Thursday, November 11, 2010

Fairweather Mountains

It has been over 2 months since I left Glacier Bay... I was fortunate to see the beauty of the remote park in Southeast Alaska. Now I'm here in the Anchorage area and processing thousands of photos from Glacier Bay. I've neglected to update my blog for the past couple of months... Here is a final posting from Glacier Bay: Fairweather Mountains.

Fairweather Mountain Range, includes Mount Fairweather at 15,300 ft and other majestic high peaks in Southeast Alaska. The mountain range stretches 70 miles long across Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve. Hundreds of major glaciers starts from these mountains.

In typical Southeast Alaska weather, overcast and rain, the entire Fairweather Range can be hidden under gray clouds. It is a rare and exciting occasion when the sky is clear and the mountains show off their beauty.

It was one of those evenings, I was photographing the mountains during sunset. After long hours of day light, the sun slowly shifted to the peaks. The mountains were in warm orange light. Then, when the sun dipped behind the mountains, the thin clouds above the peaks painted them in crimson. The water in front reflected the colors of sunset; vivid red. Fortunately, sunset takes longer in the northern latitude. It was the most amazing sunset since my arrival in Glacier Bay. I heard howling of wolves all night under the Milky Way.

The sky was still clear the next morning. Unlike typical foggy mornings here, the entire Fairweather Mountain range in front of my camp slowly turned the twilight sky rosy pink in all directions. Then, as the first sun peaked through, the tip of Mt. Fairweather lit up in magenta. The light slowly shifted down, then lit the second highest summit in view, Mt. Crillon. Slowly and surely, the entire Fairweather Range was glowing. Thanks to the longer sunrise in Alaska, I had enough time to capture each mountain and the entire range close up.

Here are the sunset images from other days.

Mount Fariweather from sky...