National Geographic : 1956 May
Snow Peaks Hang Upside Down in St. Mary Lake A mighty glacier served as jeweler and dug out the bed for this sparkling blue gem. It sits in a spectacular mounting of lofty peaks, among them Little Chief (far left), fortresslike Citadel, snowy Fusillade, and Goat Mountain (far right). This famous view introduces the park to many visitors who enter it from the east. The sightseers pause at an overlook, often called Postcard Point, beside Going to-the-Sun Highway. Indians, seeing St. Mary often ruffled, believed that the Wind Maker, their un derwater god, spoke to them from his home in the depths. Here the camera cap tures a vision of the water in a moment of rare calm. Longest among the park's 200 lakes, St. Mary stretches 10 miles and attains a depth of 400 feet. For years a pair of wild geese nested on the tiny island seen at the center. © National Geographic Society 603 Campers Serve Tea + on Lake McDonald These Canadians, tenting on Sprague Creek campground, dine in air so clear that miles seem like quarter-miles. They swim in water so transparent that objects show up at a depth of more than 70 feet. The whisper of pines lulls them to sleep. Wildlife abounds in this heavily wooded area. Some bears, hunting for food, haunt the summer camp grounds. Moose sometimes swim the lake. +Page 602, lower: McDonald, Gla cier's largest water, appears to be a blue well sunk in a green forest. To the Kutenai Indians it was the Sacred Dancing Lake. On its shores each summer they staged dramatic ceremonials to influence Nature. A fallen cottonwood makes a div ing platform for these boys.