Above: The steep pitch of Polychrome Pass becomes evident when the horizon is set against the slope. May 2, 2014.
Polychrome Pass is a mountain pass named for Polychrome Mountain on the Denali Park Road, the 83-mile out and back road that takes visitors inside Denali National Park. The narrow, steep, winding pass is breathtaking, and steep.
“Poly” is latin for many and “chrome” is latin for color, so polychrome pass means “many colors.” It’s an appropriate name. Reds, greens, blues, violets, ambers, yellows and browns are just some of the spectrums seen at any given time. With the addition of sweeping vistas, it’s one of my favorite places in the park.
According to National Park Service geological information, Polychrome Pass features basalts and rhyolites deposited by volcanic activity 56 million years ago.
This post will feature some of the many colors and the swirling, striated patterns they create, mixed with grand vistas.
Dall sheep, masters of rocky slopes, forage in Polychrome Pass.
Abstract detail shot of colorful rocks.
Polychrome Pass looking southwest.
Polychrome pass looking southwest, the road winds through to upper left of the image.
Complementary reds and greens are just some of the many vibrant colors that give Polychrome Pass its name.
Shadows and striations make stark patterns.
Polychrome pass looking northeast.
All images were shot during a bicycle trip into Denali National Park on May 2. More to follow.
Above: Handfull and bucket full of berries.
Fall in Alaska brings much more then decreasing temperatures and less daylight. Gorgeous colors fill the hills while harvests fill the pantries. The near total daylight of summer allows great success over the short growing season. The harsher, cooler climate vegetation endure make for sweet and succulent food.
Blueberries are both incredibly tasty and incredibly healthy. Packed with antioxidants, blueberries are often called a brain food for their anti-aging and protection-properties for brain neurons. A 2012 article from Alaska Dispatch describes how antioxidants “pick up loose oxygen-seeking substances that, left to roam, will ultimately find a healthy cell to deplete.” WIld Alaskan berries have repeatedly tested to be much higher then farmed berries in health benefits.
The vibrant colors also fit in nicely with the Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated.
Berries topped with dew rest on a branch.
A sea of color.