1. Leap of Faith on Flickr.

    Glacier National Park, July 2014, Iceberg Lake Trail. She made it back safely, and dry.

     
  2. Subalpine Soldier on Flickr.

    Glacier National Park, July 2014, Grinnell Glacier Trail. This lone subalpine fir tree keeps fighting death and decay. Maybe it’ll still be there when I revisit it 30 years from now.

     
  3. Trail Break on Flickr.

    Glacier National Park, July 2014. Salamander Glacier is near the upper right and a portion of Grinnell Glacier is visible in the center. Angel Wing peak is on the left, and Grinnell Glacier Lake is at the bottom left (formed from glacier meltwater). The Grinnell Glacier Trail is also a nice hike, but I couldn’t get to the end of the trail due to snowfields that were melting rapidly.

     
  4. Uncovered Depression

    During one of my structural inspections today, I found this folded note on the windowsill under the blinds of a vacant apartment bedroom. I hope this person has found some peace and happiness by now.

    The name written in the corners comes up as a local man that has been in and out of the criminal justice system, including domestic violence.

     
  5. Refreshing Meltwater on Flickr.

    Glacier National Park, July 2014, Iceberg Lake Trail. There are tons of these meltwater streams/falls in GNP, and I was tempted to take a drink. Having experienced bacterial war in the past, though, I kept to carefully washing my face only.

     
  6. Iceberg Lake on Flickr.

    Glacier National Park, July 2014. Here’s the payoff at the end of the Iceberg Lake Trail in Many Glacier. This is a great hike that I definitely recommend.

     
  7. DSLR Selfies - GNP 2014

    While completely awkward, I enjoy taking travel selfies with a full frame DSLR equipped with a wide angle zoom lens (16-35 mm). Other hikers offer to take our photo, but I turn them down with a smile. I’m sure they find it amusing.

     
  8. Under the Snowfields on Flickr.

    July 2014 Glacier National Park, Iceberg Lake Trail. One of the first snowfields I encountered on this trail. It’s a great trail to hike.

     
  9. Squirrel Friend - GNP 2014 on Flickr.

    This Colombian ground squirrel in Glacier National Park (Iceberg Lake Trail) ran up into my lens hood, hit the lens filter, and then ran back into the bush.

     
  10. Locomoting Silos on Flickr.

    Empire Builder Train from Chicago to East Glacier. This silo farm somewhere in North Dakota had pleasant symmetry.

     
  11. Locomoting Sunrise on Flickr.

    Empire Builder Train from Chicago to East Glacier. Somewhere in North Dakota. I loved all the wind turbines on this section of the trip.

     
  12. Locomoting Sunset on Flickr.

    Empire Builder Train from Chicago to East Glacier, Montana. This is a great overnight trip if you get the chance to travel in the sleeper car. Great scenery, great food and great conversation with other train travelers.

     
  13. Close Encounters of the O'Hare Kind

    Chicago, a set on Flickr.

    On this trip to Chicago, several planes were lined up in parallel on approach to O’Hare. It was a very hazy day, but I managed to get a couple shots with the 70-200 and 2x teleconverter.

    Via Flickr:
    Photos of Chicago and in Chicago.

     
  14. Stroke it to the east, stroke it to the west. MD-80 airline safety.

     
  15. 'Tis Grilling Season on Flickr.

    Grab your grilling chimney and make some smoke!