"Bowman Lake Blues."
Star trails over Bowman Lake disappear into the hazy smoke from summertime forest fires, in Glacier National Park, Montana.
Behind the lens.
While Tracy and I were driving up the North Fork to create this photograph, there was a forest fire burning about 50 miles to the west that filled the park with smoke. From the foot of Bowman Lake, we couldn't even see the other end of the lake, much less the mountains beyond. The lake surface calmed down nicely after midnight, and the stars began emerging from the blue smoke. Somehow through the long exposure, details emerged in the photograph that we couldn't see when we were there. Eternal processes -- fire, smoke, star trails -- come together to create a scene of summertime tranquility. - John Ashley Fine Art Photography