Bear Grass

On my first entry into Glacier NP, I thought I would not see Bear Grass (Xerophyllum tenax) wildflowers growing. The late snowstorm had made pretty much everything in the park late, and there was very little Bear Grass growing on the first day … and the few plants seen were not really accessible for photography. […]

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Fun Friday: Talk About a Burrow!

While photographing Mountain Goats in the rocky landscape of Glacier NP, an amusing Hoary Marmot (Marmota caligata) ran about the snow slope and ended up at his “burrow”, which was actually a hole he had dug into the deep snow, just to get to his burrow! Glacier NP received a heavy snowstorm in late June, […]

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Wild Geranium

Again this trip, I found many Wild Geraniums (Geranium caespitosum) growing around the meadows and edges of woodlands in Glacier NP (Montana). These plants grow from 1 to 2 feet high and produce brilliantly colored flowers that range from 3/4-inch to 1-inch in diameter. Photographic Equipment Used: Canon 5D Mark 3 body Canon EF180mm, f/3.5 […]

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White-crowned Sparrow

While photographing Columbian Ground Squirrels, several White-crowned Sparrows (Zonotrichia leucophrys) would frequently fly into the Glacier Lilies and search out seeds and insects: Photographic Equipment Used: Canon Canon EF100-400mm, f/4.5-5.6, IS lens Handheld, with IS “On” ISO 250 (top photo) and ISO 500 (bottom photo) Aperture f/5.6 Shutter 1/400 sec. and 1/800 sec.    

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Early Morning Beauty

An early morning drive on the Going-to-the-Sun Road (Glacier NP, Montana) can be a rewarding experience: As we rounded a sharp corner, the light was just beginning to hit the top of a mountain, across the valley. Clouds were really pouring in … and gaining altitude with every turn of the car wheel, we were […]

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Beaver Pond Trail

While in Glacier NP, one morning I decided to hike the Beaver Pond trail, near St. Mary Lake. The day before, I had talked to one of the Park Rangers about wildflower locations and he recommend that I hike the Beaver Pond trail, as he had recently hiked it and found lots of wildflowers in […]

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Wildflower Meadow of St. Mary

While driving the Going-to-the-Sun Road, I came upon a wonderful meadow that contained many different species of wildflowers … and in such a scenic location! Here is one of my images of this beautiful location within Glacier NP: In the background, one of Glacier’s many mountain peaks is only slightly visible due to the low […]

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Glacier Lilies

While visiting Logan Pass in Glacier NP, the Glacier Lilies (Erythronium grandiflorum) were really poking their heads up through the moist soil caused by the recent snow thaw. The Glacier Lily is also know as Avalanche Lily, Fawn Lily, Snow Lily and Dogtooth Lily (looks very similar to the Dogtooth Lily that grows in Missouri, […]

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A Return Visit With My Little Friends

During my recent visits to Glacier NP, I once again enjoyed several opportunities to photograph the little Columbian Ground Squirrels (Urocitellus columbianus) that are so common throughout the park. They remind me a lot of the Black-tailed Prairie Dogs … cute and lovable, and always entertaining! Here are a few of my favorite images of […]

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Mountain Goats, Part 1

My first day to the Continental Divide of Glacier NP (Logan Pass), I happened on a Mountain Goat (Oreamnos americanus) family that was traversing the snowy and rocky terrain of the area. Here are a few of my favorite images from that morning: And climbing up to a ledge along the steep wall, this juvenile […]

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