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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.

  • Michael Wald - Next time you are in the area. Pls swing down to Haines and visit us.October 4, 2012 – 4:21 pmReplyCancel

  • Ron Niebrugge - That is a pretty area.

    Did you just run down the Alaska Highway and back, or are you heading somewhere in the Lower 48?September 28, 2012 – 9:08 amReplyCancel

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.

  • Guy Archibald - Beautiful photographs. I never get tired of seeing the Tongass even if it is just outside my window. Thank you for bringing this to those not fortunate enough to be allowed to share in this incredible landscape with the tree, salmon and bear peoples.October 1, 2012 – 9:23 amReplyCancel

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.

  • Darris - Stunning . . . I’ve been to both Canada and Alaska but haven’t yet driven the AlCan Highway. A definite addition to my ‘must experience’ list.

    I’m really enjoying (and sharing) your images. Brings AK home again . . .September 25, 2012 – 1:16 pmReplyCancel

    • desertvoice - Alaska has been beautifully made by God! I have driven AlCan highway several times. It’s a onece-in-a-lifetime experience.June 21, 2014 – 8:18 amReplyCancel

    • Patrick Endres - Darris, it certainly is a journey worth making at some point.September 25, 2012 – 2:51 pmReplyCancel

  • Michael Burke - I just discovered your blog, and wanted to say that I love your images! You really manage to capture the essence of nature and wildlife. Thank you for sharing a virtual Alaska with us.September 25, 2012 – 2:08 amReplyCancel

  • Phyllis B. - Beautiful, hope to make this drive one day.September 24, 2012 – 12:57 pmReplyCancel

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.

  • Karen Casebeer - What a great shot, Patrick! It’s so realistic, I feel like I’m there.September 21, 2012 – 6:21 amReplyCancel

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.

  • chuck ashley - Hi Patrick,
    Nice shot of the fire, sad to hear about your leaves being blown away with those high winds. I saw from Anchorage Daily News that winds around Girdwood were pushing a 120 mph with the Portage Glacier area received 5 inches of rain. I have a feeling this winter will come early & harshly-stay warm & dry as you can Patrick!
    Look forward to your next photo
    Chuck AshleySeptember 17, 2012 – 5:48 pmReplyCancel

  • Patrick Endres - Jan, The sunrise was quite pink this morning, so the angle of light here, although the sun is not risen yet, is coming from a near perpendicular angle and probably contributes to the pastel, more pink color.September 17, 2012 – 11:41 amReplyCancel

  • Jan - What makes the colors so pastel? Is there lots of moisture in the air or the angle of light in the far north?
    Here ( high desert Nevada) a fire photo is very orange no mater time of day.
    Your fire is very pretty.September 17, 2012 – 11:37 amReplyCancel