Glacier National Park

photo of the week for Saturday, 2008, August 16
Photographer: Matthew Carey

There is something about pitching a tent in a national park. It becomes not just your refuge from the weather and bugs, but your home, your comfort zone in the natural world. Is there any more relaxing night than one spent in a tent, preferably gazing through a no-see-um mesh roof so you can watch the stars?

And often once we do pitch our tents, if we have a camera we start to think of experimenting a bit with lighting and night skies. Traveler reader Matthew Carey did just that in September 2007 when he found himself at the Elizabeth Lake backcountry campsite in Glacier National Park. Located north of Many Glacier, this backcountry site requires some effort to reach, but as you can see, it has its rewards.

Editor's note: We're always looking for park photos to highlight, so if you think you have a good one contact us.

On the Web: www.nps.gov/glac