Photographing Glacier National Park

Photographing Glacier National Park
Chief Mountain, Blackfeet Reservation and Glacier National Park, Montana

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Glacier National Park - Sun Road East Access Closes Early this year!

It's fall in Glacier National Park. People always want to know, "when will the Going to the Sun Road close?" Today, we have the official answer. The Sun Road will close, from the east side (Saint Mary) on September 22, 2014, but Logan Pass Visitor center parking lot will remain open, from the West Side (Lake McDonald) into October -  weather permitting.
Going to the Sun Road - fresh snow in Glacier Park. The sun road, on Glacier Park's east side, will close September 22, 2014, plan accordingly. ©tonybynum 

Here's the latest press release from Glacier National Park . . .

The Road is currently entirely open to public travel. At 7:00 a.m. on September 22, the section between Logan Pass to the foot of St. Mary Lake will close to vehicular travel to accommodate accelerated shoulder season construction. Logan Pass will continue to be open and accessible from the west side (West Glacier). Hiker-biker use east of Logan Pass will be permitted for approximately 2 1/2 miles to Siyeh Bend. Between Siyeh Bend and Rising Sun, travel of any sort is restricted during active construction (M-F).
A 5 mile long sewer forcemain project will simultaneously be occurring between Rising Sun and the St. Mary Campground expanding the active construction to 14 miles and forcing a closure to vehicular travel here as well. Hiker-biker access west of the campground along the Going-to-the-Sun Road will be limited and variable following the progress of the forcemain work.
The shared-use summer season was very active with notable milestones such as a realignment adjacent Wild Goose Island scenic turnout, 9 miles of grading work, improvements to major scenic and trailhead areas and the replacement of the Rose Creek Bridge in Rising Sun. Stone masonry retaining wall and guardwall work, including the new Rose Creek Bridge was noteworthy as well. This effort will continue until the majority of the Road closes to vehicular travel (including Logan Pass) on October 20, 2014, weather permitting.

STAY TUNED for more from the Glacier Park Photographer!  We're on tap to bring you glacier park photographers some interesting developments from glacier national park. . . I'll give you a hint, you wont like the news, in fact, what I'm going to describe to you may cause you to pick up the phone or worse throw stuff!  

Tony Bynum 

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Going to the Sun Road is OPEN for the Season 2014

It's official, at least for now, the Going to the Sun Road is open! Access to Logan Pass opened on July 2, 2014.  Enjoy the snowy, alpine sights of Logan Pass, but don't go up thinking you'll find the board walk to Hidden Lake or be taking a long stroll down the Hi-line trail - NOPE, it wont happen, too much snow.

skier on logan pass, glacier national park, montana
Stacy Dolderer Skiing on Logan Pass, in Glacier National Park. © Tony Bynum Photography 
It will be awhile before you'll see colorful flowers on Logan Pass, but the drive will make up for it! There's plenty of snow, but not much for green once you arrive at the parking lot on Logan Pass!

Bring your jackets, skis and some lunch and have a fun time.

Tony Bynum
Glacier Park Photographer

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Grizzly Bears are out - crown of the continent - you're not the top of the food chain!

Grizzly bears are out and scouring the hillsides for food and looking for love . . .  Make sure you're packing your bear spray, and more importantly, make sure you are always "bear aware."  I always tell people, grizzly bears are where you find them. If you are in the part of the country, and you ask, "where are the grizzly bears," just remember, "grizzly bears are where you find them," which means, grizzly bears are anywhere at anytime!

grizzly bear standing up against a fir tree
This boar grizzly bear proceeded to shred this small fir tree. I took this as a clear indication that he was unhappy with my presence - even though I was about 100 yards, maybe more, away. I left the area imidiatly and allowed the bear to proceed on his own. If you see a grizzly bear, be cautious and read their signals. Boar grizzly bears are out searching for sow's this time of year! © Tony Bynum Nikon d300, nikon 500mm f4 vr. 1/250 sec @f5 iso 800. 
NEVER let your guard down! Keeping on your toes is one of the reasons going into wild country is so much fun and why it often changes people's lives and perspectives. If you're out in the bush in these parts, you're not at the top of the food chain. That alone should make you think a bit different about the world. . .

Cheers, and be safe out there!

