"Great Bear Wilderness at Dusk"

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"Great Bear Wilderness at Dusk"

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Limited Edition Aerial Photograph by Zedekiah

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This is the Great Bear Wilderness at dusk as seen while flying above the Flathead River in the fall. Located in the Flathead National Forest just south of Glacier National Park in northwestern Montana, The Great Bear Wilderness and the Bob Marshall Wilderness, along with Scapegoat Wilderness are collectively known as the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex. This is a combined 1.5 million acres (6,070 km²) of mostly untouched wilderness landscape.

There are very few lakes in the wilderness, but over 500 miles (800 km) of named streams and rivers course throughout this expansive network of mountains and valleys. It had rained earlier in the day which produces radiation fog by the land cooling off after sunset. In calm conditions with a clear sky, the thermal radiation on cool ground produces heat conduction which causes condensation in the air. Radiation fogs occur at night, and usually do not last long after sunrise burns them off.

These valleys are thick coniferous forests dominated by various species of spruce, pine and fir trees. As its name states, this is prime grizzly bear habitat with some of the densest populations of the species anywhere in the lower 48 states. Black bears are more common here however and a sizable number of cinnamon colored black bears live here they are often mistaken for grizzlies and are just as dangerous. Other mammal species found in the area include mule deer, elk, moose, lynx, wolverine, mountain goat, and bighorn sheep.