Mount Sutro: An Electronic Periodical

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The Songs That We Hear Are Just Songs Of Our Own

Alaska's Brooks Range, Galbraith Lake and the Trans-Alaska pipeline seen from just north of Milepost 275 on the James W. Dalton Highway (North Slope Haul Road/SR 11) seven-tenths of a mile from Galbraith Airport Road.

James W. Dalton Highway MP 275, North Slope Borough, Alaska: Sunday, 25 June 2017

part of the Prudhoe Bay to Coldfoot album

Driving south on the Dalton Highway, I was admiring the majestic mountains of the Brooks Range ahead as a body of water came into view. I quickly realized that this was a spot that I had anticipated.

"This is it," I exclaimed, quickly firing off a series of frames of the vista in front of us.

One of the impetuses for my journey to the last frontier was viewing photographs from my mother's trip there in June 2011. Still thinking about that adventure in October 2012, I did an edit of one of her photographs and published it here on Monday, 17 December 2012 as "The Way To Atigun Pass". It was the location of this photograph where I found myself now.

Although I had a longer lens installed at the time and was not able to reproduce the entire shot, the timing was just about right for this homage. With the similar cloud patterns overhead and disregarding the slight spatial differential — my shot was taken a bit south of mom's — the scene is very much unchanged in the intervening six years, save for the installation of Dalton Delineators shortly after her visit.

The River As It Rolls Along

Trees and woodlands line the Yellowstone River near the Mary Mountain East Trailhead as it flows north toward Otter Creek with the 9,380-foot summit of Observation Peak visible beyond.

Grand Loop Road, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming: Monday, 26 August 2019

part of the Yellowstone National Park album

Sometimes there are images that I try to capture repeatedly, oftentimes because I am not stopping to see the subject and am instead shooting from a moving vehicle. The results can be mixed but I try to learn from each attempt and then iterate with improvements. Such a situation occurred last August as I wanted to frame the Yellowstone River, surrounding woods and background peaks through groups of trees lining the road while moving past at thirty-five miles per hour.

This photograph was taken during the third pass on trip day six. Although some photos from other passes have positive attributes, I choose this one for processing due to the bright and colorful palette seen on this sunnier day. Thanks to perspective distortion, the summit of Observation Peak pictured is more distant than it appears, being approximately 6.6 miles away.