Photographer's Note

Far away in Montana, hidden from view by clustering mountain-peaks, lies an unmapped northwestern corner- the Crown of the Continent. The water from the crusted snowdrift which caps the peak of a lofty mountain there trickles into tiny rills, which hurry along north, south, east and west, and growing to rivers, at last pour their currents into three seas. From this mountain-peak the Pacific and the Arctic oceans and the Gulf of Mexico receive each its tribute. Here is a land of striking scenery...

No words can describe the grandeur and majesty of these mountains, and even photographs seem hopelessly to dwarf and belittle the most impressive peaks.

So wrote naturalist George Bird Grinnell in 1901 regarding what would become Glacier National Park about 9 years later. I haven't yet toured the entire continent, but I've seen most of the highlights of the Western U.S., and I can say that Glacier is one of a handful of places that I'd readily call the "Crown of the Continent." I've never seen mountains of similar shape or diversity, even in adjacent Waterton National Park. I've also never seen such greenery in the Rocky Mountains, nor so many waterfalls, nor such a spectacular variety of natural sights. What a fantastic place.

I don't remember where exactly on the Going-to-the-Sun Road this was taken, other than to say that the lake is St. Mary Lake. I'm pretty sure this was taken closer to the eastern end of the lake. Sunset was still an hour and a half away (I'm hoping to post a shot of that sunset soon, the most fantastic sunset I've ever photographed), but the sun was already getting low and giving fantastic light. It took a bit of work to get that foreground lighter, but the end result is as close to how it actually looked as I'm able to render it.

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