National Geographic : 1938 Jul
Photograph by Bradford Washburn RADIANT MCKINLEY, 180 MILES AWAY, HOVERS ON THE HORIZON LIKE A PUFFY SUMMER CLOUD A red filter and a film sensitive to infrared light (which the eye cannot see) eliminated the obscuring effect of haze,making possible this distant view ofthe mountain across the central Alaskan lowlands. Other high peaks appear as pearly beads of light strung along the horizon. The picture was taken at an elevation of 16.000 feet, from a position about 20 miles north of the town of Fairbanks. That wilderness "metropolis" is faintly visible inthe center foreground on ameandering tributary of the Tanana River, whose irregular course cuts diagonally across the landscape from left to right.