stripped from the trees in the vicinity of my house in Fairbanks. Powerful winds swept across Alaska’s interior advancing the look of winter on the landscape considerably. These winds also offered oxygen to a wildfire burning south of Fairbanks in the Tanana Valley. It was leaping in orange flames this morning on the pre dawn horizon.
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