The above image illustrates why both Denali National Park and Jaime and Lisa Johnson are amazing. One has wildlife viewing and photography opportunities like nowhere else, and the other guys always get incredible images when they are out. I thought I would showcase both in this post. Jaime and Lisa are close friends of mine from Lincoln, Montana, who have mentored my photography skills for years. The following are a few more images from their trip to Denali this past summer. To see their full collections, CLICK HERE. Be warned, you might get drawn in there for a while!
Visitors to Denali are also likely to see grizzly and black bears, caribou, moose, wolves, and red foxes. I have always done exceptionally well with wildlife sightings in the park. One one trip I saw 16 grizzlies in one day, and on another I watched a grizzly chase a wolf off of a caribou carcass. Watching herds of caribou and shaggy blond grizzlies traverse the vast treeless tundra, with the Alaska Range soaring overhead, is like traveling back in time to the Pleistocene.
Equaling the quality of wildlife, is the stunning scenery of Denali, crowned by North America’s tallest peak, Mt. McKinley (though all Alaskans call it Denali because President McKinley had nothing to do with the Mountain). Denali means “the high one” in indigenous Athabaskan language, for good reason, as it stands at 20, 320 feet! The most incredible aspect of Denali is the fact that it rises 18,000 feet above the surrounding landscape, which makes it the tallest mountain in the world in terms of local relief!