After enjoying Lou’s Fall photos, and comparing them to the ones we made in the snowy fall of 2015, I decided to check out the 2013 Denali pics from our early summer trip. We were there just after the Park Road opened. I’ve reprocessed these photos; the new versions aren’t much different than the ones in the original trip report, but Lightroom has made some enhancements in the last 6 years.
I’ve included some wildlife we saw on our bus ride to the Kantishna Roadhouse (the other lodge at the end of the 90 mile road). Our bus driver, Kirsty was phenomenal at spotting wildlife. We didn’t see any bears or moose, but had good views of caribou, dall sheep, and even saw a Cross Fox – red and black. And our favorite ptarmigan.
10 June 2013
The photo above is the Eielson Visitor Center. You can see the clouds in this and the other photos. We sure didn’t see Denali – the mountain, on this ride. Leaving Eielson, and continuing into Kantishna, you can really see the differences compared to the fall trips. There is a lot more green grass and shrubs.
Quite a difference, but then, the ride can be different from day to day in the same week. I fell in love with the immense landscapes of Denali National Park on this trip – which was my first. No matter which season, this is a amazing place.
Just my view, but I would say Lou’s 2008 trip was the prettiest with fall colors at their peak. Our snowy trip in 2015 had the most atmosphere, but the fall colors were not as prominent. The 2013 trip looks a little lackluster compared to the other two, but I still find it beautiful. I would go back in June, July, August, or September!
Does anyone else have an opinion?