Glacier National Park

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Logan’s Pass at Sunrise. Photo credit: Sel & Poivre Photography

I have been struggling with writing this post. The whole time we were in Glacier, for eleven days, I pondered about what to say about Glacier National Park. Several people I know, friends and family, who have visited this park say it’s their favorite.

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I can imagine that during the summer the scenery must be stunning. However, for our trip, I guess we had just too much weather. Just about every other morning was cloudy, most days would break, but not for very long. A lot of evenings were cloudy as well.

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Lake MacDonald near Apgar Village at Sunrise. Photo credit: Sel & Poivre Photography

When you do a lot of sunrise photography, it is a real bummer. We kept going out the morning after morning. The days when the weather was wet, rainy and windy we visited the far corners of the park including Two Medicine and Many Glaciers.

I will say Glacier National Park has the clearest water I’ve ever seen. River, lake, stream, everywhere we went, the water was pristine.

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Lake MacDonald. Photo credit: Sel & Poivre Photography

When the weather in the later morning/early afternoon was better we did hikes. But the fog and the mist meant viability of just a few feet in front of you and no real opportunity for photos.

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Andi on the Hidden Lake Trail above Logan’s Pass.

Glacier is one of the best parks for star photography, but not when there is cloud cover and we attempted several nights before getting a break one night. It wasn’t great for Milky Way because the moon was too bright, but we could see the potential for some really awesome shots. We didn’t get any. (This time.)

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Avalanche Creek Gorge. Photo credit: Sel & Poivre Photography

But every trip up to Logan’s Pass was 90 minutes long, following people who really don’t know how to drive in the mountains, and that got tiring after six or seven days.

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Wild Goose Island on St. Mary’s Lake. Photo credit: Sel & Poivre Photography

All this to say, I think we will have to come back, maybe a different time of year to really appreciate why people love it so much.

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Red Rock Point, MacDonald Creek. Photo credit: Sel & Poivre Photography

Despite everything, Mr. Misadventures took some gorgeous shots, most I can’t share here because when I reduce the panoramics in width, they become too small to see. Go check out his Glacier portfolio on his website to see some real stunners!

How about you? Have you been to Glacier National Park? What was your favorite thing about the park?

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34 Comments

  1. Kristen
    October 5, 2016

    What a breathtaking place! Would love to visit in person. I’m sorry the weather did not cooperate. As a photographer myself I can appreciation how frustrating that must have been!

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  2. Susan Mary Malone
    October 5, 2016

    Glacier is one of my very favorites! And these pictures are stunning–bad weather or no!

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  3. Bill S
    October 5, 2016

    These are amazing pictures!! I love exploring national parks it is always amazing to see nature in its true form.

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  4. Neely Moldovan
    October 5, 2016

    These photos are amazing! What a cool place to visit! I feel like it would be like living in a postcard!

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  5. zim
    October 5, 2016

    Your shots are perfect, despite the disappointing weather. The place looks heavenly.

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  6. Katie
    October 6, 2016

    I haven’t been but I have friends who have and their “amateur” photos are stunning. The scenery really is just incredible during good weather (though I have to say I think that sunrise over Lake MacDonald photo is one of my favorites you’ve ever shown of Mr. Misadventure’s). I think you should give it another chance “on your way” back to Oregon. 🙂

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  7. Lisa Ogle
    October 6, 2016

    I have never been here I always wanted to go, sorry the weather dd not work out for you.

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  8. Julie s
    October 6, 2016

    Those are some amazing photos he took.

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  9. Myteenguide
    October 6, 2016

    Wow, what a wonderful park. Sounds a lovely trip, we will book there soon!

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  10. Although I’ve never been to Glacier National Park, just from the few photos here, I can understand why people love it. That’s such a bummer that you had bad weather for your time there, Andi, I know what that’s like and it’s beyond frustrating. I hope you do get a chance to return and that Mother Nature is kinder to you next time. I’m off to check your husband’s photos! Can’t wait to see them!

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  11. DHRUV GUPTA
    October 8, 2016

    REALLY BREATHTAKING PHOTOS OF MOTHER NATURE!! THANKS A LOT FOR SHARING!!!

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  12. Zoey
    October 9, 2016

    I’m sorry the weather didn’t cooperate with you for your trip. The pictures you did get were beautiful regardless though!

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  13. Elizabeth O
    October 10, 2016

    What a magnificent landscape and memorable place to visit. I’ve added it to places I’d love to see in the US.

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  14. Murissa
    October 12, 2016

    What an amazing national park! I have to admit I haven’t visited any national parks in the USA. We have some amazing parks in Canada that remind me a lot of Glacier park. The colours are stunning this time of year and I am glad the mist listed so you could share them with us!

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  15. Colleen Boudreau
    October 12, 2016

    These pictures are breathtaking!

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  16. DENISE LOW
    October 12, 2016

    These are some very pretty scenes. Thank you for sharing.

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  17. tiffany dayton
    October 13, 2016

    That is very nice.. Would love to go.

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  18. Samantha Michelle
    October 14, 2016

    I love the great view of this beautiful national park. I love the great blog posts you do. It is definitely making me want to visit there even more

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  19. clojo9372
    October 14, 2016

    The pictures are beautiful! I haven’t had the privilege of going there, but I would love to. Maybe next time you’ll go it will be better! 🙂

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  20. Adriane
    October 14, 2016

    Wow! Just stunning photos!

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  21. Mirra Hays
    October 16, 2016

    I am in awe with these pictures, especially the first two!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      November 3, 2016

      @Mirra, thank you, they were taken by my hubby!

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  22. Judy Thomas
    October 18, 2016

    Your photos are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!

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  23. Nyx Nyx
    October 19, 2016

    the photos are amazing!

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  24. Angie
    October 26, 2016

    Those shots are amazing! Seriously! You wouldn’t know it was cloudy and bleak because they turned out so stunning!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      November 3, 2016

      @Angie, thanks so much, my hubby would be pleased to hear it!

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  25. Maureen
    October 28, 2016

    It has been a number of years since I have been to Glacier National Park. Thank you for reminding me of the beauty. I would love to make a trip there again.

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    1. Andi Fisher
      November 3, 2016

      @Maureen, I hope you do! I’d like to go back as well!

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  26. Michele Soyer
    October 30, 2016

    This place is amazingly beautiful.. what beautiful pictures.. Maybe someday I can take the grandchildren..

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    1. Andi Fisher
      November 3, 2016

      @Michele, I am sure they will love it!

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  27. Kristin @ Camels & Chocolate
    November 18, 2016

    The very first time we went to Montana (summer 2011), it rained every day for the three weeks we were there so we didn’t even get to see Glacier. The second time (summer 2014), the weather was absolutely dreamy and I got what all the hype was about.

    I hope you get to return in better conditions!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      November 23, 2016

      @Kristin, I am pretty sure that it’s inevitable that we will!

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  28. kathy downey
    August 13, 2017

    WOW,bad weather or not you nailed it on the photos …so much beauty!

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  29. Jean Fowler
    October 3, 2017

    I haven’t visited Glacier National Park, but hope to get there soon. With the onset of global warming, no doubt that it’s changing.

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