Marc Ankenbauer's 10+ year quest to jump in every named lake in Glacier and Waterton National Parks for charity.
168 lakes. Only 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
-- Marc jumped into Fisher Cap Lake on Sunday September 8th, 2013 to complete his goal! --
Read about Marc and how this project started...

Cutbank Bear Grass – Olympus OMD EM5

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On the eastern front of Glacier National Park is a remote valley known for Grizzly bears, flowers and the mountain that splits the continent.

Cutbank is a beautiful, mostly flat creek valley draining the first trickles of the Atlantic Ocean.  From deep in the Cutbank valley is Triple Divide Peak which you can pour water on top of and it runs to the Pacific, the Atlantic and Hudson Bay.  The exact spot in which the continent gives way in all directions towards the ocean.

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What I found as I walked in this amazing place was Bear Grass.

Bear grass is a beautiful white bulb on top of a hollow but stiff stalk.  They only bloom every 5 or 7 years approximately.

So sometimes the summer really doesn’t have much bear grass.

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Other Summers its AMAZING!!

This seems like one of those summers.

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The Olympus OMD EM5 and a light weight Slik tripod allowed me to get the best pictures of bear grass I have ever taken in my life!!

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Currently I only have the 12-50 kit lens, but the Macro function on this thing is ridiculous!


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I can’t believe I’m getting shots like these.


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I’m very happy with the cameras ability to focus on exactly what you want to pop with detail.

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I was also able to get this great blur shot of the creek.

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The dramatic effect has allowed for a dream like, stylized photo.  I’m completely enamored by this art setting.

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But with a camera this good, you need to be capturing reality in its finest moments

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Have any of you photographers out there experienced any times when nature offered you some unexpected great shots? If so, tell me about it in the comments below…

To Life,