A herd of antelope pause for a portrait beneath the amazing snow-capped peaks of the Crazy Mountain range near Big Timber, Montana on a crisp Autumn morning.
This series comes from a recent trip to Glacier National Park. My first introduction came several decades ago as a pre-teen, and I barely remember it. Even though the park is located in my home state of Montana, I’ve resisted returning there for numerous reasons – crowded trails, backpacking red tape, and ample recreation opportunities closer to home to name a few. But this trip definitely made me realize a few things I’ve been missing out on.
Glacier Park is all about spectacular scenery of glacially carved lakes, incredible views of jagged peaks along the Continental Divide, and colorful wildflower displays along refreshing streams winding through lush lower elevation forests.
On this introductory trip our itinerary mostly kept us close the Going-to-the-Sun road, enough to pique our interest in the great hiking and photography opportunities that exist. Looks like a return adventure for a more intimate experience into Glacier’s backcountry is definitely in order later in the summer. Stay tuned for an update!
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Crater Lake National Park features a caldera lake in south-central Oregon which formed following the eruption of Mt. Mazama approx 7700 years ago. There are no rivers entering or exiting the lake. These factors contribute to the lake’s clarity and deep blue color thanks to the absence of pollutants. The lake measures about 5 miles by 6 miles across, and at an average depth of nearly 2,000 feet it is one of the top ten deepest lakes in the world.
Two islands protrude from the lake surface. The larger one, Wizard Island, is a volcanic cinder cone that formed following the Mt. Mazama eruption. It stands about 755 feet above the lake surface. The smaller Phantom Ship island at the opposite end of the lake is a natural rock pillar that resembles a ghost ship.
We spent about four days exploring the park in July 2013, enjoying the area’s memorable sunset panoramas, lush wildflowers, and cascading waterfalls.
In the middle of nowhere along State Hwy 12 north of the Crazy Mountains stands an array of windmills that just begs to be photographed. On this day the wind happened to be calm, so the blades were still. I overlaid multiple exposures from singe RAW images in post-production to bring out the subtle drama and dynamic range of the sky features.