LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY > GLACIER NATIONAL PARK – USA > Running Eagle Falls (Two Medicine, Glacier National Park)
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Running Eagle Falls is named after Pitamakan (Running Eagle), a woman warrior of the Blackfeet Nation. Rising Wolf Mountain, which was named after her husband, forms the backdrop for Running Eagle Falls. This waterfall is very unique in that the lower falls flows through a sink hole. When the river is high, the water spills over the ledge on top, forming an upper waterfall.
The area of Two Medicine within Glacier National Park is very important to the Blackfeet. 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.