Flathead River Canyon [December 2001]
In early December, I was able to chase Amtrak 8, the Empire Builder,
along the Middle Fork of the Flathead River, starting at Belton. In the summertime,
this is a pretty simple proposition, as US Highway 2 through the canyon is broad, straight,
and dry. In the winter, and in the middle of a blizzard, however, one must
strike a better balance between the desire to get a particular shot, and the desire
to stay on the road. For each of these shots, I had less than thirty seconds to
dash out of the car, get into position, compose, and shoot, and then dash back to the
car for a slippery chase at far less than the posted speed limit.
|Two hours late, the eastbound Builder glides
through the snow and across the western gateway to Glacier National Park.
||The Builder arrives at Belton / West Glacier,
where it will pause briefly to pick up some backpackers. Time to dash
through the snow to the car!
|Several minutes later, the Empire Builder
breezes through Red Eagle, and under Highway 2.
||The Builder slices through a blanket
of freshly fallen snow as it passes Dickey Creek on the way into Essex.
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