Montana Outdoors

November 20, 2013

Blue day

Filed under: Cabinet Mountains — Tags: — montucky @ 8:59 pm

Rainbow Lake ~ Dog Lake

Rainbow Lake ~ Dog Lake

(These photos were taken today from about five miles south of the one I posted yesterday.)


  1. Gorgeously blue!


    Comment by Roberta — November 20, 2013 @ 9:08 pm

  2. Interesting to see what looks like a tideline on the left side in the first photo. I don’t know enough about lakes to be sure what’s causing it – I suspect perhaps backwash from the shoreline meeting the deeper lake waters. In any event, that is some of the prettiest blue I’ve ever seen.


    Comment by shoreacres — November 20, 2013 @ 9:19 pm

    • I saw that too. There is also a trace of it on the right side. There was a strong wind blowing directly into my lens and the lines looked like some kind of bubbles.
      My cameras see a lot of blue here on clear days. When I first noticed that years ago I thought perhaps is was because I frequently use a polarizer filter, but I see exactly the same thing without it. Some of the sky that I see from peaks is so incredibly blue that it’s almost unbelievable, even with the naked eye. Perhaps those are during days when there is little or no haze or water vapor in the air.


      Comment by montucky — November 20, 2013 @ 9:34 pm

  3. That’s an interesting idea about why the sky is so blue there. It is much drier than here on the coast and that makes sense, to explain the blue. I know that my skin felt very dry in Montana and once I got home, the chapped lips and chapped hands felt better. But the reward for putting up with dry skin is a beautiful blue sky.


    Comment by wordsfromanneli — November 20, 2013 @ 11:53 pm

    • I’m not a big fan of humidity anyway. It makes hot hotter and cold colder. If it indeed does make the sky bluer it’s another thing in its favor. We ofter have “desert dry” humidity readings here.


      Comment by montucky — November 21, 2013 @ 8:07 pm

  4. I’ve noticed that the sun plays a big part in how blue the water appears. The stronger the sunlight, the bluer the water. It’s a beautiful view no matter how blue the water. I’m surprised that developers aren’t building houses all around that lake.


    Comment by New Hampshire Gardener — November 21, 2013 @ 5:21 am

    • Yes, the sun and the sun angle and camera angle. The lake is on an Indian reservation. There are a few houses at the far end, set well back from the lake, and I think they will allow no more. It does get fishermen in summer and ice fishing in winter.


      Comment by montucky — November 21, 2013 @ 8:09 pm

  5. This blue….beautiful!


    Comment by Debby — November 21, 2013 @ 6:44 am

    • Our river will sometimes have that color too. Other times, an emerald green, and icy gray in winter. I’m nearly always glad that my species has color vision!


      Comment by montucky — November 21, 2013 @ 8:10 pm

  6. The beautiful calming effect of the color blue – personified in your photos. Love them!


    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — November 21, 2013 @ 8:24 am

    • It really is calming, as are many other scenes in the outdoors. I have a sense that it affects one’s blood pressure to take it all in.


      Comment by montucky — November 21, 2013 @ 8:13 pm

  7. Wonderful photos of your beautiful landscape! // Maria 🙂


    Comment by mariayarri — November 21, 2013 @ 11:50 pm

  8. Love seeing the color blue and the brightness of it all. Oct/Nov is the cloudiest, grayest time of year here in MN … really missing the sunshine right now. thanks for sharing your blues


    Comment by bearyweather — November 22, 2013 @ 7:14 am

    • Clear, bright days are at a minimum in the winter here too, but when they come they are gorgeous!


      Comment by montucky — November 22, 2013 @ 7:46 pm

  9. Beautiful, doesn’t look like winter at all!


    Comment by Candace — November 23, 2013 @ 1:12 pm

    • Sure looks warm now. In about two months, you can walk across it.


      Comment by montucky — November 23, 2013 @ 11:03 pm

  10. To me these Your photos are wow-photos.


    Comment by Sartenada — November 29, 2013 @ 12:41 am

  11. Excellent photos, the second one is stunning, a prize winner !


    Comment by Inspired and pretty — December 4, 2013 @ 8:20 am

    • Thanks! That may be one of the last colorful photos until spring. It’s getting very cold now and all still water is frozen.


      Comment by montucky — December 4, 2013 @ 9:25 am

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