Jutting south 150 miles from the southern coast of Alaska, the Kenai Peninsula – derived from Kenayskaya, the Russian name for Cook Inlet -- is separated from the mainland on the west by Cook Inlet, and on the east by Prince William Sound. Athabaskan and Alutiiq Native groups have lived on the peninsula for...
The Chugatch Mountain Range is the most northern of the mountain ranges comprising the western edge of North America. Approximately 250 miles long by 60 miles wide, it extends from the Turnagain Arm at the north end of Cook Inlet, where it bends southeast just south of Anchorage.
Mount Marcus Baker’s 12,884' elevation is the...
Now that we had flown over the Peter’s Hills to the beginning of Denali’s vertical ascent, in and around this incredibly steep range, landed on and taken off from a glacier, circled the northern side of Denali, and returned the 60 miles back to Talkeetna, the challenge was to capture the entire Denali Mountain...
Denali Aerial II
Flying in and landing on a glacier is exciting. Equipped both with wheel landing gear and with skis that can be lowered below the wheels from the cockpit, the pilot's greatest concern is maintaining depth perception against the ice’s glare.
Ruth Glacier, Denali’s largest, appears to be an interstate, with numerous smaller glaciers feeding into it much...
Flying to Anchorage, we rented a car and drove 100 miles north to the old mining town of Talkeetna, where its airfield has become the climber’s gateway to the Alaska Range sixty miles east.
The dominant peak, of course, is Mt. McKinley, also called Denali, the Athabascan name for The High One. At 20,320', it...
For three days of our Alaskan cruise, we explored from inflatable zodiacs and climbed on numerous glaciers within Glacier Bay — including John Hopkins, Lamplugh, Margerie, and Rendu — seeing many humpback whales, an Orca Whale pod and numerous Sea Otters.
With sunny, clear weather, the glacier blue ice was beautiful. Studying ship-board maps, the...
Arriving from Seattle, we flew into Sitka, Alaska in mid-August, about midpoint up the Alexander Archipelago that separates the mainland from the Pacific Ocean. Southeast Alaska’s 1,000 forested islands, 10,000 miles of shoreline, and 50+ major glaciers, have changed little in the past 1,000 years, except for the addition of slightly more than 70,000...
Stretching across Kauai’s northern end, the Na Pali coast’s steep, dramatic terrain is rimmed with narrow beaches and booming surf. It’s vivid colors range from the lush tropical greens to the island’s red, oxidized basaltic foundation and a myriad of colors in between. The crystal clear sunlight intermittently filtered by the voluminous clouds adds...
Kauai naPali Shore
Kauai is the fourth largest of the main islands in the Hawaiian archipelago; it is also the oldest and most northern. Just over one hundred miles across the Kauai Channel northwest of O’ahu, its 562 square miles has a population of 67,000.
From the spectacular Na Pali shoreline, along Kauai’s north end, looking in all...
Kauai Interior Pans
The interior of Hawaii’s “Garden Isle”, cries out to be captured with panoramic composition. As the flowing lava built up and solidified over several million years, it formed subtle exaggerated layers, which turn increasingly abstract as the colors meld with the sky.
Oh, to have one’s own helicopter, or better yet, imagine what could be...