Montana Outdoors

January 22, 2012

January sunrise

Filed under: Sunrise, Winter — Tags: — montucky @ 10:02 pm

January sunrise

(This was a lazy photo for me: it was taken from the deck this morning.)

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  1. You have a great view from your deck!

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    Comment by aarontheisen — January 22, 2012 @ 10:03 pm

  2. The nice thing about winter sunrises is that you don’t have to get up so darn early to catch them!
    Nice one!

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    Comment by Kim — January 22, 2012 @ 10:20 pm

    • That’s the truth! One of the things that I’ve liked about retirement though is that I can live a little like the birds do: rise with the sun and turn in after dark.

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      Comment by montucky — January 22, 2012 @ 10:52 pm

  3. I would love to be able to step out on my deck and take a photo like that. 🙂 Because of the way our woods and land are situated in order to get a good sunrise I need to go down the road about half a mile to where there is a farmer’s field. Really like the contrast between the dark mountains and pines and golden clouds.

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    Comment by kateri — January 22, 2012 @ 10:46 pm

    • That’s what I have to do to get a decent sunset. I hike down by the river.

      That small pine shows a lot of promise: it’s one of my favorite trees. In about 200 years it will be a replacement for the one whose needles you see on the left side. I probably won’t be here to see that though.

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      Comment by montucky — January 22, 2012 @ 10:55 pm

  4. Wow..what a sky! Beautiful!

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    Comment by Roberta — January 23, 2012 @ 12:20 am

    • There have been several like this in the past few weeks. I was in time to catch this one.

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      Comment by montucky — January 23, 2012 @ 9:39 pm

  5. i wish i were as “lazy” as you!

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    Comment by Sandy — January 23, 2012 @ 1:23 am

    • Usually I have to hike for the scenes I photograph: this one came to me.

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      Comment by montucky — January 23, 2012 @ 9:39 pm

  6. Wow, what a wonderful photo. You are so lucky to have that view from your house!

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    Comment by Jo Woolf — January 23, 2012 @ 1:29 am

    • We enjoy the view in all seasons. The Clark Fork river is between us and the ranch at the left of the photo. It’s nice to not be crowded!

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      Comment by montucky — January 23, 2012 @ 9:41 pm

  7. That is some view you have from your deck!
    Beautiful…. looks so quiet and peaceful, too.

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    Comment by TheDailyClick — January 23, 2012 @ 5:19 am

    • It is very quiet here. The distractions are natural ones.

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      Comment by montucky — January 23, 2012 @ 9:42 pm

  8. I still can’t believe where you live. Mesmerizing!

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    Comment by Roberta — January 23, 2012 @ 7:21 am

    • We really love this location for many reasons. This is a tiny piece of a ranch that was owned by my grandparents and I have roamed these mountains and fished the river below the house for over 60 years. The views have special memories.

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      Comment by montucky — January 23, 2012 @ 9:45 pm

  9. Simple but beautiful.

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    Comment by Ron Mangels — January 23, 2012 @ 7:33 am

  10. Oh sure, rub it in. 🙂 We had a total of 5 days of winter (last week), which ended yesterday with temps back in the high 50’s. Not a bit of snow. But you certainly are lucky to have such a sunrise view, complete with a cup of coffee.

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    Comment by Homestead Ramblings — January 23, 2012 @ 8:04 am

    • We lost some of the snow today, but I’m hoping for a lot more in the next month or so. Today I finally caught up and got ready for more again.

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      Comment by montucky — January 23, 2012 @ 9:48 pm

  11. So beautiful. Thank you, Ellen

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    Comment by Ellen Grace Olinger — January 23, 2012 @ 10:14 am

  12. Oooohhh! So pretty!! Lucky you to have a view like that!

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    Comment by Barbara — January 23, 2012 @ 12:09 pm

    • There’s a rather ironic story about having that view. Perhaps I’ll tell about it some time.

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      Comment by montucky — January 23, 2012 @ 9:49 pm

  13. Very nice. This photo almost makes me miss winter. Great way to begin a winter’s day!

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    Comment by Maureen — January 23, 2012 @ 1:08 pm

    • I imagine your “winter” scenes are a bit different this year, aren’t they!

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      Comment by montucky — January 23, 2012 @ 9:50 pm

  14. Now that’s a view from the deck I could live with!!! Great capture Montucky!!! PS. Nothing wrong with being lazy!

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    Comment by dhphotosite — January 23, 2012 @ 2:30 pm

    • It’s pretty in winter and very pleasant in summer. In the evenings you can hear the river at a rapids down stream a ways.

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      Comment by montucky — January 23, 2012 @ 9:50 pm

  15. That is different. The yellow is most unusual.

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    Comment by sandy — January 23, 2012 @ 3:51 pm

    • It is an unusual color. There have been several similar lately. I don’t know why they are that color.

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      Comment by montucky — January 23, 2012 @ 9:51 pm

  16. Exquisite view from your deck!! We get sunset views from ours. Your picture makes me want to get up earlier so I can try to catch some sunrises in the front of our house….maybe. 😉

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    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — January 23, 2012 @ 4:23 pm

    • We have had a lot of cloudy mornings and this was a nice surprise. Very few colorful sunsets this year too.

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      Comment by montucky — January 23, 2012 @ 9:52 pm

  17. There’s a Christmas card if ever I saw one.

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    Comment by jomegat — January 23, 2012 @ 6:28 pm

    • We had just a trace of snow for Christmas: this would have been welcome for ambience, but not as good for travelers.

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      Comment by montucky — January 23, 2012 @ 9:53 pm

  18. Not a lazy shot … a wise one. By the time you would have put on a coat and boots to hike to a better spot, the colors of the sky would have been gone. The view from your deck is beautiful.

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    Comment by bearyweather — January 23, 2012 @ 7:51 pm

    • Yes, I thought about that. Timing can be everything!

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      Comment by montucky — January 23, 2012 @ 9:54 pm

  19. ya know… i’ve kinda missed not having any snow this winter. i might live to regret that statement in the coming weeks! this is a beautiful shot!! if i had that view from the deck i would be lazy all the time!!

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    Comment by kcjewel — January 23, 2012 @ 8:28 pm

    • We still have what, eight weeks more winter? Lots of time left until March 20th!

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      Comment by montucky — January 23, 2012 @ 9:55 pm

  20. I don’t know about lazy but it sure is beautiful. Such a wonderful scene to wake up to each and every day!

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    Comment by WildBill — January 23, 2012 @ 8:54 pm

    • One of the first things I do every morning is go for a walk with The Pointer and so I see that scene every day. Never have gotten tired of it!

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      Comment by montucky — January 23, 2012 @ 9:57 pm

  21. Hi Montucky, Thanks for that stunningly pretty picture. One day soon, I too will brave the chilly early morning weather and will be up with the birdies! : )
    Have a wonderful day tomorrow!

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    Comment by wildlifewatcher — January 23, 2012 @ 9:26 pm

    • I’ve noticed that with all this snow on the ground, the birds seem to be out and about earlier. I leave them a little food at night and then refresh the supply early in the morning. It gets their day off to a good start.

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      Comment by montucky — January 23, 2012 @ 9:59 pm

  22. Lazy or not, it’s a beautiful shot. (I’m a poet and don’t know it.)

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    Comment by Mike — January 23, 2012 @ 10:32 pm

  23. Nice colors!

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    Comment by apostolcornel — January 24, 2012 @ 5:52 am

    • There was one even brighter this morning, but tomorrow it will be dark from the clouds that are moving in.

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      Comment by montucky — January 24, 2012 @ 7:51 pm

  24. Oh, wow, what an unreal view from your own deck! I’m sure it’s lovely all year round.

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    Comment by Candace — January 24, 2012 @ 9:36 pm

    • The country is indeed beautiful here, but making a living here is hard. Still, we love it and would never leave again.

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      Comment by montucky — January 24, 2012 @ 10:25 pm

  25. Stunning! It’s just beautiful! What a way to start the day!
    Lazy? I think not!! You had to get off the couch, get the camera, go out in the cold! 😉

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    Comment by Judy — January 24, 2012 @ 10:29 pm

    • Yes, it’s nice to start a day with that sky despite the cold. The colors were even more vivid this morning, too, rare in winter.

