Photo: "Halfmoon Lake"

Halfmoon Lake, Montana

During a trip to Montana with my family last month, we stayed in a campground about a mile from this small lake. My brother and I noticed the clouds were starting to look nice as sunset was approaching, so we jumped on the bikes and rode the mile to the lake. Sadly, by the time we arrived, most of the clouds had blown over, but it was too serene to pass up a shot. 

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Photo: "Break the Mold"

Glacier National Park, Montana

It seems that lately, friends of mine on G+ are sharing photos that are outside of their comfort zone, so I thought I'd share one of mine that falls into that category. 

I shot this image during a recent trip to Glacier National Park with family. Having lived in California my entire whole life, I never really had a chance to see mountains like this until this trip and I'll just say, they were glorious! 

When I began editing the images, I saw this shot and loved the snow patterns and clouds, but didn't feel like it had the impact I had hoped for. I mucked with it for about 15 minutes and then suddenly realized it had to be in B&W. 

Those of you who know my work, know I engage in minimal processing for 98% of my images and rarely convert to B&W, so this is definitely an image I feel is unique for my catalog, but I'm pleased with how it turned out. 

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Photo: "You've Got A Way"

Glacier National Park, Montana 

There is something about nature that changes me completely. I've always been an observant person, but in nature that escalates to an even grander scale. I observe every vibrant flower, falling leaf, crawling inchworm, tiny singing bird, glimpse of a snowcapped mountain and still pond. I notice things most people don't see, but I rarely photograph those things because in nature, sometimes I love just being an observer. 

During the hike to Avalanche Lake a few weeks ago when I visited Glacier NP, I saw this still patch of water along the river and the only way I could imagine it as a photograph, was if I shot it with the camera resting on the ground. I guess a part of me always imagines what the world would look like if I were 2" tall. 

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Travel: Montana 2013

Last week, I spent four days with family in Montana, around Glacier National Park. 

My brother and I flew into Spokane on Wednesday to meet up with my Dad, who is on a 6 week road trip with his girlfriend, traveling in his 1950 Ford Woody pulling a 1947 teardrop trailer. 

On Thursday morning, we drove to Glacier National Park and camped at the West Glacier KOA until Sunday morning. 

We spent our time driving, hiking and paddle boarding in the park and though the trip wasn't a photography trip, I still managed to get a little shooting in. 

I am definitely looking forward to making a return trip to Montana specifically for photography, adding Banff and Jasper into the mix as well. 

Kalispell, Montana

Woody's in Kalispell, Montana

Entrance, Glacier National Park

Polebridge, Montana 

Polebridge, Montana

Halfmoon Lake, Montana 

Glacier National Park, Montana

Golden hour from the West Glacier KOA

Going to the Sun Road, Glacier National Park

Trail of the Cedars, Glacier National Park

Trail of the Cedars, Glacier National Park 

Trail to Avalance Lake, Glacier National Park 

Avalanche Lake, Glacier National Park

Logan Pass , Glacier National Park 

Sunset, Glacier National Park 

Deer, Glacier National Park 

Deer, Glacier National Park 

Deer, Glacier National Park 

Black Bear, Glacier National Park