Thousands of caribou like this one traditionally cross the Kobuk River near Onion Portage in the fall. Single caribou looks directly at the camera surrounded by red shrubs, with river and forest in background.
Indomitable artist Constance Baltuck enjoys some good weather as she paints landscapes in the beautiful wilderness of Kobuk Valley National Park. Constance was the Artist -In-Residence for 2011. Painter working at an easel surrounded by sand and forest.
Historic cabin and elevated cache built by famed archeologist J. Louis Giddings before the establishment of Kobuk Valley National Park. The Onion Portage area is a National Historic Landmark. Log cabin and log cache in the forest.
A wolf footprint on the sand with it's 4 toes next to a human print with 5. Humans are plantigrade walkers (flatfooted) but wolves are digitigrade walkers (on their toes). Close view of wolf print next to a human print in the sand.
The Great Kobuk Sand Dunes cover 25 square miles within Kobuk Valley, bounded by the Waring Mountains on the south and surrounded by forest and tundra. Accessibility statement: Aerial view of 2 lobes of sand extending into the forest.
Historic cabin on the bluff above Onion Portage was built by J. Louis Giddings in 1964 when he was investigating 9000 year old archeological remains from caribou hunting in the area. Engraved board on cabin that says The Giddings Cabin 1964.
Two scientists head off across the dunes to do a research project with the help of two dogs trained for the study. Blue sky, white clouds, and two hikers on the dunes with two dogs as research assistants.