Polygons - a sign of continous underground permafrost - show up in stark contrast against the red tundra vegetation. Variations in moisture on the perimeter of the polygons encourages plant growth of a different color.
Noatak National Preserve contains truly wild places like this landscape near Etivlik Lake in the northeast corner of the preserve. Everyone who practices Leave No Trace camping helps to protect this wilderness.
Artistic fossils in a stone along a creekbed are a reward for the patient observer. As with all things in national parks, leaving the item and taking only a picture allows others to have the same wonderful discovery.
The wise hiker makes extra noise in brushy terrain like this next to a stream in case bears are feeding, napping or on the move from point A to point B. No one likes to be surprised at close range. That goes for bears or people.
Who said that Montana has the best of the big sky? Wild, remote parks in Alaska have it in spades and it can stay that way if we are good stewards of the environment.
View of mountains and river valley
A stark but beautiful mountain with complex rock layers and scree slopes is a geologic wonder to behold. Even sitting on the other side of the drainage, the mountain looms large and plays tricks on your depth perception.