It was a terrible night to be out camping. It was a terrible night to be out at the Many Glacier campground in Glacier National Park. It was a terrible night to try and sleep after a particularly long day of hiking (16 miles).
That was the sound of one of the tent pole cracking from the stress, the stress of those howling gusts that swept through the campground, racing past trees at tents at more than 30mph (sure, not hurricane speeds, but far more than what I had experienced camping). My poor tent that had endured many days of camping under horrid conditions finally gave in that windy night.
The winds persisted in the morning, giving me second thoughts on whether to hit the lake for sunrise shots. Nevertheless, I decided to get out the tent and hit the lake shore at Many GLacier, whatever the weather may be.
The sunrise was spectacular. And inspite of the ridiculously strong winds spraying water from the lake, I managed to nab this image of a creek
Thereafter, turning my head to the other side, I shot the one below as the iconic face of the prominent peak across the lake, Mt Grinnell, started to light up. The terrain profile was such that while the rest of the peaks nearby were in shadow, this alone got fully lit up, resulting in this spectacular lighting situation.
To compensate for the high dynamic range, I took two exposures at F16 and ISO 100 and blended them together with Photmatix to achieve this image.
Glacier National Park