I am determined to get this Alaska series done before 2016. I cannot handle the thought of being two years behind on this, tho admittedly there are other things I want to write about that are older than this trip. In any event, I have three more posts for Alaska, all of them in Denali National Park.
Considering we were only in Denali for about 12 hours, we saw a remarkable number of animals. And considering that the park and preserve total 6 MILLION acres, I was surprised by how many animals were near enough to the road to be easily visible.
We already visited the Dall sheep, which were literally so close to the bus I had to change lenses. We didn't see much more until we reached the Eielson Visitor Center, when I spotted a fairly tame Arctic ground squirrel munching on some tender leaves. Cute little things, they are one of only three mammals in Denali that hibernate over the winter. Smart!
|Arctic ground squirrel|
|Cow moose, shot thru the window.|
There were lots of caribou along the route, with some once again quite close to the road. This cow watched the bus with interest.
|Cow caribou watching us carefully|
A small herd moved down the hillside from our left. This bull paused for a few nice shots.
A bit farther along we found this handsome fellow, by far the largest bull we saw on our trip.
|Big bull caribou|
According to Wikipedia, caribou bulls have the largest antler-to-body ratio of any animal in the deer family, and the second largest antlers after moose.
Someone spotted a red fox trotting along the road, and I managed a few shots through the window before he slipped off the road.
|Bull moose about 50 feet from the bus.|
Such an impressive animal!