2018 "Snaps" Around Glacier National Park

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Re: 2018 "Snaps" Around Glacier National Park

Postby PeteE » Mon Jan 29, 2018 6:56 pm

"The Shining" 8)
Great movie.
My ex wife believed Jack Nicholson was "creepy" and probably was possessed! :mrgreen:

Moving along....

Sunday was a dreary day but I went to the park anyway.
Didn't stay too long as I got a call from work.
Here are a few "snaps".

US2 was ok by the time I got to the park.
The Sun Road was pretty slick.
The outbound lane to lake McDonald had been plowed and sanded in a few spots.
I passed the plow doing the inbound lane on the way out there.
The road was icy. Same with the parking lot---very slippery.
After parking Jaybird I nearly fell as I stepped out the door.

I didn't feel much like getting "chained up" to walk down to the lake to take pics on a crappy day
So I took a few of B&C and went on back to work.

Bobbie and Clyde are great to photograph, but they can difficult subjects at times and especially in snow.
The contrast between a coal black bird and pure white snow is....well--a LOT 8)
And they keep moving which makes it more challenging.

I'm still learning. I'll be learning forever. The tracking focus and spot metering function help.
I was able to get three decent shots of Bonnie this time.
Even Clyde was slipping on the ice as he walked. Short video clip of that later.


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Grey day. Not a day for views. Apgar Mt. I made it B&W since it was almost B&W in color

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[bJust a bit farther up the road--"Helicopter City".
For new visitors---Apgar Mt and this shot are the first good glimpses looking into the park when driving from Kalispell.[/b]

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West Glacier looks a tad different in August. :mrgreen:

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"Eddies". My tire tracks show the 4" or so of new snow Saturday night. I was hoping for a better day. New snow always makes things look so "pure and clean".

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For the benefit of new folks, the small building to the right of the ugly old dude's head was the Visitor's Center until recently

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The entrance to Apgar CG. The "settled" snow is up nearly to the gate top---however deep that makes it.

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Winter campers at the Apgar picnic area where overnight camping is allowed during the winter.

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These next three pictures are of Bonnie. Bonnie is tough to get pics of, especially when she is vocalizing. Ravens blink their nictitating membrane when making some calls--and those blinks really screw an otherwise good shot.

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This next batch are Clyde

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Leaving, I parked on the outgoing side of the lot and walked over to the outhouse.
I told Clyde that following me to the outhouse wasn't necessary, but Clyde does pretty much what he wants.
8)
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Re: 2018 "Snaps" Around Glacier National Park

Postby PeteE » Sat Feb 10, 2018 8:21 am

Here are some more snaps from Apgar and Lake McDonald Lodge on Friday Feb 9.
I'm glad the weather cleared up so my sister and brother in law could see how beautiful the area is covered in snow.
I'll put some more up but have to get going. They're leaving today at 2PM


This is the album link. I'll post the rest of the images here later tonight
https://www.flickr.com/photos/98975350@ ... 280705475/

later

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Snow is piling up. Eddies is far left.
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Vickie and Bobbie. Unfortunately, just before this picture Vic stepped on the bare ice(right of where she is now) without realizing how slick it was. She fell hard on her back whacking her head. It scared the crap out of me. She's OK but has a big knot of the back of her head.
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Lake McDonald Store
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Snyder Creek
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I liked this one
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Bobby in front of the reading room.
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Vickie making a "snow angel" for one of her grand kids :mrgreen:
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Looking down lake towards Apgar
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Stanton Mt.
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Stanton Mt.
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Looking up lake. Garden Wall in the distance. Mt Cannon on the right with a bit of Mt Brown far right.
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Different view
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Same look and Snyder creak outlet.
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Stanton Mt on left, Mt Vaught right of it, and with some of Mt McPartland on far right
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Looking toward head of lake
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Be back shortly with a few more.

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Re: 2018 "Snaps" Around Glacier National Park

Postby PeteE » Sat Feb 10, 2018 5:40 pm

Be back with a few more shortly

A visiting couple from California
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Re: 2018 "Snaps" Around Glacier National Park

Postby Jay w » Sat Feb 10, 2018 8:23 pm

Hope Vick's ok. I really like the Snyder Creek photos.

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Did a race today on 17 km of artificial snow (x2 for 34 km). Painful yet fun?
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Re: 2018 "Snaps" Around Glacier National Park

Postby NDjason » Sat Feb 10, 2018 9:29 pm

I love seeing the park like this, Pete. Having never been outside of the June - September window, it's a side I've never been privileged to experience. Thanks for sharing!
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Re: 2018 "Snaps" Around Glacier National Park

Postby PeteE » Sun Feb 11, 2018 9:37 am

Jay w wrote:Hope Vick's ok. I really like the Snyder Creek photos.

Jay

Did a race today on 17 km of artificial snow (x2 for 34 km). Painful yet fun?


