The holiday season can be incredibly hectic and over the top in so many ways. This one was compounded by the end of the world that we had to survive. Pile on the recent tragedies and their aftermaths, and it's enough to make you want to run away from it all to find some peace.
So this month I chose an image that may - I hope - deliver a bit of peace and tranquility.
This is Bowman Lake, in Glacier National Park, just a few miles below the Canadian border in Montana. The photo was taken by the light of the full moon.
This place is pretty deep in the mountain wilderness, despite there being a campground by it. So the location is certainly "away from it all" and peaceful enough that the morning after I took this shot I woke up in my hammock - as it was too nice to not sleep outside - and was greeted by a couple of deer. Thankfully it wasn't the grizzly we encountered later in the trip!
We were far enough away from any man-made light pollution that despite the full moon's brightness, you can see plenty of stars in the sky, and that one low bright one (maybe it's a planet) reflected in the glassy water. Actually I really like how the reflection is almost more clear and bright than the actual scene.
I find this picture quite meditative and grounding. I think it's a nice way to end 2012 and begin 2013.