Glacier National Park | Summer 2016
"We pass with rapid transition from one remarkable vision to another, each unique of its kind and surpassing all others in the known world. The intelligent American will one day point on the map to this remarkable district with the conscious pride that it has not its parallel on the face of the globe." Ferdinand Hayden spoke these words in 1872, and they represent how I felt driving from Yellowstone to Glacier.
How can one adequately describe the views found in Glacier National Park? The light does something different, it plays games it reserves solely for these landscapes, and the results continually knock me down. Distance and shadows mean something else in this land of carved mountains. Time itself operates differently. Driving Going To The Sun Road is an experience. Every turn reveals more and more majesty, and every pull off is irresistible. Look at what exists out here and challenge your mind to understand what you’re seeing. I had the privilege of exploring this remote wild land with my friend Bradford, and the pictures below highlight some of our experiences, hiking, camping, exploring, swimming, and driving in and through the park.
In his book on the National Parks, Kim Heacox writes “...time condenses here. Processes normally measured in thousands of years can happen in decades. Some of the glaciers continue to retreat, some are stabilized, others advance. On a single human lifetime you might witness an inlet or a mountain coming out from under the ice or disappearing beneath it. Time isn’t on a wristwatch here. It’s the river running, the mosses growing, the glaciers flooding and ebbing." I feel a strange sadness knowing the namesake glaciers are retreating and disappearing...go see them while they are still around.
Glacier National Park became the 8th National Park on May 11, 1910, and is located in northwest Montana.
All pictures by Karl Magnuson
Canon 6D, Canon 60D
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L, Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L, Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L