I recently returned from a road trip to Glacier National Park, with a short side trip to Yellowstone National Park on my drive back home. I am not very excited about the photographic results, since upon arrival I had a case of the trots which prevented me from my planned hiking trips into the backcountry. As such, I had to improvise to find differing subjects that I had already thoroughly imaged during my trip last year to this crown jewel of a National Park.
Here is the link to the new gallery:
Glacier-Yellowstone 2013 Trip
The one really overwhelming obvious observation of Glacier this year is that there has been a remarkable change from just one year ago. That change is that there has been a noticeable INCREASE in the number of glaciers int the park from the exact same time one year ago, both in the size of the glaciers and also in the sheer numbers of visible glaciers. One obvious observation is that the official park literature, which ceases at 2009 when the glacial retreat ceased, there is an overwhelming silence about the apparent turnaround in the glacial retreat supposedly caused by Anthropogenic Global Warming. (lies by omission are still lies) In my opinion it should be renamed Anthropomorphic Global Warming, since the alarmism is little more than the projection of human influences that is about as believable as the human projections found in any Disney cartoon.
I had a real grizzly bear scare while taking the Moonset shot over Logan Pass but I never had a good opportunity to photograph one up close. I did have a second scare as I exited an outhouse, I opened the door and was face-to-face with a bear. After my blood pressure settled I had to laugh as it was only a Black Bear who was just as startled as I was. I Ran to get my camera and got a quick shot of it fleeing the area, more scared of me than I could have ever been of it.
By thursday I felt somewhat better so I tried a hike up to Hidden Lake above Logan Pass. This was a fairly easy 1.5 mile (2.4 km) and 500 foot (152 m) vertical hike. Halfway up my stomach started seriously rumbling and I thought for sure that I was going to have to bare all and demonstrate an unintended fertilization of the alpine meadows, with absolutely nowhere to hide. Luckily I was barely able to make it without completely embarrassing myself. I did get some decent shots but forgot my panoramic gear so I was actually somewhat disappointed in the effort.
The next day I tried another hike, this time a 1 mile (1.6 km) 700 foot (214 m) vertical climb to Apikuni Falls. This was a very successful hike with some decent images. I would have liked to have spent an entire day there when the falls were in full flow but I planned to leave Glacier for a day in Yellowstone National Park.
It turns out I should have spent the entire day at Glacier since it rained there practically continuously. I ended up opting out of my real reason which was to travel and photograph the Beartooth Highway from the northeast entrance to Red Lodge Montana. Glacier Park’s Going to the Sun road is arguably the best scenic road in the lower fourty-eight and the Beartooth Highway is arguably the second best scenic adventure.
Instead I made a B-Line to Theodore Roosevelt National Park, also on my way home, but there again the rain and clouds prevented any decent photo-ops so I continued on to an eventual uncomfortable sleep in my car at a rest stop a few hours later. My luck was not very much in my favor on this trip, even with the setbacks I still had a blast that outweighed, by a large margin, the best times I ever had at “work.”