Montana Outdoors

May 28, 2013

Clouds in the blue

Filed under: Montana — Tags: , , — montucky @ 7:50 pm


On May 26th the sky looked restless and showed quite a mixture of clouds.


  1. Caught a piece of rainbow too


    Comment by Carol — May 28, 2013 @ 7:59 pm

    • That was what first caught my eye, Carol. Interesting colors for in the middle of the sky.


      Comment by montucky — May 28, 2013 @ 9:10 pm

  2. Your photo makes it look almost 3D. It’s very surreal!


    Comment by jomegat — May 28, 2013 @ 8:00 pm

    • I thought it very unusual. Those clouds don’t look like they belong together.


      Comment by montucky — May 28, 2013 @ 9:10 pm

  3. A really gorgeous photo and a great reminder to look up occasionally…


    Comment by Charlie@Seattle Trekker — May 28, 2013 @ 8:18 pm

    • Thanks Charlie. After a long winter with gray flat clouds, these summer clouds catch my attention a lot. So good to see them again!


      Comment by montucky — May 28, 2013 @ 9:12 pm

  4. That’s odd. It looks like there are 3 or 4 different kinds of clouds there. It’s a beautiful thing to see.


    Comment by New Hampshire Gardener — May 29, 2013 @ 4:34 am

    • It was a very pretty sight and stayed for a long while. I think shoreacres identified it in comment number 9: a circumhorizon arc.


      Comment by montucky — May 29, 2013 @ 8:57 pm

  5. Wednesday May 29 2013
    Seeing your photos tells me I was right all along (from many years ago) that Montana is pretty close to Heaven on earth. I have never been to “the West” but your photos make me feel as though I can be there anytime I choose. Just love seeing what your eyes are blessed to see. thanks


    Comment by Jean — May 29, 2013 @ 6:41 am

    • Jean, I am so pleased that you enjoy seeing what I am privileged to see here. That’s why I have kept up this blog. There is so much beauty in the outdoors and especially in the roadless areas that still remain. Few people visit those areas to see for themselves.


      Comment by montucky — May 29, 2013 @ 9:01 pm

  6. Must be something in the air (or the big blue sky :-)). I just did a cloud post too. Love your pic!


    Comment by winsomebella — May 29, 2013 @ 11:24 am

    • I liked the Colorado clouds in your post. And I agree with your ideas. I have given that much thought myself.


      Comment by montucky — May 29, 2013 @ 9:02 pm

  7. One of my favorite things to do is look up and see how the clouds are formed on any given day. This was great! So blue and beautiful with such a mix of cloud types thrown in!


    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — May 29, 2013 @ 12:48 pm

    • There is so much good and beauty in the sky. The summer clouds are always inspiring as are the stars on a cold winter night.


      Comment by montucky — May 29, 2013 @ 9:03 pm

      • Another of my favorite things to do — look up at the stars on a cold winter night! And I’m so blessed that I live in the country where they stars aren’t occluded by city lights. 🙂


        Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — May 30, 2013 @ 8:57 am

        • I appreciate that too. When I lived in the Phoenix area it was necessary to travel a long way to see a clear night sky.


          Comment by montucky — May 30, 2013 @ 10:25 pm

  8. Wow neato! A rainbow in the clouds!


    Comment by dhphotosite — May 29, 2013 @ 1:52 pm

    • There were a lot of things in the sky then and luckily it stayed that way long enough for me to get a few photos.


      Comment by montucky — May 29, 2013 @ 9:04 pm

  9. Wowzer! I think what you captured might have been a circumhorizon arc. One of the best sites for identifying such things is Atmospheric Optics. Here’s a link to their page on rainbows that aren’t rainbows! You can click on the link or image to be taken to the page for the circumhorizon arc. I found the site about three or four years ago, when I was trying to identify a circumzenithal arc (it’s in the upper left). I couldn’t imagine an upside down rainbow!


    Comment by shoreacres — May 29, 2013 @ 7:58 pm

    • Thank you for the link and the information. I think you are exactly right. I’ve seen somewhat similar things before but not quite as pronounced as this and without the other types of clouds in the same sky. Our planet is always incredible!


      Comment by montucky — May 29, 2013 @ 9:06 pm

  10. That’s quite a variety you got there.


    Comment by Candace — May 29, 2013 @ 8:43 pm

    • I couldn’t pass up trying for a photo of that combination.


      Comment by montucky — May 29, 2013 @ 9:08 pm

  11. Beautiful!


    Comment by Mary Strong-Spaid — May 29, 2013 @ 10:50 pm

  12. In this life all one has to do is look up and be astounded. Wonderful capture.


    Comment by Grampy — May 30, 2013 @ 5:13 am

  13. What a nice combination of clouds…and yes, so beautiful. Nice capture, Terry.


    Comment by seekraz — May 30, 2013 @ 7:11 am

  14. A very artistic sky!


    Comment by bearyweather — May 30, 2013 @ 11:27 am

  15. Ah restless clouds to match my restless spirit. Thank you!


    Comment by Bo Mackison (@bo_mackison) — May 30, 2013 @ 12:33 pm

  16. like the “cloud series” you have going here!


    Comment by skouba — May 30, 2013 @ 5:24 pm

    • Perhaps, after the solid gray skies all winter, the spring and summer skies draw more of our attention.


      Comment by montucky — May 30, 2013 @ 10:33 pm

  17. Looks like a fine painting!


    Comment by kcjewel — May 30, 2013 @ 8:05 pm

  18. Mother Nature as an artist. Beautiful photo.


    Comment by Sartenada — May 30, 2013 @ 11:02 pm

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