New book tells the nighttime story of Glacier
Here’s a beautiful story about a photography who captures the best of Glacier National Park – at night:
Glacier Park’s nighttime stories come alive in new photo book
By Rob Chaney
To see Glacier National Park like John Ashley does, you don’t have to be a mountaineer or a tour bus driver.
You just have to stay awake. All night long.
Landscape photographers lecture one another about the “golden hours” around sunrise and sunset, when the sun skims the horizon and alpenglow gleams on the mountain peaks.
Ashley’s biological clock ticks to very different rhythms, like moon cycles and magnetic storm pulses. Any Glacier visitor treasures snapping a photo of a grizzly bear. Ashley holds out for comets.
“The image on the cover is one of Comet Lovejoy,” Ashley said from his home in Kila, where he’s launching the publication of “Glacier National Park After Dark – Sunset to Sunrise in a Beloved Montana Wilderness.” “That comet was only visible during the month of December 2013, and there were only three nights that were something less than 100 percent cloud cover. Those three nights, the temperature was 10 below, 11 below and 21 below zero. I was out all three nights, and I never saw another photographer on any of those nights.”
That could be because a photographer had to linger four hours on the subzero shore of Lake McDonald hoping that a night fog would clear. But then, Comet Lovejoy only passes by once ever 14,011 years.
Numbers and calculations hold considerable sway over Ashley’s art.
He schedules his photo forays by the appearance of meteor showers, the seasonal aspect of constellations, and when those features might line up with park landmarks such as lookout towers, lake valleys or significant mountains.
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Where to get ‘After Dark’
Glacier National Park After Dark: Sunset to Sunrise in a Beloved Montana Wilderness is available directly from author John Ashley through his website,johnashleyfineart.com and wherever Montana natural history books are sold.
Top reader photos: Summertime scenes
We’ve got quite an eclectic mix of pics for you this week, courtesy of our fabulous readers.
From the Milky Way above a lookout tower to a set of cowboys doing what they do best, we present the top reader photos of the weeks, summertime scenes style.
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‘Apsaalooke Beauty’ photo project on display
If you’re in the Billings area today, we highly recommend stopping by the Western Heritage Center to check out the “Apsaalooke Beauty” exhibit of photos from the Crow Nation by photographer Erika Haight. Full information is below.
Haight allowed us to show off her photos in the July/Aug 2015 photo Portfolio, which we called “Beautiful Connection.”
- See more photos from Haight here
The Montana native and Roundup resident has long photographed Western life around Montana, taking her stay-at-home mom hobby to the professional level when her work began being published in publications like Cowboys and Indians Magazine.
“Being a stay-at-home mom kind of gave me the liberty to go out and do other things. I got stuck on photography and bloomed from there,” she said.
Haight’s set of black and white photographs from the Crow Nation, currently on display at the Western Heritage Center, was created after Haight forged a special bond with the Real Bird family of the Crow Nation.
Haight’s “Apsaalooke Beauty” exhibit will be on display at the Western Heritage Center through Sept. 12.
It’s an intimate compilation of work gathered from years spent getting to know Crow people and traditions.
“I would hope that my exhibit would give the viewer an intimate glimpse of my experiences and time spent on the Crow Reservation,” Haight said. “(These are) images that depict the love and respect that I have for their people, and all of the rich cultural traditions that still flourish today.”
APSAALOOKE BEAUTY EXHIBIT
“APSAALOOKE BEAUTY,” A FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT BY ERIKA HAIGHT HONORING THE PEOPLE OF THE CROW NATION WILL BE ON DISPLAY AT THE WESTERN HERITAGE CENTER IN BILLINGS THROUGH SEPT. 12. AN ARTIST RECEPTION WILL BE HELD AT THE MUSEUM ON AUG. 7, FROM 5:30-8:30 P.M.
THE WESTERN HERITAGE CENTER IS LOCATED AT 2822 MONTANA AVENUE IN BILLINGS. FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT YWHC.ORG.
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Our cover shot story: Windmill in the Montana sunset
Our cover images are the capstone of each issue, the photo introduction that grabs readers and pulls them in.
It’s a intricate process to pick just the right picture each issue. But once the right one comes across our screens, it’s an easy decision.
We’re honored to have Kurt Wilson’s image of a water pumping windmill for the July/Aug. 2015 issue. It’s an idyllic symbol of Montana’s homesteading era, is silhouetted against a summer sunset in Broadus.
But how did Wilson set himself up to get the shot? In a sentence, it’s about taking the time to experience Montana.
- See all the stories from the July/Aug. 2015 issue here
Wilson’s work has taken him down every paved road in Montana and across thousands of miles of dirt, gravel and gumbo.
He shot our cover image in the summer of 2014 while on a photographic project that took him to every corner of the state.
In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Montana becoming a territory, Missoulian photography editor Kurt Wilson followed the trail of Montana’s roadside historical markers throughout the state. Here is the complete collection of photographs he made during one-week trips through six regions of the state beginning in April and ending in October.
- See the entire Roadside Wanderings project here
Here’s where you can view and read more about our 2015 cover selections.
Top reader photos: A salute to Montana
They’ve done it once again. Our readers are experts at capturing Montana at its best.
And in this edition of our top reader photos, we’ve got some wonderfully beautiful Montana summertime scenes.
There’s a few sunsets, of course. And some beautiful bloom, too.
Scroll down to enjoy.
Flowers and big river flows: Our top reader photos of the week
They’ve done it yet again. Our readers never fail to awe us when they share their photos from all across Montana – and this week’s batch of favorite reader photos (shared with us on Facebook) is another great set.
Without further adieu: Here are the top five readers photos of the week:
We’ve got much more of Montana to see in our May/June issue – out now!
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Instagramming all over the state
In our never-ending quest to explore every nook and cranny of the great state of Montana, we’ve been having fun growing a diverse Instgram portfolio – and it’s been a lot of fun.
Take a look at this sampling of images above you’ll find on our Instagram page – where we’ve explored everywhere from Zortman to Swan Lake.
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Spring scenes: A photo gallery to help you thaw out
As Montana continues to thaw out from another cold winter, we thought it’d be nice to share some spring scenes with you, courtesy of our great Facebook friends who continually share their images from across Montana with us.
A special thanks to Robin K. Hao for the beautiful images of the Flathead River and “Getting Green” in Northwestern Montana; Mike Holt for the image of the Cooke Pass plows; George Tillman for the image of the robin nest; and Natatum Haines for the image of the spring runoff near Libby.