Canada Geese gather together in the peaceful, pre-dawn light on Lake McDonald, in Glacier National Park, Montana.
Behind the lens.
It's funny to me that so many of my photographs were made during the early morning (or the wee hours of the night), because I love to sleep in. But every time I'm out and about in those misty, pre-dawn hours, I'm reminded that it really is a peaceful, magical world out there. The light often has this ethereal feeling to it, and even the animals seem different somehow. It's an easy way to get back to your childhood sense of wonder and amazement -- with the help of an big boy sized cup of coffee, of course.
A Leonid meteor flares across the sky over a bend in the North Fork of the Flathead River, along the western flank of Glacier National Park.
The night sky appears to circle around Polaris, the North Star, in this time lapse image over Lake McDonald. But it's really the Earth's rotation that is creating the circular star trails.
Lake McDonald is a sacred area to traditional Kootenai. For generations the tribe gathered here each spring for the Bear Dance ceremony. The Kootenai name for the lake is "Yakilhaqwilnamki," which translates into "where people dance."