The Milky Way rises from the southern end of the Waterton Valley on a clear, moonless night. The valley straddles the international boundary, where the sister "Peace Parks" of Waterton National Park (Alberta) and Glacier National Park (Montana) meet. The Waterton town site rests at the valley's northern end, while Glacier's highest peak, Mount Cleveland, rises from the valley's southern end.
A shooting star (lower center) falls from the early-summer Milkyway above Mt. Reynolds, in the Logan Pass area of Glacier National Park, Montana.
Behind the lens.
All of the motion in the night sky fascinates me. Mt. Reynolds is one of the most recognizable peaks in Glacier National Park, so I set out to photograph the Milkyway behind it. But on my first try, the Milkyway moved on past the peak before I got the image I wanted. But I was ready on my second try. To me, this is a classic image that represents how the park is timeless to us mere mortals. Generations from now, there will still be stars flying past Mount Reynolds.
The Milky Way stretches across the midnight skies above Sinopah Mountain and Two Medicine Lake, on the east side of Glacier National Park.