Montana Outdoors

January 28, 2010

The Coeur d’Alenes 1/28

Coeur d'Alene Mountains

It was so good to see a bit of blue sky today over the Coeur d’Alenes. January has largely been a dark gray month here. There was blue sky on the 6th and 8th and a little blue showing through a week ago.



  1. Terry! Spectacular! Love the hues of blue and the low clouds. Lovely. Not much to say because it leaves me rather speechless! lol


    Comment by Iona — January 29, 2010 @ 12:14 am

    • That’s across the river from Munson Creek, about half way between Plains and Thompson Falls. It’s hard to beat snowy peaks, blue sky and clouds!


      Comment by montucky — January 29, 2010 @ 12:47 am

  2. Wow, the landscape is so gorgeus and Your nice photo is emphasizing its beauty.

    Very lovely photo.


    Comment by sartenada — January 29, 2010 @ 1:12 am

    • Thanks sartenda. Most of that area is in one of Montana’s roadless areas and they overlook one of our largest rivers, the Clark Fork of the Columbia.


      Comment by montucky — January 29, 2010 @ 11:27 am

  3. We’ve gotten a few layers of fog lately too. I love when it allows the mountain tops to peak through. So pretty!


    Comment by Stacey Dawn — January 29, 2010 @ 6:09 am

    • There has been some temperature inversion lately and the battle between the clouds and fog and warmer air up higher produces some interesting scenery. I remember seeing that in your area too. I loved the scene from the U of W campus of Mt. Rainier rising above the clouds


      Comment by montucky — January 29, 2010 @ 11:32 am

  4. Awesome! Your photo really conveys the sense of how big it is.


    Comment by victry1 — January 29, 2010 @ 6:29 am

    • Thanks for visiting, victry! It is indeed a big country. The tops of those peaks are about 4600 feet above the valley from where the photo was taken. I’m fortunate to be able to see them every day!


      Comment by montucky — January 29, 2010 @ 11:39 am

  5. Aye, it’s been a gray month in the northeast as well. The one or two days the Sun has come out really lifts the spirits just like this photo does, Terry. Thank you!


    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — January 29, 2010 @ 7:41 am

    • Yes, the sun really picks up one’s spirits. I try to take advantage of the clear days as much as possible.


      Comment by montucky — January 29, 2010 @ 11:41 am

  6. We’ve had a fairly easy January here in the Adirondacks. Even this wicked ice storm is tracking from the mid-west south of here. Bright blue sky here today. Makes me a bit nervous wondering what February will have in store for us! Will it be payback time?


    Comment by Cedar — January 29, 2010 @ 8:34 am

    • I also wonder what February will bring. We’re really hoping for a lot of snow here: we need so much more in the high country.


      Comment by montucky — January 29, 2010 @ 11:44 am

  7. I want to see this one day…


    Comment by burstmode — January 29, 2010 @ 8:51 am

    • I hope you have the chance, burstmode. I know you would love it!


      Comment by montucky — January 29, 2010 @ 11:45 am

  8. Waiting through the gray days is tough, but finally seeing the blue again is so rewarding. Too bad all those overcast days haven’t dropped you a bit more snow.


    Comment by DaveABirding — January 29, 2010 @ 9:46 am

    • We’re in that El Nino pattern, Dave. We had a rather wet summer and I was thinking that the drought we’ve had for so long was broken, but maybe not.


      Comment by montucky — January 29, 2010 @ 11:46 am

  9. Wow! Absolutely gorgeous! What a view and a shot! Goodness, where were you positioned to get this shot? You had to be a good distance up. And by the way, what is the elevation, round-about, there? I love this capture!


    Comment by Anna Surface — January 29, 2010 @ 12:26 pm

    • This photo was actually taken not far from the highway, only perhaps a hundred feet above river level. I saw the light conditions on the mountains as I was heading to a trail head for a short hike.

      The river is just over 2,400 feet elevation and the high peaks there are about 7,000. There are two higher peaks (at about 7,200 feet) in that area that aren’t in the photo.


      Comment by montucky — January 29, 2010 @ 7:30 pm

  10. We had several days of blue sky, too. Now the mess that’s been in Texas and Oklahoma is heading our way. When I visualize mountains and how they “ought to look,” my mental picture is similar to the one you posted today.



    Comment by knightofswords — January 29, 2010 @ 12:46 pm

    • I hope you don’t get the ice storm that they had! Batten down the hatches! Yes, they are fairly typical of western Montana mountains, but not nearly as tall and dramatic as some are.


      Comment by montucky — January 29, 2010 @ 7:33 pm

  11. Love that blue sky!

    We’ve had sunshine 4 days in a row. Hasn’t happened since August!


    Comment by Bo Mackison — January 29, 2010 @ 3:48 pm

    • We had a little clear sky again today, but just for a short time and now snow is forecast for the weekend. It will be another month before we see much sun. Lots of folks get “cabin fever” this time of year. I just get outdoors anyway and that helps a lot.


      Comment by montucky — January 29, 2010 @ 7:35 pm

  12. Very grand mountain. Reminds me of the peaks in the Canadian Rockies. They were grand, but stern. (The Canadian Rockies were my other amazing mountain experience–unfortunately prior to having a digital camera). I’d love to visit these mountains sometime. I think what I love most about the world of blogs is that it has opened my eyes to so much more of the beauty around us as seen through the eyes everyday people.


    Comment by kateri — January 29, 2010 @ 5:40 pm

    • The world of blog has opened my eyes too. It’s so interesting to see things from all over through other people’s eyes. It’s also gratifying to know that there are so many folks who share the same values and appreciate the same things. The news and stories from the media tend to make me cynical and very discouraged, but having contact with real people in the blog world gives me hope again and restores a lot of faith in people.


      Comment by montucky — January 29, 2010 @ 7:41 pm

  13. And when you have blue, it’s really blue! And mountains for a bonus, real mountains!


    Comment by Candace — January 29, 2010 @ 9:42 pm

    • Yes, I love it when we get scenes like that! It always make me happy that I got outside!


      Comment by montucky — January 29, 2010 @ 10:02 pm

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