posted: May 31st, 2011 | by:Bert
©Bert Gildart: Here are some images from the Memorial Day weekend, taken near our camping spot at Holland Lake, located about 50 miles south of Bigfork, Montana. Janie and I spent several nights there camped with family and friends in our Airstream. I was lucky, as the children were interested in hiking and were helpful when it came to photography. They were my strobe holders and sometimes my models.
Approaching Holland Falls
Holland Lake is one of the gateways to the Bob Marshall Wilderness and all that surrounds the lake is gorgeous. Waterfalls cascaded down endless slopes and spring flowers seemd particularly colorful, especially following – or even during—some of the season’s showers. Overcast skies provided particularly pleasing light as it diminished the shadows and made for a quality of light that tends to enhance color saturation.
L to R: Indian Paint Brush, Clematis, kinnikinnick.
Holland Falls was the hiking destination of the weekend, not just because of the gushing falls, but because of the lake we hiked along and because of the multitude of spring flowers. Along the way we found Indian paint brush, clematis, Oregon grape and kinnikinnick. Some of the plants are edible and are interesting from that perspective. In the fall Oregon grape produces a berry that combines with others to make a delicious jam.
We covered the two-mile hike to the falls in about an hour and were surprised to see the abundance of water pounding down the rock face. Three hours later we returned and dinned on scrumptious food everyone had prepared prior to leaving.
Holland Lake with Holland Falls in background, Holland Lake, Halle and Holland Falls.
I want to thank Molly, Raney, Halle and Zane (all about 10) for helping me with my photography and for not running too far ahead and leaving me in the mud. I apologize for several of the photos of you guys that did not turn out because of rain on my lens. Next time! OK?
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