St Mary Falls, Glacier National Park by Matt Tilghman

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Glacier National Park, Montana, is one of my favorite places I’ve been. The sweeping vistas there are truly stunning, as everyone is well aware, but the intimate scenes are no less stunning. It seems like the majority of the streams have carved themselves intricate canyons that would qualify as national treasures in their own right, if they were anywhere less spectacular. St Mary Falls, pictured here, is one such example. The canyon walls and turquoise glacial waters are hard to beat, but what actually drew me into this scene were the plants that grew on the rocky banks. It is them – the sparse flowers and stunted evergreen trees – that made this place feel like an idyllic oasis to me.

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My life is driven by the urge to observe, and process those observations. This has pushed me to pursue my PhD in scientific research, which is my current day job. It also profoundly influences my photography. This is why I often visit locations so many times — I don’t feel I can know the landscape’s personality until I’ve observed a large sample of the location’s weather, flora, seasons, etc. Only then can I understand what makes the place truly special, and begin to capture it.

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  • Jane Neill-Hancock
    Jane Neill-Han...about 1 year ago

    outstanding beauty – love the water!


  • Travis Easton
    Travis Eastonabout 1 year ago

    Love the colour in the water Matt, good one.

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