Autumn’s colors

Autumn's colors

For all the accolades given to New England for its fall colors, all of which are deserved I am sure, I feel there is nothing that beats fall colors in Alaska.  Rather than forest groves turning gold and orange with spots of red, entire mountainsides turn bright red as blueberry bushes and bearberry bushes turn red.  Then, later, as the willow changes its colors, the drainage areas provide bright gold accents to the red alpine tundra.  Painted against a blue sky with the accent of fresh snow on the peaks, and the Alaskan colors are exceptionally vivid.

I was chasing the light this evening after a photo shoot for the Alaska Wild, looking for the right angle to capture the light washing the sides of McHugh Peak.  I never found the right spot, but I was able to find the perfect location to capture Flattop Mountain so that it’s name’s origins could be best accentuated.  The aspens in the subalpine, surrounding neighborhoods on the hillside area, were approaching peak.  I knew I would not have the time I wanted to capture more images in the area, and kept winding my way through roads I had never heard of before, working my way through the hillside maze to get as high as I could before the sun went down.

Then I was reminded of another source of colors that are particularly vivid in the autumn.  As the sun dipped below a band of clouds on its final approach to the horizon, the visible light spectrum and atmosphere started to work their magic, painting the sky with orange, red, gold and blue hues.  I very quickly forgot the colors in the trees and did what I could to capture the sky before the colors faded.  Adding to the drama, as the sun dipped fully below, I caught glimpses of the Tordrillo Mountains of the Alaska Range above the band of clouds hovering above the Cook Inlet.

One Response to “Autumn’s colors”

  1. Chugach Peaks Says:

    Hey, nice shot of one of the Chugach Peaks.. you can barely see my house here.

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