Fall season in our area has been disappointing to say the least. It seemed like we went from summer to winter, with a handful of autumn days thrown in between. I went back to some photos taken two years ago in Montana to see some real yellow leaves, the way they should be in the fall.
Cee’s challenge is at the following URL: https://ceenphotography.com/2017/05/02/cees-fun-foto-challenge-sky/
And here’s my entry: the sky just before sunrise near Glacier National Park in Montana.
Most of us can never have enough of the vibrant colors of fall foliage. Throughout the years, I have tried to capture its beauty with my camera. Last year, while travelling through Glacier National Park and Great Basin National Park in late September, I finally felt like a kid in a candy store. With the following photos, I hope you too can feast your eyes on the wonderful colors of autumn.
The link for this challenge is: https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/h2o/
Photos of water make a good chunk of the shots I have taken since 2010 when I started doing digital photography. In the following series, the shots are of water from its sources high in the mountains, to waterfalls, and finally as part of the giant ocean mass around our globe.
We spent a total of a day and a half at Glacier National Park, not nearly enough, but we did manage to visit Two Medicine, Many Glacier, and drive along Going-to-the-Sun Road which roughly divides the park into northern and southern halves.
Our first afternoon was sunny but windy, with constantly shifting clouds. Aspens were near their fall colors peak.
The following day started with thick fog and a colorful sunrise near the town of St Mary, the eastern entrance to Glacier National Park.
In the Many Glacier area, the only decent shot I got was one of Lake Sherburne.
Going-to-the-Sun Road was a nice drive, despite the overcast sky. The following two shots give you a taste of what the scenery looked like from the road.
There were many waterfalls along Going-to-the-Sun Road. Even though they did not have as much water as in the spring, they still provided interesting views more appealing than the gloomy sky.
Finally, the highest waterfall in Glacier National Park: Bird Woman Falls. It is named not for Sacajawea, but for the wife of either Old Sun or Lone Walker.
A sign said Bird Woman Falls was 492 ft (150 m) tall, but the World Waterfall Database puts its height at 960 ft (293 m). That height includes an upper drop of 175 ft (53 m) seen near the top of the above photo, a larger tier of 560 ft (171 m), and a number of cascades between the two.
Many Glacier is said to be the most beautiful part of Glacier National Park. This morning, we left our hotel at 6 AM to go from East Glacier Park to Many Glacier. It was still quite dark and the road very windy, requiring my full concentration. However, as we approached the town of St Mary, the sun peeked out from a thick fog with its rosy fingers, to borrow Homer’s words.
After that, we went on to Many Glacier, but the sun insisted on hiding behind thick clouds for the rest of the day. None of the photos I took afterwards had the same intensity of sun and colors as yesterday (see Two Medicine).
Afterwards, the same lack of sunlight dampened our mood while driving through Going-to-the-Sun road, the famed curvaceous highway that led from St Mary to West Glacier. There were many cars and buses, and each scenic spot attracted people with their cameras and cell phones ready to capture the scenery. But I quickly decided not to shoot mountain peaks or vistas, and concentrated instead on some mini waterfalls along Going-to-the-Sun road, each framed by trees in full fall colors. They looked much better than washed out skies.
Distance travelled so far: 3,005 miles. We stopped for the night in Whitefish, MT.
We arrived in East Glacier Park, MT in mid afternoon Sunday. The hotel had no wireless internet, so I’m a day late in my postings.
Along the drive we saw several herds of wild horses, lots of Angus cattle, and lots of hay bales, presumably to feed the cattle and maybe even the horses. I had to stop to take some pictures of the ubiquitous hay bales.
After checking in, I drove right away to a part of Glacier National Park called Two Medicine for a lake of the same name. It was very windy but the sky was a brilliant blue with lots of white clouds of all sizes and shapes. The leaves had begun to turn yellow on the aspens along the road leading to the lake. It was an unforgettable landscape as you can see in the photos below.