Glacier National Park

Revisited – St. Mary’s Lake | Glacier National Park

This post stems from a new client who contacted me about purchasing a print of my St. Mary’s Lake image for their offices. However, they wanted to see the color version instead of the black and white version that I posted on my blog a few months ago and is currently highlighted within my portfolio on my main site.

So, I happily sent along a proof of the color version to see which direction they wanted to go. And when they selected the color version I went to work to finalize the ‘revisited’ scene. They were also looking for something more ‘panoramic’ so I cropped it with a 1×2 ratio, giving it slight pano feel. Below are the two different versions …

REVISITED IMAGE (Color and cropped with 1×2 ratio) …


St. Mary’s Lake | Color | © Jay Moore Photography

Original edit in black and white …


St. Mary’s Lake | Black & White | © Jay Moore Photography

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Looking Ahead To 2013

It’s always fun to look ahead to the year that’s up and coming. To plan, dream and begin preparing for what’s next in your life. But, you can’t forget to look to the past to draw on the experiences that have already come upon you in your lifetime. And I’m grateful for many things over this past year, including being lucky for the health and safety of the ones that I love.

Here’s to a fantastic 2013 and may the year bring you much happiness and joy …


Looking Ahead To 2013 | © Jay Moore Photography

And if you’re curious, the image above was taken on the trail up to Iceberg Lake in Glacier National Park with my wife and some of our closest friends in the world.


Mountain Goat

If you’re visiting Glacier National Park, you have a great chance to see mountain goats, as they call the high alpine terrain home. However, they’re not easy to spot as they blend into the mountain side and tend to sit motionless for long periods of time.

If you want an opportunity to view them up close, take the short, but rewarding hike to hidden lake. During our time at the viewpoint that looks over the lake, we were visited by several mountain goats, one in which walked within feet of our resting spot before it took its own path down the face of the rocks.


Mountain Goat | Glacier National Park | © Jay Moore Photography

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Wildflowers | Glacier National Park

One of the most spectacular parts of visiting Glacier National Park is the site of all the wild flowers that live within the alpines. As the snow melts and gives way to these colorful beauties, they provide a colorful explosion for your eyes, as you scan the small trail traversing the high altitude hikes. They are not only great for creating interesting foregrounds in large landscape images, but I had an wonderful time photographing them within their own environment on the ground. Below is an image of some nice Castilleja (Indian Paintbrush) within a sea of wildflowers.

I adjusted my settings within my camera (Canon) so I could easily move my cameras dial to C1 to capture the wildflowers without needing to adjust my landscape settings, which normally stayed around f/13 (give or take a few stops). I set C1 to f2.8, so when I came across a scene that I wanted to capture, I turned the dial, composed the scene and fired away. It was a great way to capture these beautiful pieces of nature without having to make major adjustments to my settings along the trail. When I was completed with photographing the scene, I turned the dial back to ‘M’ and was ready to capture my next large landscape image.


Wild Flowers | Glacier National Park | © Jay Moore Photography

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Wild Goose Island

Wild Goose Island is a small spec of land that sits in the middle of St. Mary Lake, creating a beautiful scene within Glacier National Park that artist flock to on a daily basis. It’s not only a great location because of its beauty, but because it’s easily accessible by car and provides interesting scenes from sunrise to sunset.

The scene below was somewhat backlit which was a challenge for a full sweeping landscape image, but was great for creating sparkles of light on the lakes rough waters. So, I put on my 70-200mm lens and cranked it to 200mm, and then focused upon the small island. I included Fusillade Mountain in the background, creating some perspective of distance and space.


Wild Goose Island | Glacier National Park | © Jay Moore Photography

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Avalanche Gorge | Glacier National Park

The Avalanche Lake Trail is a beautiful hike that includes an amazing view of the lake at the half-way point of your trip. However, the beginning and end of the trail (since it’s an out and back trail) takes you along Avalanche Gorge, where Avalanche Creek rushes through a narrow slit of hard rock, creating interesting shapes and forms.

My sturdy tripod was a fixture on all of our hikes during our visit to Glacier National Park and was a vital piece of equipment in capturing the fast moving water of Avalanche Gorge, since I wanted to blur the water with longer exposures. The image below was captured with a 2.5 second exposure at ISO 100 and f22, creating great depth of field while giving the water a flowing sensation throughout the scene.


