Gentle Beginning-Oberlin Falls in Glacier National Park

The headwaters of Logan Creek fan out and flow over Oberlin Falls high up in the mountains of Glacier National Park.
The headwaters of Logan Creek fan out and flow over Oberlin Falls high up in the mountains of Glacier National Park.

The morning started out shooting waterfalls in a steady rain around Saint Mary Lake in Glacier National Park. After getting our fill down below, my friend and fellow photographer Luke Tingley and I headed on up to Logan Pass. After climbing over 2,000 feet, the rain had changed to snow.

Not a lot of people were that interested in being out in the weather so the normally packed parking lot at the trail to Hidden Lake was fairly deserted. It was our first time up there, so Luke thought it would be a great idea to run on out to the lake and scope things out. I, on the other hand, didn’t think it sounded like a lot of fun. You have to understand that Luke is about half my age and in much better physical shape than I am. If I was going to hike out there, it would be to shoot! So, I let him out and arranged a time to come back to pick him up.

Just over the pass, the road runs right beside this little waterfall. I am a sucker for waterfalls, so I just had to pull over at the next turnout and check it out. The snow was coming down pretty heavy so I waited a while to see if it would let up. After a while, it was apparent that wasn’t going to happen, so I got bundled up and made my way back up the road. Fortunately there wasn’t any traffic so that I could pretty much stand in the road to shoot. After continually blowing water spots off my lens, I got the shot that I wanted. And I didn’t have to hike a mile and a half to get it!

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