THE Traveler: Alex Terry of Eden Prairie.

The scene: A fishing boat broke the mirror-like surface of Lake McDonald, a pristine lake in Glacier National Park, on an early September morning.

The trip: Terry and his wife, Kelly, visited family in Kalispell, Mont., last September. On the day Terry made this picture, they planned to drive to “the loop,” a place where park visitors can catch a shuttle. They took the shuttle up to Glacier’s Logan Pass and hiked the Highline Trail nearly 12 miles back to their car. “We got an early start that day driving to the park and stopping at the village of Apgar on the south side of Lake McDonald for a quick pit stop,” Terry wrote in an e-mail. “We walked down to the lake, which was crystal clear, and as the fog was lifting, the view of the mountains where we were heading presented itself.”

good to know: “Glacier Park has spectacular views and scenery. Once you’re out on the trail, there are no crowds and lots of wildlife,” Terry wrote about hiking in Glacier.

the equipment: “I used my Canon EOS 40D, with F-stop 5.6 at ISO 1250 to get this handheld shot,” Terry wrote.

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