Instagram from the Department of Interior, yesterday:
usinterior Tweeted, “Does it get any better than this?”
Denali, also known as Mt. McKinley, is the highest point in North America, 20,320 feet (6,194 m) above sea level. Measured base to peak, it’s the tallest mountain on land on Earth — Everest and other Himilayan peaks rise from a very high plateau. Denali is high enough that it makes its own weather. Finding a day when the mountain is not almost completely obscured by clouds is rare, locals say. Finding an almost-clear view, with blue sky in the background, is a cause for photographer excitement.
You’ll notice straight-line clouds in the sky — condensation trails from passenger jets. I wonder how many flights bend a little to get a better view of the mountain for passengers? Do big airlines even do that anymore?
Nice shot. I could learn to like Instagram with more photos of this quality.
Better, it would be nice to be there, taking these shots.
More, including the controversy over the mountain’s name:
- Wild Denali (girlmeetsbulgaria.com)
- Denali (themusetree.wordpress.com)
- Senator introduces bill to rename Mount McKinley (juneauempire.com)
- Mount McKinley – rename it Denali: Sen. Murkowski (seattlepi.com)