Wildflowers – Jasper National Park

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Sometimes, when I am being awed by the grandeur of high peaks

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I need to take notice of the little pleasures of our earth – take a few photos of wild flowers.

I wish I had brought my wildflower guide but we are traveling light and you don’t need to be able to name them to enjoy them.

Beauty in a Hotel Parking Lot

This was gong to be a Silent Sunday but there is a story here. The night before as we were driving towards our off-the-highway inn for the night, I smiled. I was in photography mode and thinking that there is little beauty to photograph from a hotel parking lot at these busy highway turnoffs.

Next morning I joined JB for breakfast, getting my usual scrambled powdered eggs, almost toasted English muffin, and juice. I looked up and there it was. The sun shinning on autumn leaves, slowly illuminating the mountains in the distance. People get up at 5:00 in the morning and travel miles to see this scene in their viewfinder. Fate shined on me with a room close to the dining room and next to a door to this scene.

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I don’t think cold powdered eggs taste too much different than hot ones – especially when I am glowing with the privilege of witnessing a beautiful Appalachian sunrise.

Montana Mountain Horizon

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On our trip west we saw lots of horizon, from wheat fields with a horizon that seemed to be forever away, to ocean horizons that melted into the sky. I spent many hours gazing at these horizons (when my husband was driving of course). The types of horizons that intrigued me the most, however, were the ones where sky met mountains, off in a distance.

The WP Weekly Photo Challenge this week is “horizon”. To see more examples of this theme go to:

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/10/25/weekly-photo-challenge-horizon/

Going to the Sun and Back

It did feel like we were going to the sun when we traveled up through the mountains on our way to Logan Pass and down the other side on Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park. The day was beautiful but the air was full of smoke from a forest fire in southern Montana, more so in some areas of the park than others. Here are some of my favorite scenes.

You can see my other posts on Glacier National Park here and here and here