Sukakpak Mountain Reflection

Photographer Adam Woodworth captures a mountain pond reflection in Alaska, a roadside shot that was 200 miles up a dirt road

Nikon D810, 19mm tilt-shift lens, f/11, ISO 64, 1/4 second.

Sukakpak Mountain in the Brooks Range Mountains above the Arctic Circle in Alaska on an early July night in 2017. Night in the Arctic Circle in the summer means the sun doesn’t set, and this was around midnight.

This was quite a journey! This is basically a roadside shot, but it’s over 200 miles up the Dalton Highway, a gravel haul road that goes 415 miles through the Arctic Circle to Deadhorse, a work camp for the oil fields on the North Slope of Alaska. We rented a van and slept in it for 4 nights as we travelled from Fairbanks to Deadhorse and back. My main goal was to get a photo of this mountain, but the entire trip was wild! About 25% of the highway is actually paved, including this section in the Brooks Range.

This mountain was once part of an ancient seabed, it started as limestone and through intense heat and pressure was transformed into marble and was forced up during the formation of the Brooks Range.

I believe the round pile of dirt with grass on top just right of center frame is a palsa, a frost heave that pushes up the ground in shapes like these, found in arctic and sub-arctic regions.

Learn more about Adam’s shooting & editing techniques through his tutorials and workshops, available at his website,

Adam Woodworth is a landscape photographer, award-winning filmmaker and software engineer. He has had a love of photography for most of his life and one of his main focuses is landscape astrophotography. His earliest memory of gazing up in awe at the night sky was as a child in a canoe on a lake in Maine, fishing at night. The intensity of the star-filled sky in such a peaceful spot was a powerful experience, and now he enjoys sharing that experience through his photography. Follow him on Instagram as @awoodworthphoto.