Montana Outdoors

November 19, 2013

So, what kind of weather did you have in mind?

Filed under: Autumn, Weather — Tags: — montucky @ 8:06 pm

Hot Springs prairie

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  1. Oh, that is beautiful…and it looks like you were definitely going to get something! Very nice, Terry.

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    Comment by seekraz — November 19, 2013 @ 8:08 pm

    • Believe it or not, I came upon this scene on my way to the dentist.

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      Comment by montucky — November 19, 2013 @ 8:09 pm

      • That’s crazy! Were you on-time? 🙂

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        Comment by seekraz — November 19, 2013 @ 8:11 pm

        • I always include extra time for things like this! Last spring on the way there I made a small detour and encountered a moose.

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          Comment by montucky — November 19, 2013 @ 8:21 pm

          • Good thinking….and what a nice surprise, a moose on a detour. 🙂

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            Comment by seekraz — November 19, 2013 @ 8:23 pm

  2. Wonderful!!! I’ve seen this in Montana, minus the rainbow, but couldn’t do justice to the scene with a photo. You’ve done a great job of capturing the feel of the weather, whatever it decide to do.

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — November 19, 2013 @ 8:09 pm

    • Weather fronts can produce some pretty scenes, can’t they! Another reason for not being indoors.

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      Comment by montucky — November 19, 2013 @ 8:17 pm

  3. Great shot. Beautiful, rich colors.

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    Comment by Debby — November 19, 2013 @ 8:12 pm

  4. Beautiful, Terry! Hope this wasn’t a portent of what was to come at the dentist!

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    Comment by twoscamps — November 19, 2013 @ 8:14 pm

    • No, this visit was just for some minor body and fender work, so just a pleasant drive.

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      Comment by montucky — November 19, 2013 @ 8:19 pm

      • Nothing quite like a pleasant drive in W Montana! 🙂

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        Comment by twoscamps — November 19, 2013 @ 8:27 pm

  5. Wow! We’ve had some great skies recently; glad you got the chance to capture one.

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    Comment by aarontheisen — November 19, 2013 @ 8:23 pm

    • Yes, these weather fronts can be beautiful! I always want to be outdoors when one is passing through. This one was just luck.

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      Comment by montucky — November 19, 2013 @ 8:52 pm

  6. What a beautiful photograph. So many wonderful elements.

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    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — November 19, 2013 @ 8:27 pm

    • Thanks Teresa! That’s a big area of sky there and it seemed to be just full of action. There was a gale force wind blowing when I took the picture.
      (By the way, Teresa Evangeline’s Poetry isn’t accepting my comments again.)

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      Comment by montucky — November 19, 2013 @ 8:58 pm

      • I will see what I can do to correct this … 😦

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        Comment by Teresa Evangeline — November 20, 2013 @ 9:36 pm

        • I hope it can be corrected. I’m sure my comments aren’t the only ones affected, although with the NSA as it is today, who knows?

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          Comment by montucky — November 20, 2013 @ 9:45 pm

  7. The mountains are wonderful, but I’m coming to love the prairies. This is a beautiful photo, and makes me “homesick” for the Kansas I so recently visited. The play of shadows over the hills, the interaction of land and sky, is thrilling.

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    Comment by shoreacres — November 19, 2013 @ 8:28 pm

    • I like them too. The area in the photo is a relatively small prairie about 20 miles from my home. I have always liked it and it is the home some of my favorite flowers, the Bitterroots.

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      Comment by montucky — November 19, 2013 @ 9:01 pm

  8. Great picture of wild wilderness weather.

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    Comment by bearyweather — November 19, 2013 @ 9:11 pm

    • Thanks. I find the beauty of some of the wild weather almost overwhelming. Above a prairie it seems especially dramatic.

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      Comment by montucky — November 19, 2013 @ 9:53 pm

      • I love watching storms from a distance when I am in open country.
        Here in the woods, the weather it is sort of a mystery … the tall trees do not allow you to see what is coming.

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        Comment by bearyweather — November 19, 2013 @ 10:56 pm

        • Storms are very dramatic when viewed in open country, or from a high mountain vantage point which also expands the range of vision. I love both!

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          Comment by montucky — November 19, 2013 @ 11:02 pm

  9. Such a different photo than what you normally post. That is some impressive weather there and the rainbow is a lovely bonus.

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    Comment by Candace — November 19, 2013 @ 10:46 pm

    • The topography of western Montana is quite varied.This photos was taken only about 12 miles from my house. Just a few miles to the left of the photo stands 7400 foot tall Baldy Mountain where some of my high mountains photos were taken. About 80 miles past the rainbow is Glacier Park.

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      Comment by montucky — November 19, 2013 @ 10:59 pm

  10. Love the big open skies like that, you get the same thing here by the sea, you can see the weather coming but not sure what’ll it be, rain or shine? Lovely photo

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    Comment by Mike Howe — November 20, 2013 @ 4:26 am

    • Interesting to be able to watch it develop, isn’t it! I do miss being able to see the ocean.

