Trips: Denali Fall 2019

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Reflection Pond Classic

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Carved by glaciers thousands of years ago, kettle ponds like Reflection Pond dot the Denali landscape

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A kettle of sand cranes ride the thermals higher and higher above Denali as they begin their migration south

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A handful of blueberries.

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Denali's waters reflect the blue skies above, with stands of aspen along the shores.

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A bird's eye view of Denali's fascinating river structure

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Denali panorama in black and white

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Most days Denali is obscured by clouds like these just beginning to form around its peak this morning

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Denal's peak is cloaked in the pink light of early dawn

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Three carribou cross the Denali autumn landscape

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A male carribou leads the way

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A young grizzly searches for ground squirrels

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Young Denali Grizzly

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A grizzly licks its lips in anticipation

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Autumn Road in Alaska

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Autumn Along the Chulitna River

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A large bull moose emerges from the willow thicket

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It is the September rut, and this large male is determined to send off a younger male.

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A short-eared owl looks for rodents

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Thorofare Pass and Gorge Creek

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WInter's arrival above fall's brief and fading color palette

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An aerial approach to Denali reveals the glacial river paths, volcanic origins and immensity of Denali

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The eastern face of Denali in the clear of mid morning

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An aerial view of the north and south peaks of Denali

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The high ridges guarding Denali's peaks are buried deep in snow

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The strong winds that rush across Denali shape the deep snows like so many swirls of whipped cream

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Almost to the Top - a view of the volcanic origins of Denali

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Fortress Denali

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The western face of Denali rises above the clouds in the late afternoon

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The steep walls and canyons along Denali's eastern face

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HIdden Views of Denali

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Heavy snows are loaded on the western face of the ridges leading to Denali's peaks

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Denali's Approach

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Mineral and water deposits color the Denali floor

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Glacial path leading to the west from Mount Denali

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Late afternoon sun on Mount Denali