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There were at least three fires burning in the Glacier National Park area while I was there, and the west side of the park was closed. Smoke plumes were visible from miles away.

The direction of the smoke plume changed from day to day as the wind direction shifted. One day St. Mary Lake was underneath it, producing kind of an eerie effect while we were there.

The smoke created a general sort of haze in the area. It blocked a lot of the view, but at times was oddly pretty as the mountains receded into it.

I think my favorite waterfall in the park was Running Eagle Falls. It comes down through an unusual opening in the rock.

We also visited Hungry Horse Dam. You can still walk or drive across the top, but they don't take tour groups down inside the dam anymore due to security concerns.

Eastern Washington has copious quantities of nothing, as this shot from the top of Steptoe Butte shows.

At night, the moonlight and the large microwave tower on top of the butte created an interesting effect. (Time exposure with a 17mm lens.)


Notes: The film for the black and white shots was Fujifilm Neopan 400. The color shots were taken with a Fujifilm Finepix 1300 digital camera.

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