Renowned and loved for its towering, snow-capped pinnacles, plunging waterfalls and turquoise lakes, Glacier National Park ranks among the United States’ most outstanding natural wonders. Pristine landscapes, lush forests, the spectacular Going To The Sun road, historic park lodges and even the odd grizzly bear – there’s so much here for every photographer! Pro photographer, Chuck Haney, shares 34 of his favourite spots in the park together with over 105 images to inspire your visit to this American classic.
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On the park’s western side, I prefer the sunset lighting on Bowman Lake in the remote northwestern corner of the park. The rough road may deter some, but to me camping, paddling my kayak and capturing a calm reflection of the lake are some of my favorite Glacier experiences.
I love hiking and exploring at Logan Pass when the summer wildflowers are in full bloom in July and August. The area is so alive with life. There is really no place on earth quite like it! I feel such reverence for the place that I even named my son, Logan, after the pass.
In winter, I relish coming to the shore of Lake McDonald late in the afternoon near sunset, which can be 4pm in January. It is so quiet at that time of year, you can sometimes hear the ice cracking on the lake as it forms. It can be well below zero, but if the sun is out, it not only warms my body, but my soul as well. I search out a scenic compositions or ice patterns to create new images and put the cap to another day in paradise.
For a county that has a reputation for being flat there is a surprising variety of photographic opportunities. The fenland landscape doesn’t offer drama, but rather peace and tranquillity, it also offers something unique; big skies. Standing in a fenland vista it is only too easy to know not only what the weather is doing, but also what it has just done, and (crucially) what it is about to do!