Glacier National Park After Dark: Sunset to Sunrise in a Beloved Montana Wilderness

 
9781591521600: Glacier National Park After Dark: Sunset to Sunrise in a Beloved Montana Wilderness

What is there to see in Glacier National Park after the sun goes down? As writer and photographer John Ashley reveals in his newest book, some of Glacier's most awe-inspiring sights are found high above the mountaintops. Readers will marvel at Ashley's spectacular color photographs of favorite Glacier landmarks such as Chief Mountain and St. Mary Lake lit by the Milky Way, northern lights, and a universe of wonders. These images complement Ashley's text, which includes clear explanations of astronomical phenomena, traditional Blackfoot stories, Glacier National Park geology and history, and entertaining tales of his own run-ins with curious critters and park rangers. Ashley rallies readers to combat light pollution, a problem that has begun to erode the ancient beauty of one of the last truly dark places in the country.

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John Ashley is a Montana photographer, writer, biologist, and educator. As an award-winning journalist in Montana and Florida, John has photographed presidents and homeless people, Space Shuttle launches and airplane crashes, beauty queens and murder suspects. John also worked seasonally as a field biologist for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and National Park Service. He has helped to conserve California condors, bald eagles, and common loons. The artist now lives at the end of a road near Kila, about an hour west of Glacier. He and his wife, Tracy, share a home that belongs to their two rescue dogs, Gracie and Magpie.

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"Glacier National Park After Dark is magical realism where the mythic world of stars, sacred geography and Blackfeet lore are brought alive in stunning photographs. The reader is given the sense of an ancient world where the Wolf Trail leads to the netherworld and Morning Star guides the vision of every maiden. It's almost like being there with the old Niitsitapi elders at night, telling their stories from time immemorial." --Dr. Jay Hansford C. Vest, Professor of American Indian Studies, University of North Carolina at Pembroke

"I knew John had photographed Glacier Park's night skies for decades, hauling his heavy gear up brushy ridges in the middle of the night. But as one who wandered Glacier for two decades looking for bears I'd never seen anything like these pictures; they shimmer with life and live in the dimension of time. Ashley's sky work reaches for a spiritual tether and touches the sacred world of the Blackfeet. The book's text is lively, appropriately scientific and informative. Above all, Ashley shows us how we are losing the heavens that we humans have watched and that have informed our kind for millennia; artificial light pollution is erasing the night sky. And, on our radically changing planet, we will need that stellar anchor." --Doug Peacock, Author of Grizzly Years and In the Shadow of the Sabertooth

"Glacier National Park has rightfully been called a geologic park. John Ashley's spectacular book provides even the casual observer with a sense of awe and views of "other" worlds, the living cosmos within which our speck of dust the Earth and we not-so-humble humans are bit players. There is so much to enjoy and appreciate in this beautiful magnum opus not the least of which would be a strong dose of humility and gratitude. Thank you, John." --Dr. Lex Blood, Educator, Geologist, Community Activist, and Mother Earth Admirer

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