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Sunset on the Tundra by tourofnature Sunset on the Tundra by tourofnature
The higher elevations of Montana's Glacier National Park still had a huge variety of wildflowers on display while we were there a few weeks ago.

This is the view near Logan Pass looking to the West entrance of the Park. Both the high and low elevation zones of GNP are incredible, but I'm sucker for some high elevation tundra and peaks and this is probably my favorite landscape image I created during our 4 days in the Park.

Like a few other sessions on this trip, this was a bit of tense shoot. I let the Rangers in the area know where I was planning on shooting that evening, and they somberly advised me to be careful because there had been 2 different large Grizzlies seen in the area earlier in the day. In fact, they had the hike I was planning trekking on closed earlier in the week due to too much bear activity.

Not to be deterred, I put on my pack and hiked the relatively short distance to where I wanted to post up for sunset. After a nervous hike, I arrived to the stream bed I wanted to have aid in my composition. I was loudly singing "Gangham Style" (the damn song was stuck in my head) to avoid startling a bear when I came through a stand of trees and startled a couple of other photographers instead. After a quick greeting I left them so I could explore the winding stream down below.

As soon as I saw this section of the stream winding through this particular comp, I knew I'd shoot there. There was a stand of trees only a yard of two behind me that had plenty of creepy hiding places for a bear, I would take some shots stand up and yell, "HEY BEAR" back into the trees. Fortunately the only wildlife that I encountered was a group of 7-10 Mountain Goats enjoying the sunset along with me.

I've still got some more bear shots I want to share so keep an eye out!

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Dropletslove Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful shot! Excite
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cassannder Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013
I love the flowers <3
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lalafafa84 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013
Beautiful!
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FatzJinXX Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013
It's just amazing how beautiful the natural world is.You caught this perfectly.
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gigi50 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
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XxZombieBuriedXxAK47 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Too bad its fake ahah GAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY Clap skeet skeet skeeet water gun
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Shutter-Bug1 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013   Photographer
This.Is.Just.Beautiful!!! :love: Amazing Shot :heart:
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HUANGXUELI Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013
Oh, nice and colorful!
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siyeh75 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013
I recognize the spot, and the view of Bishop's Cap and Mt Gould in the distance.  Thanks for taking me back to this beautiful place!
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whispersoftheblue Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Gorgeous! So beautiful....
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RezzanATAKOL Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013
Beautifull!
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ihamo Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013
What a wonderful world! :aww:
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tourofnature Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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Romylyn Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013
Amazing...<3
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tourofnature Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I appreciate it!
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Alembic-Lynx Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Professional Photographer
Very Beautiful, WOW
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tourofnature Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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Alembic-Lynx Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Professional Photographer
very welcome 
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JanPusdrowski Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Student Photographer
That's a stunner! Really dig the view! :)
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tourofnature Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I appreciate it Jan, amazing place!
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JanPusdrowski Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Student Photographer
very welcome!
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's one beautiful photo Wayson..
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tourofnature Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks Dave!
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
welcome Wayson..
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IckleVoldiePoo Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
Montana is such a beautiful place. Beautiful shot, too! Glad you didn't run in to any bears. =)
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tourofnature Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Montana is amazing, it's nice to run into bears while in your vehicle.
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rphxc Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I couldn't even imagine myself in a place like that... That's beautiful!!
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BGinks Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Student General Artist
Very lovely scenery. Great shot. Sure wish I could be there. :)
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tourofnature Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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TDWolfProductions Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
must have a thing for landscapes.  simply awe-striking.  not entirely sure if that's even a word, but comes the closet to summing this up
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tourofnature Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Why I appreciate that! Cheers
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
Awesome shot Wayson! I passed through this area as well with the fear of running into a grizzly, but just stumbled upon bighorns and marmots. I really like your comp and I'm sure it was quite startling to hear you sing gangnam style! hahaha
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tourofnature Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Haha, you know the extra bit of stress that comes from shooting in grizz country too. Ya, those photographer's didn't deserve to be put through that, me coming through the trees belting out Gangam Style. Haha
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013
I was fortunate not to come too close to a bear, but there were many times where I was making ridiculous noises to fend off any stalkers.
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