Untamed Land

Untamed Land
Untamed Land

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The Untamed Wilderness of Denali Naional Park

Several years ago, but at this time of year, I was invited to accompany Alaskan artist Shane Lamb to Denali National Park. Shane had a permit to take a private vehicle into the park, and we were able to stop wherever we wanted to. There is only one 80 mile dirt road in the huge park. We stayed for 4 days and camped in the park, and rubbed shoulders with the world's top wildlife photographers. We also got to hang out with Carl Brenders, one of the top wildlife artists of the world. Shane took this photo of me near Polychrome Pass.
The Thoroughfare River got it's name because animals migrate in the riverbed. The tundra covered slopes are difficult to walk on.
The above photo inspired this painting, The Thoroughfare, 22x28".
It was plenty cold already with a dusting on snow on the peaks.
There is a purity to the autumn light in the park.
There are lots of glowing colors.
Shane Lamb. These colors have not been enhanced at all, but these photos are scans from the original slides. Hence the lack of sharp detail.
There were magnificent vistas everywhere we turned. Stay tuned for more.


Visitor said...

What a great photo of Shane in the land he loves, and your painting is wonderful, too. Keep up the great work!

Julie van den Ende said...

unbelievable, makes me want to go there. You are one of the privilege few, Shane. I think at my age, it is too far to walk.. But I enjoy your pictures. Thank you for sharing. Indeed Keep up the great work !!!

john said...

Thank you for your comments. You do not have to walk at all in the park. Most visitors ride in buses that stop to view wildlife, and scenic vistas.