On a recent visit to Glacier National Park, it was truly a vision of contrast. All the fire activity had me curious but the weather had closed in and snow caused the Going to the Sun Road to close temporarily. This is quite common in late summer/early fall and often makes the visit to the park more interesting. Luckily the road opened on day 2 of the trip. However, the weather on those high peaks just wasn’t going to cooperate and kept the Logan Pass area fogged in as you can see and a balmy 38 degrees.
As always, one tries to make the best of things especially when it comes to photography. Fog rolling through offered up some nice views of the valley below and using a long lens, taking close ups of the frosty peaks was great fun.
But now, the real contrast. The Reynolds Fire had moved through parts of the park and burned right across the road in some areas near Rising Sun. While it was heart breaking to see the damage, nature was already starting the healing process.
One would think these once large shrubs would be cooked to the core, but as with many of nature’s surprises, in just a few weeks, new shoots begin to emerge.
Fire and ice seemed a fitting title for this little adventure. 10 inches of snow graced the high elevation areas of the park but left the nearby valleys damp with rainfall. Fall is definitely on it’s way and luckily the snow and rain gave firefighters a long overdue reprieve. And, as the journey was coming to a close, a couple of mountain goats were spotted grazing on the steep hillside near Siyeh Bend.