Category Archives: Wrangell Mountains

Pictures from the Wrangell Mountains Range in north western Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Alaska.

Winter in Black and White

Black and white winter photo, Wrangell St. Elias Alaska.
Black and white photo of wind blown snow on a snow covered ridge, winter, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, Alaska. Please click on the image above to view a larger version of this photo.

Hey Folks,

Sometimes black and white just seems to work. And usually it’s apparent before I even set up the camera. Rarely do I convert images to black and white after I’ve shot them if I hadn’t planned on doing so beforehand.

This photo I shot a few winters ago, high on a ridge in Wrangell – St. Elias National Park. I like the backlit snow, and a slight breeze kicked up, blowing snow over the ridge.

I’m looking forward to getting out and shooting a bit more over the next couple of months; this winter has seen me tied to the computer more than I hoped, but hopefully that’s almpost past and I can go shoot a little bit more. Some of these old photos from past winters have inspired me to go do it some more, and I’m looking forward to getting out soon.



Northern Lights photo over Wrangell Mountains

The northern lights soar over Mt Drum and the Wrangell mountains.

The northern lights soar over Mt Drum and the Wrangell mountains.

A great night a couple nights back with the northern lights. Shooting from near Glennallen, the lights were awesome. The view across the Copper River Basin toward those amazing Wrangell Mountains got even better as the lights lit up the sky.

The mountains here are Mt. Sanford (partially obscured by) and Mt Drum. Mount Sanford is the larger of the peaks, at 16,237′ and Mt Drum perhaps the best known of the Wrangell Mountains, is just over 12 000′ at 12,011′.

I’ve shot the Wrangell Mountains many times and the northern lights a few, but rarely have I had the good fortune to put the 2 together. Good times.


Mount Sanford Photo

Mount Sanford, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Alaska.

Mount Sanford, early morning, fall colors and a kettle pond, boreal forest, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Alaska.

Mount Sanford, just after sunrise one gorgeous fall morning, is a real treat to see. Mount Sanford stands 16 237′ tall, is the 6th highest mountain in the United States, and the 4th highest mountain in Alaska. Mt. Sanford was first climbed in 1938 by noted mountaineer and photographer Bradford Washburn and his climbing partner Terris Morris.

Mount Sanford is one of the more regularly viewed mountains in the park, because it’s so clearly visible from the surrounding roads. Mounts Bona, and Saint Elias, for example, are both taller mountains, but are deep within the park’s backcountry.

Two favored viewing areas for Mt. Sanford are Simpson Hill Overlook and Willow Lake, both off the Richardson Highway near Glennallen, but I prefer the views from the Nabesna Road. Mt. Sanford towers over the expansive Copper River Basin, and is really a site to behold.