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Glacier National Park

I’ve always loved shooting sunrise. The warm tones and cool crisp air of morning really is something else. Living in the Pacific Northwest, we get some of the best weather you could ask for as a photographer.

Rowena Crest is a pretty well known viewpoint in the Northwest. Being tagged with #thatnwroad, it can get quite a bit of traffic. Fortunately, during the early mornings, it stays pretty peaceful. We enjoyed the sunrise here before we continued on our road trip to Glacier National Park.


On our way to Montana, we pulled over in Idaho for a lunch break which included some coffee. The sun was dropping pretty fast as we broke the Montana border. We fueled up near the west side entrance and push forward to Lake McDonald. Before we continued to our campsite, we decided this was where we would shoot sunset.

We fell asleep to the sound of rain hitting our tent and woke up to a thick blanket of fog. I normally love foggy weather, but when shooting landscapes, I prefer clear skies. We explored around as much as possible with weather like this. Planning to make one more stop before calling it quits, we headed back towards our campsite to recharge.

After relaxing for a little bit, we hit the road and headed to Many Glacier. It was later in the afternoon, so I was hoping we would be able to see something at this last location. As we pulled around the final bend, there stood Mount Grinnell. The peak of the mountain was wrapped up in the fog we had battled all day. This was a perfect example of how something unexpected could easily turn into something beautiful. Before heading back, we sat here for what seemed like hours, enjoying the view.

After arriving back at the camp site, we cooked up some dinner before heading to sleep. Tomorrow we would be back on the road, heading to Banff National Park.

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