Jan. 16, 2020

St. Mary's Glacier

I took this shot from about the spot where today's cinquefoil was growing. That swatch of snow is what's left of St. Mary's Glacier. By now it is probably gone. When I first saw it around 1968, it was much more extensive, and genuinely qualified as a glacier. Skiers hiked in to enjoy it year round. The wildflowers in the area were fantastic. Now both have dwindled to the point that the hike in is hardly worth it. I could see no ski tracks this trip.
But there are many great possibilities for flowers in our western mountains. If you don't want to get down in the bogs, go up!