Montana Based Photographer, Tony Bynum 

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Deep Snow still in the Two Medicine Camp Ground - Glacier National Park

The Two Medicine Road in Glacier National Park, is open all the way to the Two Medicine Lake. However, the snow is still deep, up to 25 or more feet deep in the deepest drifts!  There a small area to park - right next to the lake and the boat ramp, but don't plan on camping in the Two Medicine Campground any time soon. The snow is still so deep, I doubt we'll be seeing soil in the campground anytime soon!
Sinopah Mountain in Glacier National Park, is at the west end of Two Medicine Lake. Two Medicine Lake is at the end of the Two Medicine Road from East Glacier Park, Montana. The snow still is very deep along either side of the road leading to the Two Medicine Lake. The Two Medicine Lake is still completely frozen. © Tony Bynum

sinopah mountain in glacier national park snow
A deep trench in the snow, Two Medicine Campground.
The trench will help the snow melt. © Tony Bynum 
In this photograph you'll see a deep, narrow trench cut by the Park Service to help open the road. At the bottom of this 30 foot deep trench, the road is wide enough to drive a car down! Right now there's no driving on this area of the Two Medicine camp ground, but the area does offer some fun snow shoeing or bike riding!

Be careful not to slip off and fall into one of these man made crevasse's, you'd be hurt for sure!

The Many Glacier Road too is open, and things in East Glacier Park are starting to buzz! In fact a local favorite restaurant Serrano's just opened, and a the new Rock-n-Roll Bakery is now open for the season. Brownies opens Friday, May 9, 2014, just in time for Mother's day.

Have a great spring!

Glacier Park Photographer!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Spring in Glacier National Park - grizzly bears, going to the sun road, two medicine, wild goose island

While most grizzly bears are still hibernating along the rocky mountain front, as this recent news article reports, spring is nonetheless progressing.

grizzly bear sow and two cubs in the snow, montana
A grizzly bear sow with two cubs emerge from their winter slumber. Nikon D300, Nikon 500mm f4, VR TC 1.4. This is about a 20% crop, the bears were rather far away and there was no harm done either to the bears or to myself.  I grabbed a few photographs and moved on.  © Tony Bynum Photography
The Two Medicine Road recently opened from the Glacier Park boundary to Running Eagle Falls.

Running Eagle Falls with fresh snow, Glacier National Park, Montana
Running Eagle Falls, Glacier National Park. Nikon d300, tokina atx 12-24 f2.8. © Tony Bynum Photography 
The rest of the road remains open to hiker biker access only. The pavement is clear of snow and ice, so it's an easy ride into see two medicine lake if your up for it. On my recent trip I captured this image of Sinopah Mountain reflecting in Two Medicine Lake. It was a stunning spring day, probably the nicest day of the year here in Glacier National Park!

sinopah and rising wolf mountains reflecting in two medicine lake, glacier national park
Sinopah Mountain, and Rising wolf (frame right) reflecting in Two Medicine Lake, Glacier Nation Park. Nikon d4, nikon 24-120, f16 hand held. © Tony Bynum Photography 
The days are getting longer, it's light till almost 9 PM! There are new faces showing up in town to ready the Village, the lodge, and the Park for tourist season. Things are waking up!  Make sure if you are planing to a trip to Glacier Nation Park, to bring your bear spray, a first aid kit, a water bottle, a gps and maps, a notebook, and camera! If you are traveling by air, forget the bear spray you'll have to buy a can once you land, don't worry, they are available everywhere for about $40 bucks.  When you leave, drop the can off at one of the park gates, or in one of the local shops, and ask them to share it with someone who needs it!

As a side note, I'm told by sources within the Park that the Going to the Sun Road from the mile and a half gate at Saint Mary will open sometime after June 20th this year! That's rather amazing. This mean there's no quick access to the location from which to photograph Wild Goose Island, until after June 20th.

wild goose island sunrise, saint mary lake, montana
Wild Goose Island, Glacier National Park. The wild goose island image is one of, if not the most photographed location in Montana, and certainly within glacier national park. You can hardly go by this location without seeing a horde of people standing there pointing their cameras at it.  Just bare in mine that this is about 10 miles past the gate and wont be accessible until June 20th or so 2014.  Sorry, if you have a complaint, shoot it up the chain to the Park officials. Nikon d700, nikon 24-70 2.8. Tripod, f16, 1.3 seconds, pre sunrise.  © Tony Bynum Photography 
So, in essence, if you're planning a trip to the east side of Glacier National Park, before June 20th, make sure you know that you wont be driving any farther than Saint Mary. The entire area of Two Dog flats, and Rising Sun are closed. The small camp ground at Saint Mary is open however.

wildlife flowers, red eagle mountain, glacier national park, montana
Balsam springs to life in massive fields along Glacier National Park's east side. Two Dog Flats, Red Eagle Mountain, Glacier Nation Park, Montana. Nikon d3, nikon 17-35 f2.8 handheld, f16. © Tony Bynum Photography 
Here's to a wonderful spring in Glacier National Park!

Montana Based Photographer, Tony Bynum 

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