Avalanche Gorge | Glacier National Park | © Jay Moore Photography

Hiking Insight: This is a very popular trail and is considered a somewhat easier hike within GNP, as it’s roughly 4 miles round trip with an elevation gain of about 600 feet. This is a great afternoon hike, as the main cliffs that surround the lake faces west, so starting the hike at or after lunch time is recommended. This is also a great hike to combine with another smaller hike that can be taken in the morning, such as Hidden Lake near Logan Pass.

Research Insight: We used both the Vicky Spring’s book (Glacier National Park and Waterton Lakes National Park: A Complete Recreation Guide) and our iphone App (HIKE – Glacier National Park) throughout our time in Glacier National Park and I highly suggest purchasing them both before your visit.

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Granite Park Chalet | Glacier National Park

The Granite Park Chalet, which is located along the Highline Trail in Glacier National Park, is a wonderful structure perched high up in the Rocky Mountains. It’s an active chalet which gives you an opportunity to wake to morning sunrises at almost 6,500 feet on the edge of the world. It’s only open for a few months every year, as the snow is still many feet high when they start clearing it in June. And it’s something you have to plan for in advance, as the chalet’s rooms book up every year in only a few hours.

We didn’t stay in the chalet on our recent visit, but after day dreaming of watching a sunrise and sunset in such a beautiful place, I can see staying overnight for a few nights at this location on our next trip to this part of the world.


Granite Park Chalet | Glacier National Park | © Jay Moore Photography

Photography / Hiking Insight: We started on the Highline trail at 9 am, but I would suggest to try and leave slightly before (8 am in August) and plan on doing the out and back hike from Logan Pass to the Granite Park Chalet. It’s a little longer than option two (a one-way trip to ‘The Loop’, however, this option concludes with four miles straight down a mountain with very limited views). Although heading back to Logan Pass adds some miles, it’s a gradual slope and easier on your body with better views for your eyes and camera.

Research Insight: We wore out both Vicky Spring’s book (Glacier National Park and Waterton Lakes National Park) and our iphone App (HIKE – Glacier National Park).

Print Purchase: If you’re interested in purchasing a photographic print, the image above (and all images posted on my blog) are available in all sizes. Please email be directly through the ‘contact Jay’ link located at the top of the page.


Grizzly Bear and Her Cub

This is exactly how close I want to be to a wild grizzly bear and her cub … Several hundred feet and a mountain side away. It was a great experience to see such a beautiful creature and her cub (small white puff ball slightly behind and above the grizzly bear) in nature. And I (and my wife and good friends) were completely okay that I never was able to get a close-up of one of the most fierce animals in the wild.


Grizzly Bear and Her Cub | © Jay Moore Photography

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Building Storm

Building storms can be fun to watch and experience when in a mountainous region. The large peaks and low valleys can create major shifts of cloud formations in matter of minutes when the storm is rolling in.

On this particular hike with my wife and good friends, the thick clouds were swirling around the mountain peak, hiding it from view and then making it reappear for moments at a time. The sun was also popping through those clouds, splashing light throughout parts of the scene. It was perfect for a black and white conversion to help showcase the drama that was taking place. So, I edited the image in Nik’s Silver Efex Pro 2 to give the final scene more depth and contrast by deepening the richness of the blacks and giving a crispness to the whites.


Building Storm | Rockies | Glacier National Park | © Jay Moore Photography

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Journey | People In Nature

When my wife and our good friends were on the Highline Trail in Glacier National Park, which is a trail I highly recommend experiencing at least once in your life, I used our time to capture some scenes of people in nature. It’s a series of images that I’ve been thinking about for some time and with our trip to the Rockies this summer, it gave me a perfect opportunity to begin capturing beautiful landscape images with signs of people within the scene.

I love how the path seems to blend into the river below, looking as if the valley is a continuation of the Highline Trail. It feels as if the people along the trail are on a great journey to somewhere unknown, which could be used commercially to showcase a businesses pursuit of finding bigger and better things within their industry.


Journey | © Jay Moore Photography

Continue to check back for additional images of ‘People In Nature’ as my wife and our close friends help me capture additional images in the Rockies …

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St. Mary Lake | Glacier National Park

St. Mary Lake is a great location to visit and photograph while in Glacier National Park. The below scene is from an area that is frequented by many tour buses and cars, as there’s a parking area across the road. Even though it’s somewhat crowded at times, depending on if you arrive with a tour bus, you should still visit the location because it has an amazing view of St. Mary Lake and Wild Goose Island and is worth every second of your stop. Plus it’s one of the easiest spots to reach in all of the park, so it’s a great place to revisit at different times of the day.

