A Sense of Perspective
Photograph by Frans Lanting
At 13,000 feet (3,900 meters) a small plane spends a lot of time flying next to mountains, rather than over them, in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, where peaks higher than 14,000 feet (4,200 meters) are numerous. "We flew 5,000 miles (8,000 kilometers) in small bush planes," says photographer Frans Lanting. "The landforms are so vast that you have to get up in the air to get any perspective on this place." Covering more than 13 million acres (5.2 million hectares), Wrangell-St. Elias is the largest national park in the United States. Nearly six Yellowstones could fit within its borders. [Offered as the desktop wallpaper on week two].