Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Crown of the Continent

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"My left side – it's my best side."

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"Hurry up with the photo! It's cold out here."

The Colombian ground squirrel was shivering as I was snapping its picture.

Well, the cold air was not my fault. We were, after all, in National Glacier Park in Montana.

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Where even the goats wear a thick coat of fur.

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It was a bit chilly. But how can you quibble about a few bits of Fahrenheit, when you have views like these:

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Where the flowers look like paintbrushes.

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And the rocks provide the perfect color palette.

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While nature sculpts art into stones and tree trunks:

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The views were big, but little details were just as rewarding if you paid attention. For example, spot the curly-horned ram here:

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How about prairie dogs (why do they not look like dogs at all?):

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The aftermath of the Robert Fire of 2003 provided us with the unique opportunity of walking through a young forest where new pine trees barely came up to the waist:

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We supplemented our hikes with a ride on the legendary red bus. I highly recommend it.

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Especially if you get Norman as your guide:

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Not only did he regale us with the history the park, he also led us straight to a black bear!

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Unfortunately, I did not get a picture of the bear.

Count on a return visit, Montana.

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3 comments:

jordan. said...

Your photos are gorgeous. Can't wait to hear all about it.

Sharom said...

I'm glad we had your camera with us. The pictures I took on my iphone just did not do justice to GNP.

Anonymous said...

beautiful. love your commentary about paintbrushes and palettes =) wy

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