Montana Outdoors

December 11, 2015

A cloudy winter’s day along the river.

Filed under: Clouds, Winter — Tags: , , — montucky @ 11:49 am

Waiting for spring

Among the clouds


Clouds, water and trees

Sometimes Nature uses clouds to show us what She wants us to see.


  1. Pretty spectacular!


    Comment by Mother Hen — December 11, 2015 @ 12:03 pm

  2. Gorgeous bit of the country, really love the last shot in your photo sequence, the river scene.


    Comment by Charlie@Seattle Trekker — December 11, 2015 @ 12:48 pm

  3. Beautiful! It’s cloudy and dreary and cold (for here) today in Phoenix but it doesn’t look as pretty as it does up there.


    Comment by Candace — December 11, 2015 @ 1:36 pm

    • It is starting to turn colder here again, and snow is in the forecast for the next week at least. The scenery will change again.


      Comment by montucky — December 11, 2015 @ 6:44 pm

  4. I love love love this: “Sometimes Nature uses clouds to show us what She wants us to see.” She sure does, and your photos are a beautiful testament to that … love these.


    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — December 11, 2015 @ 2:44 pm

    • I’m glad that you liked these, Teresa! It was on a break between some heavy rain showers and then local snow. I thought the clouds would show some pretty scenes.


      Comment by montucky — December 11, 2015 @ 6:49 pm

  5. Absolutely love these, and I agree with your comment! That last photo especially – magical.


    Comment by Jo Woolf — December 11, 2015 @ 2:49 pm

    • I’m glad that you liked the photos, Jo. The clouds just seemed to lead the eye to display after display, as though with intent.

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      Comment by montucky — December 11, 2015 @ 6:52 pm

  6. So calm and serene. Beautiful.


    Comment by wordsfromanneli — December 11, 2015 @ 3:00 pm

  7. Looks great–except for swimming.


    Comment by Malcolm R. Campbell — December 11, 2015 @ 3:01 pm

    • Any swimming going on there at the moment is not intentional!


      Comment by montucky — December 11, 2015 @ 6:54 pm

  8. It’s looking like you’ve got plenty of room for more snow. Isn’t nature cooperating this year?


    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — December 11, 2015 @ 4:32 pm

    • Heavy rains lately have melted all of the lower elevation snow, but there is more coming in the next few days. The clouds lifted a little today and I was happy to see that the higher mountain tops have lots of snow!

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      Comment by montucky — December 11, 2015 @ 6:55 pm

  9. Every bit as beautiful as summer, but probably a lot more quiet.


    Comment by Vicki — December 11, 2015 @ 5:09 pm

    • It was quiet and comfortable. Tranquil winter days are delightful!


      Comment by montucky — December 11, 2015 @ 6:57 pm

  10. Beautiful landscapes, I especially like that reflection.


    Comment by Sue — December 11, 2015 @ 5:09 pm

    • That was my favorite scene for that day too. A large flock of geese were on the shore just below the trees, but they wouldn’t hold to be in the photo.

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      Comment by montucky — December 11, 2015 @ 6:59 pm

  11. Each photo has something different to offer. I’m especially taken with the third — the lone tree against the elements. The tree in the first photo is so graceful. It reminds me of the trees I used to draw in grade school art class. I wasn’t much of an artist, but I could do a passable tree.


    Comment by shoreacres — December 11, 2015 @ 6:48 pm

    • We both love trees, don’t we! I’ve watched that lone tree grow on the cliff over the years. Amazingly, it has done well and I enjoy seeing the changes. It’s about twice the size now than it was when I first saw it.


      Comment by montucky — December 11, 2015 @ 7:02 pm

  12. Really liked your comment about how the clouds let us see what nature wants us to see! Only one who knows the joy and beauty of nature can come up with a comment like that. Thanks for sharing.


    Comment by Ron Mangels — December 11, 2015 @ 11:18 pm

    • Hi Ron! It so often seems that way, doesn’t it. All that is required of us is to be out there. I’m constantly amazed!


      Comment by montucky — December 12, 2015 @ 12:55 am

  13. Hi Montucky, I like that last picture the best but all are great. Have a very good day tomorrow. Enjoy that gorgeous scenery! It is in the mid-70s F. here in central Florida where I live.


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — December 12, 2015 @ 8:06 pm

    • You have a good day too! It was warm here today, but I think our “warm” is much different from your “warm”!


      Comment by montucky — December 12, 2015 @ 9:27 pm

  14. These are beautiful pictures of what nature is all about this time of year. I really like that second one a lot.


    Comment by Ratty — December 13, 2015 @ 1:51 am

    • Exactly. Each season has its beauty and the scenes are ever changing.


      Comment by montucky — December 13, 2015 @ 9:36 am

  15. Oh, that last shot! They are all beautiful but that last one…that’s the one that captured my eyes and heart. Montucky, your photos just bring me joy every time I visit your blog.


    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — December 14, 2015 @ 8:36 am

    • I’m glad that you enjoy the photos. There are so many scenes that captivate me too. The beauty of nature offsets the more harsh thing that we encounter as we go our ways. I’m very fortunate to have so much available nearby.

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      Comment by montucky — December 14, 2015 @ 9:31 am

  16. Such beauty out there, Terry….wonderful.


    Comment by seekraz — December 15, 2015 @ 7:29 am

    • Thanks Scott! These scenes will be different next week. It’s beginning to look as though we will have a white Christmas!


      Comment by montucky — December 15, 2015 @ 11:21 am

  17. Beautiful photos. I love the second photo from the top, because it is interesting to see, how clouds climb and descend the hill.


    Comment by Sartenada — December 22, 2015 @ 3:23 am

  18. The clouds almost hide the fact that there are mountains.
    The last photo revealing and concealing….beautiful reflections.
    I love Montana because of your photos, even though I have never been there.


    Comment by Mary Strong-Spaid — January 2, 2016 @ 9:39 pm

    • These were valley clouds which can be lovely, but I usually like better the mountain clouds. There is an other world feeling when one is inside those clouds. When one of them opens a window, you can see a hundred miles.

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      Comment by montucky — January 2, 2016 @ 9:54 pm

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