Look at how deep the snow is along Exit Glacier Road! Hard to believe it is May 3rd. This is near the Resurrection River bridge and is as far as you can drive right now. Judging from the snow depth, it may be awhile before you can drive the rest of the way to the glacier. Now this really isn’t the photo I was going after this morning – I better explain.
After skiing to Exit Glacier earlier this week, I decided I really needed to return with my camera to capture it under a beautiful blanket of snow. Unfortunately, warm temperatures this week have prevented the formation of a nice crust for skate skiing, so I haven’t been able to get back out there. Today, I decided I wanted the image bad enough that is would be worth the extra effort, so I broke out my old school classical skies and decided I would use them to make the long trek across the deep, soft snow.
I loaded my backpack with the bare essentials, my light weight tripod, one lens and some Pocket Wizards so that I could fire my camera remotely with me in front of the glacier. I also decided to take my lightest camera along since it could be a pretty long ski. I transferred my card to the camera and loaded up. At the last second, I decided if I’m going to go to all this effort, I might as well have my best camera even if it is heavier, so I switched and headed down the trial. You can probably guess where this is heading.
After a beautiful ski I arrived at the face of the glacier. The light was nice, defused by clouds just enough to enhance the blue ice of the glacier, it made a wonderful contrast with the deep white snow. I pulled out my tripod and set up my camera and began to photograph – that is when I got the error message telling me I didn’t have a compact flash card in my camera! I would like to tell you that I am mature enough to smile and ski home, but I’m not. 🙂 I’m just glad my ski pole didn’t break when I slapped the snow with it!
So anyway, after nearly 3 hours of skiing – I came away with this photo of this nice tall snow berm in the parking lot next to my truck! 🙂 It was a fun day and I did need the exercise. Now had a wolverine walked past me while I was out there; I would probably still be curled up on the floor crying!