This will probably my least popular Alaska post.

When I post intimate landscape images, they usually get the least amount of interest. I don’t really have to wonder why. I already know why. We all love a picturesque grand vista. Heck, I’ll climb a mountain for a panoramic view, but will not necessarily do the same to look at an interesting tree or rock.

Maybe Alaska’s intimate landscape is different. It is quite dramatic. The photograph below can be easily viewed as a small creek until you see the perspective of the seagull perched on one of the rocks at the top of the photograph.

Creek in Tongas National Forest  Alaska by Richard Lewis

Gull on a Rock in a Stream in Tongass National Forest by Richard Lewis 2014

The abundance of waterfalls in Alaska’s Inside Passage was truly astounding. They are everywhere, tumbling down the mountains, ranging from raging torrents to narrow and silky streams of water.

Alaska Waterfall Richard Lewis

Waterfall in Alaska by Richard Lewis 2014

Waterfall in Walker Cove Alaska by Richard Lewis

Waterfall in Walker Cove by Richard Lewis 2014

When viewing the forests of the Inside Passage from a distance they look like typical northern forests, but they are actually rain forests. Like their jungle cousins, the Alaskan rain forests have an abundance of life, fueled by water, competing for the limited sunlight that makes it through the thick forest canopy. The photo below looks like it could have been taken in Costa Rica but the landscape is in a forest found just outside of Juneau.

Alaskan Rain Forest by Richard Lewis

Alaskan Rain Forest by Richard Lewis 2014

I love finding the lines and patterns in the intimate landscape. It is one of my favorite styles of photography. Being up close with nature allows one to develop a very personal relationship with the landscape. The environment, like the people in it, is better understood when you get closer.


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