Interesting colours! I see every colour of the rainbow on the mountainside to the right. And that road looks like it's at a pretty high altitude, halfway up the mountainside!
yea itd be a pretty nice spill going over the side. and the guard rail is not much of a deterrent; its only a couple of feet high!
We have roads like that in the Canadian Rockies too - all those twists and turns and all the time knowing on the other side of that little railing is a several hundred-foot drop. Almost makes you nervous about mountain driving!
I've been to Glacier a few times, but I always seem to miss the great views at sunset (and have a hard time getting my girlfriend to get up for them at sunrise). This was beautifully captured! In fact, just about every photo you've put up is. Nice work!
Greg - I noticed you commented on my photo of the "SABOT' round (I was an active duty M1 Abrams (19K)crewman for nearly 8 years)- since so very few people would recognize or use the term "SABOT", I checked out your Panoramio photos - it was time well spent - seems we share more than a knowledge of Tank Munitions - we share the following "TAGS" - Deleware Water Gap, Sourland Mountains, Glacier National Park, Logan Pass, Going To The Sun Road, New Jersey, Pennsylvannia, New York. I went further and read your forum postings - I'd like to discuss a few issues regarding digital photography with you - I noted that you mentioned 'photoshop' quite a few times and I also noticed the beautiful 'artist-like' nature that you've been able to generate with your digital photos - I have several reference points by which to 'relate' to your efforts and results - I have over 500 photos on Panoramio, nearly all mapped and nearly all selected for Google Earth (i.e.194 photos tagged "Glacier National Park) - however, nearly all of these photos are completely 'unedited' by me - I have spent less than two minutes in 'photoshop' - having no interest in software that is not 'intuitive, instant, and free of any effort beyond that required by Mr.Gates 'Windows' operating system - but I could not help but compare the 'artist like effort' that seems to be inherent in your rather stunning photos (Cont)
(Cont) Greg, I have a very close friend, a man I love and respect for reasons to numerous to mention - none of which include his nearly universal recognition as the worlds finest 'photorealist' artist. Ironically, his amazing body of work consists of one subject - landscapes with water. You must Google - James Van Patten - your photos resemble one of Jim's paintings (the most time and labor intensive effort by any photorealist - his work is permantly shown at Soho's O.K Gallery and has been purchased privately for public display in the lobby of many of the worlds most astonishing man made works, as well as many of the most prestigious and substantive architectuural endeavors in the creation of great national executive buildings by governments around the world. His paintings are simple in subject, nature at its simplest, the most mundane swamp is transformed into a work of art so great that it is hung in the most unique places in the world of 'man made' - not a single one of his paintings appears to any person to be a painting - most people will dispute this until proof is provided - he is the best in the world at what he does - he creates 'photos' - the simularity and differences between your efforts and his are very interesting - your photos are indeed 'art' - his are identical but done from a blank canvas - mine are some sort of third catagory - check out my photos - I would have no problem winning any digital photograpghy contest I took the time to enter (the NPS gave me first place for the one best photo taken in any national park in 2007 - I declined since I never entered the contest - the Director of Operations at Glacier's Backcountry Ranger Office used a few photos I emailed to them as a 'thank you') from my photos of Gunsight Lake, Heavens Peak, or a mushroom field magically appearing on a September morning in "My front Yard", but I just upload whats on the camera - I would like to explore the 'artistic possibilities' in digital photos taken in natural settings - like you have succeeded in doing so very well. Your photos appear as art - great job!!!
(Cont 3)Greg, hope I haven't lost you - and I hope that these comments are shared with those made by Jessica G and others regarding this photo.
I have a photo taken from nearly the same exact spot on the planet - but the camera was pointed in the opposite direction at a thunderstorm being 'magically distingiushed' over the Divide at Logan Pass. By the way, there are no other roads, in the Canadian Rockies or elsewhere, that remotely resemble "The Going To The Sun Road". It exists as an anomally, it does not belong in this place, 99% of the 1.2 million acre Glacier/Waterton International Peace Park is "Uninhabitable by human beings 9 to 10 months each year. A few years ago 8 feet of snow covered the entire park before nightfall on a day in mid August that began as sunny and warm. Gunsight Pass has a "hikers shelter", the last structure built in the park some 38 years ago - The Blackfeet were hired to construct it - they seem to be the only ones capable of building anything that is still standing in spring - this was after a June afternoon with a leasant 55* temp began dropping "quickly" plummitting to 58 below zero in less than 12 hours - a world record. This Road is a National Monument - the only road that will ever carry that designation - and it was built at a key moment in the history of conservation - there was no government authority or personnel or office that presided over 'road building decisions' in 'National Parks'. Teddy R. had a friend take charge, he rode up to Logan Pass on horseback to meet the engineer who had designed a 'straight road',believing firmy in the power of man to tame, to conqueor nature through 'engineering'. But he was met there by a landscape architect who firmly made known the fact that this place was never to be conqueored by man or any other life form. No exvasive species ever, migrating flocks of millions of flying creaturers turn inexplicably left 100 miles south of /glacier fly 100 west bewfore proceeding north to cananda - flying hundreds of miles to 'stay clear' of Glaciers wildness. 3 miules of the Road were lost in November of 2006 - why? It Rained. There was already 50 feet of snow on the nearly vertical glacial peaks found only here - where I asked did the road go? "It just went away - no trace to be found for miles"
Now that's a very beautiful view of mountains and the valley!
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