On Friday, March 21, the Friends of the Library’s 2014 Travel Slide Show Series presents Denver to Denali, Part 2, with photographs by Richard and Beth Seeley. This is the last slide show presentation in the 2014 series.
The Seeleys presented their first trip to Denali during the 2013 Travel Slide Show Series.
“No problem if you missed Part 1,” Richard said. “In fact, we will review some events, so if you missed Part 1, this is an opportunity to enjoy some of our experiences photographing wildlife and landscapes on our first Denver to Denali road trip experience.”
In the fall of 2012, award-winning wildlife photographer Richard and his wife, Beth, took a 60-day journey in their RV, driving from their home in Silverthorne to Alaska, including travel through British Columbia, nine ferries up the Alaskan inside passage, the Yukon and a week in the interior of Denali National Park.
“We wanted to capture the rich variety of wildlife inhabiting these vast wilderness areas,” Richard said. A special professional photographer’s road permit allowed them to travel into inner Denali with their own private vehicle.
Part 2 of the trip was a return road trip in June 2013 to Denali National Park, which provided opportunities to photograph wildlife and their newborns while experiencing Mount McKinley at the summer solstice.
“The second road trip was in the late spring and early summer and focused on newborn wildlife photography,” Richard said. “It was also an opportunity to photograph in Denali National Park during the summer solstice — as it turned out, a rare and stunning experience.”
Using a Canon 1D mark 4 body, Canon 5D Mark 3 body, Canon 7D body, Canon 500 f/4 lens, Canon 70-200 f/2.8 lens and Canon 24-105 f/4 lens, the Seeleys photographed mostly wildlife stills and videos but shot landscape photography, as well.
“The average altitude was only 4,000 to 5,000 feet on the park road, far less than the altitude here in Summit County,” Richard said. “The biggest challenge was maintaining a safe distance from the grizzly bears. This was usually accomplished by photography from the RV when a bear was in sight.”
The couple will share their experiences — including a close encounter with grizzly bears, being chased by a mother elk and photographing moose triplets, a rare sight — during their presentation on Friday, March 21. They will share details of their journey in the form of images, videos, stories and some humor capturing the majesty of Denali (Mount McKinley) at sunrise, as well as orcas, whales, black bears, grizzly bears, moose, owls, caribou and other wildlife.
“There is lots of great wildlife to be seen, but one must be patient and take the bus,” Richard said. “If a professional photographer, then apply for the special road permit that gives access by personal vehicle.”
This free program is presented by the Friends of Summit County Libraries.