Glacier National Park

Images in this Glacier National Park, Montana – USA, and Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta – Canada, gallery were captured early August 2015 while the Reynolds Creek Fire raged on. Many images portray the smoke in the sky and special conditions brought about by the smoke such as a red sun and gray skies. Locations are repeated in many different conditions because the Going to the Sun Road was closed. I was intensely disappointed in the lack of access for this much-anticipated visit to the park. I had made so many preparations for photographing the Logan Pass, including purchase of a long lens – ouch! It is a lesson to all of us who enjoy the outdoors to be careful of campfires – the very nature travel to enjoy is threatened by inattention to any sort of fire during the dry months of summer. These images represent an attempt to make the best of the disappointing conditions. A couple of blog posts preceded this gallery with more information on the experience – Making the Best of Bad Timing, and Red Sun Sunrise and Glacier Revisited

One of the reasons I wanted to see Glacier National Park is that the very character of the park is changing every year. Grinnell Glacier has lost 90 percent of its ice in the last century. Of the 150 glaciers that speckled Glacier National Park at its founding in 1910, only 25 remain. The latest predictions indicate that all of the glaciers in Glacier National Park will be gone by 2030. Cause of death: slow retreat due to temperature rise.

At the bottom are a few images from Waterton Lakes National Park in Canada. In 1932 Glacier and Waterton were combined into the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, the first Peace Park to represent two different countries. At the time of inscription, the Peace Park commemorated the peace and goodwill our two nations share. Today, Waterton Lakes National Park and Glacier National Park use peace and goodwill to work towards shared management: protecting the water, plants, geology and animals that are found in the WGIPP. The Parks distinctive climate, physiographic setting, mountain-prairie interface, and tri-ocean hydrographical divide have contributed to its designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995.

Sunrise Apgar Village Lake McDonald Glacier National Park.jpgTwo Medicine Lake Storm with Rainbow Glacier National Park.jpgLake Sherburne Golden Hour Many Glacier area Glacier National Park Montana USA-c58.jpgSunset Glow on Peaks at McDonald Lake Glacier National Park Montana USA-c87.jpgFog lifting over Mts Grinnell and Gould Glacier National Park Montana-c48.jpgFishercap Lake reflections in smoke Glacier National Park Montana USA-c14.jpgAvalanche Gorge flow Glacier National Park Montana-c4.jpgSunrise smoke and fog Reynolds Creek Fire 2015 Many Glacier area Glacier National Park Montana USA-c7.jpgSmoke-enhanced sunrise with tree Many Glacier Glacier National Park Montana USA lone tree-c30.jpgMany Glacier area Pano Mt Grinnell with Smoke Reynold Creek Fire 2015 Glacier National Park Montana USA-c68.jpgMany Glacier area reflection Mt Grinnell Glacier National Park Montana USA-c52.jpgMany Glacier Sunrise Glacier National Park Montana.jpgAvalanche Gorge glacial waters Glacier National Park Montana-c58.jpgCowboy leading horses to riding stable Many Glacier Glacier National Park Montana USA-c58.jpgFishercap Lake with foothill of Mt Grinnell Glacier National Park Montana-c74.jpgFog blanketing Many Glacier Glacier National Park Montana-c12.jpgFog lifting over Swiftcurrent River Many Glacier area Glacier National Park Montana USA-c31.jpgLake Sherburne Beautiful Day Glacier National Park Montana-c65.jpgMany Glacier Sunset in black white Glacier National Park Montana.jpgMany Glacier Reflections in Lake Sherburne Glacier National Park-c5.jpgFireweed and Many Glacier Glacier National Park Montana-c77.jpgLake Sherburne sunrise - Many Glacier Glacier National Park Montana-c55.jpgAvalanche Gorge McDonald Lake Glacier National Park.jpgReynolds Creek Fire 2015 Glacier National Park Montana-c44.jpgLast bits of fog on Mt Grinnell Glacier National Park Montana-c45.jpgSwiftcurrent Falls twilight Glacier National Park Montana-c47.jpgLone Tree Sunrise - Glacier National Park Montana-c38.jpgMcDonald Lake Before Sunrise from Apgar Village Glacier National Park Montana USA-c22.jpgMoose Cow in Fishercap Lake  Glacier National Park Montana-c79.jpgMoose Cow in Fishercap Lake Glacier National Park Montana-c77.jpgMt Grinnell and the Garden Wall Sunset Glacier National Park Montana-c41.jpgMt Grinnell Sunset with moon Glacier National Park Montana-c54.jpgMt Wilbur reflection in Fishercap Lake Glacier National Park Montana-c60.jpgMt Wilbur Reflection in Lake Fishercap Glacier National Park Montana-c27.jpgPerfect Lake Sherburne Many Glacier area Glacier National Park Montana USA-c76.jpgRed Sun Sunrise - Swiftcurrent Falls Many Glacier area Glacier National Park Montana USA-c78.jpgReynolds Creek Fire 2015 Glacier National Park Montana USA-c54.jpgRoad to Many Glacier Glacier National Park Montana-c39.jpgFireweed and Many Glacier Glacier National Park Montana (2)-c37.jpgSmoke sunrise and fog Reynolds Creek Fire 2015 Many Glacier area Glacier National Park Montana USA-c36.jpgSwiftcurrent Falls and Mt Grinnell Many Glacier area Glacier National Park Montana USA-c96.jpgLake McDonald Boats golden hour Glacier National Park Montana USA-c52.jpgSwiftcurrent Falls Glacier National Park Montana-c24.jpgLone Tree on Mt Grinnell Glacier National Park Montana-c86.jpgThat Cowboy at Glacier National Park Montana-c73.jpgTwilight behind Mt Wilbur Many Glacier Glacier National Park Montana-c20.jpgChief Mountain Sunrise with smoke Glacier National Park Montana-c41.jpgWaterton Lakes National Park Canada borders Glacier NP in USA.jpgCanada Waterton Lakes and red chairs.jpgWaterton Lakes National Park Canada with Boak.jpgWaterton Lakes Canada Prince of Wales Hotel.jpgLarge Panorama of Maskinonge Lake at Waterton Lakes Canada.jpgPanorama of Waterton Lakes National Park Canada.jpgPanorama of Maskinonge Lake at Waterton Lakes National Park Canada.jpgCanadian Rockies and Tall Grass.jpgWaterton Lakes Canada flowers on side of building.jpg