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Sunset on the Tundra
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Published: August 22, 2013
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The higher elevations of Montana's Glacier National Park still had a huge variety of wildflowers on display while we were there a few weeks ago.

This is the view near Logan Pass looking to the West entrance of the Park. Both the high and low elevation zones of GNP are incredible, but I'm sucker for some high elevation tundra and peaks and this is probably my favorite landscape image I created during our 4 days in the Park.

Like a few other sessions on this trip, this was a bit of tense shoot. I let the Rangers in the area know where I was planning on shooting that evening, and they somberly advised me to be careful because there had been 2 different large Grizzlies seen in the area earlier in the day. In fact, they had the hike I was planning trekking on closed earlier in the week due to too much bear activity.

Not to be deterred, I put on my pack and hiked the relatively short distance to where I wanted to post up for sunset. After a nervous hike, I arrived to the stream bed I wanted to have aid in my composition. I was loudly singing "Gangham Style" (the damn song was stuck in my head) to avoid startling a bear when I came through a stand of trees and startled a couple of other photographers instead. After a quick greeting I left them so I could explore the winding stream down below.

As soon as I saw this section of the stream winding through this particular comp, I knew I'd shoot there. There was a stand of trees only a yard of two behind me that had plenty of creepy hiding places for a bear, I would take some shots stand up and yell, "HEY BEAR" back into the trees. Fortunately the only wildlife that I encountered was a group of 7-10 Mountain Goats enjoying the sunset along with me.

I've still got some more bear shots I want to share so keep an eye out!

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855x572px 733.16 KB
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Shutter Speed
16/10 second
Focal Length
24 mm
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Date Taken
Aug 9, 2013, 8:09:05 PM
Adobe Photoshop CS3 Windows
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CaptainMockingjay's avatar
CaptainMockingjayHobbyist Artist
to me this looks like it could be in a fairy tale :)
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Beautiful shot! Excite
cassannder's avatar
I love the flowers <3
FatzJinXX's avatar
It's just amazing how beautiful the natural world is.You caught this perfectly.
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Too bad its fake ahah GAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY Clap skeet skeet skeeet water gun
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This.Is.Just.Beautiful!!! :love: Amazing Shot :heart:
Oh, nice and colorful!
siyeh75's avatar
I recognize the spot, and the view of Bishop's Cap and Mt Gould in the distance.  Thanks for taking me back to this beautiful place!
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Gorgeous! So beautiful....
ihamo's avatar
What a wonderful world! :aww:
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Thank you!
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I appreciate it!
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Very Beautiful, WOW
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Thank you!
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very welcome 
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That's a stunner! Really dig the view! :)
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I appreciate it Jan, amazing place!
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very welcome!
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That's one beautiful photo Wayson..
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Thanks Dave!
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