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Showing posts with label Glacier Park. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Glacier Park. Show all posts

Thursday, October 10, 2013

a glacier park autumn ~

hello ~

ah... yes... it was beautiful, merciful rain!

it wasn't exactly what i was hoping for. but it was  ~ what i was expecting!  these are pics from our most recent "rocky mountain" road trip~adventure.  by the time we reached the western side of the rockies, it began to cloud up, and rain steadily. still. it was absolutely gorgeous, and the rain does provide several advantages:
~ a sweet luminosity of light for photographs {yum}
~ we practically have the park to ourselves {yay}
~ a chance to look at things more slowly, and closely! {love!}
~ we could park anywhere ~ anytime ~ we wanted! {whoop-whoop}
our first stop:  lake mcndonald lodge.
it's a gift. to take slow down, saunter, and let the soft mist give us a natural facial!  and ... smile pretty!!!  brian and i had had a great time laughing at ourselves, as we took pictures of us together; that is, in focus, and getting us both to actually be IN the picture!  {come a little bit closer brian!}
ah... perfect!

the trees were just starting to show off ... a foretaste of the brilliance to come...
we lavished in the soft quiet.  the gentle taps of raindrops.  the stililness of the rocky beach...

below: we're near the northernmost end of lake mcdonald, looking north, upward into the park, where the going to the sun road begins.
taking a closer look!  amazingly, bright red stems, and leaves showing off their jewels of raindrops...
we climbed the going to sun road until we reached the place where it was closed off due to fog, so we paused for our lunch here, near an avalanche area below.  wowzers... it was a big one, but it began to pour rain up higher, so i decided against risking my camera getting wet, to get better pics...  maybe next time. ~ with the government shut-down, guess it will have to wait til next year.


i think someday i would like to swim here... but somehow... i don't think i really would. it definitely looks invitingly attractive... but  first, it's super-super cold!! {green=cold---brrr}... and it's appropriate that it be kept pristine, too.  but i wonder what it would be like to dive in, open my eyes, and soak in that sterling, crystal and pristine water...

and i loved the color combos; those dark red mountain rocks, bright lime green in the soft-looking, mossy-covered rocks, to the feathery larch pine trees, to that grand, sparkling turquoise pool. i'll never tire of them.

fresh.  luminous.  amazing.  gifts.
one can never soak it in. think it in. enough.  and all the glory goes to the One to whom all this incandescently beautiful, and sweet creation points to.  

we love the natural goodness, and we worship  the One to whom it all points to ~ the One who created all

thank you for the gifts Lord.  

thank you.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Trail of the Cedars ~ Glacier Park

Hi Hi Hi!  I'm back from "the Lake" and it was simply glorious! I'm so grateful to be back home, but it was a special time of relaxation, laughter, good food and wonderful scenery! I can't wait to show you some spectacular moments I captured with my camera... unfortunately I ended up having no ability to load up some posts I had made, due to bad internet service... so here's one I truly hope you will ENJOY!

When we were visiting Glacier Park several weeks ago, Brian and I went on a little 'nature trail' ~ a small hike of about three-quarters of a mile long, next to Avalanche creek, which flows into McDonald creek. There is a lovely campsite there, right off the main road, as you head up to the "Going To The Sun" Highway, which leads to Logan Pass, the highest point (roadwise) in Glacier Park.
We read the signs, took our time, and of course, I snapped a few pics ...
Loved this tree root... the patterns and tangles.

old stumps... mossy places.  It really was peaceful.
Bright green fronds with the contrast of the black seeds they will soon spread.
The sign below: "Strength in bark and branch witnesses to centuries.  Giant, steadfast, cedars."
Lots of sketchbook ideas...
"... something for everyone..."
floating leaves ...
rays of sun highlighting our path...
I was caught by surprise at these unexpected colors on this leaf... have no clue what it may be, perhaps a mold of some kind?

Thrive.
  Yes!  
When sin is blocked out through the Living Water, 
we ... Thrive.  Amen.  
Sharing the Love 
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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

To "The Park" ~ Lake McDonald

Oh how Brian and I love going to "The Park!" 

We are fortunate to have Glacier Park so close, and  in about three hours driving time, {not counting stopping for picture taking!} ... we are there!  
"Let's stop here" is what Brian hears me say as we come upon more open water of the Flathead River.  Just so happens there was a little side road, and so just like that {almost} we drove down to the river, to enjoy that fabulous, glossy-gorgeous water and beautiful colored rocks.
In the Park, our actual destination:  Lake McDonald.  But first, McDonald Creek!
72 degrees.  Bright sunshine.  Hot Rocks. Cool Water.
After all these years growing up going to "the Park" I still am fascinated by those colorful rocks underneath that reflective, clear water.
 You can't really see them, they're just dark little shadows in the water, but we sat awhile on the boulders of this creek, in the shade of the cedar trees, and watched fish in the pretty green pool - likely brook, brown or rainbow trout.

And the view as McDonald Creek heads into Lake McDonald. Oh sweet, sweeeeet summer afternoon, how I love thee!
It's fire season for Montana.  So the skies are a little smokey, but it didn't spoil our day one little bit!  What a spectacular summer day!!
And perfect for some cooling off, and I also had fun throwing rocks in the water!  How long has it been since I've done that....
"Come on in, {Brian} the water's fine!"

Next time we will stay overnight, pack a picnic lunch and lounge on the rocky beach, in the shade on some comfy chairs, as some families were loving to do.  Loved hearing the happy voices of the children playing in the lake!

Such a sparkling summer day {have I said that too much ya think?!}  Perfect temps.  Barely reached 82 degrees that afternoon. Heavenly, breath-takingly clear refreshing water.  Ahhh... sweet enjoyment  and refreshment... cool water, mountain air and fresh pine with the one you love. 

So thankful~what are you dipping your toes into? 
Leslie
EnJOY
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