2019 "Snaps" Around Gracier National Park...plus

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Re: 2019 "Snaps" Around Gracier National Park...plus

Postby MarxMN » Wed Oct 02, 2019 8:08 pm

It looks like a lot of new snow in the mountains east of Lake McDonald.

It is neat to see Clyde again.

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Re: 2019 "Snaps" Around Gracier National Park...plus

Postby calicotraveler » Thu Oct 03, 2019 8:18 am

Yes about the snow....a little early this year. Clyde is one smart bird. Always enjoy updates on B&C.
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Re: 2019 "Snaps" Around Gracier National Park...plus

Postby PeteE » Thu Oct 03, 2019 2:33 pm

MarxMN wrote:It looks like a lot of new snow in the mountains east of Lake McDonald.

It is neat to see Clyde again.

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calicotraveler wrote:Yes about the snow....a little early this year. Clyde is one smart bird. Always enjoy updates on B&C.


Yes, it is nice to see Clyde made it through another winter.
Clyde has got to be pushing 15 years old from my calculations based on people I know who have been watching him longer than I.
I just hope Bonnie will show up soon as well. Gonna be a sad day when they aren't around anymore.

Looks like the West side got a little snow on the mountains above 6000ft. The East side got a LOT more though.
GTTS road is closed at Rising Sun. Nothing said about the Many Glacier road so I assume it's still open to Swiftcurrent.
NONE of the GNP sites seem to be open, and haven't been for a while. Dunno what Facebook says about anything in the park as I don't use FB.

The forecast for Sunday looks pretty good for the East side. IF that holds and the MG road is open to Swiftcurrent, I'm driving over for the day.
And so I'll get some pictures if I make it over there. Taking snowshoes with me too 8)

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Re: 2019 "Snaps" Around Gracier National Park...plus

Postby Jay w » Sun Oct 06, 2019 8:47 am

Hopefully you'll see Bonnie.

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Re: 2019 "Snaps" Around Gracier National Park...plus

Postby Jay w » Mon Oct 07, 2019 11:14 am

I got a new appreciation for the wind on the east side. Man, when it blows, it's just relentless. I guess my summer trips have been lucky that it hasn't been that windy, but last year (spring) and this year (fall) had some really windy days. It felt great to get out of the wind and in a camper (quiet).

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Re: 2019 "Snaps" Around Gracier National Park...plus

Postby PeteE » Tue Oct 08, 2019 5:59 pm

Jay w wrote:I got a new appreciation for the wind on the east side. Man, when it blows, it's just relentless. I guess my summer trips have been lucky that it hasn't been that windy, but last year (spring) and this year (fall) had some really windy days. It felt great to get out of the wind and in a camper (quiet).

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Yeah boy, the WIND was blowing Sunday.
You'll see in the bear video below. And I'll have a little more video later.

From the looks of the web cams, the East side is getting hammered again right now.
Here in Kalispell it's blowing hard with intermittent snow showers but no accumulation.
West side cams show maybe an inch around Lake McDonald.

It was weird on Sunday.
LOTs of snow(6-12 inches) between East Glacier and Browning. Same between Browning in St Mary.
However zero snow on the ground in St Mary. And near zero snow on the ground by the GTTS road all the way as far as Jackson Overlook.
This after 2-3 Feet of snow a week before.
My friend Emlon, a seasonal ranger who works in the Logan Pass lot, showed me pics of the St Mary ranger station from last week.
His truck was buried then, not a snowflake a week later.

Emlon said as of last Sunday there were three snow slides between Siyeh Bend and Logan pass blocking the road.
And they haven't finished winterizing Logan pass yet.
May have to bring crews in from the West side since they may get another foot today/tonight.
The strong winds make slides more likely.
He also said they saw a grizzly near Siyeh bend that looked to be in the 500-600lb range.
Emlon said the grizzly bear in the video below is not the big grizzly that has been hanging around this area(Two Dog Flats)
The bear in the video looked to be in the 300-350 range.