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      Comment by montucky — November 20, 2013 @ 4:06 pm

      • I miss being able to see the forest!

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        Comment by Mike Howe — November 20, 2013 @ 4:30 pm

        • In a more perfect world, we would have the ability to travel more often, wouldn’t we!

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          Comment by montucky — November 20, 2013 @ 4:44 pm

  11. Wow!
    What a stunning shot. I don’t think I’d like to be on the receiving end of the rain from those black clouds though.
    Mother Nature sure gave you some amazing light to work with in this scene.

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    Comment by Victoria — November 20, 2013 @ 5:07 am

    • Yes, wasn’t that light something? I couldn’t have imagined it any better! Turned out, only a little rain and some high wind were the results of that storm, at least where I was able to see anyway.

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      Comment by montucky — November 20, 2013 @ 4:09 pm

  12. I take them all, all this weather makes a very impressive photo, Montucky.

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    Comment by bentehaarstad — November 20, 2013 @ 5:32 am

    • Extremes in the weather are always fascinating, and usually beautiful. I cannot resist watching or, when I can, getting into the middle of them.

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      Comment by montucky — November 20, 2013 @ 4:10 pm

  13. That looks a little threatening, like you were in for a good storm, but I like that rainbow

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    Comment by New Hampshire Gardener — November 20, 2013 @ 5:33 am

    • As I proceeded further toward the rainbow it became larger and brighter and I almost was able to get a shot of a Bald Eagle against the rainbow. That one would have been great!

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      Comment by montucky — November 20, 2013 @ 4:12 pm

  14. Brilliant photo! I thought it was just Scotland that had all the seasons in a day!

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    Comment by Jo Woolf — November 20, 2013 @ 8:04 am

    • Thanks Jo. Especially in spring and fall we have many wide swings in the weather. Sometimes folks are hurt not being prepared for that. Sure can be pretty though!

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      Comment by montucky — November 20, 2013 @ 4:14 pm

  15. Hi Montucky, Well said. Such a moody photograph. The picture shows how changeable the weather can get in an area. Beautiful scenery. Have a most pleasant day today!

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    Comment by wildlifewatcher — November 20, 2013 @ 8:13 am

    • I thought it was a good chance to capture several different types of weather all together. I love when that happens!

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      Comment by montucky — November 20, 2013 @ 4:34 pm

  16. Wow! I love being able to see storms approaching. You are indeed fortunate to live in Big Sky Country! Was this photo taken near Polson? Sure looks familiar.

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    Comment by dhphotosite — November 20, 2013 @ 8:21 am

    • You have a good eye for scenery! It was about 20 miles ESE of Polson as the crow flies. Just south of Hot Springs.

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      Comment by montucky — November 20, 2013 @ 4:39 pm

  17. I’ll bet it didn’t take much after you saw this for you to stop and take some shots. Beautiful lighting, always a huge distraction while driving.

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    Comment by anniespickns — November 20, 2013 @ 8:31 am

    • I’ve found that it is always a good idea to include extra time for photography wherever I go. And yes, you have to act quickly as the light is changing!

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      Comment by montucky — November 20, 2013 @ 4:40 pm

  18. Great capture! Okay, now you have to tell us what blew in – rain or snow or just cold temps?

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    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — November 20, 2013 @ 9:12 am

    • Thanks! As far as I know, just a few rain showers and some very high, gusty winds, but the main storm was headed away toward the east and I didn’t get to follow.

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      Comment by montucky — November 20, 2013 @ 4:42 pm

  19. This is such a beautiful image, the sky is so dramatic, really beautiful ! 🙂

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    Comment by Inspired and pretty — November 21, 2013 @ 11:06 am

    • It was a rare opportunity for a photo when the light was like that! I’m glad that you liked it!

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      Comment by montucky — November 21, 2013 @ 8:03 pm

  20. We have prairies in Texas, but we don’t seem to get weather like what you show here (unless you throw in the occasional tornado that makes its way here).

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    Comment by Steve Schwartzman — November 22, 2013 @ 8:23 pm

    • A lot of the variety of weather here is caused by the mountains and the extreme elevation changes that the weather fronts encounter as they flow over us from the coast. Many times I have watched waves of clouds change shape and even density as they rise up-slope over a mountain peak. It’s wonderful to watch!

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      Comment by montucky — November 22, 2013 @ 9:47 pm

  21. Absolutely gorgeous shot!

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    Comment by Pete — November 29, 2013 @ 11:24 pm

  22. Incredible photograph!

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    Comment by kcjewel — December 1, 2013 @ 6:10 pm

  23. Magnifique ! 🙂

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    Comment by Soizic — December 3, 2013 @ 10:05 am


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