Below is during early afternoon so the sun is still high in the sky. The white puffy clouds were perfect and helped create drama within a midday lit scene. I converted the final image into black and white with Nik Software’s Silver Efex Pro 2.


St Mary Lake | Glacier National Park | © Jay Moore Photography

Research Insight: We wore out both Vicky Spring’s book (Glacier National Park and Waterton Lakes National Park) and our iphone App (HIKE – Glacier National Park).

Print Purchase: If you’re interested in purchasing a photographic print, the image above (and all images posted on my blog) are available in all sizes. Please email be directly through the ‘contact Jay’ link located at the top of the page.


Bear Grass on Highline Trail | Glacier National Park

Highline Trail in Glacier National Park is truly a hike of a lifetime. The trail is a visual feast that gives your soul a day of beauty and relaxation as you soak in one amazing view after another. It’s a location that’s highly recommended and can’t be missed if you’re ever in the area. The hike is not easy, but with every turn and slight change in landscape, it pushes you on and keeps your feet moving forward to see what’s around the next mountain side.

We were lucky to have the bear grass peaking during our time on the trail, which gave us many interesting foregrounds. In the image below, we came across some beautiful bear grass, so I quickly set up my composition as the rest of the group continued along the trail. My focus was on the bear grass with the beautiful mountains as the backdrop to the scene. However, as I was waiting for my hiking group to clear, I decided to capture the scene with my wife just about to turn the corner of the mountain side, which makes the image stronger as it gives the viewer a point of interest along the trail.


Bear Grass on Highline Trail | © Jay Moore Photography

Photography / Hiking Insight: We started on the trail at 9 am, but I would suggest to try and leave slightly before (8 am in August) and plan on doing the out and back hike from Logan Pass. It’s a little longer than option two (a one-way trip to ‘The Loop’, however, this option concludes with four miles straight down a mountain with very limited views). Although heading back to Logan Pass adds some miles, it’s a gradual slope and easier on your body with better views for your eyes and camera.

Research Insight: We wore out both Vicky Spring’s book (Glacier National Park and Waterton Lakes National Park) and our iphone App (HIKE – Glacier National Park).

Print Purchase: If you’re interested in purchasing a photographic print, the image above (and all images posted on my blog) are available in all sizes. Please email be directly through the ‘contact Jay’ link located at the top of the page.


Bighorn Sheep | Glacier National Park

Bighorn sheep frequent Glacier National Park, but you have to keep your eyes open as they blend into their environment very well. During our hike up to Hidden Lake there was a small group of male bighorn sheep that were in the area. And lucky for us, another group of hikers were watching them when we came across that area, giving us the ability to see them.

Since they were up the slope several hundred yards, my good friend and I scrambled up around the side of them to get a better vantage point. I put on my 2x extender with my 70-200mm lens to zoom into the scene. And when the two of the males looked directly at me, I snapped off several frames, capturing the scene that you see below.

Hiking Insight: This is a very popular trail and is considered a somewhat easier hike within GNP, as it’s roughly 3 miles round trip to the overlook with an elevation gain of about 480 feet. This is also a great hike to combine with another smaller hike that can be taken in the afternoon, such as Avalanche Lake near Lake McDonald (see previous post).

Research Insight: We wore out both Vicky Spring’s book (Glacier National Park and Waterton Lakes National Park: A Complete Recreation Guide) and our iphone App (HIKE – Glacier National Park) and I highly suggest purchasing them both before your visit.

Print Purchase: If you’re interested in purchasing a photographic print, the image above (and all images posted on my blog) are available in all sizes. Please email be directly through the ‘contact Jay’ link located at the top of the page.


Iceberg Lake | Glacier National Park

Iceberg Lake is a beautiful location within Glacier National Park and as its name says, there are small iceberg pieces that float on the lake well into summer. The lake sits at 6094 feet, directly beneath sheer cliffs shaped like a horseshoe bowl. The surrounding peaks tower over 2500 feet above the icebergs, giving the area a dramatic look and feel. During the day of our hike, there was bad weather moving into the area, but that didn’t stop us from taking the nearly 10 mile round trip and 1300 feet elevation change to the base of the turquoise blue water.

