10 September 2009

Skywatch Friday: Here & There in SW Montana

September, and the sunny cloudless days of July and August give way to cumulus waves of moister air, changing in time from a beamy sunrise (Walkerville, Montana):

To an evening wave of showers moving up the Clark Fork River Valley (looking west):

Bringing the inevitable rainbow (looking east):

Next day, clouds and blue sky combine at an aptly named hotel in Virginia City, Montana:

And highlight a towering bunch of hollihocks:

Dreamy shapes, here the Staypuft Marshmallow Man, march across the sky:

Evening comes again, the sun sets:

And the glowing gallows frames (mining headframe) of Butte, Montana stand tall against the night sky:

26 comments:

clairz said...

Gorgeous sunset shot. I also loved the marshmallow man. Thank you for sharing.

Sylvia K said...

What a fabulous collection of shots! Ah, that's Montana -- my home for 16 years, still miss it!

Have a great weekend!

Sylvia

Maria said...

One photo better than the other!
I love the "beamy sunrise" a great way to say it!
The rain & rainbow one is another favorite...along with 'marshmallow man.'
This must be :cloud shape: weekend at skywatch!
all the best, Maria

fourwindsphotojournal said...

This a good selection of sky shots. The marshmallow man was good, but oh, those hollyhocks!

I had a rainbow, too. But mine wasn't a new one.

Martha Z said...

Wonderful, aren't we lucky, you with the Rockies and me with the Sierra Nevada; both with beautiful skies.

Dimple said...

I think Montana has wonderful skies for watching; northern Idaho comes in a close second. I like your "day in the life" story.

Dimple said...

P S Thanks for visiting my site! It could have been used with a downrigger, I cropped out the end of ours to focus on the lure and reflection!

Photo Cache said...

Now that is a wonderful collection of skywatch snaps.

The Crow said...

ER, thank you for your response to my mask post earlier today. I removed it, but wanted you to know I appreciate your thoughtful comments.

:)

J Bar said...

great shots
Sydney - City and Suburbs

CountryDreaming said...

Well, if I wasn't in a good mood before seeing the Staypuft Marshmallow Man, I certainly am now! :-) Cherish those "inevitable" rainbows ... all I've ever been able to photograph has been just the hint of one, though I've seen my share. Love the sunset shot after the Staypuft cloud, and the glowing mining frames qualify as modern art.

Quiet Paths said...

A really delightful series. We haven't glimpsed too many rainbows this summer; when it rains it pours!

Hildred and Charles said...

Wonderful cloud formations.

B SQUARED said...

What a darn full day you must of had.

Janie said...

All beautiful shots. I love rainbows, and yours is a good one. Staypuft marshmallow man made me smile. The hollyhocks agains the sky are lovely. The glowing mining gallows is pretty cool.

Denise said...

Superb images, wonderful SWF post.

:: flyingstars :: said...

simply beautifully captured shots....lovely!

magnus said...

Great skyes

Arija said...

I loved them all but the landscape under the rainbow is just so very beautiful.

mountain.mama said...

Too many great pictures to choose from, but maybe those hollyhocks are my favorite.

eileeninmd said...

Beautiful photos and skies. I love the hollyhock photo.

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

beautiful sky shots. I especially love the one with the flowers.

Thanks for the kind word on my blog regarding my dog. I understand your anger and the PTSD. I'm feeling the same way right now. We did report the other dog but nothing will happen but the owners getting a ticket. I'll vent on my blog the details of that later.

troutbirder said...

Very nice. Looking forward to a flying Montana drive thru on our way to Portand and Vancouver Island. Maybe a steak in Lolo before heading over the Pass.

Lisa Wilson said...

That's a very cool headframe photo! I love that pink glow in the sky, too.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Beautiful Montana skies, ER. I love the one with the rainbow. BUT--they are all SUPER---including the Holly Hawks.

Betsy

David said...

beautiful, like America.
worth saving, like our way of life