Montana Outdoors

August 2, 2017

Ridges

Filed under: Patrick's Knob roadless area — Tags: , , — montucky @ 12:59 pm

Ridges

Photographed from Patrick’s Knob in the Lolo National Forest of western Montana. The Clark Fork of the Columbia river is 4,400 feet below and the Bitterroot Mountains are at the horizon.

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  1. Extra wonderful

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    Comment by carolannie1949 — August 2, 2017 @ 1:27 pm

  2. I love the shading on the distant mountains but it looks fairly smoky.

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    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — August 2, 2017 @ 3:01 pm

  3. That is stunning!

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    Comment by Val — August 2, 2017 @ 3:32 pm

  4. We have lots of smoke haze here too, and the fires are hundreds of miles away. I can’t imagine how awful it must be for those who live near the fires. Beautiful photo, even with the smoke haze.

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — August 2, 2017 @ 4:02 pm

    • With a small change in wind direction last night, it is smoky here today too. The wind is supposed to go back to the normal direction after tomorrow and then the smoke will clear out of here. There are several small towns though where the smoke is nearly intolerable.

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      Comment by montucky — August 2, 2017 @ 4:10 pm

  5. The soft pastels over the ridges are beautiful. I’m curious about the bright patches of orange in the bottom left. Is that the sun reflecting off the rock? If so, it must have a hard, shiny surface, like the basalt I remember from Colorado. It’s a neat touch. It looks like a campfire.

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    Comment by shoreacres — August 2, 2017 @ 7:05 pm

    • Yes, that is indeed sunlight reflecting off a rock. The sun was right at the horizon to my right when I took the picture. It is actually sedimentary rock though, tilted up when the mountain was formed. It just occurred to me also, that’s not exactly a unique situation, but clearly an unusual one. The mountain ridges that constitute the horizon in the photo are actually about a thousand feet lower than the peak on which I was standing, so that beam of sunlight was not shining down on the rock, but up on it from below.

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      Comment by montucky — August 2, 2017 @ 8:28 pm

  6. Had a bit of a smoky haze in coeur d’alene too. No fires yet, keeping fingers crossed

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    Comment by naughtyhiker — August 2, 2017 @ 7:47 pm

  7. What a brilliant image. Makes me wish I was standing on that same mountain top looking across the landscape with you.

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    Comment by Vicki — August 2, 2017 @ 7:57 pm

    • I wish you could have been there too Vicki because I know you would have enjoyed it. Watching the sun set from a tall peak is a wonderful experience. I have several more images taken at that time that I will post later.

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      Comment by montucky — August 2, 2017 @ 8:36 pm

  8. This one looks like a painting. Very eye-catching and mesmerizing too!

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    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — August 3, 2017 @ 6:59 am

    • I’m sure that artists often take inspiration from scenes like this.

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      Comment by montucky — August 3, 2017 @ 7:37 am

  9. Beautiful

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    Comment by John Purdy — August 3, 2017 @ 3:19 pm

    • The photo was taken just as the sun reached the horizon to the right of the photo. The sun’s rays looked deep orange and the illuminated the smoke film that covered the ridges, giving them that orange color.

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      Comment by montucky — August 3, 2017 @ 3:38 pm

  10. Amazing. Mountains are the best.

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    Comment by Candace — August 3, 2017 @ 5:17 pm

    • I have said for many years that mountains are best viewed from the tops. It’s a treat to be up there, especially at sunset.

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      Comment by montucky — August 3, 2017 @ 6:30 pm

  11. What a great shot .. the colours are amazing! Looking forward to seeing those other pics

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    Comment by Julie@frogpondfarm — August 5, 2017 @ 1:05 am


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