The Magnificent Mt Sinopah and Two Medicine lake
This could very well be my personal favorite from a spectacular extended photo session in Montana's Glacier National Park. I've titled this simply "Magnificent Sinopah". The jagged peak in the center of this epic panoramic scenic is Mount Sinopah.
Prior to the actual photo session, much advanced scouting takes place. The calm conditions on Two Medicine Lake are very rare. The soft golden alpine glow bathing the Rocky Mountain front are legendary and rarely properly captured. We set up in near darkness on the east shore and immediately knew the water was going to produce mirror like reflections. This heightened the anticipation and really caused the adrenalin to rush!
Equipment set up was done with a bright headlamp, while carefully monitoring for approaching Grizzly Bears and Black Bears. A Grizzly visit certainly would have altered our plans! The stillness of the morning was zen like, occasional trout would jump from the water to catch a morning meal. Fortunately on this morning we would be just fine.
The very first light of morning illuminated the underside of the high clouds with incredible tones. Reds, orange and magenta all present. We knew within a few short moments, if mother nature allowed for it we were going to be in for one ripper of a sunrise! Then it happened, alpine glow finally emerged on Sinopah and the flanks of Rising Wolf to the right. The moment is fleeting, at best without cloud interference you have less than 10 minutes before the light becomes too harsh.