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.”
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 🙂
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.
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.