Glacier National Park – A Little Wildlife


I had hopes of seeing and photographing my first ever bear at Glacier National Park.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be.  It turned out it wasn’t easy finding much wildlife at all during our smoky visits.

While walking around Logan Pass, I kept my eye on a gentleman off alone, intently scanning the distant elevations with what looked like an expensive pair of binoculars.  I figured if he locked on something, there was something to see.  πŸ˜‰  But he kept moving on, walking the paths.

I finally met up and asked him if there were any bears out there. He grinned and said bears was exactly what he was looking for; but he’s been quite disappointed not seeing any recently there, they were probably starting to shelter from the incoming smoke, or heading out along the river areas looking for clearer air while staying fed.  He said, “Bears are smart.”  I agreed.

So what did I see and capture besides the American Robin two posts back?

One butterfly…..


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Compton Tortoiseshell


One squirrel…..


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Columbian Ground Squirrel


and three deer…..


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White-tailed Deer (doe)


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White-tailed Deer (doe)


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“Well, hello there!”


With the conditions and too many people every where we went, I felt fortunate to find these!  πŸ€—


50 thoughts on “Glacier National Park – A Little Wildlife

    • Thank you, Belinda! I think they had, and hopefully going in the right direction. Even birds, oh my, I was shocked I wasn’t sighting any, but know they too flew to safety.

  1. I’m sure it was a disappointment not seeing a bear, but I guess, as we all know, nothing is ever predictable. Nevertheless, your journey has been a fascinating one, and we are all enjoying it vicariously. Thanks, as always, for sharing.

    • We’ve been very easy going about the ups and downs of our trip, oh the things I’ve not mentioned lol. Honestly, we both have truly been amazed on what we saw and the journey we had, we knew things could happen. Like last October we were at a fabulous RV resort in Alabama, there just a couple days and then had to evacuate for a hurricane. Nothing is predictable any more for sure!

  2. Sorry you didn’t get a bear picture. 😦 (I got one once only, in 2009 at Shenandoah National Park and it came out pretty blurry with an old camera.) But your pictures of the doe are so lovely, what a pretty animal in a lush green setting with dappled sunlight. Captivating!

  3. You may not have found as much as you would have liked, but for some of us, the images are spectacular! We appreciate you sharing more of your adventure.

    Besides, think what you would have found if you had NOT made the trip!

    Have a great weekend!

  4. Those are wonderful critters and insect though! The deer are so beautiful!

    The smoke is playing havoc everywhere here in the west I fear. I’m seeing far fewer birds here because of it.

  5. Cute deer. You have seen so much more of the US than most of us already. Thanks for sharing your experiences with us. 😊

    • Thank you, Irene, and you’re most welcome. 😊What a journey, we’ve had a great time for sure, and so thankful we’ve been able to do it. The U.S. is a beautiful country, so much to see!

    • I am thankful for these wildlife sightings, and what fun they were with me, Ashley. I can be so easily entertained with wildlife of any kind. πŸ™‚ Someday, I’ll see a bear!

  6. Have to agree that much of the wildlife has more sense than us humans. I’m so very sorry you didn’t get any better opportunities to catch more wildlife. On the other hand, how many folks have had the chance to watch Osprey raise two (?) batches of youngsters?

      • As much as I’ve been out and about in bear territory… I’ve only seen one and heard another. The first one was when we were driving around back roads up in the hills beyond our house. There was this brief, startling moment when a cub came tumbling down a VERY steep hillside, bounced across the road in front of the pickup and kept on tumbling down the lower bank… out of sight. I attempted a fumble for the camera, but there wasn’t any chance of catching it. The other was rather strange. We had stopped to get some pics. Eric had meandered farther up the road while I went over to shoot some flowers. I heard a strange growl… Sissy started going bonkers and I decided it was time to return both of us to the pickup. We suspect it was a bear (though we also have cougars). Eric has had some closer encounters, but…. they are around us here. They’re mostly not keen on encounters with humans for the most part. Ours are far less acclimated to people than the ones in the national parks. Ours also get hunted when some rancher complains that he’s losing cattle. πŸ₯΄

        • What a story with a tumblin’ cub! That is quite a sighting to remember! Oh, I just know Sissy was sensing another animal for sure, glad she did for you, to alert you. A few years ago, we had just missed seeing a mama bear and cubs crossing the road in Yellowstone NP per a group of people ahead of us. I was really disappointed then! The bear living around the strand in the Everglades I was always hanging at this past winter was hard to sight they said, it too wasn’t keen with humans. I did go real early one morning and met up with a park ranger who said the bear had just been by recently, he showed me it’s fresh scat…..and yes, I photographed it! πŸ˜‚

  7. Beautiful photos Donna. I especially love the last one where you have eye contact with the subject – just stunning!

    If you are interested in more wildlife photography and travel stories, please check out my blog where I recount stories from being a safari guide plus my subsequent travels across Africa.

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