A spruce tree in snow

Snow covered spruce tree in winter, on Bonanza ridge, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, Alaska.

Another single spruce tree, alone on the winter mountainside

Another image I made one gorgeous winter day. A friend and I spent the afternoon up here, and had the entire place all to ourselves. It’s a cool feeling, like you have the entire world all to yourselves. Nobody around at all, no sounds of anyone, no sign of anyone, not even a set of (human) tracks to be found.

Being in a place that really moves me is a powerful experience; I often wonder why, if such an experience is so powerful, am I (or my group) the only one there. Why is everybody else, all 7 billion other people on this earth, somewhere else when they could be experiencing this incredible moment here.

Of course, I know that countless other people are having equally powerful moments elsewhere, and that’s really the beauty of it all. The world is all around us to connect to, and I’m just lucky and thankful that I’ve been able to do this so often in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.

Snow covered spruce tree in winter, near Bonanza ridge, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Alaska.

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