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      Comment by montucky — January 24, 2012 @ 10:55 pm

  26. Thank you for sharing your ” lazy photo” from your deck…. so pretty.
    Always look forward to seeing your beautiful Montana through your eyes each day.

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    Comment by Sandy — January 24, 2012 @ 10:31 pm

    • I’m glad you enjoy seeing Montana scenes, Sandy. It makes my photography efforts worthwhile.

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      Comment by montucky — January 24, 2012 @ 10:56 pm

  27. That’s not lazy, that’s capturing God’s beauty from where ever you might be at that particular time!!! =) The color is awesome, not to mention the view, period!

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    Comment by Tricia — January 26, 2012 @ 8:19 am

    • I suppose in the end, that really is about the best we can ever do, isn’t it!

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      Comment by montucky — January 26, 2012 @ 10:28 pm

  28. You have captured some awesome photos of Montana!!

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    Comment by Fergiemoto — January 26, 2012 @ 9:44 am

  29. Beautifully composed. I especially like the delicate and feathery pine branches sharing the golden sunrise with the solid, implacable mountains. Such a nice contrast.

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    Comment by shoreacres — January 26, 2012 @ 9:49 am

    • We have the privilege of sharing this small piece of real estate with that big pine on the left. It’s one of two Ponderosas here that I guess to be about 200 years old. The smaller pine is one of their offspring.

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      Comment by montucky — January 26, 2012 @ 10:31 pm

  30. If the picture is willing to come to you, so much the better.

    Steve Schwartzman
    http://portraitsofwildflowers.wordpress.com

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    Comment by Steve Schwartzman — January 26, 2012 @ 7:55 pm

    • I guess you’re right, Steve. I’ll take them when they come!

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      Comment by montucky — January 26, 2012 @ 10:33 pm

  31. Fantastic colors. When looking at Your photo, I nearly feel how sun is rising at background. Golden rays are awesome when illuminating the sky.

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    Comment by Sartenada — January 27, 2012 @ 3:30 am

    • Bright colored sunrises are not too common here and so we enjoy them when they appear.

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      Comment by montucky — January 27, 2012 @ 10:37 pm

  32. Breathtaking! Lucky you to have this as your deck view!

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    Comment by Marcie — January 28, 2012 @ 12:30 pm

    • Yes, we enjoy the view. On summer evenings it’s pleasant to sit out there and listen to the sounds of the river, too.

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      Comment by montucky — January 28, 2012 @ 8:00 pm

  33. beautiful morning!

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    Comment by silken — January 29, 2012 @ 8:32 pm

    • It was. After that one we have had mostly cloudy ones and quite a bit of rain. It’s really sloppy!

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      Comment by montucky — January 30, 2012 @ 11:17 pm

  34. Beautiful view. 🙂
    How accurate are the colours? Only sunrise and sunset colours are often very difficult to capture accurately.

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    Comment by Val — January 30, 2012 @ 10:11 am

    • Those colors are nearly exact. I used spot metering on the clouds. A couple of days later there was one much more colorful and since, mostly dark rain clouds.

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      Comment by montucky — January 30, 2012 @ 11:19 pm

  35. Fantastic lighting in this image! The gold glow goes well with the snow.

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    Comment by Watching Seasons — January 30, 2012 @ 3:13 pm

    • The timing was good, just after the dark phase and before the light was full. Spot metering really helps get the light correct too.

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      Comment by montucky — January 30, 2012 @ 11:20 pm

  36. I am SO jealous of you for being able to take such a gorgeous image without going anywhere!

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    Comment by Victoria — January 31, 2012 @ 10:55 am

    • Yes, the first thing I do at sunrise if look out front to see what the scene will be, especially after a fresh snow.

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      Comment by montucky — February 1, 2012 @ 10:42 pm

  37. Lazy is beautiful 😉 what a lovely kind of pine tree (?) you have framed your picture with ! Wonderful view !

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    Comment by isathreadsoflife — February 1, 2012 @ 12:40 am

    • Those are Ponderosa pines. They are very pretty trees and especially so with fresh snow on them.

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      Comment by montucky — February 1, 2012 @ 10:43 pm

  38. Wow! This is probably one of the nicest pictures I have ever seen 😀 so pretty!

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    Comment by Anyluckypeny — February 2, 2012 @ 1:36 am


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