Denali National Park in the summer is full of vibrant color. This is a surprise to a lot of people who think of Alaska as a winter wasteland where snow lasts 11 months a year and the sun never rises. Trust me, those people exist. But we do get about four months each year of green trees, colorful wildflowers, brilliant fall colors and if we are lucky, some rich blue skies.
As a result, I don’t usually think in terms of black and white when photographing the Great Land. This gallery below however, is an eclectic mix of photos I’ve taken this summer. From the Alaska Railroad to rainbows to fireweed buds, this gallery provides a little glimpse of Alaska in grayscale.
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Alaska in Black and White Photo Gallery
This is normally a dry meadow, but after weeks of torrential rain, it was transformed into a mirror pond.
Rainbows don’t usually make good black and white photos, but Alaska plays by its own rules.
Moose, lets talk. This thing in my hand is a camera. It will not hurt you. Don’t be shy. You are a protected animal in a national park. Come out from behind that bush.
The train pulls through Denali National Park.
An experimental photo at the Denali Park Train Depot.
Savage River in Denali National Park
Wildflowers in black and white.
A tiny insect seen on the pistil of a fireweed flower. (Full Disclosure: I had to Google flower parts to know that was the pistil).
Sign near Talkeetna, Alaska.
Denali National Park, Alaska
Lower Dragonfly falls.
A mew gull. Normally my least favorite bird, but I like this guy in B&W.
A bench on the Savage River trail in Denali National Park.
Rain falls from an isolated cloud on the Denali Highway.
While driving across the middle of this bridge, I remembered reading a story about how thousands of bridges in America are vulnerable to collapse.
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