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Winter In Glacier National Park – A Preview

Afternoon At Lake McDonald

An afternoon view from the south end of Lake McDonald, Glacier National Park, Montana.

Call this post a preview of my MLK-weekend trip to Montana and Glacier National Park.  I’ll have a longer, different version published in February in the National Parks Traveler.

In a roundabout way, I owe this 3-day jaunt (not counting the day to get there and the day to return to TX) to my company taking away a “floating holiday” (to be used at each employee’s discretion).  I always used those floating holidays  in conjunction with a planned vacation.  In return, the company gave to us what the masses apparently wanted:  Martin Luther King Day.

Hey, I have absolutely nothing against MLK day.  A holiday is a holiday.  But I much preferred that floating holiday to use as I wished, versus a “fixed” holiday.  So, I decided in an I’ll-show-them sort of way to take a long weekend and head on out someplace away from Texas (all of my vacations are taken away from this state in which I’d rather not be).  I’d been hankering for some winter weather, instead of the humid 78-degree weather here in SE Texas (I want my winters to look and feel like winter, dammit).  To that end, I flew to Montana and snow shoed in Glacier National Park.

It was heaven on earth, despite the sub-zero temps.

Frost On The Tripod

-4 degrees F and frost on the tripod.

Icy Color

Colorful icicles off the side of Hwy 2 just before entering Hungry Horse, on the way to the park.

Icicles

Some very long icicles at the West Glacier entrance to the park.  I look like a bright pink beluga whale but I’m definitely warm.

Moonset On Lake McDonald

Moon set during the pre-dawn hours at Lake McDonald.  It was silent except for the ice cracking and the distant hooting of an owl.

Icy Morning

The look of sub-zero at Lake McDonald.

Sunrise Over Lake McDonald II

A frosty sunrise at Lake McDonald.  The mountains were still in hiding that morning.

Little BirdiesDeer In The RoadSnow Path Along The Shorelinen6a1458_snow-path-through-the-tall-trees

Scenes while snow shoeing near Lake McDonald Lodge in the park.  The lodge was as far as the Going-To-The-Sun Road was open.

Lake McDonald Afternoon Reflection IILake McDonald Winter Reflections

Late afternoon brought out the mountains, along with some clear skies and lake reflections.

So, thank you, Company, for the MLK Day, because if you had not taken away a floating holiday and given us this day off instead, I doubt I would have given second thought to a deep-winter photography trip to Glacier National Park.  And that would have been a shame.

Evening Blues And Pinks

Good night, Glacier National Park.  See you in September 2017.

 

 

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Morning Storm Clouds

Storm Clouds In The Morning

I finished every single one of my errands/chores yesterday so I could drive out to the Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge this morning to see what might be there: tall grass and reeds and cattails with lots of water but not much birdlife – at least, not in the area in which I found myself and nothing near to me and my 500mm lens. The clouds on this morning, however, were dark and fluffy and big and presaged the coming storms predicted for today. So I pulled out the other tripod and my Canon 5DSR with the 16-35mm f//4 IS lens, affixed a circular polarizer to it and used my grad ND filter to bring out the texture in the clouds.

Clouds are a photographer’s best friend. They add drama and character to an already lovely scene and can really spice up an otherwise ordinary or ho-hum scene. The thing about photographing awesome clouds, though, is that you also need a frame of reference or some scale. So don’t just photograph the clouds themselves. Your viewers won’t know whether this was a horizon-filling scene or just a small spot in the sky. Add some ground or buildings or *something* to the cloud scene.

Copyright Rebecca L Latson, all rights reserved.

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Banff/Jasper National Parks Armchair Photography Guide

Sunrise At Lake Louise

My latest article for the National Parks Traveler has been published this morning.  It’s another one of my Armchair Photography Guides and deals with Banff National Park, Canada, with a little bit of Jasper National Park thrown in.  Click on the photo to go check out the article.

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Photography In The National Parks: Your Armchair Guide To Arches National Park – Part 2

Stair Steps To Turret Arch

The National Parks Traveler has published my Part 2 Armchair Guide to Arches National Park, Utah.  If you are planning a trip there or just thinking about planning a trip, then click on the photo to be taken to the article.

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How It All Started For Me – Photography In The National Parks

The View Along Lost Mine Trail

The National Parks Traveler has just published my latest article on their site.  If you are interested, then click on this link.

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A Photographer’s Stay in Denali National Park

The National Parks Traveler has just published my latest photography article.  Click on this link to go check it out.

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Nugget Pond: Same Place, Different Time and Day

Nugget Pond Reflection

I‘m a bad blogger, I know I am.  It’s been a month, right, since I last posted? Until recently, I’ve been traveling, then I had a food photo session last weekend and now  am preparing for a wedding photoshoot in a couple of weeks and – oh yeah – I have my day job with which to contend.

I actually have an upcoming article that will be published in the National Parks Traveler, the link of which I’ll provide in a new blog post.  For now, though, here’s something I wanted to post for your viewing pleasure.

Remember my last article that was published for the National Parks Traveler?  It dealt with returning to the same scene in a national park but during different seasons, different times of day, and different weather patterns in order to get totally different looks for the same place.

Well, I applied this  during my recent visit to Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska, while staying at Camp Denali.  The scene you see is Nugget Pond, situated right in front of Camp Denali’s lodge building.  Time of day was either morning or afternoon.  The weather ranged from sunny to overcast to stormy, with clouds in between.

Morning View at Nugget Pond

Sun and Clouds at Nugget Pond

Stormy Evening at Nugget Pond

Morning Reflection on Nugget Pond - HORIZ

Denali in the Morning 1

Becky on the Front Porch

Enjoying my first cup of coffee for the morning on the porch of the Potlatch Building.  Do I look a little tired?  Well, I probably was, from all of the activities in which I’d been involved and with plenty more fun ahead of me.

Stay tuned for my upcoming article about photographing in Denali National Park that will be published in the National Parks Traveler.

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