Fall sunrise at McDonald Lake

Autumn sunrise on Lake McDonald - 2013 © Christopher Martin - 2358

I drove up to Apgar, a small village in Glacier National Park, this morning.  I arrived at the southern edge of Lake McDonald in the dark and headed past the sleeping townsite for the rocky beach.  The full moon provided a bit of light out over the water and I could see the mist was already rising up into the cold air.  I started getting excited as the eastern edge of the sky brightened and silhouetted the mountain peaks above the north and east sides of the lake.  The glow in the sky deepened and the colours came in beautifully.

Silhouettes on Lake McDonald - 2013 © Christopher Martin

As the intense colour began to fade, I was able to balance this great stem of autumn leaves with the lovely Grinnell argillite rocks under the water (the first image).  A very beautiful morning in Montana’s Glacier National Park.

9 responses

  1. Shane David

    I would like to purchase the top image with the river rock. Framed print. Can I acquire an image I can take somewhere to do this or second what would you charge?

    December 13, 2017 at 7:59 pm

  2. Pingback: Calm on the lake | Christopher Martin Photography

  3. lisalday111711


    September 26, 2013 at 3:21 pm

  4. Beautiful.

    September 26, 2013 at 2:38 pm

  5. Love the misty atmosphere and colors in the second image. Beautiful work.

    September 23, 2013 at 12:20 pm

  6. Yes, I like the colours in the sky and rocks complementing one another.

    September 22, 2013 at 10:59 am

  7. Marvelous images.

    September 22, 2013 at 7:07 am

  8. Beautiful shots mate. You’ve inspired me to head out for some shots of the Sunrise.

    Keep up the great work.

    September 21, 2013 at 4:50 pm

  9. Absolutely amazing! ..and the colors of those rocks!!!!

    September 21, 2013 at 11:59 am

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