Montana Outdoors

May 1, 2014

Mission Mountains

Filed under: Mission Mountains — Tags: , — montucky @ 7:49 pm

Mission Mountains

Photo was taken in the morning haze at a distance of about 25 miles.


  1. oh my lord that is absolutely stunning. What a view.


    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — May 1, 2014 @ 8:01 pm

    • It is inspiring to see the Missions, any time of the year. I will not be ready this year, but next I plan to hike up into the wilderness among those peaks.


      Comment by montucky — May 1, 2014 @ 9:23 pm

  2. That smoky blue is one of my favorite colors. And what beautiful lines in the photo, from the smooth, foreground curves to the jagged peaks in the distance.

    Your photo makes me think of these words from Annie Dillard: “The mountains…are a passive mystery, the oldest of all. Theirs is the one simple mystery of creation from nothing. Mountains are giant, restful, absorbent. You can heave your spirit into a mountain and the mountain will keep it, folded, and not throw it back as some creeks will. The creeks are the world, with all its stimulus and beauty; I live there. But the mountains are home.”


    Comment by shoreacres — May 1, 2014 @ 8:01 pm

    • I feel the same way about mountains; that’s why I spend so much time up in them and find it so difficult to come back down. The light was ready to set the mood of those mountains this morning.


      Comment by montucky — May 1, 2014 @ 9:26 pm

  3. The Missions……they held my imagination from the first time I laid eyes on them.


    Comment by twoscamps — May 1, 2014 @ 8:14 pm

    • Me too, and in my case that was a long, long time ago! It hasn’t changed.


      Comment by montucky — May 1, 2014 @ 9:27 pm

  4. Can’t wait to go back there this fall.


    Comment by wordsfromanneli — May 1, 2014 @ 8:18 pm

    • I get this close to the Missions a couple dozen times each year and always look forward to the next time. They were favorites of my parents, too.


      Comment by montucky — May 1, 2014 @ 9:29 pm

  5. That is so beautiful. I’ve never been to Montana – but your blog makes me wish I lives there!


    Comment by songofthewolf — May 1, 2014 @ 9:44 pm

    • Yes, there is much beauty in Montana. I could never leave here.


      Comment by montucky — May 1, 2014 @ 9:48 pm

  6. lovely layers
    upon layers
    upon layers
    of land


    Comment by Tammie — May 1, 2014 @ 9:50 pm

    • Yes, there is a large variety of terrain between where that photo was taken and those mountains, although the distance is relatively short.


      Comment by montucky — May 1, 2014 @ 10:13 pm

  7. Cracking shot Terry, they just call to you don’t they?


    Comment by Mike Howe — May 2, 2014 @ 1:03 am

  8. The missions … What a beautiful name of those fantastic mountains … Your blog has really made up my mind, that if I ever come to the US … Montana is the number 1 state to see … So i guess a trip over to the US must be for several months … Because there is so much I want to see … Alaska is another state that interest me … And maybe Wyoming … // Maria 🙂


    Comment by mariayarri — May 2, 2014 @ 1:32 am

    • Yes, you could easily spend several months in just those three states and it would just whet your appetite. They are three with a lot of wild country still remaining.


      Comment by montucky — May 2, 2014 @ 7:26 pm

  9. Beautiful – like some distant land of legend!


    Comment by Jo Woolf — May 2, 2014 @ 1:50 am

    • Years ago an Indian friend hiked to the tops of all of the peaks in that wilderness. Sure wish I could have gone with him!


      Comment by montucky — May 2, 2014 @ 7:28 pm

  10. That’s a beautiful scene. I like the way the shading falls on the hills. I’ve noticed that it only seems to happen like that at certain times. Maybe it is the haze that causes it.


    Comment by New Hampshire Gardener — May 2, 2014 @ 4:21 am

    • Yes, the haze, the distance and the sun angle that time of day. I hope I can get some photos of those mountains in the afternoon too. They are solid white at the higher elevations and much of the snow will remain until next winter.


      Comment by montucky — May 2, 2014 @ 7:30 pm

  11. Beautiful image. I have a fondness for haze or fog in an image. Shame I never get up early enough to capture it.
    I love the softness haze brings to hills in the distance.


    Comment by Vicki — May 2, 2014 @ 5:28 am

    • I like the haze too. I remember how beautiful it was in the Sonoran Desert at daylight and dusk.


      Comment by montucky — May 2, 2014 @ 7:31 pm

  12. Just beautiful. That shot actually looks like a painting or maybe it should be. Artist people, take note. I can’t paint a lick except on a wall. 😉


    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — May 2, 2014 @ 12:56 pm

    • I’m sure there have been many painting of that scene or others similar. Strangely though I’ve only encountered one painter in the back country and he was near his car on a back road. Never on the trails. Perhaps they will hike and get some photos and then paint from those.


      Comment by montucky — May 2, 2014 @ 7:32 pm

  13. You live in such an incredibly beautiful place.
    I have never been to Montana and I may never get to Montana….
    But I have been able to experience it through your photos. Thanks again!


    Comment by Mary Strong-Spaid — May 2, 2014 @ 8:51 pm

    • It is beautiful here. You cannot drive or hike anywhere without seeing something that you want to photograph.


      Comment by montucky — May 3, 2014 @ 7:31 am

  14. That is just dreamy! Gorgeous scene.


    Comment by Candace — May 3, 2014 @ 3:15 pm

  15. So very lovely…. It looks like a painting, truly.


    Comment by FeyGirl — May 4, 2014 @ 4:01 pm

    • That’s an inspiring range of mountains. The tallest peak is just over 9800 feet, but the valley just below it is a little under 3000 feet and so the mountains are overwhelming.


      Comment by montucky — May 4, 2014 @ 7:59 pm

  16. This gets a gigantic wow! I’d love to see these in person.


    Comment by WildBill — May 4, 2014 @ 4:21 pm

    • You would love them I know. Well, we have a guest room…


      Comment by montucky — May 4, 2014 @ 8:00 pm

  17. Beautiful work Terry !!


    Comment by Bernie Kasper — May 7, 2014 @ 11:58 am

  18. Fantastic view!


    Comment by Watching Seasons — May 15, 2014 @ 8:48 am

  19. I am speechless! wonderful photo indeed.


    Comment by Sartenada — May 16, 2014 @ 12:59 am

    • Thank you Matti! That is a beautiful mountain range and a lot of it is in an official Wilderness Area.


      Comment by montucky — May 16, 2014 @ 4:22 pm



    Comment by skouba — May 17, 2014 @ 9:34 pm

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