Thanks! Yes, that makes perfect sense. I felt that way about it too. The air temperature was in the 20’s or possibly the teens and we had been hiking in a show storm, part of which can be seen in the upper right of the photo, and when the sky cleared to the north for just a little it gave a warm feeling to the scene.
Yes, the lookout cabin remained undamaged. The protective wrap is off now and it looks just as the renovation crew left it, with a nice stack of firewood to the west and the materials that would be damaged by the weather safely inside. The fire, fairly early in its life, was pushed by a strong wind from the south and about a mile or so from the lookout swept north over the ridge in a swath about 400 yards wide running nearly due north. Then it slowed going further north down the othere side of the ridge and spread to the east beyond and below the lookout, perhaps a half mile north of it. I will post photos of the cabin and the swath of severely burned timber a little later.
Thanks! Appreciate the info and the pictures you posted of the lookout. It will be one of the featured lookouts in my second guidebook about lookouts in NW Montana….hopefully coming out in Spring 2017.
Yes, the light was wonderful. We had been in a cloud at the lookout with snow and sleet coming down. At this spot in the trail enough cleared to the north to make a window in the clouds and I was lucky enough to be there when it did.
The only way it is possible to get a shot like that is to be there at just the right time. The clouds in the upper right of the photo were part of a snow storm through which we had been hiking for hours and the lighting of the scene lasted only seconds before the clouds closed in again over the high ridge. I live for experiences like that.
It’s so good to hear you say that being there at “just the right time” does play into it all. I’ve been ranging from irritated to distraught over my inability to capture the prairie in photographs. But what I have learned is that the light is the biggest player. It changes constantly, and even at the same moment, facing one direction or the other can make such a difference. I have a couple of series of photos taken at the same spot over the course of an hour. It’s amazing how the grasses change in the changing light.
This is just splendid. I’m anxious to get home and see this entire series on a computer with decent screen resolution. I’m just sure it’s even more spectacular than on this old clunker I have with me.
Yes, light conditions always have to be right for decent scenery shots. I actually prefer to hike on cloudy and stormy days, because direct sunlight makes it nearly impossible to get good photos. Dark days all have at least very brief periods of good light and if you are in pretty country they will show you where the good photos are. Nearly all of my photos are hand-held because those good light conditions usually last only seconds. The light condition in this photo probably lasted less than 20 seconds.
By the way, this photo does look very nice on a large screen. I set it as my desktop background and it looks great there.