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Blue Wilderness, As Far As The Eye Can See by David McMahon
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There are not many times a city slicker gets a 360-degree view of unspoilt wilderness. In this case, I was able to shoot the furthest reaches of the Klondike gold rush region while standing atop The Dome outside Dawson City.

I had just photographed a golden sunset in late August 2008. After the sun had disappeared silently over the historic horizon, I revelled in the complete silence and the fact that no matter which way I turned, the Yukon presented a simple, unspoilt vista that stretched forever.

I do not crop, enhance or post-edit my images in any way. Shot with a Pentax K200D, using a Sigma 70-300mm lens. F5.6, 1/90 sec, ISO 400, focal length 300mm.

Featured in ARTISTS UNIVERSE, May 2011.

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Walkley Award-nominated journalist, novelist and wedding photographer at davidmcmahonweddings.com

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  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKover 3 years ago

    WOW! Magnificent David, reminds me of my water colour training sessions.

  • Don, you’ve nailed a clear memory for me too. When I stood there, I was inspired to return to my own watercolours, which I haven’t done in a long time!

    – David McMahon

  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKover 3 years ago

    Looking forward to seeing some of your artwork David.

  • I’ll have to dig it out, Don. It’s strictly amateur, but I find it very relaxing.

    – David McMahon

  • Janis Read-Walters
    Janis Read-Wal...over 3 years ago

    beautiful – love it

  • Many thanks, Janis. It was my second trip to the Yukon and I still feel I might yet set a novel there one day.

    – David McMahon

  • Lesliebc
    Lesliebcover 3 years ago

    I’m not going that far north, but I am heading up the Alaska Panhandle on Saturday with my daughter – NCL cruise. LOVE this photo!

  • Sounds like a great cruise, Leslie – and wonderful company. From memory, this was shot a couple of days after I met you at YVR airport.

    – David McMahon

  • Margaret Goodwin
    Margaret Goodwinover 3 years ago

    Hmmm…looks familiar. Nice shot

  • How wonderful to see this comment, Margaret. You were the person standing next to me when I took this shot. There is a fitting symmetry here to the fact that you’ve been generous enough to visit and comment.

    – David McMahon

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1over 3 years ago

    Stunning view, David

  • Shulie, I read about the Yukon as a child and have been lucky to make two visits there. The place captivates me visually, as a photographer and historically, as a novelist. There is a part of me that is convinced I will set a novel in that gold rush region one day …..

    – David McMahon

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciover 3 years ago


    May 12th, 2011
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    Mary

  • Wonderful news, Mary. Thank you so much for the honour.

    – David McMahon

  • Lesliebc
    Lesliebcover 3 years ago

    If you’re interested in the Gold Rush, check out my blog this week. It’s a bit about Quesnel and Barkerville, centers of the BC Gold Rush. http://leslieinvancan.blogspot.com/2011/05/q-is...

  • Thanks, Leslie. Will definitely check out the blog post. Appreciate the heads-up.

    – David McMahon

  • Jordan Miscamble
    Jordan Miscambleover 3 years ago

    Beautifully captured David. The shades of blue and purple are stunning.

  • Jordan – there was complete and utter silence all round, while I stood there. So glad you like this shot.

    – David McMahon

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1over 3 years ago

    My mother was born up there

  • Yes, I do remember you telling me about your family connection to this very special part of the world.

    – David McMahon

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