I captured this photo because I liked the patterns in the vegetation, but two things really struck me.
First is the incredible damage the hare population boom has done to the vegetation. This was in Sable Pass where miles of plant life basically had most of its bark stripped away by hungry hares. This was true in many areas of Denali. Only the tops and bottom portions of the plant have been spared. I assume the tops were out of reach, and the bottoms have just recently emerged from the snow.
The second thing that struck me was out late spring is this year in Denali, and all of Alaska for that matter. It has been unseasonably cold this year. This photo was from June 7th, and there isn’t a bit of green here yet. One biologist told me he estimated spring was running two weeks late. If I didn’t know better, I would say this photo was captured in late fall, like the end of September.
I might add, jpeg compression is not a friend of this image.