Photos of the Wrangell-St. Elias Mountain Range Copper River Valley, Alaska. Night of 2003/6/3, from 9:00-10:00 AKDT (UTC -8)
These photos were taken from the Copper River Valley, facing east toward the mountain range, using an EXIF Fujifilm FinePix 2600Zoom digital camera (white balance: sunlight). There are two classes of zoom-- zoomed out completely, and zoomed in by aproximately 3x.
The zoomed-in images have about a 18.1degree vertical field of view.
All but 4 are taken standing in the back of a pickup, camera approximately 10 feet up from the ground. 4 was taken from standing height, approximately 6 feet off the ground.
The weather was warm, in the 70's, mostly cloudy in the afternoon but clearing toward evening.
(FIXME: Use GeoTrans to figure out decimal degrees)
1.) 9:21 PM AKDT
The rest area on the south side at approximately mile 176.6 on the Glenn Highway. Vehicle is aligned with the interpretive sign. 62°06'21.94"N,145°51'7.51"W
2.) 9:31 PM AKDT
An abandoned driveway heading south into a gravel pit, just east of the ridge at about mile 184.1 on the Glenn Highway. 62°06'24.43"N,145°37'17.90"W 62.10679,-145.62164
3.) 9:39 PM AKDT
A ridge off the main highway system-- on the west side of the (now abandoned) Glennallen dump. The location is now accessible via a turnoff to the south immediately west of the crossing of the Glenn Highway and Moose Creek, followed by approximately 1 mile of dirt road. Just after the spruce opens up, make a short right onto a campsite.
To the north, a former access road approaches a (now removed) bridge across Moose Creek to the Glenn Highway and the BLM headquarters. To the east, a smaller creek flows into Moose Creek. A bush largely obscures Mt. Drum. 62°06'7.88"N,145°32'41.56"W
4.) 9:52 PM AKDT
A scenic view off the east side of mile 112.5 on the Richardson Highway, just atop a large cut in the bluff. These pictures were taken quite near the edge of the bluff into the Copper River, near the site of the old (1950's-era) road path. 62°04'53.50"N,145°26'5.03"W
5.) 10:04 PM AKDT
The head of a Gulkana Airport access road, just north of the main plane storage strip, and west of the north-south runway, at approximately mile 118.3 on the Richardson Highway. 62°9'23.61"N,145°27'54.41"W
A.) 2:42 PM AKDT, 2003/5/20
Taken from a bare ridge on the extreme southern tip of the same ridge as 4. It's cloudy, but you can see quite a bit more snow.
Orion Sky Lawlor, email@example.com, 2003/6/3