Alaska…the name of the great northern state evokes images of soaring mountains, ice-choked fjords, giant bears, and crazy-governors-turned-reality-TV-stars.
One thing Alaska doesn’t signify, at least for most people, is color. Most people think of a frozen wasteland where snow starts falling in June and lasts until the following May.
In fact, summertime in Alaska is a riot of color. Over the summer in Glacier Bay National Park I’ve seen dozens of spectacular sunsets that last hours due to the low angle of the setting sun in the sub-Arctic. Fields of purple lupine covered the ground in May and June but gave way, seemingly overnight, to fields of pink fireweed. Even some seabirds, like puffins, have a seasonally colorful beak to celebrate the summer.
Below is a collection of photos I’ve taken this summer in Glacier Bay National Park and on the Gustavus Beach, that illustrate the amazing color of the state. Click any photo to open a slideshow view.
Colorful Glacier Bay Photos