In the image below, you can see my good friend continuing on the path around to the left of the lake. I had just finished composing the image and setting up my tripod and was able to capture the scene of his hike along the path, which helps give perspective to the massive area.


Iceberg Lake | Glacier National Park | © Jay Moore Photography

Hiking / Photography Insight: The hike up to Iceberg Lake should be taken as early as you can make it up. Since the opening to the lake faces East beneath a horseshoe bowl, the shadows on the cliffs can be severe if visited in the afternoon hours. Or consider visiting the location on a overcast day, as it will help create even lighting on the cliffs, although you will sacrifice some color within the lake as the sky and bright sun help give the water its amazing color.

Print Purchase: If you’re interested in purchasing a photographic print, the image above (and all images posted on my blog) are available in all sizes. Please email be directly through the ‘contact Jay’ link located at the top of the page.


Common Loon | Spoon Lake

The Common Loon is a wonderful bird who frequent fresh water lakes mostly in the Canadian area. Spoon Lake, one of the location where we stayed when visiting Glacier National Park, had a family of loons who called it home. Below is an image of part of the family enjoying their morning feast.


Common Loon | © Jay Moore Photography

Although their summer coats are pretty, as seen in the image above, they’re know mostly for their beautiful calls. Click on THIS LINK TO HEAR THEIR SOUNDS.

Print Purchase: If you’re interested in purchasing a photographic print, the image above (and all images posted on my blog) are available in all sizes. Please email be directly through the ‘contact Jay’ link located at the top of the page.


Mt. Wilbur Building Storm | Glacier National Park

It’s impressive when storms build in the Rocky Mountains, as it can create very interesting combinations of light, clouds and mountains.

When my wife and a couple of our closest friends made the trek up to Iceberg Lake, we were slammed with some stormy weather during the conclusion of our hike. And although we got rained on for a brief time, the building storm clouds provided for some dramatic scenes of Mount Wilbur, which looms over 3,000 feet above the valley floor.


Mt. Wilbur Building Storm | Glacier National Park | © Jay Moore Photography

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Avalanche Gorge | Glacier National Park

The hike up to Avalanche Lake has an exhilarating start (and end) as Avalanche Creek takes a loud and fast route down through Avalanche Gorge. The glacier water is a beautiful sight as the turquoise water rushes through narrow, carved rock, giving the area a must stop at both the beginning and end of your hike.

The photo below is toward the end of the gorge from the bridge that is apart of the ‘Trail of the Cedars.’


Avalanche Gorge | © Jay Moore Photography

Hiking Insight: This is a very popular trail and is considered a somewhat easier hike within GNP, as it’s roughly 4 miles round trip with an elevation gain of about 600 feet. This is a great afternoon hike, as the main cliffs that surround the lake faces west, so starting the hike at or after lunch time is recommended. This is also a great hike to combine with another smaller hike that can be taken in the morning, such as Hidden Lake near Logan Pass.

Research Insight: We wore out both Vicky Spring’s book (Glacier National Park and Waterton Lakes National Park: A Complete Recreation Guide) and our iphone App (HIKE – Glacier National Park) and I highly suggest purchasing them both before your visit.

Print Purchase: If you’re interested in purchasing a photographic print, the image above (and all images posted on my blog) are available in all sizes. Please email be directly through the ‘contact Jay’ link located at the top of the page.


Grinnell Glacier Overlook | Glacier National Park

One of the most spectacular views in all of Glacier National Park is the hike up to Grinnell Glacier Overlook. It’s a spur trail off the Highline trail that takes you up to the Garden Wall, which is the continental divide. It’s a difficult trail as it ascends over a 1,000 feet in just over one mile, however, the extra effort is well worth it as the views are one of a kind.

We got to the top of the overlook just about at solar noon, which gave us perfect lighting to see the entire valley. The view starts with The Salamander and Grinnell Glacier in the foreground and the Garden Wall sweeping around to the right. Upper Grinnell Lake is just appearing with Grinnell Lake, Lake Josephine and Lake Sherburne dotted down the valley. Perched at roughly 8,200 feet the valley below is about 2,500 feet lower, making for a dramatic scene.


