Sinopah Mountain, Autumn, Glacier National Park

Sinopah Mountain, Autumn, Glacier National Park

I just had the great fortune to spend a weekend in a new National Park for me - Glacier National Park in Montana. My wife an I have been interested in visiting for some time, and with a great weather forecast for the weekend we decided on Monday to leave after work Thursday and make the trip. It was a relatively spontaneous trip, and we're very fortunate that it worked out as well as it did.

After early September the park really begins to shut down. Despite a lack of official park services, visiting was still great - the surrounding communities supplied everything that we needed. The Going-to-the-Sun Road that passes over the park was partially closed for construction, and as a result we were restricted to traveling around the park perimeter to get to the east side, but we still managed to make it there.

Taking this long approach, one of the first destinations to visit from the south is the Two Medicine Lake area. This was an area I had particularly wanted to visit based on images I had seen in the past. It did not disappoint! Two Medicine Lake was extraordinarily calm and the reflection of Sinopah Mountain in the distance were typically crystal clear. We wandered the shoreline and just enjoyed the quite scene. The shoreline was covered in the yellow leaves that had fallen in the lake and I utilized them to pull some additional color into the foreground here.

Two days in Glacier National Park is definitely inadequate to take it all in (or even a small fraction), but it's two days more than not visiting at all. I had a great first impression and hope to make it back one day.

Nikon D90 | Sigma 10-20@16mm | f/8 | 1/100s | ISO200 | Handheld

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