April, 2010


Wallpaper – Mount Saint Nicholas

Mount Saint Nicholas on February 23, 2010.

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Wallpaper – Snyder Creek

The Creek. At least that’s what I call it. I can’t remember exactly where this was, but I’m confident it was in Glacier. Shot Summer 2009 with the RED in 4k.

Update: Thanks to Tara and David for identifying this as Snyder Creek near Lake McDonald Lodge.

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Wallpaper – Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Crane in East Glacier. Shot on April 10, 2010 with the RED in 4k.

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Heading Back to Helena

I’m heading back to Helena to meet with the rest of the gang. We’re hoping to make some decisions on the cover for the Blu-ray and to set the direction for the music. We also need to start making arrangements for replication and discuss how we are going to distribute the Blu-rays.

My plan is to spend about a week at the mother ship and then I will be heading back to Glacier for the final month of shooting and editing.

Hopefully in the next few days I can pull some more wallpapers and video clips from the recent stuff to share with everyone.



Wallpaper – Many Glacier

Many Glacier on April 1, 2010 with the RED in 4k.

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The Glacier Institute invites you to join special Centennial Series courses

In celebration of Glacier National Park’s one hundred year anniversary the Glacier Institute is pleased to present a special Centennial Series of outdoor educational adventures in and around Glacier National Park.

One Hundred Years of:Greg Thigpen photo

Bears in Many Glacier  June 4-6

Natural & Cultural History of the Many Glacier Valley  June 14-15

Riding the Rails  June 30, July 7 and August 11

Traversing the International Peace Park  July 14-16

Astronomy & Night Sky Awareness  August 6 & 13

Astrophotography of Glacier’s Night Sky  August 7 & 14

Glacial Change at Sperry Chalet  August 27-29

Goats in Glacier  September 2

Join the Glacier Institute for these once in a life-time educational experiences while visiting Glacier National Park this summer.  Your support of these and other programs benefit the Glacier Institute’s educational mission.  For complete information on these or any other Glacier Institute programs please contact the office 406-755-1211 or visit the website at www.glacierinstitute.org.

You can find us on Facebook too at The Glacier Institute.  We hope to see you this summer on the trails for Learning Gone Wild!


In Search of Wildlife

I’ve been getting some great spring/winter scenic shots but I really want to increase the amount of wildlife footage we have for the project.

Over the years I have good luck capturing bear and elk shots in the Many Glacier Area so right before the Easter break I headed up that way. I saw lots of wildlife signs (bear poop on the trail and other smelly stuff) but didn’t see any animals. That was ok however because… it was Many Glacier.

I was intently focused on shooting the scenery and not paying attention to my surroundings. Suddenly I heard a rustle behind and turned to find wildlife. Not the wildlife I had been searching for but wildlife nonetheless.

Glacier Wildlife - Skunk

The skunk 😉 was about 20 feet behind me and fortunately didn’t really seem to care that I was there. My first thought was to quickly move in the opposite direction but sometimes you just have to take what you’re given.

Twice I wondered if I had made a really big mistake when the skunk turned and headed directly toward me. I don’t think I’ve ever been quite that close to a skunk.

While I don’t plan to specialize in skunk footage it was fun to get the shots and once again is a Glacier memory I won’t soon forget. 🙂


Plowing Going-to-the-Sun Road

Slide at Red Rock leaving debris and snow on roadway on April 1st, 2010. Photographer: NPS Staff

Spring must be here, because crews have started plowing Go-to-the-Sun Road.   The 2009-2010 winter has seen average snowfall for the Glacier Park area, but there is always the chance for a heavy spring storm.  Tentatively, the road is set to open June 18th.

Going-to-the-Sun Road is one of the most difficult roads on the continent to snowplow.  According to Wikipedia:

The road is one of the most difficult roads in North America to snowplow in the spring. Up to 80 feet (25 m) of snow can lie on top of Logan Pass, and more just east of the pass where the deepest snowfield has long been referred to as Big Drift. The road takes about ten weeks to plow, even with equipment that can move 4000 tons of snow in an hour. The snowplow crew can clear as little as 500 feet (150 m) of the road per day. On the east side of the continental divide, there are few guardrails due to heavy snows and the resultant late winter avalanches that have repeatedly destroyed every protective barrier ever constructed. The road is generally open from early June to mid October.

The National Parks Service has put up a cool status page with a map of the current plow locations.  Where are the Plows?


Wallpaper – Hidden Lake Trail

I can’t wait for summer to get here! A view of Hidden Lake Trail in Summer 2009 with the RED in 4k.

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