Into the Clouds
There is a sense in Alaska of not only being north of the Lower 48 but being above everything else.
Snow and Ice
No matter the season, both elements are omnipresent in Alaska's terrain. Although there is a noticeable global warming effect where temperatures are on the rise with each passing year.
An Abundance of Glaciers
Everywhere you look, ice fields abound. To me, they seem to encapsulate time itself. Our lifetime on this planet pales in comparison to the history of each glacier.
Nature's Season Gauge
The Fireweed flower is everywhere. It is said that the petals fall off from the bottom to the top as the summer wanes. When it wilts, it's a sign that fall/winter is approaching.
It would be difficult to find anywhere in this state that was devoid of some kind of mountain range. Seen here are the Talkeetna Mountains on the way up to the now defunct Independence Mine.
A ghost town goldmine sits atop Hatcher pass near Wasilla. There are many old gold mines still in existence from the rush of the late 1880s.
We camped by this beautiful lake in Wasilla. The water was quite choppy at the time but a long exposure smoothed out the ripples.