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This image is a few years old now, captured in the Toklat River area of Denali National Park, Alaska.   This is as far as my wife and I made it into the park on the bus system.  My intention was to then work our way back to the park entrance on the buses, getting off quite a lot for photography along the way.  Turns out we only got out of the return bus once.   Apparently there was some spousal apprehension  that a grizzly might come walking out of the underbrush and have us for lunch.   Anyhow, seeing as though although unlikely, it could happen, I chose not to make too big a fuss.    I liked the semi-abstract nature of the composition in this  monochrome conversion.  This is one of those  ‘photos I like, but…’  situations where I never got any good feedback from the family audience however.

62 responses

  1. lycon[MANOJ]


    June 23, 2011 at 9:57 am

  2. Well, I realize I’m not part of the family audience … but I’d like to offer good feedback from your virtual audience:

    BEAUTIFUL shot!


    June 23, 2011 at 9:57 am

  3. Here is some feedback for you: Gorgeous photo!! I love the contrast between light and dark. Lovely. 🙂

    June 23, 2011 at 10:08 am

  4. Thank you! Positive feedback from the virtual audience is a wonderful thing and I truly appreciate it.

    June 23, 2011 at 10:12 am

  5. Dee

    absolutely fantastic shot from a good angle ! loved it 🙂

    June 23, 2011 at 10:20 am

  6. stunning pic but i’m with your missus on this one. Bears are best seen on TV or in comics!

    June 23, 2011 at 10:34 am

  7. Nick

    It’s fun being famous on the Internet, isn’t it Charlie? 😉

    June 23, 2011 at 10:46 am

  8. Really nice closeup of a mountain peak! Thanks for the picture!

    June 23, 2011 at 10:47 am

  9. Still a cool photo!

    June 23, 2011 at 10:56 am

  10. GD

    Beautiful, cool photo! Great work.

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    June 23, 2011 at 10:58 am

  11. Thanks for all of you taking the time to comment. Yes Nick, it IS fun being “famous” (sort of) on the internet for a few hours. 🙂

    June 23, 2011 at 11:26 am

  12. Denali National Park is on my ever dwindling list of places I’d love to visit… hopefully it will be marked off soon. Beautiful image!

    June 23, 2011 at 12:13 pm

  13. Beautiful!

    June 23, 2011 at 12:25 pm

  14. That is a breathtaking view 🙂 You sure nailed it accordingly to me.

    June 23, 2011 at 12:52 pm

  15. Beautiful image! I haven’t been to Alaska in almost 20 years but I still remember it’s spectacular natural beauty as portrayed in your picture!

    June 23, 2011 at 12:58 pm

  16. Great picture. I went to Alaska a few years ago and was in awe of the beautiful scenery. Took some wonderful train rides but didn’t make it to Denali Park that time. I do remember the signs about the bears and kept my distance.

    June 23, 2011 at 1:38 pm

  17. i like taking photos, i’m not a photographer and i don’t konw if photographing is an art or no… but when i looked at this photo, i thought: i wish to be there now — it looks like a place which is closer to god. or maybe i felt i’m there… so i guess this photo is the succcess — it does “feelings” inside.

    June 23, 2011 at 1:49 pm

  18. glorious photo. my sister spent a summer in alaska, and she inspired me to make the trip. hopefully sooner than later!

    June 23, 2011 at 1:52 pm

  19. thebigbookofdating

    brr… nice shot, how high up is this?

    June 23, 2011 at 2:16 pm

  20. absolutely beautiful! thanks for sharing!

    June 23, 2011 at 2:44 pm

  21. Ali

    Love this shot, very nice.

    June 23, 2011 at 2:46 pm

  22. That’s a great shot. I need to get back up into the cold snowy mountains, most of my landscape photography these days has been on hot beaches! lol

    June 23, 2011 at 2:47 pm

  23. Lovely shot. Makes me want to go back to Denali. I understand your wife’s feelings – we hiked a lot, but I always had the feeling that bears or other creatures were lurking just beyond where I could see them just waiting to have me for a snack.

    June 23, 2011 at 2:47 pm

  24. I like the contrast between the light and dark. Very good.

    June 23, 2011 at 2:58 pm

  25. Your photo of Denali drew me in. No wonder you’re FP’d.

    June 23, 2011 at 3:07 pm

  26. We were in Denali a few weeks ago. Within minutes of driving into the park, a grizzly bear walked past our car in the other lane. He was no more than 6 feet from us. Very intense! The next day we took the bus tour and one walked just in front of the bus. I don’t think the chance of running into a grizzly in Denali is remote at all; at least that was not our experience. I will be posting pictures of our close encounter with the grizzly in a few days on my blog. Beautiful picture!

    June 23, 2011 at 3:11 pm

  27. Thanks for sharing this lovely photo. I’m actually Alaskan and have been feeling a little homesick. This helped. 🙂 It’s a gorgeous photo!

