Montana Outdoors

July 22, 2007

From the other side

Filed under: Clouds, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures, Storm clouds, Sunsets — montucky @ 2:13 pm

I don’t know if this phenomenon occurs in non-mountains areas or not. At sunset there was a dark storm overhead and to the west, but at a compass reading of 135º (directly southeast) a window in the sky opened and orange clouds showed through: the other side of the sunset.

Sunset in the east


  1. I have seen that a few times Terry, makes for an amazing display, this is a beautiful image I especially love the reflections in the water. Did you happen to get any rain out of it to help with the fires?


    Comment by Bernie Kasper — July 22, 2007 @ 3:04 pm

  2. Beautiful photo. It happens often in Florida when the sea breeze storms work inland and the sun shines above the clouds.


    Comment by Brian — July 22, 2007 @ 3:12 pm

  3. Bernie,

    The whole evening was filled with color that day.

    We ended up with a quarter of an inch here, enough to wet the grasses for about a day. I think for any major fires, the only event that will stop them is the first good heavy snowfall.


    Comment by montucky — July 22, 2007 @ 3:39 pm

  4. Brian,

    We don’t see this too often here, but the mechanics must be similar to the Florida storms. Sure is nice to see though. Thanks for the visit!


    Comment by montucky — July 22, 2007 @ 3:43 pm

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  6. Wow. Purple mountains…what majesty.


    Comment by Pinhole — July 22, 2007 @ 6:38 pm

  7. Pinhole,

    It’s usually just the distance that makes them look purple, or sometimes moisture in the air. Now it’s smoke, and even the close ones look that way.


    Comment by montucky — July 22, 2007 @ 6:55 pm

  8. Great photo!


    Comment by Anna Grue — July 22, 2007 @ 7:56 pm

  9. Thanks, Anna, and thanks for visiting!


    Comment by montucky — July 22, 2007 @ 8:06 pm

  10. I’m sure I’ll be back!


    Comment by Anna Grue — July 22, 2007 @ 8:11 pm

  11. really lovely


    Comment by silken — July 23, 2007 @ 8:47 pm

  12. Thanks, silken. The sunsets should become more colorful as the fires put more smoke in the air. A very mixed blessing.


    Comment by montucky — July 23, 2007 @ 10:24 pm

  13. This is a really great shot! Sometimes I’m not sure where to end a landscape photo – this seems perfectly done.


    Comment by aullori — July 24, 2007 @ 3:45 pm

  14. I know what you mean. This one pretty much framed itself though.


    Comment by montucky — July 24, 2007 @ 3:56 pm

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