The video isn't very good. The bear was about 60 yards away according to Emlon's range finder.
And I was shooting directly into the sun :(
Hard to hold the camera in the 30-40mph and gusting wind. The last part I shot from inside Jaybird where I could be out of the wind.
The blowing vegetation messed with the auto focus too :(

Bear video
~5 minutes

https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-gMK ... 7-1280.mp4

Shot from window between E.Glacier and Browning
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Shot from above St Mary on US 89
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Last day St Mary Visitor Center was open.
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Surf's up!!
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GTTS Mountain from near Sunrift Gorge. Note NO snow on ground.
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Burned out remains of old Ranger cabin that burned in the Reynolds Fire.
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The images are "captured frames" from the video. I didn't have a long lens with me for still camera.
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EDIT ADD:

Here's another 1 minute clip showing how hard the wind was blowing:

https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-Gwq ... d-1280.mp4
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Re: 2019 "Snaps" Around Gracier National Park...plus

Postby res » Tue Oct 08, 2019 9:00 pm

Pete
Your early spring ,fall and winter pics and videos are always fun to see. Gives everyone an opportunity to see the park at a time most will never experience. Thank you.
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Re: 2019 "Snaps" Around Gracier National Park...plus

Postby calicotraveler » Wed Oct 09, 2019 7:50 am

A bright and shiny day for you. Wind was incredible! Bear was huge :!:
I enjoy your photos and videos.
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Re: 2019 "Snaps" Around Gracier National Park...plus

Postby teapot57 » Thu Oct 10, 2019 3:34 pm

That is one big bear! And what an intense wind. It's too bad the fall hiking season was cut short this year with the early snow.

Thanks for sharing, Pete.
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Re: 2019 "Snaps" Around Gracier National Park...plus

Postby davidwayne » Thu Oct 10, 2019 4:11 pm

Great shots, Pete! Thanks!!
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Re: 2019 "Snaps" Around Gracier National Park...plus

Postby PeteE » Fri Oct 11, 2019 8:50 pm

res wrote:Pete
Your early spring ,fall and winter pics and videos are always fun to see. Gives everyone an opportunity to see the park at a time most will never experience. Thank you.


calicotraveler wrote:A bright and shiny day for you. Wind was incredible! Bear was huge :!:
I enjoy your photos and videos.


teapot57 wrote:That is one big bear! And what an intense wind. It's too bad the fall hiking season was cut short this year with the early snow.

Thanks for sharing, Pete.


davidwayne wrote:Great shots, Pete! Thanks!!


Thanks all!
The WIND made life difficult for photography. And I'm not too thrilled about hiking in wind like that.
It makes my eyes water impairing my vision and I can't hear anything.
All that increases the risk of stumbling on a bear, or just stumbling period! LOLOL :)
There will be other days.

I drove out to Lake McDonald after work to check on my little "friends"...and lo and behold:
Both Bonnie and Clyde were there. And not shy this time.
This will be the 7th winter I've visited with B&C :arrow:

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Clyde says HI :)
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Clyde really is a handsome raven...imo :)
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Re: 2019 "Snaps" Around Gracier National Park...plus

Postby davidwayne » Sat Oct 12, 2019 8:57 am

:D :D :arrow:
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Re: 2019 "Snaps" Around Gracier National Park...plus

Postby PeteE » Sat Oct 12, 2019 9:11 am

davidwayne wrote::D :D :arrow:


Thanks David!

Red buses last run will be next weekend

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Nice fall day but the wind came up just as I arrived so no reflection.
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Re: 2019 "Snaps" Around Gracier National Park...plus

Postby calicotraveler » Sat Oct 12, 2019 11:23 am

So glad to see both B&C showed up to say hello!
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Re: 2019 "Snaps" Around Gracier National Park...plus

Postby PeteE » Sun Oct 13, 2019 6:33 am

calicotraveler wrote:So glad to see both B&C showed up to say hello!
:)


Yup :)
I was glad to see that both Clyde and Ms. Bonnie made it through the summer madness and are alive and well.
I have a little video of them I'll post later on today.


Here are a couple snaps from late Saturday afternoon. It was too late in the day to try for the summit of Glacier View Peak.
So I just hiked up about a 1/2 mike and maybe 400ft vertically until I found a break in the trees for this shot.
Amazing how much the trees have grown since the ridge burned in 1999? Now you have to hike a long way to get clear of the trees.
The first decent day I can get away, I'll try for the summit.
I talked to three young women coming down as I was going up. They said the summit only has a few inches of snow.
One backpacked her 11month old daughter to the summit and back. 2800ft over about 3 miles.
:shock:

I took these next two with my 55-200mm zoom lens. This first one was at 55mm(80mm in 35mm format) and that lone dead tree was annoying but couldn't get it out of this panorama.
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This panorama is a much better image all around imo. Shot at 100mm(150mm in 35mm format)
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The geezer with his gear. 8)
Images above shot from just up the trail where it goes into the trees.

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Looking straight down from a cliff edge. I was afraid to sit down for a conventional "boot shoot".
The last time I was on this outcrop it was ALIVE with ticks. :(

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From the outcropping. Camas Road below.
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Finished up the day by going out to Lake McDonald for this shot. Wind came up not long after this image.
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