June 2015 Whitehorse Photography Club trip to Dyea, Alaska.
Dyea, located at the top of Taiya Inlet near the town of Skagway, is the historic head of the Chilkoot Trail. The Dyea Flats, just above tidewater, burst into a colourful profusion of wildflowers in the month of June and this has become an annual destination for our club in recent years. The flowers usually are at their peak in the third week of June, but a warm spring this year meant that they were a bit past their best for our June 20th visit. For some varieties, it was difficult to find pristine, fresh blossoms that would be desirable close-up photography subjects. Still, a bit more searching usually turned up good specimens, and the sea of colour in the main field was exceptional. The light from bright overcast skies also favoured this genre of photography and helped us achieve a productive session.
The trip from Whitehorse along the South Klondike Highway (Skagway Road) also provides photographic fodder. Roadside bear sightings and waterfalls are perennial favourites and both made it onto our agenda this time. I have yet to produce a bear photograph that I am satisfied with. Harsh light in the Yukon morning sunshine and exposure errors compromised my results in this instance, but I include a couple of my best shots (after "fixing" in Lightroom) for the record ... and for Stephen.
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