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Matt Tilghman
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p.1 #1 · St Mary Falls


This is why I love photography.

I love nature. Hiking, trekking, just being in it and soaking it in... it gives me such peace of mind, and is deeply mentally cleansing for me. It's the driving force behind some of my fondest memories. But over time the memories fade, just like anything else. Photography, for me, helps preserve the memories. I'm not talking about a photograph simply preserving a beautiful instant, which it does, but rather how it helps reawaken entire experiences.

I found this photograph a few days ago. It was taken in 2009, on a trip me and cousin took to Glacier National Park. On this day, we started the day with a sunrise hike up to Avalanche Lake, and ended the day with a dusk hike through Logan Pass to Hidden Lake. They were two of the most memorable hikes from that trip. But there was a third hike we did that day, in between the other two, that I had completely forgotten about until finding this photo. In the middle of the day, we hiked to St Mary Falls and Virginia Falls. Even though the hike was less memorable than the other two, this photograph reminded me not only the sights we saw, but also the conversations we had, like whining about how hungry we were, and the blisters our soggy shoes were giving us. It made me really happy, just to be able to re-experience a day well spent.

St Mary Falls



Jul 25, 2013 at 12:20 AM
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p.1 #2 · St Mary Falls


And its a great picture to boot! Quite remarkable for a mid-day shot while on a casual hike. That difference between full light and shadow is really well handled with good detail everywhere. Congratulations on your find.

Dave



Jul 25, 2013 at 12:37 AM
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p.1 #3 · St Mary Falls


this is a beauty Matt. I think you have nailed why I love nature, photography and hiking.

Morris



Jul 25, 2013 at 02:52 AM
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p.1 #4 · St Mary Falls


Thanks Dave and Morris! Your kind comments mean a lot


Jul 25, 2013 at 03:58 PM
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p.1 #5 · St Mary Falls


Beautiful photo. Thanks for sharing. I really want to get back to Glacier as well.
But, do you miss the pie? It seems every trip out we stopped at the cafe for a quick to go pie slice.



Jul 25, 2013 at 04:42 PM
 

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p.1 #6 · St Mary Falls


Nice shot. Thank you for leaving some detail in the water flow, it gives a realistic pattern of movement. Unlike the usual stream of white-out shaving cream.


Jul 25, 2013 at 05:36 PM
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p.1 #7 · St Mary Falls


Excellent shot Matt. It brings back memories for me too, thanks
David



Jul 25, 2013 at 08:37 PM
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p.1 #8 · St Mary Falls


Matt, very nice shot and an excellent story to go with. Regards,
Dean



Jul 25, 2013 at 08:51 PM
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p.1 #9 · St Mary Falls


Thanks all! I'm so glad this one is connecting with people!


Jul 26, 2013 at 03:50 AM
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p.1 #10 · St Mary Falls


Great shot of a tough spot to capture well. I like this hike because of all the waterfalls.


Jul 26, 2013 at 02:56 PM





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