Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn. ~ John Muir

Mount McKinley/Denali ~ “The Great One”

Mount McKinley/Denali ~ 1/8000 sec at f/4.0, ISO 200, Canon 50D, Tokina 12-24 @ 24mm. © Jena A. Haferman

Here is a slideshow of some of my images from our flight around Mount McKinley/Denali this past February – I hope you enjoy! Thank you for your time, I appreciate it!

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Life has been busy these last few months, but then again it’s going to be busier this summer! I have a lot of new content coming soon. One other note, I recently changed the format of my journal website to something more bold. Let me know what you think!

Can’t wait to see Alaska in the  summertime; wonderful wildflowers, landscapes and wildlife!

In February of this past Winter, David and myself along with our dear friends Scott and Mahala had the privilege of going on an amazing flight around Mount McKinley/Denali. It was the most amazing time of my life. Approaching the base of the mountains, it was overwhelming to see her scale and grand size. I may be a tiny person, but flying next to 20,320 feet of solid rock made me feel even smaller. It gave new meaning to being in Alaska.

Life is incredible.

You must make the most of it every day.

Find who you are as a person.

You will regret not doing the things you wanted to do in life.

I’m very happy with where I am. Being with David and sharing these experiences is incredible.

The Koyukon Athabaskan people who inhabit the area around the mountain referred to the peak as Dinale or Denali (“the high one” or “the great one”). In the late 1890s, a gold prospector named it “McKinley” as political support for then-president William McKinley. The Alaska Board of Geographic Names changed the name of the mountain to Denali, which is how it is referred to locally. However, a 1975 request by the Alaska State legislature to the United States Board on Geographic Names to do the same was blocked by Ohio congressman Ralph Regula, whose district includes McKinley’s hometown. Members of the Ohio congressional delegation continue to protect the McKinley name, blocking attempts by the Alaska congressional delegation to get the Board of Geographic Names to change it to Denali. Thus, “Denali” is correct according to the Alaska State Board, while “McKinley” is correct according to the national Board.  ~ Information taken from Wikipedia

Stay tuned…

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2 responses

  1. Happy to see your Denali images! I had the same feeling of being humbled when flying through those valleys and peaks. So glad you could make that trip and that the weather was cooperating.

    Really like your historical background on the naming of Denali too…looking forward to your next posting!

    April 24, 2011 at 10:23 PM

  2. Very nice Jena! Love the beautiful work.

    April 26, 2011 at 3:12 PM

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