Grinnell Glacier Overlook | Glacier National Park | © Jay Moore Photography

Photography / Hiking Insight: When you get to the top of the overlook, take a look, but don’t stop. Continue up to your right on the boot beaten path to the best view. It’s not that much extra work and it gives you the entire view down the valley, as seen in the image above. Also, it’s best to take this hike in the morning (leaving Logan Pass by about 8 am in August) in order to arrive at the view point at around mid-day or just after solar noon, giving you full light throughout the valley with only a small shadow from the Garden Wall.

Research Insight: We wore out both Vicky Spring’s book (Glacier National Park and Waterton Lakes National Park) and our iphone App (HIKE – Glacier National Park).

Print Purchase: If you’re interested in purchasing a photographic print, the image above (and all images posted on my blog) are available in all sizes. Please email be directly through the ‘contact Jay’ link located at the top of the page.


Hidden Lake and Mountain Goat

Glacier National Park has many beautiful locations to view and enjoy when visiting, including the short hike up to Hidden Lake overlook. It’s one of the most crowded trails within the park, but is one that must not be missed, as the views are some of the best you’ll get when visiting Glacier NP.

And the image below is an example of when preparation meets luck, you can create something special.

The option to hike the remaining trail down to the lake was closed because of bear activities near the water, since the trout were spawning and several bears were in the area feeding. However, that fact ended up being a great benefit, since we stayed probably longer than we would of at the overlook with binoculars in hand scanning the lake to try and see a bear (and also because I went on a small side hike to photograph a few big horned sheep … images to come shortly). And just as we were about to leave, a mountain goat strolled into the area, walked around a bit and then stopped at the edge of the cliff looking down to Hidden Lake and Bearhat Mountain. It just stood there for a handful of seconds, right in front of us, as if it was soaking up the amazing view. All my camera settings were already set as I had been photographing the scene without the mountain goat for several minutes before. I was able to snap a few frames, including the image below, before it headed down the mountain side.


Hidden Lake and Mountain Goat | © Jay Moore Photography

Hiking Insight: This is a very popular trail and is considered a somewhat easier hike within GNP, as it’s roughly 3 miles round trip to the overlook with an elevation gain of about 480 feet. This is also a great hike to combine with another smaller hike that can be taken in the afternoon, such as Avalanche Lake near Lake McDonald (see previous post).

Research Insight: We wore out both Vicky Spring’s book (Glacier National Park and Waterton Lakes National Park: A Complete Recreation Guide) and our iphone App (HIKE – Glacier National Park) and I highly suggest purchasing them both before your visit.

Print Purchase: If you’re interested in purchasing a photographic print, the image above (and all images posted on my blog) are available in all sizes. Please email be directly through the ‘contact Jay’ link located at the top of the page.


Capturing Light | Building Storm

Most folks get upset when a storm begins to build while on vacation as sometimes it pushes you inside for cover, however, you have to try and stay positive because building storms can give you great opportunities to capture dramatic images. We were reminded of that recently when a storm began to build within Glacier National Park.

The image below is from the banks of Lake Sherburne looking back into Many Glacier as a massive storm rolled into the area. We stopped the car and I jumped out and was able to capture a few frames of the light dancing with the clouds.


Capturing Light | Building Storm | Glacier National Park | © Jay Moore Photography

Make sure to stop by over the next couple of weeks to see more highlight images from my time within Glacier National Park and the Canadian Rockies …

Print Purchase: If you’re interested in purchasing a photographic print, the image above (and all images posted on my blog) are available in all sizes. Please email be directly through the ‘contact Jay’ link located at the top of the page.


Avalanche Lake | Glacier National Park

Avalanche Lake is a breathtaking location, as it’s positioned at the bottom of a massive bowl with cliffs jetting thousands of feet into the air. The rock slopes contain multiple cascading falls which feed the glacier colored waters, giving it a bright green/blue hue during a clear, sunny day.

The image below is taken close to the waters edge with my wide angle lens at 18mm (full frame sensor) to create a foreground interest of the rocks and trees within the clear, glass like water.


Avalanche Lake | Glacier National Park | © Jay Moore Photography

Photography / Hiking Insight: This location is beautiful at any time of the day, but since the main part of the bowl gets afternoon sun, I would suggest starting this hike in mid-day or afternoon. The lighting will be better during this time of day, along with the fact that the hiking crowds will diminish slightly.

