Off to Denali we went for another week or so – actually we loved it so much that we returned to Denali for another 4 day stint when Kelli & Mitchell flew out to join us in Anchorage. Hoping to see the moose rut, it seems that we were still a bit too early to see the real jostling that goes on, but we did see some early “practice sessions”. We did see many sightings of grizzly bears this year – many times they were sows and their cubs. As they frolicked in the amazing autumn-kissed tundra or sometimes even in the snow covered landscape, they thrilled me to no end, as I clicked off images to my heart’s content. Wolf sightings were achieved, as well as coyotes, caribou, golden eagles, harriers, dall sheep, just to name a few. Conspicuously absent for us in 2012 was the lynx, though I tried really hard… new found friends of ours were successful in seeing one, so I lived vicariously through their sighting.
When we first arrived, we were treated to a vast array of autumn’s best colors.
- Then the weather began to change, as the fog and rain rolled in
- Then it happened ….. SNOW (remember, we’re quite excited – being from FL and all)
- The next day, it was beautiful! The snow had stopped, the skies were clear, the weather was cold, but plenty of sunshine to help warm us up. Even the wildlife seemed to enjoy it.
We also traveled to other areas of Alaska, of course, as we always do. There’s never a shortage of experiences or sights/animals to see and photograph. I encourage everyone out there that has never visited AK to do so … you won’t be disappointed.
And our most favorite of all sights, though very different viewing in 2012, is the spectacular aurora borealis. First experienced by us in 2007 in Chena Hot Springs, outside of Fairbanks, it continues to be sought after by us when we visit AK in the later summer. This year, the aurora didn’t “dance” across the sky like a blowing curtain, but rather made it’s presence know with an almost glow in the sky. Not much movement at all, though still very beautiful.
What a wonderful place … ever-changing, awe-inspiring …. warms the heart and soul :-)
Stay tuned for 2012 Review: Part 5