16 July 2009

SkyWatch Friday: 3 Days of Music & Skies

For the 3-day 2009 National Folk Festival, about 120,000 people converged on Butte, Montana in the Northern Rockies--more than three times our normal population and about double the peak population of c. 1915. The festival began with a gorgeous, clear blue sky at the Original Gallows Frame (a mineyard converted into an ampitheatre):

Morning of Day Two, mare's tails filled the sky--a sure portent of weather to come:

Sure enough, Day Three came with rain beginning in early afternoon, though it did not seem to dampen the crowd's spirits at the dance tent:

Hope to see you at next year's National Folk Festival in Butte America!

16 comments:

Guy D said...

Excellent photos, looks like a fun festival.

Have a great weekend
Guy
Regina In Pictures

J Bar said...

Interesting.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Each day brought different weather and different skies, ER. Loved that blue sky in the first picture--but the mare's tales in the 2nd one are pretty too.

Glad the rain didn't dampen the spirits of those at the festival.
Betsy

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

Love the clouds in the second shot.

Calm Energy said...

Beautiful cirrus clouds! they're my fav's !
~Maria

srp said...

What an interesting place for a festival... great shots!

Eric(SWF Holland) said...

Great post, love the contrast in the first picture, well done!!

Have a nice SWF

Greatings from NL

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

ER: Neat times for some great music. You got some neat photos from the event.

Larry D said...

Looks like a great place to be for the festival!, great photos.

Judy said...

What a great series of sky shots, although I have to admit the mares tails are my favourite! Thanks for your kind comments, and I know what you are talking about when it comes to identifying plants...

Lisa Wilson said...

Great photos!! Love the blue sky in the first one.

Barb said...

Well, I don't like crowds, (wow - 120,000!) - but it sure looks like a fun festival. (And my kind of music.)
Enjoyed your backpack hike and wildflower pics on previous post. I have yet to see the Bog Orchid this summer.

fourwindsphotojournal said...

You are the second SWF poster who wrote about the festival, that I have read so far. Tammie Lee went, too.

It does look fun, and that first sky shot is lovely.

I was hoping you had posted more wildflowers, and you did!

fourwindsphotojournal said...

You are the second SWF poster who wrote about the festival, that I have read so far. Tammie Lee went, too.

It does look fun, and that first sky shot is lovely.

I was hoping you had posted more wildflowers, and you did!

sonia a. mascaro said...

Great photos!

I remember I saw a film by Wim Wenders, named Don't Come Knocking and that filming locations was in Butte, Montana.

Tammie Lee said...

so fun to see your photos of this fun event. Yes I made it there and enjoyed the wonderful music and mix of weathers!