"Wild Goose Moon and Stars"
The evening moon set shimmers over Wild Goose Island, in Saint Mary Lake on the east side of Glacier National Park.
Behind the lens
I wanted the shimmering highlights around the island, so I shot an azimuth during the daytime, then looked up in the charts to see when the moon would set just north of this angle during twilight. On the proper day several weeks later, I drove five hours back to this location and captured what I had seen earlier in my mind's eye. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. If you look at the stars you can tell this is a 15-second exposure with a mid-range lens. The crescent moon rounds out, and those are really big waves on the lake.
MoonStarsWild Goose IslandSaint Mary LakeGlacier National ParkMontanaJohn Ashley