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A view of majestic Mt. Denali (known to most in the lower forty-eight as Mt. McKinley) in Alaska on a clear day in September. This image was scanned from a photograph taken several years ago on a road trip through Alaska.

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  • handprintz
    handprintzover 6 years ago

    Lovely contrasts and l like the softened edges great work

  • jujubean
    jujubeanover 6 years ago

    Majestic is right!! Beautiful.

  • Arletta
    Arlettaover 6 years ago

    There is no Mt. McKinley in Alaska!

    However, it’s a lovely view of Denali! Good capture.

  • Thanks for the comment, Arletta. According to the Nat’l Park Service web site, Mt. McKinley is North America’s highest peak at 20,300 feet and located in Denali National Park.

    – Patricia Montgomery

  • Davies
    Daviesover 6 years ago

    Fabulous capture Patricia.

  • Arletta
    Arlettaover 6 years ago

    lol, I don’t want to argue with you, I was just giving you a good piece of advice. No one who is Alaskan believes the name of the mountain is McKinlley because no one who is Alaskan asked for the name of our mountain to be changed.

    Also, Denali is absolutely, barring any talk of Hawaiian islands, the tallest mountain in the world. Not the one sitting at the highest elevation, but the actual tallest from bottom to top.

    Two men once walked up it, They were Alaskans, one by birth and blood and the other by deed. They called it Denali, as the Natives did for centuries before them.

  • Since I am not Alaskan, when you simply said in your comment that there is no Mt. McKinley in Alaska, I thought I had gotten my mountain names mixed up. At my age, my mind isn’t as reliable as it once was. LOL! With all the respect due to Alaskans, the title has been changed.

    – Patricia Montgomery

  • ZeeZeeshots
    ZeeZeeshotsover 6 years ago

    Stunning! Great Capture!

  • Megan Martin
    Megan Martinover 6 years ago

    Incredibly beautiful capture! This is an awe-inspiring view!

  • ourjrny
    ourjrnyover 6 years ago

    Aloha ahiahi Patricia,

    ’Ae, it is a beautiful view of Mount Denali.

    The local Athabascan name for this mountain, the name used by First Nations tribes with access to the flanks of the mountain, living in the Yukon, Tanana and Kuskokwim basins, is Dinale or Denali (“the Great One”). To the South the Dena’inas in the Susitna river valley used the name Dghelay Ka’a (simplified to Doleika), meaning “the big mountain”, while the Aleuts called it Traleika. Other sources state: The Tanana Indian name is “Denali” and the Tanaina Indian name is given as “Doleika” or “Traleika.” Each of these names is said to mean “the high one” or “the most high.”

    The mountain is first named on a map by Ferdinand von Wrangell in 1839; the names given are Tschigmit and Tenada.

    The first English name the peak enjoyed, locally, was Densmore’s Mountain.

    The mountain did not receive much press until William Dickey, a New Hampshire-born Seattleite, who had been digging for gold in the sands of the Susitna River, wrote, after his return to the lower states, an account in the New York Sun that appeared on January 24, 1897. He wrote “We named our great peak Mount McKinley, after William McKinley of Ohio, who had been nominated for the Presidency”. By most accounts, the naming was a pure political one… (excerpt). For most Alaskans, it is extraordinarily annoying that this published statement continues to receive attention! ;)

    Most preferably, this mountain is commonly referred to by its original native name Denali, which, most importantly, is the name currently recognized by the State of Alaska .

    When Denali National Park and Preserve was established by the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act of December 2, 1980, the Alaska Board of Geographic Names changed the name of the mountain back to Denali

    “The US Board on Geographic Names
    maintains the name McKinley, ostensibly to help visitors avoid confusion between the mountain and the park. Use of the name “McKinley” remains common, particularly in the Lower 48." Now, if you have a look at the definition of the word
    you will see the meaning translates as:
    “from appearances alone, outwardly appearing as such; professed; pretended; an ostensible cheerfulness concealing sadness….. "

    So much contraversy exists over the name of a majestic peak, one many know as The Roof of North America! The name McKinley is deep seated, so deeply recorded in history, place names, official documentation, maps and signage. Denali’s true name will probably never be completely resolved, but we may help by not perpetuating the mistake.

    “The original program of names standardization addressed the complex issues of domestic geographic feature names during the surge of exploration, mining, and settlement of western territories after the American Civil War. Inconsistencies and contradictions among many names, spellings, and applications became a serious problem to surveyors, map makers, and scientists who required uniform, non-conflicting geographic nomenclature. President Benjamin Harrison signed an Executive Order establishing the Board and giving it authority to resolve unsettled geographic names questions. Decisions of the Board were accepted as binding by all departments and agencies of the Federal Government.

    The Board gradually expanded its interests to include foreign names and other areas of interest to the United States, a process that accelerated during World War II. In 1947, the Board was recreated by Congress in Public Law 80-242. The usefulness of standardizing (not regulating) geographic names has been proven time and again, and today more than 50 nations have some type of national names authority. The United Nations stated that “the best method to achieve international standardization is through strong programs of national standardization.” Numerous nations established policies relevant to toponomy (the study of names) in their respective countries.

    In this age of geographic information systems, the Internet, and homeland defense, geographic names data are even more important and more challenging. Applying the latest technology, the Board on Geographic Names continues its mission. It serves the Federal Government and the public as a central authority to which name problems, name inquiries, name changes, and new name proposals can be directed. "

    If you view this hyperlink
    Query Form For The United States And Its Territories
    and conduct a search,
    you will discover this map
    GNIS Map Services:::

    If you review the hyperlinks you will see much information concerning the data, and the principles, policies, and procedures of the U.S. Board on Geographic Names. And this is only one of many sources.

    Alaskans, Sourdoughs (a term used for long term residents) and Mountaineers use the name “Denali” to refer both to the national park and to the mountain.

    So you see, the erroneous name McKinley deeply offends many people, such as Arletta in her notes above, and not only the native First Nations tribes but many of the people who call this beautiful land home, who love the wild beauty of this vast pristine wilderness, her wonderful customs and culture, the majestic mountain ranges and diversified wildlife.

    Please help educate the world by editing your title. It is a lovely view of Denali and I enjoy your soft vignette edge artistic effects.

    While I now have returned home on the beautiful tropical island of Maui, I have resided recently in Interior Alaska and enjoyed exploring the wilderness two years. I have a deep abiding respect for the people and culture and I love the wild beauty of Alaska and her wildlife. It is the reason I launched this group. From your words in your commentary above, it is quite evident that you love her as well!

    E komo mai, welcome to our group. And thank you for your contributions and submissions. I look forward to seeing more of your work.

    Aloha kakou,

    Your Host
    Alaska ~ Beyond Your Dreams

  • With utmost respect for Alaskans, the title has been changed.

    – Patricia Montgomery

  • naturelover
    natureloverover 6 years ago

    Patricia- the photograph is absolutely stunning- a fav- you seem to have sparked off what we hope is a ‘healthy’ debate- good to hear all sides of a story!!! x

  • Heavenandus777
    Heavenandus777over 6 years ago

    Absolutely Stunning My Friend,Such a Beautiful Print as well.

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