Montana Outdoors

February 17, 2010

Sunlight on the Missions

Mission Mountains

Just happened by at the right moment when the sun lit up the Mission Mountain range.


  1. Wow, great clouds, great shadows, and the blue sky is coming back!


    Comment by Candace — February 18, 2010 @ 12:20 am

    • It’s really nice to see some sun and clear sky. It was just the afternoon, but I’ll take it. There are a couple more days with some sun in the forecast, too! I love clouds, but by this time of winter I’ve had about enough of gray skies for awhile.


      Comment by montucky — February 18, 2010 @ 12:44 am

  2. Gee, tough luck there, Terry. 🙂 I search for this kind of natural lighting and it never disappoints. I am still amazed at your lack of snow.


    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — February 18, 2010 @ 7:58 am

    • Those light conditions are a real gift when they occur. The mountain snow pack this year is only about half of normal, and the amount of snow we have received in the valleys is only about a third. There was a report on the news last night that showed 7% of the country is in drought conditions this year, and western Montana is in one of the drought areas. Thanks, El Nino!


      Comment by montucky — February 18, 2010 @ 10:05 am

  3. The intersection of you, your camera, geography and time…its a gorgeous result.


    Comment by burstmode — February 18, 2010 @ 8:08 am

    • It’s a good reason to always remember to take the camera. Thanks!


      Comment by montucky — February 18, 2010 @ 10:06 am

  4. oohhh,. light against dark, that’s what it’s all about. Great shot!


    Comment by Cedar — February 18, 2010 @ 9:33 am

    • The light was perfect and the clouds were in interesting places. Most of the time the clouds are in front of the tall peaks and this time they were behind them.


      Comment by montucky — February 18, 2010 @ 10:08 am

  5. What a purty, purty sight.

    Oh, home only 4 days and I am longing to see mountains on the horizon again. I think I am a mountain gal!


    Comment by Bo Mackison — February 18, 2010 @ 10:14 am

    • I know that feeling so well! I would have a very hard time living without the mountains. It’s bad enough not being able to get up into them during the winter.


      Comment by montucky — February 18, 2010 @ 10:18 am

  6. Glorious snow-covered mountain!!


    Comment by Stacey Dawn — February 18, 2010 @ 10:31 am

    • It’s McDonald peak at about 9,800 feet. I’ve always loved to see it on a clear day. In most years there is snow at the top all year long.


      Comment by montucky — February 18, 2010 @ 10:50 am

  7. Makes me homesick. Beautiful photo! How I love those moments of perfect light!


    Comment by Maureen — February 18, 2010 @ 6:41 pm

    • Those moments don’t come all that often. It’s wonderful to be there when they do.


      Comment by montucky — February 18, 2010 @ 7:28 pm

  8. Finally able to return! I was going to post a reply this afternoon when WordPress went down. This is quite beautiful or even quietly beautiful. I love the shapes, texture and those low lying clouds in the mountains!


    Comment by Anna Surface — February 18, 2010 @ 9:01 pm

    • Yes, the clouds, Anna. I thought they were just luxurious and they were quite unusual for that scene too.


      Comment by montucky — February 19, 2010 @ 12:15 am

  9. Really great photo. I like multilayer (landscape, mountains and clouds) You captured.

    Very good.


    Comment by sartenada — February 19, 2010 @ 12:14 am

    • Thank you sartenada. It was a very fortunate combination and I’m very happy to be there.


      Comment by montucky — February 19, 2010 @ 12:20 am

  10. Beautiful, love the layered look of the snow capped mountains, clouds and blue, blue sky.


    Comment by kateri — February 19, 2010 @ 9:56 am

    • Don’t you just love it when nature just seems to show off like that!


      Comment by montucky — February 19, 2010 @ 10:10 am

  11. Was this taken along Hwy #200 Terry? If it was, I have a shot of this. Except with mine I turned the camera a little bit more left so the saddle back is the focus. There was a lot more snow on the ground for Feb of the year I took it. Perhaps I’ll post it as an oldie but goodie on my blog. Love this. Great colors, light and composition.


    Comment by Iona — February 20, 2010 @ 3:02 am

    • Yes, just outside of Dixon a few miles. When the light conditions are good, there are some terrific scenes of the Missions from there. I’d love to see your photo!


      Comment by montucky — February 20, 2010 @ 2:34 pm

  12. Are you sure you don’t fly around in a helicopter all day and just land in these beautiful special places? : )


    Comment by kcjewel — February 20, 2010 @ 8:23 am

    • I wish I could, Jewel! This was a scene I could see from the highway as I was on my way to the city. There is so much beautiful country around here, that if you’re out and about much, you’ll often run into some nice scenes. I spend a lot of time hiking and therefore it increases my chances. This time of year a helicopter would be handy to just get to the trail heads because the roads are so icy they are unusable.


      Comment by montucky — February 20, 2010 @ 2:37 pm

  13. How is it possible for the folks of Montana to do anything except view their landscape? Wow and wow. You do such a wonderful job of capturing the beauty of this state.


    Comment by Preston Surface — February 21, 2010 @ 5:25 am

    • Some times, that’s about all one can do, Preston. Often those mountains are hidden in clouds, but when they open up, one has to stop and catch a few photos or just enjoy the scene.


      Comment by montucky — February 21, 2010 @ 8:50 am

  14. Now that is beautiful, Terry. Always like it when layers just pull me into he image – The foreground, the mountains, snow covered peaks, clouds and sky just pull me in deeper and deeper.


    Comment by edvatza — February 24, 2010 @ 5:28 am

    • Thanks Ed! On the right day, I know you would really enjoy photographing that range. The light conditions and cloud patterns were constantly changing and it was a pleasure trying to catch it right.


      Comment by montucky — February 24, 2010 @ 8:06 pm

  15. WOW!! good timing


    Comment by silken — March 9, 2010 @ 3:38 pm

  16. Powerful…the mountains!


    Comment by Mary Strong-Spaid — May 2, 2014 @ 8:53 pm

    • They are. Their mood changes with the light. This and the recent photo were taken from the same place.


      Comment by montucky — May 3, 2014 @ 7:32 am

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