It is likely true for most Alaskan’s, that after 8 months of white, the urge to both see and feel color and heat ramps to an all-time high at the beginning of May. At least in Fairbanks, the snow is in the final melting stages and the buds in the trees are just beginning to appear. As delightful as winter fun in the snow can be, I’m longing to drink in some rich colors and the pleasant warmth of a Fairbanks summer. The cumulous clouds are returning to sparkling blue skies, and the pace of life amps up in accord with the length of light. The hours of a landscape photographer during Alaska’s summers are a bit ruthless to a normal sleep cycle, but they are filled with golden light and rewarding sights. This picture of Denali is a new image I took last summer in Denali National Park.