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

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