LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY > GLACIER NATIONAL PARK – USA > Ptarmigan Summer Phase (Two Medicine, Glacier National Park)
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Ptarmigans are a member of the grouse family and inhabit the alpine, arctic and subarctic areas of North America and Eurasia. They are well camouflaged throughout the year, as one can clearly see from this photo. In winter they have pure white plumage, and in summer they are speckled brown. This ptarmigan was photographed near Pray Lake in Two Medicine.
The area of Two Medicine within Glacier National Park is very important to the Blackfeet Nation. Sinopah Mountain provides a dramatic skyline that is reflected in Pray Lake on still days. Further on, Two Medicine Lake and Upper Two Medicine Lake as well as several beautiful waterfalls can be visited. Dawson Pass and Pitamakan Pass provide exceptional panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.
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.