Budget cuts, privatization, and drastically shrinking protected areas are just a few of the ways the current administration is threatening the country’s national park system. If you’re not convinced these are terrible ideas, filmmaker Taylor Gray’s remarkable timelapse footage of Denali, and other parks, will make you realize these ares are truly national treasures.

Shot using a Nikon D750, D800, and a DJI Phantom 4 Pro drone, Denali 4K was filmed in just three days in and around Alaska’s Denali National Park and Preserve in September. During that brief visit Taylor was able to capture passing storms, beautiful sunsets, the local wildlife, and the northern lights dancing across the sky. The short film manages to incorporate every last stock footage nature trope you’ve almost certainly seen a hundred times before, but that doesn’t mean they’re not worth watching once again.


[Vimeo via The Awesomer]

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