The fragile splendor of America's largest national forest

An Alaskan photographer hikes blue glaciers and lush rainforests to capture the unique beauty of Tongass National Forest

Tongass National Park
(Image credit: (Mark Meyer))

There is a land, in southeast Alaska, that feels like the setting of some old-world fairy tale. Across nearly 17 million acres, bears wander through icy rivers, pausing to snatch salmon from the watery depths before sauntering into lush rainforests. Eagles fly across windswept plains, battered down by seasonal storms. Blue and white glaciers scour the bedrock of otherwise imposing mountain ranges.

Photographer Mark Meyer ventured into this stunning Alaskan wild four times over the course of one summer to capture as many of the Tongass' wonders as he could for the U.S. Forest Service.

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