Hiking Insight: This is a very popular trail and is considered a somewhat easier hike within GNP, as it’s roughly 4 miles round trip with an elevation gain of about 600 feet. You can extend the hike by doing a boot beaten path fully around the lake as we did, but fair warning, you must wade through thigh high glacier water to complete the loop (but the solitude on the other side was nice). This was the first hike during our trip to GNP after getting in somewhat late the night before. It worked out perfectly to have a relaxing morning, unpack and then head to the trailhead around lunch time. This is also a great hike to combine with another smaller hike that can be taken in the morning, such as Hidden Lake near Logan Pass.

Research Insight: We wore out both Vicky Spring’s book (Glacier National Park and Waterton Lakes National Park: A Complete Recreation Guide) and our iphone App (HIKE – Glacier National Park) and I highly suggest purchasing them both before your visit.

Print Purchase: If you’re interested in purchasing a photographic print, the image above (and all images posted on my blog) are available in all sizes. Please email be directly through the ‘contact Jay’ link located at the top of the page.


Bear Grass | Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park is home to a vary unusual type of wildflower, bear grass. It grows in very particular climates for only a short period of time. The blooms are long and skinny with a cone like top and are made up of many tiny white flowers that give off a mild, enjoyable scent.

The image below is looking down the valley of McDonald Creek as it winds its way to Lake McDonald, as several mountains tower over 5,000 feet above the flowing water (Heavens Peak and Mount Vaught on camera right, with Mount Cannon, Clements Mountain and Mount Oberlin on camera left).


Bear Grass | Glacier National Park | © Jay Moore Photography

Photography Insight: The landscape within GNP is very large so it’s important to try and anchor the foreground with something of interest, in this case bear grass, or include a person or something within the scene to help give perspective to the entire image.

Photography / Hiking Insight: We started on Highline Trail at 9 am, but I would suggest to try and leave slightly before (8 am in August) and plan on doing the out and back hike from Logan Pass. It’s a little longer than option two (a one-way trip to ‘The Loop’, however, this option concludes with four miles straight down a mountain with very limited views). Although heading back to Logan Pass adds some miles, it’s a gradual slope and easier on your body with better views for your eyes and camera.

Print Purchase: If you’re interested in purchasing a photographic print, the image above (and all images posted on my blog) are available in all sizes. Please email be directly through the ‘contact Jay’ link located at the top of the page.


Glacier National Park | Glacier Lilies | Highline Trail

I recently had the opportunity to visit Glacier National Park for the first time with my wife and a couple of our closest friends. The area quickly catapulted to the top of the list for national parks, as it was one of the most beautiful places we’ve all ever seen with our own eyes.

One of the most scenic hikes within Glacier National Park is the Highline Trail, which skirts along the alpine section of several of the parks tallest mountain sides, giving you one stunning view after another. It starts at Logan Pass and slowly makes its way to the Granite Park Chalet about 7.6 miles away.

One of the x-factors when visiting GNP and hiking on Highline Trail are the wildflowers, as they’re directly linked to when the snow melts within the area. And since it melts differently almost every year, you have to book your dates, cross your fingers and hope for the best. We got extremely lucky as the wildflowers were peaking within the alpine level during our time there, including large patches of bright yellow, glacier lilies. When we came across a patch, I positioned myself to showcase them in the foreground of some of the most iconic landscape within the park, Bird Women Falls surrounded by Mount Oberlin, Clements Mountain and Mound Cannon, with Little Cheif Mountain looming large in the back left.


Glacier National Park | Glacier Lilies | © Jay Moore Photography

Photography / Hiking Insight: We started on the trail at 9 am, but I would suggest to try and leave slightly before (8 am in August) and plan on doing the out and back hike from Logan Pass. It’s a little longer than option two (a one-way trip to ‘The Loop’, however, this option concludes with four miles straight down a mountain with very limited views). Although heading back to Logan Pass adds some miles, it’s a gradual slope and easier on your body with better views for your eyes and camera.

Research Insight: We wore out both Vicky Spring’s book (Glacier National Park and Waterton Lakes National Park) and our iphone App (HIKE – Glacier National Park).

Print Purchase: If you’re interested in purchasing a photographic print, the image above (and all images posted on my blog) are available in all sizes. Please email be directly through the ‘contact Jay’ link located at the top of the page.