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The Many Glacier and Swiftcurrent areas, located to the northeast of Going-to-The-Sun Road are one of the most popular places in Glacier National Park. These wildflowers were in peak bloom on the way to Many Glacier Hotel, and I just could not pass them up. As I was lining up these shots on my tripod, suddenly another photographer pulled over and quickly set up her camera with a large telephoto lens. At first I thought she was racing the light just like I was, but then, I noticed quite alarmingly a black bear at the edge of this wildflower field; hence her telephoto lens. Unfortunately, the bear scampered into the forest before she got any decent shots. I simply enjoyed the moment because I had the wrong lens on for capturing wildlife.
Waterton – Glacier International Peace Park straddles the USA – Canadian border at Montana, USA, and Alberta, Canada, and is a World Heritage Site. Glacier National Park features stunning turquoise glacial lakes and sculpted mountain peaks of unique magenta, blue, green and yellow rock. The valleys and mountain slopes are abundant with wildflowers such as Indian Paintbrush, Glacier Lily, Beargrass and Monkeyflower. The area also supports many large animals such as grizzly bears, moose, bighorn sheep, elk, mountain goats and wolves.
In 1850 Glacier National Park had 150 glaciers, but due to global warming, only 25 glaciers remain today. Scientific projections predict that all of Glacier’s glaciers could disappear somewhere between 2030 and roughly 2200, depending upon what actions we take or fail to take now.