Two-Years Ago (08-September-2009) — Alaska

Gone to See North America Road Trip. Day 18: Denali National Park, Alaska. (Day 4: Nikonians ANPAT 9).

Dall Ram standing on the side of the road in Denali National Park. Even while on the bus we were able to get incredibly close to the wildlife. Also, the colors are already changing as this was the second to last week of the season before closing the park for winter.

Dall Ram on the road to Denali. Image taken with a Nikon D3 and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 900, 150 mm, f/5, 1/1000 sec) (David J. Mathre)
Dall Ram on the road to Denali. Image taken with a Nikon D3 and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 900, 150 mm, f/5, 1/1000 sec) (David J. Mathre)

Back to the present, the Delaware River has gone above flood stage at the Lambertville – New Hope bridge that I usually cross every morning. I had to take the US 202 bridge to cross the Delaware River, and I could see water almost up to the road bed of the the Lambertville – New Hope bridge. The USGS site shows the river peaking at about 16 feet, with flood stage at 13 feet. This is 3 feet higher than my 29-August-2011 post showing the Lambertville Station Inn after Hurricane Irene. The road was blocked so I could not get down and get some pictures near the Inn, but expect that there is water running under the Inn today. The ground is so saturated after Hurricane Irene, that the last several days of heavy rain from the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee is causing even more flooding.

Author: David Mathre

I am a scientist by training (Eckerd College, BSc; Caltech, Ph.D.). I worked for 27 years as a Chemist in the Pharmaceutical Industry developing processes to manufacture medicines for human and animal health. I now spend my time as a photographer updating images in My Image of the Day Photoblog, and My eBird (with images of nearly 450 bird species). hope post COVID-19 to be a world traveler again. My interests include the natural world, wildlife, landscapes, sky, and seascapes, travel, and astrophotography. I look for unique ways of viewing the world and presenting my images. I have traveled to over 55 countries in six continents, often on Semester at Sea voyages. While at home in New Jersey, I spend time on home renovation and expansion of a wildflower garden/meadow.

2 thoughts on “Two-Years Ago (08-September-2009) — Alaska”

  1. David–

    This is a really nice shot. I have a very similar shot to yours of the “Road to Denali” but with a little more green in the landscape (shot July 4-5 when everything was really green), but my ram shots are taken with a 600 f5.6 + a 2X and they still look like little blurry dots. My caribu and moose were much better because they came a lot closer to us.

    1. David,
      I saw your image of Denali from the same location, and like the greener vegetation. The better bus drivers know exactly where to stop. I have several more images from the ANPAT 9 Denali trip in a SmugMug gallery. The same day we had some Dall sheep, Red Fox, and Coyote so close that anyone with a big lens couldn’t even focus.

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