This is shot is mostly luck mixed with a little bit of perseverance. First of all the mountain often clouds over as the day progresses and if it does not, it tends to be very hazy by this time of day. It was noon when I shot the frame, and thanks to the amazing clarity of the day, and the polarizing filter which reduced the sheen on the vegetation, the image works. Earlier light would have been preferred, but I’ll take this as a starter.
Shots of wildlife–especially bears–in front of Denali are not easy to come by. I was returning to camp for a bit to eat when I thought I should explore the tundra a bit (more scouting for a location to shoot under better light) when I came across this bear incessantly feeding on blueberries. This time of year, the bears are in a state of hysterical eating called hyperphasia. The bear seldom looked up, and I happened to get only a few frames when it walked to a new location to find blueberries. Managing the tripod, tundra, bushes, polarizer, etc., made a bit of a frantic scene on my part, not wanting to miss this opportunity. The bear was visible for 16 minutes before moving off into the alder bushes (which were ubiquitous in the area).