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"Providence" Glacier Park, Montana

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Ok...so I haven't been out shooting lately and I've been dreaming of Montana so I decided to go back through my stuff and repost an old favorite from Glacier National Park. I've had a 30x40 metal print version of this image hanging on my living room wall for the past 3 or 4 months. Every time I walk past it I am pulled right back to Montana in my memories. I can remember the wet flowers all around me freshly drenched from the thunderstorm that just passed over. I remember the smell. I remember how the mountains were hidden momentarily by a veil of rain and moments later how the sun burst through and washed over the mountains. I was surrounded by God's amazing creation and also shared the event with great friends. It was a moment in my life that stands out from the rest. I love how photography pushes us into those moments and also how looking back at a captured image transports us back in time. So anyway...I hope you enjoy this pic and Lord willing I will get out there soon to capture some new moments.


August 2011....

A good portion of landscape photography depends on being in the right place and the right time. Arranging those fortunate meetings of light and landscape depends to some degree on our own planning and effort, and most would say the rest is just a good measure of luck. I personally believe that God can and does help put me in the right place at the right time.


I just returned from an amazing 5 day trip to Glacier National Park in Montana with my homies Ryan Dyar and Kirby Davis. On this particular evening we should not have witnessed this beautiful thunderstorm over Mt Oberlin and Bird Woman Falls. But for some reason we just didn't see all the road signs indicating that the Going to the Sun Road would be closed for construction from 9pm until 2am.


As they say..."Ignorance is bliss". We clawed our way up the side of the mountain, picked out our comps and started shooting as this wonderful huge thunderstorm rolled through. The thunder rolled and we were engulfed in heavy rain. The rain was so thick that you couldn't even see the mountains for some time. Then the rain passed and we continued shooting. It was fun and stressful at the same time. I put my baseball cap over my camera and tried to shield it with my hands but it still got pretty wet. Thankfully there was no damage.


So anyway....by the time we were finished shooting the LONG Montana sunset we finally got back to the car around 9:30pm. Just as we arrived at the car we were greeted by a not-super-happy ranger who gave us a stern lecture and escorted us out of the park with his lights flashing! It was actually pretty hilarious so I took the opportunity to video the experience with my iPhone. Ryan was relieved after we got out of the park with only a lecture and no ticket....yay!


So we were the only ding dongs that were able to photograph this awesome sunset. I totally believe that God just worked it out that way. I know that if we had known about the road closure we would not have chosen this location. I call that Providence.


God is good

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Taken on August 8, 2011