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Floating Denali
Photo By Richard Seeley

  • Title: Floating Denali
  • State/Province/Region: Alaska
  • Country: United States
  • Nearest Area: Denali National Park
  • Nearest Town: Kantishna
  • Brief Directions: Denali Park road to Stoney Dome pullout, Denali National Park, Alaska
  • Best Season: Summer
  • Description: Experiencing Mt McKinley at the summer solstice is a special event. The probability of seeing a piece of the mountain, also known as Denali, is about 30% on average throughout the year. The chances of seeing the entire mountain in full is only about 16%. To be able to watch and photograph the entire mountain from sundown, through a moonset in the blue light of twilight to the alpenglow sunrise, just 3 hours after sundown is a once in a lifetime experience. Two days before the solstice, Denali was obscured by smoke from wild fires. We wondered if we would see a sunset on the mountain. It was minutes past the official sunset of 12:21 am when the angle of the sun and the density of the smoke created a brief but spectacular effect on the peaks of Denali, making it appear to be floating like an island in the distance.
  • Gear: Canon 5DM3, Canon 70-200 f/2.8 Lens; Gitzo Tripod
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