Wild Goose Island

Just off Going to the Sun Road in Glacier National Park is Wild Goose Island, one of Glacier National Park’s most photographed spots. Wild Goose Island is in the middle of Saint Mary Lake. I have been to the park at least 25 times and each visit I go to the same spot to take photos of the same beautiful scene. The photos are never the same as I am there at different times of the day with different weather conditions. I have never driven to the park before 5 am in the morning to take a sunrise setting. I can honestly say that unless I stay in park overnight that will never happen!

Wild Goose Island has a beautiful Indian Folk Tale… 

“Wild Goose Island is in the middle of St. Mary Lake. A long, long time ago, two native tribes resided on opposite sides of St. Mary’s. Even though they seldom fought, they had no interaction. One day, a strikingly handsome warrior from one tribe noticed a beautiful woman on the other swimming toward the island. He couldn’t resist her beauty immediately swam to meet her on the island. The two met, clicked instantly, spoke for hours, and became engaged. They promised to meet again tomorrow morning on the island and each swam home. Upon reaching their tribal shores, they realized they had created a massive problem. Each tribe’s elders demanded that the engagement be broken off. Well, the two lovers didn’t agree and met each other the next morning on the island. After a quick discussion, they decided to run away and find their own land to marry and live. When the tribal elders found out, they sent war parties to retrieve their members and were determined to bring them home, no matter what the cost. Thankfully, the Great Spirit had kept its eyes on the two lovers. Taking pity on them, he transformed them into geese so they could fly away and be together forever. When the tribal warriors arrived on the island, all they found were two geese, tenderly rubbing necks. They flew away and never returned. From then on, the small island in the center of St. Mary’s Lake in Glacier National Park was known as Wild Goose Island.”

Is that not the most romantic story you have ever read?

This photo of Wild Goose Island was taken 8 years ago and is still one of my favorite shots. (Click on photo to enlarge)

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  1. I love a good love story! 🙂 We’re in the middle of Romeo & Juliet for school so it’s fun to read the Indian version!

  2. Great story and nice adventure. . . I once drove from browning to the WGI shoot location 32 days in a row to catch the sunrise, i managed a few great images but youre right, it’s never the same game twice! If you frequent Glacier Park, you might want to follow my blog http://www.glacierparkphotographer.blogspot.com

    Thanks again! Tony Bynum

    • weekendcowgirl says

      Thanks for visiting my blog. Your blog is awesome! Oh, to photograph like that would take me over the moon! You do wonderful work!

  3. Great story. Hope S & R see this. Thanks for the story which I did not know.

  4. What a beautiful photograph! How lucky are you to have witnessed such a place 🙂

  5. I have a photo taken in 2012 that is almost a duplicate to this one. Thanks for the story!

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