A Photographic Journey of Alaska: Part 4 The Road to Valdez
High on the list of things to see in Alaska was the Aurora Borealis. On the flight from LA to Anchorage, we were fortunate the see the northern lights from the plane. But each night after we left Anchorage, we would look to the night sky for any sign of the northern lights. A handy app called Aurora Forecast helped to determine the nights that provided the best conditions to see the Aurora.
Whilst we had been staying at the cabins outside of Denali National Park we managed to see the Aurora, but due to l the clouds it didn’t make for good photography.
After we left Denali and headed to Valdez, we stayed in a small town called Glennallen. At 11pm on a cold night in Glennallen, I went outside and noticed the slight green tinge to the sky. I went back to grab the camera and tripod due to the light pollution the photos weren’t that good. A few of us decided to travel out of town towards an even smaller town called Tolsona. Our reward was indescribable. For the next few hours we stood in freezing temperatures whilst we photographed wave after wave of heavenly light as it streaked across the night sky. It was simply incredible.
On our way to the beautiful fishing town of Valdez, we called into the Wrangell-St Elias National Park. The park is even larger than Denali National Park! At over 13 million acres, the National Park is home to most of the highest peaks in North America including Mount St Elias, the second largest mountain in North America. Again, the shutter worked overtime as we took advantage of the spectacular views along the journey.
Along the way to Valdez we photographed more stunning landscapes including Worthington Glacier, lakes that reflected the surrounding mountains, gorges and the vibrant fall colours of the trees.
The drive to Valdez is stunning. Huge snow-capped mountains, beautiful rivers and waterfalls. Every turn is a picture postcard and every few miles we stopped for another shot. A drive from Glennallen to Valdez can not be hurried!