Ponds in fall colors under Mt McKinley (Denali) in Denali National park.

Denali in Fall, Alaska, 2014

Denali, meaning “the High One” or “The Great One” in the Athabascan language. Denali is the tallest land-based mountain on Earth—with a vertical rise of about 18,000 feet, as well as the highest peak in North America—with a summit of 20,310 feet.

Like most big peaks in the world “The Great One” is bigger than life, a kind of transcendent thing, beyond time. I consider Denali to be one of our great American Cathedrals.

There is a time in the late summer when some of Denali’s foliage starts to turn bright red. Id been making a lot of images of red fields when I stumbled upon this amazing fade across the entire rainbow. Denali is almost always shrouded in cloud sand this was a rare clear day. Pioneer Ridge, the striking line up the left of the main peak is hi-lighted in the setting sun.

Location: Denali National Park, Alaska
Photograph Date: 2014
Medium: Chromogenic Print
Edition: 200
Available Sizes: 100cm 150cm 200cm 240cm

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About the Photographer

Aaron Huey

Aaron Huey has photographed a combined 20 feature stories for the National Geographic Magazines. He is currently a contributing photographer for National Geographic Magazine, and a contributing editor at National Geographic Traveler. He is also a contributing editor at Harper’s magazine, and only the second photographer to appear on the 160 year old masthead. Huey also shoots for The New Yorker, the Smithsonian magazine, the New York Times, Time, Newsweek, GEO and dozens of others.

Huey is widely known for his 3,349 mile, solo walk across America (with his dog Cosmo). The 2002 journey lasted 154 days. There was no media coverage. They walked every step. Following the walk Huey took a 3 year hiatus from shooting photos to build an artist in residence program, from the ground up, on the Pecos River east of Santa Fe. Aaron wears gold shoes and can OWN a dance floor if you give him a little bit of funk.

Huey teaches workshops and seminars in the US and works with small groups organized by National Geographic Expeditions. He is a seasoned public speaker, with lectures featured by TED.com and the Annenberg Space for Photography.

Aaron is currently in residency at Stanford University as a 2012 Knight Fellow where he is expanding the possibilities for photojournalism through radical collaborations with artists like Shepard Fairey (the most prolific street artist in America), visionary web artist Jonathan Harris, and a diverse think tank of Knight Journalism Fellows from around the world.

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