I can’t hear you

One of the big stories of the 2020 (err, 2021) Olympics was Simone Biles’ withdrawal from the gymnastics competition. Widely regarded as one of the greatest gymnasts of all time, everyone was shocked when she bowed out for personal reasons. The vitriol was quick and plentiful. Her response, a few weeks later, is pure gold.

“This Olympics doesn’t erase the past accomplishments I’ve achieved, nor does it define who I am as an athlete. [To my detractors] keep talking, because I can’t hear you over my 7 Olympic medals.”

Well said, Simone. Well said.

Everything is huge

One of the many things that’s striking about Glacier National Park is how huge everything feels. The views of the mountains and the valleys are inspiring because they seem to stretch into the sky and off into the distance. Amazing stuff.

So many waterfalls

Today I spent the day with my brother-in-law Dave hiking around Glacier. We decided to hit some waterfalls, which means I decided to continue practicing my long-exposure photography. It was a lot of fun to capture all the different falls, with all the different lighting, in hopes of getting some nice “flowing” effects. Here’s what I ended up shooting:

So much water! It was surprising to see all of these falls so late in the season. And for good measure, here’s a shot of the crystal-clear glacial water that’s so amazing with the colorful rock bed: