Montana Outdoors

January 21, 2011

Cold winter night

Filed under: Winter — montucky @ 9:33 pm

Cold winter night

(Not a very good photo, but I thought it was interesting and it does seem to convey the feel of a cold night in mid-winter. The orange cast in the foreground came from an old mercury-vapor yard light that spread a little of its light there.)



  1. That full moon lit everything up like daylight last night… it was beautiful. Kudos for shooting it. I don’t even attempt moon shots. Maybe some day when I get a “real” camera. 😉


    Comment by kcjewel — January 21, 2011 @ 10:06 pm

    • It was a beautiful night. When I first saw it the clouds were just at the edge of the moon and I thought they would cover it, but there seemed to be a breeze or something that kept them back.


      Comment by montucky — January 21, 2011 @ 10:18 pm

  2. That really does capture it! I can feel that cold, biting air on my face. Brrrrrrr, I think I’ll have some hot chocolate in your honor now.


    Comment by Candace — January 21, 2011 @ 10:08 pm

    • Pour me a cup! I just returned from an accident call (not serious) and could use one! I’ll have a cup of hot coffee instead though.


      Comment by montucky — January 21, 2011 @ 10:21 pm

  3. Oh yes it IS a great shot & it really does convey a cold night… love that moon & those clouds! =)


    Comment by Tricia — January 21, 2011 @ 10:49 pm

  4. Yes, looks mighty cold!Nice picture…


    Comment by Roberta Gould — January 21, 2011 @ 11:02 pm

  5. Love the formation of the clouds down there… cool perspective!


    Comment by Stacey Dawn — January 22, 2011 @ 12:48 am

    • The clouds were moving fast and the long exposure made them look fuzzy, but they were so pretty as the flirted with the moon.


      Comment by montucky — January 22, 2011 @ 1:11 am

  6. It is a great shot of a cold wintery night. I like the way the moon came out.


    Comment by sandy — January 22, 2011 @ 12:10 pm

    • Yes, I liked the moon too. I was a little surprised that at 18mm I had enough range to get the moon and the snow foreground both in the frame.


      Comment by montucky — January 22, 2011 @ 9:14 pm

  7. Wow! Great shot! It looks cold– br-r-r-r!!


    Comment by Barbara — January 22, 2011 @ 12:15 pm

    • The clear nights are very crisp in winter, cool even in summer.


      Comment by montucky — January 22, 2011 @ 9:14 pm

  8. Hi Montucky, Pardon the pun, but, that is cool! Have a unique and wonderful day!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — January 22, 2011 @ 3:44 pm

  9. My teeth are chattering just looking at it. Is it summer yet?


    Comment by Roberta Warshaw — January 22, 2011 @ 4:09 pm

    • It will be awhile yet. There still isn’t much warmth in the light of that moon!


      Comment by montucky — January 22, 2011 @ 9:16 pm

  10. it looks like a picture of dunes.


    Comment by Tammy McLeod — January 22, 2011 @ 9:54 pm

    • The ripples in the clouds? Often the night clouds are quite expressive and I can also see many scenes in them.


      Comment by montucky — January 23, 2011 @ 11:24 pm

  11. Oh, yes, that looks very cold!


    Comment by kateri — January 23, 2011 @ 5:38 am

    • When the sky is that clear this time of year, we know we will have a cold night. I love looking at it though.


      Comment by montucky — January 23, 2011 @ 11:25 pm

  12. An unusual photo with the vapor light that reminds me of old classic photos. I think the moon and clouds gives the photo a quality of timelessness, a suspension of some sort. The vapor light seems to prompt the viewer to pan to the right and see a courtyard? Plaza? Cafe? It’s kind of an Ansel Adams with mysterious off-camera events. I like the photo.


    Comment by Jack Matthews — January 23, 2011 @ 7:47 am

    • Actually, if you could pan to the right, you would see my house: the photo looks out the driveway. I like to walk out the driveway late at night, look over the river and listen to the sound of the rapids just down stream.


      Comment by montucky — January 23, 2011 @ 11:30 pm

  13. Those clouds and the yellowy light make it look like you’ve hopped through time to another dimension, Terry. But then a lot of your photos have that sort of feel to them: magical.


    Comment by Val Erde — January 23, 2011 @ 9:28 am

    • I love the wild part of the country here, Val, the parts that have still remained relatively unspoiled by exploitation or development. Perhaps that comes across as a bit of a trip back into the past.


      Comment by montucky — January 23, 2011 @ 11:35 pm

  14. wow! interesting light perspectives. what time was it when you took it? we were surprised at how dark it got early when we visited montana


    Comment by silken — January 23, 2011 @ 12:32 pm

    • The photo was taken at about 1:30 AM. I like to walk sometimes in the night when there is no one else stirring and the moon was very bright that night. Yes, in winter it gets dark here quite early, but in summer our days are very long.


      Comment by montucky — January 23, 2011 @ 11:37 pm

  15. I like it. The image has a cold yet eerie feel to it… or perhaps lonesome.


    Comment by Anna — January 23, 2011 @ 4:38 pm

    • I live away from the cities, and perhaps that lends a lonesome feel to the photo. The quiet and peace are very enjoyable to me.


      Comment by montucky — January 23, 2011 @ 11:41 pm

  16. I like this very much. Looks very classic, and certainly classic winter.


    Comment by Bo Mackison — January 23, 2011 @ 4:59 pm

    • Yes, I wanted to capture a classic winter night, when the moon is bright and stars seem very close.


      Comment by montucky — January 23, 2011 @ 11:43 pm

  17. I like it.

    Well, about cold, we have cold many times when full moon in winter.

    Have noticed connection between cold and full moon there?


    Comment by sartenada — January 27, 2011 @ 11:44 pm

    • I haven’t noticed a connection between a full moon and cold temperatures, but there is a direct correlation here between clear skies and cold weather because Arctic air fronts that sweep down here bring both clear skies and very cold temperatures. Beautiful, but cold.


      Comment by montucky — January 28, 2011 @ 12:35 am

  18. One thing for certain, it sure look like a very cold Montana night.


    Comment by Preston — February 2, 2011 @ 4:33 pm

    • The last few were even colder, but not as dramatic without the moon.


      Comment by montucky — February 2, 2011 @ 8:11 pm

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