Thursday, August 26, 2010

Blue Sky Over Denali

Our last day at Denali.  Our fellow travelers had left early in the morning but we had arranged to spend an extra day.  We awoke to blue skies above but that did not guarantee that the Alaska range would be cloud free.  We were going to Wonder Lake for a hike up Blueberry Hill.  Soon we would know, would "The Mountain" show itself?
As we came up over the ridge, there it was, at 20,320 feet, Denali!  Well, maybe not all 20,320 feet, it was wearing a little cloud cap, but we were satisfied.
We got out of the van at Wonder Lake, enchanted by the clear blue sky ant the great white mountain in the distance.
I pulled out the telephoto for a closer look.
Too soon, the blue sky and magnificent peak were gone again.  Like Brigadoon, shrouded in mist.

See more skies from around the world at Skywatch Friday, hosted for us by Klaus, Sandy, Wren, Fishing Guy and Sylvia.

34 comments:

Pagan Sphinx said...

Oh, my! Utter gorgeousness. My ex climbed Danali once upon a time. Not sure what happened to those photos.

Have a great weekend.

Denise said...

I am in awe of your photographs Martha, absolutely breathtaking photographs. Denali is on my list of places to go. The more I see of it in photographs such as yours the more it calls to me ;)
I agree with Kay, he's had a lot of stress at from work, and stress has a big effect on our general health.

fredamans said...

I wish it wasn't so cold in Alaska, I would totally move there!

Ania said...

I love clouds in the mountains, they're just so fitting. That third shot is great!

Rajesh said...

Beautiful views of the place. The landscape is very scenic.

Carver said...

Wonderful shots of a breathtakingly beautiful place.

Mike B. @ slugyard.com said...

Gorgeous, forbidding mountains.

Spiderdama said...

Oh, thats a wonderful landscape! And your photos is so great.
Wish you a happy weekend:-)

Tricia said...

Such beautiful country... GOD was showing off when he made Alaska!!!

Happy SWF! Enjoy your weekend!

Steffi said...

Stunning landscape!Have a nice weekend!

Sylvia K said...

Fantastic captures as always, Martha! What a great trip you've had! That next to the last shot is breathtaking! Gorgeous skies! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Sylvia

EG Wow said...

The air looks so crisp there, not heavy with humidity as it has been here. Beautiful!

Owlfarmer said...

I'm always amazed when I see photos of Denali, because it's so much taller than Whitney which, as a child, I thought was the tallest object in the universe.

These are lovely photos, as usual, Martha. The trip sounds (and looks) spectacular.

ewok1993 said...

Simply gorgeous. I wouldn't mind moving to Alaska as long as I have a job to keep me afloat financially :D

ρομπερτ said...

Thank you for the effort and sharing of such beauty !

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Laura said...

How beautiful Martha, what an amazing journey for you. Absolutely gorgeous photos, and memories to last a lifetime.

katney said...

Oooh! Love that lenticular cloud over the mountain. As you know, we only saw it froma distance and from the air. You were very fortunate.

Barb said...

You and Jules were rewarded for staying the extra day, Martha. Wonderful photos of a magnificent landscape.

Noelle said...

What a majestic mountain. I am so glad that the weather cooperated so that you could see the top (almost). I would love to visit that part of Alaska....

Al said...

Awesome. This is very high on my list of places to visit.

Arija said...

Great shots Martha, especially the tele. shot with the lenticular cloud sitting a-top the mountain.

Linda Reeder said...

Yea! You got the see the illusive mountain!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

What a great collection of pics. The telephoto shot is breathtaking. I'm glad you got to see the the mountain during your trip.

Linda (PA_shutterbug) said...

I am so glad that you got to see the mountain so that we could see it. What a magnificent view!

Gaelyn said...

WOW! You actually got to see Denali. That telephoto looks like all 20,000+ feet. Awesome! And I really like the little cap of cloud the mt wears. Excellent captures Martha.

Linnea W said...

Beautiful shots! I'm so happy you got a good look at the mountain. Love that lenticular cloud hovering over- head. Amazing how quickly the skies changed. You certainly saw a lot on your travels around Alaska! Happy skywatching...

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Beautiful Sky Watch photos

Happy SWF! Have a nice weekend,
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Ann said...

the white mountains, are there ski fields?

eden said...

Such a beautiful place! Great photos.

Carol said...

What great photos, Martha!! These are breathtaking landscapes, and oh, that close up shot....

DrillerAA09 said...

That third capture is remarkable. Well done!!

Linda said...

I can't get enough of your Alaska pictures....awesome!

SandyCarlson said...

Goodness! How utterly beautiful. Just want to touch those mountains.

~Cheryl said...

Wonderful photos! I enjoyed them so much and love the close up of the peak! Have a wonderful weekend!