This early morning sunrise filmed in the Mesa Verde National Park, includes a beautiful elk bugling in the distance. (The bugle is prominent at .20 seconds and a few other places.) www.PhotosByJohnGlass.com
Our second day at Arches National Park began before the sun rose as we rushed to catch morning’s first light. The size of three school buses, Balanced Rock appears to be precariously perched on its pedestal.
How did two people who have lived most their life in the Western US fail to visit a spectacular area with the Arches National Park and Canyonlands and the adorable town of Moab? What a treat! The skies threatened thunderstorms all day – which gave the best clouds for photos, but somehow we escaped and never needed our rain gear and spent most of the day in shirtsleeves.
On the road again, yesterday we were graced with beautiful skies and an abundance of lakes, streams, rivers, creeks and ponds. Our morning began beside the McGregor Lake, can’t wait to see John’s photos! Throughout the day we saw whitetail and mule deer, elk, buffalo, gaggles of geese and our final sighting – a young bull moose standing in a slow moving stream. We drove over the Continental Divide just before sunset, shot the sun setting on mountains and then an orange-yellow crescent moon bid us goodnight.
Driving up country roads from Troy, Montana through the pines and along a running creek in an open jeep with our friends crossed us into Idaho.
Halverson Pass offered multi-colored slate bedding edging the overlook, surrounded by bright red berry bushes and shared its many facets. A mama bear and her two cubs crossed our road on the way back down. Beauty abounds…
A few years ago, when we were visiting this same friend, John photographed these falls on the Kootenai. This year, the season and weather are different, so the photos will be too. You can see the entire photo album from Montana and back trip here.
Visiting in Montana nearby the Kootenai Falls. The photos are going to be amazing…
John’s blown away by the enormity of the Columbia River. Started in Portland. We drove for over 3 hours along this huge beautiful waterway. Stopped to shoot the sunset here in The Dalles and entered the state of Washington. We hit the Montana Ranch tomorrow afternoon!
Arrived at Mono Lake, unsure of photo conditions – it’s just East of the Sierras and the Rim Fire. The atmosphere was solid grey but we hiked off to the tufas anyway. (Tufas are rocks formed in Mono Lake by mineral deposits from ground water, springs or the like.) The smoke turned to our advantage. We then slept where we could see the lake, just above a bubbling stream and woke early to catch the sunrise.
One of the places we will stop at the end of our road trip is Zion National Park. It’s a favorite of ours. Click this video link and will see why…
John Glass Filming in Zion National Park, Utah