I am deep in the spell
of those who stayed here before me.
Sometimes my mind goes blank
staring at it all—
all the land,
all the quiet.
Linda Schandelmeier, Artist-in-Residence at Denali National Park in 2012, wrote those words in her poem “Denali Sojourn.” Recently, I traveled to Denali and experienced the spell of which she speaks. Above, is probably the most beautiful photo ever taken of Denali, by Ansel Adams. Below, are some of the moments I encountered and, unusual for this writer, I’m going to let the images speak for themselves. Blessings.
Cover photo: “Mt. McKinley and Wonder Lake, Denali, AK” Ansel Adams, 1947 Willow Ptarmigan, the Alaskan State Bird: Wikimedia Commons (Mine ran away!)
All other photos are by me, the author.