Denali Summer by William S. Phillips
Bill Phillips' painting Denali Summer features two celebrated icons
of the far North: one natural, one man-made. The forbidding and
beautiful Alaskan wilds provide the backdrop for the legendary workhorse
of the Alaskan bush: a De Havilland Beaver float plane. As the plane
roars over the summer tundra, the icy river below rushes and tumbles
its contents of glacial silt.
On the distant horizon, America’s highest peak dominates the horizon.
(Mount McKinley is also known as Denali, or “The High One,” in the
language of the local people.) Mount McKinley’s scale is so massive
that the mountain actually creates its own weather, and today its
peak sparkles in the brilliant sunlight of one of the few cloudless
days of the year.