Alaska during the peak of fall colour. Such an incredible place. The tundra throughout Denali National Park and the surrounds was incredibly vibrant.
I remember this magic afternoon vividly…. The colour, the deafening silence inbetween beavers breaking the surface of the ponds, the drizzle on my neck, and the taste of fresh blueberries picked straight from the ground cover.
In a recent post on the Luke Austin Photography facebook page I asked for peoples input as to which image I would post next. I requested that they state specific dates within a two year period. My challenge was to take the first responded date and find an image I had shot from that day.
I realised I had not yet posted the image to the blog. So here it is.. August 30 2010… Alaska, Incredible place.
Below is an image I captured while in Alaska in August/September of 2010. I was surprised to find these Lupins on the mountainside on the hike up to the Harding Icefield. All the wildflowers at a lower elevation were well past their best before date but as I slowly climbed higher the foliage and wildflowers were in far better shape. I decided I would continue on and upward and shoot the Lupin on the way back down later in the afternoon.
Once I returned to the area I had briefly scouted on my way up it began raining, only for a short period however. There was just enough rain to line all the leaves with tiny beads of water (clearly visible in print) and make the mountainside wet enough to cause me to slip n slide all over the place. Trying to hunt out a composition that I felt worked in the slippery conditions was frustrating and after one bad spill it became painful (a rock in the behind will do that to you. I said ROCK!). Anyway after finding a composition I was happy with I sat, waited and recovered.
I’d like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I am now back in Perth and looking forward to the Christmas and New Year period catching up with friends and family.
I was hoping to have some new material up over the last few weeks but unfortunately my mac was out of action. It was put into a local Perth business for an upgrade but they managed to make a mess of it. I had to return it several times over the course of a 3 week period. Valuable downtime wasted. The matter has now been resolved and I am hoping to have some more images up over the next few weeks.
All the best to everyone into the New Year.
Denali National Park, Alaska
Well I am now back from Alaska. I had an unbelievable time and came away with plenty of new images. I will most likely elaborate on the trip and certain locations when I get around to posting some of the images. I will not process any of the new images until I am behind a decent monitor as I am working off my laptop at the moment.
I hope everyone is well and I apologize that I have not been visiting/commenting on everyones blogs lately. I have spent as much time shooting as possible.
Here is a quick 3 image stitch I threw together from a day spent out in Katmai National Park, Alaska. We were flown in by light aircraft and dropped off on the tidal flats of the Coast. After seeing the pilot off we began hiking up the beach until we reached this inlet. We just sat and watched as various Coastal Brown Bears made their way along the shoreline in search for salmon. This time of the year the salmon are “on the run” and the bears are doing their best to feed on the salmon as much as possible before winter sets in. It was an incredible site to see and to be out there amongst them a long way from anywhere was very surreal.
It is something I will remember for the rest of my life.
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