Montana Outdoors

September 13, 2013

Vermilion night

Filed under: Cabinet Mountains, Sunrise, Sunsets — Tags: , , — montucky @ 8:43 am

Sunset at Vermilion

In the last rays of evening light,  far below at the base of a distant peak, elk began to bugle… soothed by the soft siren sounds of cool winds tumbling through the hemlocks… spellbound for hours by stars so bright and dense that a needle-wand of light could not fit between them, sleep came slowly to a soft bed of fir needles, on a high ridge, in a place called “Vermilion”.

Then morning came, gentle and easy, through a saddle to the east,

Dawn at Vermilion

and within the hour, wolves sang.


  1. Nice!


    Comment by carolannie1949 — September 13, 2013 @ 8:51 am

  2. Gives me the shivers in a positive way.


    Comment by wordsfromanneli — September 13, 2013 @ 9:03 am

  3. There’s something special about the high country that naturally draws one’s attention to sunsets and dawns. The trees and mountains direct our eyes to the sky, I think.



    Comment by Malcolm R. Campbell — September 13, 2013 @ 9:05 am

    • True, and my camps there are very primitive affairs. Sunsets and daybreaks are the main attractions.


      Comment by montucky — September 13, 2013 @ 9:07 pm

  4. Terry, these beautiful images so perfectly complemented by your prose.


    Comment by twoscamps — September 13, 2013 @ 9:17 am

  5. Thanks for the pictures and words. Great story.


    Comment by badwalker — September 13, 2013 @ 9:34 am

    • I’m glad that you liked it, Lynn! That was a wonderful night.


      Comment by montucky — September 13, 2013 @ 9:10 pm

  6. Such splendorous majesty, truly leaves an anointing on the soul, doesn’t it? 🙂


    Comment by Homestead Ramblings — September 13, 2013 @ 10:03 am

    • It sure does. The wild country lets one focus on the world as it should be, with no outside distractions, and the world is an amazing place.


      Comment by montucky — September 13, 2013 @ 9:13 pm

  7. Stunning beauty! Words and photo’s.


    Comment by Debby — September 13, 2013 @ 10:24 am

  8. Absolutely beautiful, Terry…and I love your words, too…. Were you camping?


    Comment by seekraz — September 13, 2013 @ 11:09 am

    • I camped that night near the trail head that I hiked the next day. I do that often because it gives me an early start and a full day. And I greatly enjoy those nights! My camping is a rather Spartan activity.


      Comment by montucky — September 13, 2013 @ 9:16 pm

      • If I had to travel greater distances to get to the trails that I usually hike, I would enjoy doing the same thing…and I would do it in a very spartan fashion, as well…minimalist is often best, I think.


        Comment by seekraz — September 14, 2013 @ 3:39 pm

  9. How magical. Thank you for sharing this, and for the photos. I can almost imagine being there – I could do with a ‘wilderness’ experience right now.


    Comment by Jo Woolf — September 13, 2013 @ 11:57 am

    • I wish you could experience a bit of our wilderness here, Jo. I know you would enjoy it.


      Comment by montucky — September 13, 2013 @ 9:16 pm

  10. Your beautiful writing compliments your stunning shots. Vermilion…so descriptive.


    Comment by Candace — September 13, 2013 @ 12:51 pm

    • Thank you, Candace! Perhaps the one who named that place felt the same things!


      Comment by montucky — September 13, 2013 @ 9:21 pm

  11. This post … so beautiful, and your text … just love it . // Maria 🙂


    Comment by mariayarri — September 13, 2013 @ 2:29 pm

  12. This is gorgeous, photos and words. I was wondering if you would consider letting me reproduce it on my regular blog with attribution and a link to your site. Please send an email to me if you would agree to this and let me know how you want the attribution to read, name-wise…


    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — September 13, 2013 @ 2:53 pm

    • Certainly, Teresa. I just sent you an email. I’m pleased that you enjoyed the post.


      Comment by montucky — September 13, 2013 @ 9:22 pm

  13. From the sounds of your comments you must have spent the night. It doesn’t get much better than sleeping in the great outdoors! I’m sure it was great, just wish I could have been there. One day…..


    Comment by Ron Mangels — September 13, 2013 @ 4:36 pm

    • Yes Ron, I often spend the night before a hike near the trail head so I can get an early start on the hike. And I do like spending nights in the high country. Ypi would have enjoyed this one! I will post photos of the hike a little later.


