An Open Lens on Montana's Two National Parks 5

One country. Twenty-seven states, two territories. Fifty-nine parks. Eight years.

Photographer Andrew Thomas captured two places that we already know to be the best—Glacier and Yellowstone—in an incredible (ad)venture to photograph all 59 U.S. national parks. The result: The National Parks of the United States: A Photographic Journey, a stunning new coffee-table book and tribute to some of the most spectacular and diverse scenery in the world. We invite you to enjoy a snippet!

Hidden Lake

With many different hikes in the park, the one to Hidden Lake offered many spectacular views. I’m eagerly looking forward to a return visit to this park, which is often referred to as the crown jewel of the U.S.

Sprague Creek Cascades

My first evening in Glacier National Park was an exciting time as I had heard so much about the park. And it did not disappoint. This view along Sprague Creek late in the day was something very special to share.

Bison in Snow

After two previous visits to Yellowstone, I was keen to visit during a winter season as I had been told it’s a totally different park in the winter. And of course the park is world famous for its wildlife. This image came about just I had imagined it: The lone bison plowing his way through the snow right in front of us!

Morning Sunrise at 
Mammoth Terraces

With a total of four visits to Yellowstone, and visits to all 59 national parks, many more than once, Yellowstone still sits at the top of my list of favorites. The variety of landscapes and the wildlife are incredible…and when you add in the thermal features (great for cool fall nights), you get such as strong sense of the park being alive.

Yellowstone Lake

Camping has been a big part of my national parks journey; in fact, the more trips I make the more camping I’ve done, and it’s just as easy to camp in the fall as in the summer, and less crowded, too. This sunrise at Yellowstone Lake was only a couple of minutes away from my tent!