Reflection

Dawn, GNP, Glacier National Park, Montana, Mountains, Parts of a Day, Reflection, Sunrise, USA, Water, West Bison, © Greg Speasl

This location is 10 miles east of my home, most mornings I will not stop here to do any photography as the East Slope of the Rocky Mountains are notoriously famous for being windy. When I say windy I have literally been blown off the road by winds that have exceeded 100mph. So it is very rare to have a calm day such as this. I took quite a few shots this morning with most having just a slight ripple on the water, just enough to ruin the reflection. If you are patient and lucky you will get that one perfect reflection. This location is on the north side of the current railroad tracks and is looking into Glacier National Park. There is an old abandoned Great Northern railroad line back in the distance that cannot be seen from this point. It is great place to walk and view the wildlife, which include lots of elk and moose and I have also seen bear, both Grizzly and Black.

This should be a metaphor for life!

St. Nick Sunrise

Clouds, Flathead County, GNP, Glacier National Park, Montana, Mountains, Nature, Season, Spring, USA, ©, © Greg SpeaslCaptured 2015-03-21

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Nikon D610
Nikkor 24-120mm AF-S f/4G ED VR  @  120mm
1/750-second exposure @ F4  ISO 100
Handheld
RAW file processed with Lightroom 5
Nik Color Efex Pro 4
No HDR
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Grizzly — Yellowstone National Park

Grizzly (Ursus arctos horribilis) – Yellowstone National Park, WY.  Grizzlies are normally solitary active animals, but in coastal areas the grizzly congregates alongside streams, lakes, rivers, and ponds during the salmon spawn.  Every other year, females (sows) produce one to four young (commonly two) which are small and weigh only about 500 grams (one pound).  A sow is protective of her offspring and will attack if she thinks she or her cubs are threatened.  Grizzly Bears are very aggressive animals that will take anything as a threat.

This Grizzly was actually still with his brother who is just ahead of him.  They were still quite friendly with each other, this will not be the case when they start competing for females.  If I had not talked with a local photographer and a park ranger who were familiar with this pair, I would not have been able to learn about these guys.  When my brother and I came across these two they were just having some fun by putting the run on some full grown bison, it was a lot of fun watching them sneak through the trees and then charge the bison.  After they did this several times they wandered off together.

Freezeout Lake — Snow Goose Migration

Freezeout Lake Wildlife Management Area is located in Teton County in north central Montana 40 miles west of Great Falls along US Highway 89 between Fairfield and Choteau – Access the area from US Highway 89, or Frontage Road from Fairfield, to various turnouts and parking areas year-round. (Lat 47.659, Lng -112.038)

Freezeout Lake is Montana’s primary snow goose staging area, a place where as many as 300,000 snow geese and 10,000 tundra swans gather and rest before flying onward. In Spring, the snow geese head for Alberta and central Saskatchewan in Canada. There they mass with hundreds of thousands of other snow geese from Texas and other Gulf Coast States. In a series of shorter flights, the geese then make their way to nesting grounds on the wind swept, extreme northwest Arctic coast of Canada. The Snow Geese usually reach Freezeout in early March, where they rest up from a nearly 1,000 mile flight from California. Best viewing of the birds is from sunrise to 10:00am and from 4:30pm until sunset.

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