Montana Outdoors

July 25, 2012

Pear Lake, Blossom Lakes ~ Evan’s Gulch Roadless Area (2)

Filed under: Montana, Sunsets — Tags: , , — montucky @ 8:33 pm

When the sun was setting that night there was quite a change in colors, from the gold (the first photo in this group was the first shot I took) to the pinks and blues and purples as it progressed. And right in the middle of the whole thing, the sky to the north, under a thunderstorm that had begun to gather, the sky was different yet, as seen in the third photo. I don’t claim to understand all of it, just to admire.

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56 Comments »

  1. Gorgeous skies and landscape!

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — July 25, 2012 @ 9:09 pm

  2. It’s awesomely magically beautiful!

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    Comment by Stacey Dawn — July 25, 2012 @ 11:58 pm

    • The structure and workings of the natural world are all awesome and amazing and on top of all of that it can be beautiful too.

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      Comment by montucky — July 26, 2012 @ 10:52 pm

  3. You’re so lucky to be there, to witness and capture the changing colors and skies… ♥

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    Comment by FeyGirl — July 26, 2012 @ 5:35 am

    • Yes, I am indeed! I was born here, grew up loving the wild country and that has never changed.

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      Comment by montucky — July 26, 2012 @ 10:55 pm

  4. Beautiful. Makes me want to go camping.

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    Comment by New Hampshire Gardener — July 26, 2012 @ 6:21 am

  5. Isn’t it marvelous to watch the changing skies at sunrise and sunset? Patience is required! More times than I can count I’ve thought, “This isn’t going to be pretty at all”, and then, five minutes later – it looks like Cecil B. DeMille showed up with his technicolor crew!

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    Comment by shoreacres — July 26, 2012 @ 6:21 am

    • Yes, the sky can be full of surprises. There is so much going on there with colors shapes. After the relative dullness of the winter skies, the summer skies seem to celebrate the season.

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      Comment by montucky — July 26, 2012 @ 10:59 pm

  6. What a wonderful set of photos. Gorgeous colors.

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    Comment by anniespickns — July 26, 2012 @ 7:18 am

    • I was amazed to see the shifts of color from gold to more pink and purple.

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      Comment by montucky — July 26, 2012 @ 10:59 pm

  7. A beautiful commanding sense of majesty and glory.

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    Comment by Homestead Ramblings — July 26, 2012 @ 7:28 am

  8. Such beauty…good for you. And thank you for sharing it. 🙂

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    Comment by seekraz — July 26, 2012 @ 10:28 am

    • Yes, it’s great to be in a place like that when there’s a pretty sunset.

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      Comment by montucky — July 26, 2012 @ 11:03 pm

  9. I will bet you felt great after that experience!

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    Comment by sandy — July 26, 2012 @ 10:58 am

    • I did, but I always feel great being out in that kind of country. It is like a different level of existence.

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      Comment by montucky — July 26, 2012 @ 11:04 pm

  10. I am in awe! Such beauty to behold!

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    Comment by allbymyself09 — July 26, 2012 @ 11:59 am

  11. Beautiful lighting and shadow … What a great view.

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    Comment by bearyweather — July 26, 2012 @ 12:00 pm

    • The view from there is great even without a colorful sunset. It was a perfect place from which to photograph.

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      Comment by montucky — July 26, 2012 @ 11:08 pm

  12. Totally gorgeous!….sigh..

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    Comment by zannyro — July 26, 2012 @ 2:35 pm

  13. Beautiful!

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    Comment by Watching Seasons — July 26, 2012 @ 2:53 pm

  14. oh my, gorgeous!

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    Comment by Tammie — July 26, 2012 @ 6:58 pm

  15. This is what Heaven will be like.

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    Comment by jomegat — July 26, 2012 @ 8:35 pm

  16. We do a lot of backpacking and I’m with you it’s such a wonder to be in the backcountry, someplace few people can get to and few people see. I’m always thrilled when conditions are just right for alpenglow. Thanks for keeping your camera aimed at the beauty.

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    Comment by lutheranladies — July 27, 2012 @ 1:29 am

    • Yes, there’s so much beauty there you just have to bring at least some images back with you.

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      Comment by montucky — July 27, 2012 @ 8:25 pm

  17. For me it is sunrises that special transformation before the sunrises. You captured the transformation from light to dark incredibly well.

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    Comment by Grampy — July 27, 2012 @ 6:48 am

    • I love both, but we seem to get more colorful sunsets than colorful sunrises in this area.

