2020 "Snaps" Around Glacier National Park

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Re: 2020 "Snaps" Around Glacier National Park

Postby PeteE » Thu Mar 12, 2020 12:51 pm

JayAndersen wrote:Great shots Pete! Love that sunset.

11 more weeks until I'll be there again :(


Sue Z wrote:Love the sunsets!


Sue and Jay:

Thanks for the compliments. Better to be lucky than good as I like to say.
I just happened to be in the right place at the right time! :)

Sorta like Tuesday night...
I won ~$280 in a 1$-2$ no limit Texas Holdem game at the Montana Nugget Casino.
Best hand I had was pocket kings on the button. I ended up going all in(~$180) winning best pot of the night--over $500. :arrow:

pete :wink:

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Re: 2020 "Snaps" Around Glacier National Park

Postby Sue Z » Fri Mar 13, 2020 6:48 am

PeteE wrote:Thanks for the compliments. Better to be lucky than good as I like to say.
I just happened to be in the right place at the right time! :)

Sorta like Tuesday night...
I won ~$280 in a 1$-2$ no limit Texas Holdem game at the Montana Nugget Casino.
Best hand I had was pocket kings on the button. I ended up going all in(~$180) winning best pot of the night--over $500.

pete :wink:


True, but you did make the effort to get your a$$ out there in the first place. That's the thing about hiking - sometimes you hit the jackpot and sometimes you don't, but you can't win if you're not in the game.

Love the Carlin quote, by the way.
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Re: 2020 "Snaps" Around Glacier National Park

Postby PeteE » Mon Mar 16, 2020 7:58 am

Sue Z wrote:True, but you did make the effort to get your a$$ out there in the first place. That's the thing about hiking - sometimes you hit the jackpot and sometimes you don't, but you can't win if you're not in the game.

Love the Carlin quote, by the way.


Thanks Sue :)
I love George Carlin. He was a keen observer of people.
I wish he were alive today to comment on the sad state of our country.
I'm sure he wouldn't tolerate all the PC nonsense and would likely be banned from social media. 8)

And yeah, I made the effort to get my a$$ out to the park once more yesterday. :mrgreen:
Twas a pretty nice day albeit cold, down around 10-15F. A little breeze blowing down at the foot of the lake at the boatdock.
Yesterday, as the cold front blew through, it was ugly everywhere with 30-40mph winds, but not much snow.
I think the East side got hammered pretty good with more snow and higher winds.

Here's a few snaps from Sunday, March 15th


The wind had everything coated with ice here and it Lake McDonald's boat dock.
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Back down the lake at the Framing Tree beach.
We(another photographer and I) had to wait till some young guys finished skipping rocks in the lake before taking pictures.
The water settled down to an almost good reflection.

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Would have been a lot better if I hadn't chopped off the shoreline on the right side. :evil:
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Ms Bonnie never gets much love from the camera so today she got a little bit. :wink:
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I love it when she fluffs up her feathers. Birds do that to trap air to keep warmer. She turns her head to focus one eye on me for a more detailed look.
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I finally got a decent shot of Bonnie making her "clocking" sound. She makes a clock-clock sound with an audible "snap" at the end.
In the past, I always seemed to catch her with her nictitating membranes closed.

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Re: 2020 "Snaps" Around Glacier National Park

Postby MarxMN » Tue Mar 17, 2020 1:35 am

Pete,

Those ice pictures are fascinating - especially the ice on the rocks. I am thinking about how the water was blown onto the rocks and then froze in place. It had to be really windy to get the water up there and then quite cold to freeze the water before it ran off the rocks.

And great to see pictures of Bonnie "performing".

Thanks

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Re: 2020 "Snaps" Around Glacier National Park

Postby teapot57 » Tue Mar 17, 2020 11:27 am

Pete,

I love the ice photos. You have a great eye. And nice to see Bonnie looking well.
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Re: 2020 "Snaps" Around Glacier National Park

Postby PeteE » Tue Mar 17, 2020 7:58 pm

Thanks Tina and Bill :)
I like the ice on the rocks too.
People sometimes look at me funny for wearing my microspikes---until they see how treacherous that ice is to walk on 8)
And it was really slick that day. A lady took a hard fall walking out on the boat dock. She's lucky she' didn't slide right off the dock into the lake.
The spikes give super good traction. Walking on those rocks would be impossible without them.
I would have liked to have spent more time taking pictures but my hands were FREEZING!!
Gloves heavy enough to keep my hands warm are too thick to work the camera. :(

I know everyone is tired of seeing the same Lake McDonald scenes over and over.
So am I.

The "virus panic" has finally reached the Flathead Valley. The governor has closed up the schools.
Some cities/counties have closed, or are considering closing bars/casinos.
So if our joints are closed down, I'll have time to ride over to the East side to look around and takes some pictures.
Gotta do it soon because I want to switch out my tires asap. But...I want to have them on for the trip over there...just in case 8)


pete :wink:

PS
I laughed at all the toilet paper stories.
I've been a "prepper" for years. I probably have 200+ rolls of Charmin and Kirkland toilet paper in storage.
And enough food and other necessities to last 6 months or more--and never have to go to a store.
:arrow:

EDIT ADD 3/19 :mrgreen: :arrow:
https://www.foxnews.com/health/preppers ... utbreak-us
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Re: 2020 "Snaps" Around Glacier National Park

Postby PeteE » Sat Mar 21, 2020 4:01 pm

It was too boring to stay at home.
Like most places, virtually everything in the county pertaining to "entertainment" is shut down.
The park had more visitors than I expected. Probably people like me who didn't want to stay home.

Tomorrow is supposed to be another nice day.
I'm going to make an effort to leave early enough to catch the sunrise from Glacier View Ridge.


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Without boat dock
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This is from the first pull off east of the Sprague Creek CG.
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Being a "dead tree" fan, I like this one better. I like the tree's reflection in the water. 8)
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The ice is gone from the rocks beside the Lake McDonald boat dock, just snow now.
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I heard Bonnie, Clyde's faithful lookout, make her "alarm" squawk--three high pitched calls--as I made my way up the hill near the circular drive.
It's really amazing how they know me by sight since there were other people around.
I'd left my window down and Clyde had snagged my homemade banana bread I had brought for a snack. :evil:
It was down on the floor of the passenger side next to my tools.

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Re: 2020 "Snaps" Around Glacier National Park

Postby tibber » Sat Mar 21, 2020 8:36 pm

love the first two where you can see the rocks in the water. great photos as always.
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Re: 2020 "Snaps" Around Glacier National Park

Postby indiana hiker » Sun Mar 22, 2020 8:39 am

I think the first one with the dock is my favorite. Beautiful, still water. Great shots again Pete.
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