Thanks Jay! Wish I could have gotten lower down for a pic but it wasn't safe to do that. 8)
And sure glad to hear you're out and about skiing!! :arrow:

NDjason wrote:I love seeing the park like this, Pete. Having never been outside of the June - September window, it's a side I've never been privileged to experience. Thanks for sharing!


Thanks to you too Jason! One winter you and family should come out.
I enjoy coming out here in the winter and taking pictures to post.
The winter scenery is spectacular on a clear day after a snow fall.
One day you and your family should come out and have some "winter fun" :D

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Re: 2018 "Snaps" Around Glacier National Park

Postby PeteE » Sun Feb 11, 2018 9:45 am

I lost my ISP over the weekend :twisted:
So I don't know how many I can upload on my Straight Talk card :(
So here goes:


Doug's cottonwood tree :)
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Re: 2018 "Snaps" Around Glacier National Park

Postby llholmes1948 » Sun Feb 11, 2018 12:37 pm

Pete,

Great photos. Thanks so much for posting them and stay warm!

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Re: 2018 "Snaps" Around Glacier National Park

Postby teapot57 » Sun Feb 11, 2018 1:30 pm

Great photos, Pete. Mt. Cannon looks even more massive when it is highlighted with snow.

Thanks for sharing!
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Re: 2018 "Snaps" Around Glacier National Park

Postby PeteE » Sun Feb 11, 2018 2:21 pm

llholmes1948 wrote:Pete,

Great photos. Thanks so much for posting them and stay warm!

Lyman


Thanks Lyman. The contrast between winter and summer at Lake McDonald Lodge is so extreme!
So busy in the summer, people and vehicles everywhere, and all the noise, etc.
So peaceful and quiet in the dead of winter. On a cold, calm day, the deep snow absorbs almost all but the loudest sounds.
I love it.

teapot57 wrote:Great photos, Pete. Mt. Cannon looks even more massive when it is highlighted with snow.

Thanks for sharing!

Hi Tina:
Thanks!
Mt Cannon really does dominate that part of the view doesn't it? :)
And I bet you know what I mean about these places in winter--totally different from summer in a way that's difficult to describe in words or pictures.



As for "staying warm" Lyman :)
I'm going to do just that.
Stay home and do chores.

Winter Weather Advisory out.
BIG wind blowing outside my window at the moment and it's in low 20's here.

https://forecast.weather.gov/showsigwx. ... =-114.3376

Thanks all.
Vickie is feeling fine. Still got a knot but she's OK.

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Re: 2018 "Snaps" Around Glacier National Park

Postby PeteE » Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:11 am

We got a break in the weather and so I got a few more snaps yesterday.
Chilly at around 16F but almost no wind.
8)
Here are a few of them.


One of my favorite spots. Ice forming around here so not good for reflections
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Just a lil skiff of ice. Ice "chunks" now forming in the Flathead river.
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I liked this one.Bummer about the ice though :(
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I shot several laying flat out on the ice at the edge of the lake here trying to avoid my shadow. The sun was directly behind me and low in the sky.
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I wore my microspikes all day. No way for me to walk doing what I do without them.
Had to lay down on the edge of the ice holding the gorilla tripod mounted camera out to my left for these next five.
I got a little obsessed with trying to get the ice covered shoreline in the foreground of the frame
8)
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Snow on the mountains got washed out since these were taken with my Sony P&S camera. Maybe experiment with "layers" on these?
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Chilly
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I have a few more I can put up later


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Re: 2018 "Snaps" Around Glacier National Park

Postby MarxMN » Tue Feb 13, 2018 12:10 pm

That third from the last picture with the reflection of Stanton Mountain on Lake McDonald is great. The water is almost completely still.

I do like the ice covered foreground in the other pictures.
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Re: 2018 "Snaps" Around Glacier National Park

Postby dpratt » Tue Feb 13, 2018 12:19 pm

Nice shots, Pete. The blue skies have been a nice treat and really show off the grandeur. The cold kind of sucks though....
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Re: 2018 "Snaps" Around Glacier National Park

Postby tibber » Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:19 pm

lots of cool shots this month... figuratively and literally! Thx.

Still glad I live in the Valley of the warm Sun during winter time.
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Re: 2018 "Snaps" Around Glacier National Park

Postby PeteE » Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:59 pm

MarxMN wrote:That third from the last picture with the reflection of Stanton Mountain on Lake McDonald is great. The water is almost completely still.

I do like the ice covered foreground in the other pictures.

Thanks Bill. My fascination with snow and ice stems partly from growing up where was very little of either! :)


dpratt wrote:Nice shots, Pete. The blue skies have been a nice treat and really show off the grandeur. The cold kind of sucks though....

Yeah, tell me about the cold.
The concrete floor in our unheated warehouse has been tough on my feet the last two mornings.
The price you pay for the "good stuff" I guess.
8)


tibber wrote:lots of cool shots this month... figuratively and literally! Thx.
You're welcome ! :D

Still glad I live in the Valley of the warm Sun during winter time.
I bet you are! I'm not quite ready yet
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Thanks again!

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