Kenai River photos

Knik River Delta

Dwarf Fireweed and Sweet Pea crowns speckle the entire Knik River Delta covering countless acres in this late afternoon panoramic view downriver.

At left, touching the cloud ceiling, is 6,398-foot Pioneer Peak, with the slopes of the Talkeetna Mountains in the far distance, and the northwestern end of the Chugach Mountains at right.

This massive and beautiful delta, on the geologic time scale, is newly exposed over several centuries, after the immense nameless glacier that once filled and carved this valley retreated.

All images © Dave Parkhurst