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Images from the Crown of the Continent

  • Rocky Mountain Front

    An outfitter traveling with a pack horses along the Rocky Mountain Front.

    Gene Sentz
  • Freezeout Lake, Montana

    Every March, tens of thousands of snow geese rest at Freezeout Lake in Montana after a nearly 1,000 mile flight from California before heading off to Canada.

    Gene Sentz
  • Sun River

    A view of the Sun River, which Native Americans called the "Medicine River" because they believed the hot springs possessed healing properties.

    Gene Sentz
  • Rocky Mountain Front

    A sunset in the Rocky Mountain Front. Rocky Mountain Peak (top right) is the highest peak in the whole front range south of Glacier National Park.

    Gene Sentz
  • Black Bear Sow and Cubs

    This black bear sow ran her three cubs up a tree after the photographer came upon them in the wilderness. (If you look at the top of the picture, you can see the one of the cubs' bottoms.)

    Gene Sentz
  • Old Man of the Hills

    A local rancher's horses standing peacefully in front of the mountain, Old Man of the Hills, on a very cold and windy day.

    Gene Sentz
  • Sawtooth Mountain

    A view of the Sun River with Sawtooth Mountain in the background.

    Gene Sentz
  • Mount Werner, Montana

    The photographer's daughter and her boyfriend climbing Mount Werner in Colorado.

    Gene Sentz
  • Two Medicine Lake

    A view of Two Medicine Lake in Glacier National Park. The highest mountain (upper right corner) is called Rising Wolf.

    Gene Sentz
  • Prince's Pine (Pipsissewa)

    A bundle of moss and wild mushrooms in the Rocky Mountain Front. The pink flower is called Prince's Pine or Pipsissewa by the Blackfeet Indian tribe.

    Gene Sentz
  • Glacier National Park

    The photographer's wife hiking through Quaking Aspen trees last fall in Glacier National Park.

    Gene Sentz
  • Two Medicine Lake

    A fly fisherman on Two Medicine Lake in Glacier National Park.

    Gene Sentz
  • Two Medicine Lake

    Two Medicine Lake, part of Glacier National Park.

    Gene Sentz
  • Mount Cleveland

    Mount Cleveland, the highest peak in Glacier National Park. The mountain is named after Grover Cleveland, the only U.S. President to serve two non-consecutive terms.

    Gene Sentz
  • Cameron Lake

    Cameron Lake in the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, located on the borders of Montana and Alberta.

    Gene Sentz
  • Belly River Ranger Station

    The Belly River Ranger Station in Glacier National Park. The large mountain in the background is Chief Mountain, one of the most prominent peaks and rock formations along the Front.

    Gene Sentz
  • Glacier National Park

    Established as the 10th national park, Glacier National Park celebrated its 100th anniversary on May 11, 2010.

    Gene Sentz
  • Lake McDonald

    A view of Lake McDonald, the largest lake in Glacier National Park.

    Gene Sentz
  • Rocky Mountain Front

    A mountain view sunset over the Rocky Mountain Front.

    Gene Sentz
  • Rocky Mountain Front

    A view of the Rocky Mountain Front, which is part of the Crown of the Continent ecosystem, a 10 million acre expanse of wild lands.

    Gene Sentz
  • Bighorn Ram

    A bighorn ram in Sun River country. The Rocky Mountain Front is thought to contain the largest herd of bighorn sheep in the lower 48 states.

    Gene Sentz
  • Glacier Lily

    A glacier lily, an early spring flower widely found in Glacier National Park.

    Gene Sentz
  • Swift Reservoir Lake

    Swift Reservoir Lake in Birch Creek with the Bob Marshall Wilderness in the background.

    Gene Sentz
  • Calypso Orchid

    The Calypso orchid, also known as the fairy slipper or Venus's slipper, is a perennial member of the orchid family found in undisturbed northern and montane forests.

    Gene Sentz
  • Ear Mountain, Montana

    The photographer, Gene Sentz, climbing Deer Mountain in Montana with the Bob Marshall Wilderness in the background.

    Gene Sentz
  • Castle Mountain

    The Sun River with Castle Mountain in the background (center).

    Gene Sentz
  • Sun River Wildlife Management Area

    Some 3,000 elk come to the Sun River wildlife management area every year.

    Gene Sentz
  • Paw Print

    A frozen paw print, most likely of a lynx, a threatened species found throughout the Crown ecosystem.

    Gene Sentz
  • Teton River, Montana

    Teton River in Teton Canyon in Montana. The yellow trees growing along the river bottom are cottonwood trees.

    Gene Sentz
  • Coalition to Protect the Rocky Mountain Front

    Members of the Coalition to Protect the Rocky Mountain Front meeting with a member of Sen. Max Baucus' staff (second guy on the left with glasses). Sen. Baucus (D-Mont.) successfully helped pass legislation in 2009 that withdrew all public lands along the Front from oil and gas leasing and hardrock mining.

    Gene Sentz
  • Rocky Mountain Front

    A frosty morning on the Rocky Mountain Front.

    Gene Sentz
  • Bighorn Rams

    Three rams running through the snow just west of Choteau, Montana. The photographer was snowshoeing and accidently spooked the rams.

    Gene Sentz

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