Way up in the North, o yea!

I almost don’t know where to start with this one, there’s just too much excitement to begin! Dad and I had another trip on the books for Alaska, which is nothing new because we seem to go there often for one reason or another. Normally it has to do with grizzlies but this time they weren’t even on the scope. The two of us headed up north beyond the Arctic Circle to work with some biologists on a project. In order to get up to the location we had to take the infamous Haul Road which is known for big curves, steep inclines and destroying most vehicles that traverse it. It was a fun drive!

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Along this windy road of kidney punchers was not only some of the greatest scenery but construction to try and… improve the road. I say this cuz the pot wholes never seemed to go away even after being repaired. So we were driving up this road in a Chevy F350 with five of us crammed in along with all of our gear to go camping for a week and we get stopped by one of the construction crews. What a perfect time to go out shooting!

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The clouds were settling around the tops of the mountains around us so we couldn’t see the sky. If you’ve ever been up in Alaska you know this is pretty typical, a light rain and grey skies. It had an ambiance to it that makes you feel all calm and serene. Only 200 miles from town but still.

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After about ten minutes of standing around enjoying the grandeur of the land, the skies opened up briefly alloying some clearness to be seen. The low clouds continued to surround the mountains until we got past the construction and through the pass. We got back in the car and continued down the road until….

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Images captured with D3, 24-70 AF-S, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film

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