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Philip Kuntz / 2,698 items

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Mt. Rae ahead as one climbs on The Bighorn Highway (Hwy 40) from this first summit on the way south to the top of Highwood Pass. This spectacularly scenic road is also known as the Kananaskis Trail.

Highwood Pass summit is 7239 feet (2206 m). The Pass is the highest paved pass in Canada.
The pass is closed each year from December to June 15 to protect wildlife.

To me Kananaskis Country could be called Banff south. Same mountain range running towards Glacier Park. Jaw dropping beauty around every corner.

Have a terrific Tuesday!

Tags:   Little Highwood Pass Highwood Pass Highway 40 Bighorn Highway Kananaskis Trail Kananaskis Country scenic highways Peter Lougheed Provincial Park Canmore Alberta

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A closer shot of Idaho's Upper Mesa Falls. Quite the roar standing here.

A wider perspective of this 114-foot tall and 200-foot wide waterfall in comments.

Thank you taking a look. Much appreciated!

Have a wonderful week!

Tags:   Upper Mesa Falls Mesa Falls waterfall Henry's Fork River Henry's Fork Ashton Idaho

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Happy 4th of July to my American compatriots!

This is my kind of Fireworks.
Only it happens at the start of the day, not the end.

An old shot (2011) of Glacier's Mt. Sinopah reflected in Pray Lake. The first light hits it ideally as the sun rises. Some may say no way it can be this colorful but that it is, as many other photogs can show. Today it was rosy, some mornings golden. Wonderful fireworks to start a grand day.

May your weekend be most wonderful, wherever you are!


Tags:   sunrise sunup dawn daybreak reflections Mt. Sinopah Pray Lake Two Medicine Glacier National Park Montana 4th of July Independence Day fireworks nature's fireworks

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A view of the Idaho's St. Joe river as it flows thru Chatcolet lake on it's way to Lake Coeur d'Alene.

The river was originally named the "St. Joseph" river by Father Pierre-Jean Desmet, a Catholic priest who established a mission nearby. Commonly known now as the "St. Joe" river.

With a mouth elevation of 2,129 feet (648.9 m), it is the highest navigable river in the world." Wikipedia

I live nearby. I know the river well from it's source high in the Bitterroot Mountains to it's outlet here. Probably my favorite American river (so many choices....).

Friday's here! Enjoy a festive, fun and safe Holiday weekend!

Tags:   St. Joe River St. Joseph River river river that flows thru a lake highest navigable river in the world reflections St. Maries Idaho Chatcolet Lake Lake Coeur d'Alene

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This hissing mountain of steam is the only thing like it in Yellowstone. Roaring Mountain is a barren hillside of thermal features called fumaroles. It got its name from the loud hissing and roaring that it makes due to thermal activity and could be heard miles away in the days of its discovery. Nowadays the roaring has quieted a bit but can still be heard if you listen carefully. There are no trees on the most active parts of Roaring Mountain due to the intense heat and gases that emminate through its vents. Its slopes are inhospitable to all but the toughest microorgansims. This unique mountain is in one of the hottest parts of Yellowstone National Park.

Roaring Mountain is formed of rhyolite, a volcanic rock that contains 70-75% silica, which combined with the thermal action gives it this white appearance. Looks like snow but isn't.

So many wonders in the special ecosystem.

Thanks your visit and for any comments, faves or suggestions.

Tags:   Roaring Mountain fumaroles steam vents magma caldera chemotrophic organisms Yellowstone Yellowstone National Park Wyoming Explore


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