Still Learning To See

Another day in the presence of Denali

One in three people who come to Denali see “the mountain.” Very few see it without any clouds as we did yesterday. Today was (again!) one of the best days of my life hiking across the long plain in yesterday’s post with not another soul in sight, making photographs of astounding Arctic wildflowers—all with Denali in full view for a second day in a row.

One of the amazing things about Denali is how often it changes, both with the light and the clouds. This is only part of what we saw:

Imagine spending the whole afternoon seeing this!

A telephoto detail of the top of the mountain, sans clouds at that moment.

Another view of the south face just a short while later.

The mountain is so powerful.

Denali, Athabaskan for “The High One.”

This entry was published on July 13, 2012 at 1:34 am. It’s filed under Uncategorized and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

2 thoughts on “Another day in the presence of Denali

  1. Julia on said:

    Ah, John–you certainly share the vision of the other John (Muir) when he said: “Society speaks and all men listen, mountains speak and wise men listen.” Especially in this election campaign, we are surrounded by “society” speaking constantly–how wonderful that YOU are in the presence of Denali, hearing its message with your usual wisdom. Thanks again.

  2. Caroline on said:


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