      Comment by montucky — September 13, 2013 @ 9:24 pm

  14. Oh my goodness, you had to know how much I would love this one. The photos alone are breath-taking but your prose to accompany them is just as beautiful. You need to write more often, my friend.


    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — September 13, 2013 @ 5:04 pm

    • Thank you! Yes, I thought you would enjoy the scene. Sometimes photos alone cannot describe the whole experience. All of the elements that night were very special!


      Comment by montucky — September 13, 2013 @ 9:28 pm

  15. Your words are beautiful – a perfect accompaniment to the photos. Sometimes such experiences leave me wordless, but sometimes the perfect words seem to come, as they surely did for you here. I see you captured one of the visible planets, too – I’d guess Venus .

    Just lovely.


    Comment by shoreacres — September 13, 2013 @ 5:53 pm

    • Thanks! Experiences like that, for those who love the wild country, demand an effort to describe them, inadequate as that might be. I always wish that others could have the same experiences.

      I think that was Venus. It was bright and I hoped it would show up in the photo. Nearly all of the smoke from the fires has now disappeared and the night sky, seen from a high vantage point, is incredible. It is very difficult to sleep, looking out into the universe!


      Comment by montucky — September 13, 2013 @ 9:38 pm

  16. Hi Terry,

    Lovely pictures lovely verse. We are lucky to have you out there in nature to bring us the great MT outdoors!


    Comment by Laura Townsend — September 13, 2013 @ 11:32 pm

  17. Beautiful. I’ve been wanting to do some night/sunrise photography myself, which is why I’m awake at 5 am on a Saturday. I hope I see some good light!


    Comment by New Hampshire Gardener — September 14, 2013 @ 3:06 am

    • It’s fun to do, sometimes frustrating to miss just the right light (I’ve done this three times in the past week).


      Comment by montucky — September 14, 2013 @ 10:18 pm

  18. Your poetry matches your photography.


    Comment by jomegat — September 14, 2013 @ 4:22 pm

    • Thanks! I keep trying to include more of the experience.


      Comment by montucky — September 14, 2013 @ 10:19 pm

  19. Your words, they are beautiful… And the photos, superb !


    Comment by Inspired and pretty — September 14, 2013 @ 5:05 pm

  20. Hi Montucky, Magnificent! Have a fantastic day!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — September 16, 2013 @ 9:48 am

  21. What a magnificent post both in it’s visual appeal but also in it’s literary content. I would love to have a little poster of this to hang above my desk so I could see it every day. Thank you for sharing this beautiful piece.


    Comment by anniespickns — September 17, 2013 @ 8:28 am

    • Thank you Annie. I’m glad that you liked it. That was a beautiful night. I will remember it for a long time!


      Comment by montucky — September 17, 2013 @ 8:21 pm

  22. Those are literally breathtaking. I have a stone bench on the side of one of the Squaw Peak trails where I usually watch the sun come up. It is so refreshing and charges my day.


    Comment by Tammy — September 17, 2013 @ 9:11 am

    • Sunset and dawn are wonderful times when you can manage to be in them!


      Comment by montucky — September 17, 2013 @ 8:22 pm

  23. perfect, life in Montana
    you have inspired me to step outside now and take in the night sky


    Comment by Tammie — September 17, 2013 @ 8:53 pm

    • I just did that; walked down toward the river to perhaps get an evening photo and encountered a veritable cloud burst along with some strong winds. Luckily I had a poncho with me. By the time I got back home, an inch of rain had fallen. Not photogenic, but a wonderful evening all the same!


      Comment by montucky — September 17, 2013 @ 9:04 pm

  24. Oh now these are awesome photos, Montucky…beautiful.


    Comment by Watching Seasons — September 18, 2013 @ 6:51 am

    • Thanks! Nights are beautiful in the high country. The photos were taken a week ago. Tonight there is a chance of snow there.


      Comment by montucky — September 18, 2013 @ 9:12 pm

  25. Beautifully photographed, beautifully described!


    Comment by Bo Mackison — September 18, 2013 @ 8:20 pm

  26. Poetic photos!


    Comment by Sartenada — September 19, 2013 @ 11:21 pm

  27. I have no words for this except Wow!


    Comment by Roberta — September 20, 2013 @ 9:36 pm

  28. Wonderful wilderness words … made me feel like I was there.


    Comment by bearyweather — September 21, 2013 @ 7:05 pm

  29. not only a photographer but a poet too! very nice


    Comment by skouba — September 21, 2013 @ 8:02 pm

  30. Exquisite! Nothing more, nothing less!


    Comment by WildBill — September 22, 2013 @ 5:46 am

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