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      Comment by montucky — July 27, 2012 @ 8:28 pm

  18. You captured some amazing artwork here created (I think) by the Master Artist. Sunset photos are my favorite kind and these pictures are absolutely awe-inspiring,

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    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — July 27, 2012 @ 9:14 am

    • I think so too! They sure give a clear perspective about this world in which we live!

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      Comment by montucky — July 27, 2012 @ 8:30 pm

  19. NOBODY understands it all, and NO ONE captures the beauty of Montana like you do. WOW!!!!

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    Comment by Wild_Bill — July 27, 2012 @ 2:31 pm

    • Thanks Bill. I try to capture the beauty that I see, but my photos are from only a tiny part of the wild country here in Montana. I wish so much that I could cover more of it!

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      Comment by montucky — July 27, 2012 @ 8:35 pm

  20. wow! that’s something to admire all right. every time I open your site, I just find myself breathing in a breath of fresh air!!

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    Comment by skouba — July 27, 2012 @ 4:31 pm

    • You know, fresh air is a big part of the allure of the back country. Very little pollution (unless there is a forest fire going on) and clear, cool air. The stars are right because there is no light pollution and the sounds are of the wind in the trees and sometimes a stream as it cascades down through a canyon.

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      Comment by montucky — July 27, 2012 @ 8:39 pm

  21. It’s completely amazing how it changes so fast, isn’t it! Something similar happened during a memorable sunset back in Nov 2008… it was all over the place w/ so many different colors & absolutely & incredibly memorable! =)

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    Comment by Tricia — July 27, 2012 @ 10:49 pm

    • Yes, how quickly the scene changes and also the change in colors amazes me.

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      Comment by montucky — July 27, 2012 @ 11:19 pm

  22. That is quite something to admire!

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    Comment by Candace — July 28, 2012 @ 12:32 pm

    • I can sure remember the sunsets in your area! And those desert evenings!

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      Comment by montucky — July 30, 2012 @ 10:01 pm

  23. Wow! Simply stunning.

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    Comment by Jo Woolf — July 29, 2012 @ 12:59 am

  24. Oh Wow ! These photos took my breath away ! They are gorgeous, splendid, magnificent, extraordinary, outstanding, amazing…Alleluiah ! 🙂

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    Comment by Inspired and pretty — July 29, 2012 @ 9:02 pm

    • It’s really wonderful to see a natural display like this was and especially from that mountain pass. A very fortunate evening!

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      Comment by montucky — July 30, 2012 @ 11:24 pm

  25. Wow, the sun sure looks great from your mountain perch!

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    Comment by Bo Mackison — August 1, 2012 @ 10:40 am

    • Yes, it was a very good place to be when the sky turned color!

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      Comment by montucky — August 1, 2012 @ 9:43 pm

  26. Heck, these are fantastic!
    I spend a lot of time where I live, skywatching. Love to have so much expanse of sky – without roofs in the way – but even the skies here do not compare to what you’re seeing and photographing.

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    Comment by Val — August 2, 2012 @ 2:09 pm

    • I was just very lucky to be at that spot at that time. Now I will think of all the ones that I’ve missed!

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      Comment by montucky — August 3, 2012 @ 7:35 pm

  27. So beautiful! The first photo just took my breath away…

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    Comment by kateri — August 2, 2012 @ 9:16 pm

    • It was a real light show that evening! That was only the second time in my life that I’ve had a chance to photograph a sunset from high in the mountains.

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      Comment by montucky — August 3, 2012 @ 7:37 pm

  28. Sunsets are so challenging to capture by camera, at least MY camera finds it challenging! Yours doesn’t seem to have any problem with it, though!

    Montucky, can you divulge a bit about what settings you use to prevent the meter from overexposing and washing out all the color?

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    Comment by Kim — August 6, 2012 @ 9:02 am

    • You will probably laugh at my method, but here it is…
      I usually keep the camera set for single area focus with a small area focus zone and spot metering which is a small spot centered on the focus area. That way the camera sets the focus and exposure for that small area and ignores everything else. Then press the shutter release part way down to lock the settings, frame the photo as you want it and take the shot. After a few thousand shots, you get used to putting that area in exactly the right place for the scene you frame in your mind. I don’t know it that makes sense, but it seems to work pretty well for me.

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      Comment by montucky — August 6, 2012 @ 9:05 pm


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