    June 23, 2011 at 3:28 pm

  28. Really nice scenery and well captured. alaska is one of the places i wanna visit

    June 23, 2011 at 3:39 pm

  29. Thank you for the comments. This was actually taken very close to the park road, no mountain climbing was necessary. It was taken with a fairly long lens, thus the compressed depth look of the image. We did actually see grizzly bears from our bus, but they were very distant. I would have loved to see one as close as Susan describes above, from the safety of a vehicle of course.

    June 23, 2011 at 3:41 pm

  30. ken bello

    The “family audience” must not be looking at the same photo as i am. This is a great shot, Charles, and I love the clever use of light and dark. It’s well suited to the B&W conversion. Maybe the “family” didn’t see this version. Whatever, this is a great shot.

    June 23, 2011 at 3:57 pm

  31. Great photo, the 3 main different shades of grey really stand out. Well done!

    June 23, 2011 at 3:58 pm

  32. If anyone reading this wants to see a blog that fairly cries out to be Freshly Pressed, click on Ken Bello’s name just above. I’m sure there are plenty of fascinating blogs represented by today’s other commenters as well, I hope to get to checking them out soon.

    June 23, 2011 at 4:17 pm

  33. IT is a great shot, I wonder if it has any meaning or it just captures beauty itself?

    June 23, 2011 at 4:17 pm

  34. Anonymous

    My post about Juneau was Freshly pressed however I was using my little point and shoot. Wonderful photo, Denali is a place I want to visit soon.

    June 23, 2011 at 5:00 pm

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  36. This is a beautiful shot. It feels like I’m glimpsing a secret wonderland.

    June 23, 2011 at 6:00 pm

  37. great photo!

    June 23, 2011 at 7:29 pm

  38. we never know what we can get from the nature,
    nice shot

    June 23, 2011 at 8:12 pm

  39. very nice…

    June 23, 2011 at 8:25 pm

  40. Consuelo

    wow! very beautiful! 😀

    June 23, 2011 at 8:46 pm

  41. I’am going..I want see this picture.

    June 23, 2011 at 8:53 pm

  42. Your family is mean!
    The photo is absolutely gorgeous.
    Thank you for sharing!

    June 23, 2011 at 10:34 pm

  43. Great shot! I understand about the worry over bears, but wouldn’t photos of the bears be terrific. What’s that old saying, the one holding the camera does not need to be faster than the bear, just faster than his companion. I think you made the right choice to oblige your wife’s concerns! I have added Denali to my things to do list.

    June 23, 2011 at 10:50 pm

  44. Alaska is a beautiful wonderland. Well captured ! I also have a blog about arctic and tundra regions

    June 23, 2011 at 11:06 pm

  45. Anonymous

    I live in Canada. Four hours from the Rocky Mountains. This is one of the best pictures I’ve seen filled with glaciors. Great photo taken!! It looks like the clouds are part of the mountain

    June 23, 2011 at 11:26 pm

  46. A J

    It’s a great shot. Keep going!!

    June 23, 2011 at 11:57 pm

  47. beautiful !

    June 24, 2011 at 1:16 am

  48. This is a great photo and makes me want to walk up the valley to see what is around the corner! More peaks? I bet so, thanks for sharing!

    June 24, 2011 at 2:11 am

  49. Randy Robinson

    Great shot! I’ve been there once. The north holds great inspiration!

    June 24, 2011 at 3:14 am

  50. great shot….

    June 24, 2011 at 4:28 am

  51. gr8888

    June 24, 2011 at 4:55 am

  52. Great photo . . . Just added “Alaskan road trip” to my bucket list.

    June 24, 2011 at 6:35 am

  53. thor27

    Very nice photo !!! Grizzly possible but so is a moose or wolverine or wolf. Come visit sometime.

    June 24, 2011 at 8:35 am

  54. Thanks again to all of you who have graciously taken the time to comment. Alaska is indeed a spectacular destination.

    June 24, 2011 at 1:35 pm

  55. Wonderful picture. We’re headed to Denali this September and I can’t wait to see it (and the bears!). Thanks for sharing.

    June 24, 2011 at 3:55 pm

  56. balraj

    i love mountains………… and my friends are actually planning to go for mount everest in next couple of years

    June 25, 2011 at 1:15 am

  57. Great photo esp. with the monochrome effect. \i wish i could visit this place one day.

    June 25, 2011 at 1:09 pm

  58. Love your photos, well, your blog as a whole. Congratulations, nice piece of art!

    June 25, 2011 at 3:35 pm

  59. This is an absolute masterpiece!

    I took a similar pic…well almost a similar one.

    Have a look at my blog –

    June 26, 2011 at 11:40 pm

  60. Wonderful picture even if I’m just ‘virtual audience”. I hope to live that long to take a trip to Alaska 🙂

    June 28, 2011 at 4:35 am

  61. nice, wish i could see more photos

    August 28, 2011 at 3:36 pm

  62. Legendary post, I enjoy this spectacular site,I found you along freshly pressed!

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    September 4, 2011 at 4:13 pm

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