29 July 2010

Skywatch Friday: Summer Fun in Montana

The Bell Diamond mine headframe (aka "gallows frame") stands watch over the dancers at the Cool Water Hula celebration in Butte Montana [all pics enlarge, of course, if you click on them]:

Windmills dot the skyline along the Columbia River on a recent trip to Portland Oregon:

A nearly full moon rises over the high sagebrush prairie on a campout in the upper Big Hole River basin of southwest Montana (near Butte America):

A high sun and bright sky make for poor catching but great fishing on the Big Hole River just south of Butte:

Smoke billows from a forest fire about 100 miles from us during a float on a tributary of the Clark Fork River a headwater of the Columbia River:

Yesterday we had clouds in the sky (and a thunderstom) for the first time in weeks. But I blinked and missed it all.

16 comments:

secret agent woman said...

That first picture is like a Western Eiffel tower.

Sylvia K said...

Gorgeous skies from some of my most favorite areas! Superb captures! Thanks for sharing the beauty! Have a great weekend! Oh, and the first shot does look like a Western version of the Eiffel tower!

Sylvia

Janie said...

You've chosen some great sky photos to share. All lovely.

troutbirder said...

Summer looks like fun in Montana.... and those BBQ elk ribs, OH MY!!!

~ Sheepheads said...

Hi ER,

Nice shot of the paddler! See you maybe Sat. after the race. It finishes at Homestake in the afternoon. Come on up for a brew.

ps., Bring some of those ribs too!

Regina said...

Wow all are pretty amazing!

" Happy SWF"

J Bar said...

Great shots.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Should Fish More said...

That wind farm above Vantage (on the Columbia)are all new within the last year. When I went over in April only a couple were there, and each time there are more. The little community of Vantage is one of the windiest place I've been, the little gas station has a sign inside that says "What wind?".

Max said...

The Bell Diamond was my favorite headframe when I lived in Butte. I love the view from its base It is good to see they have made it safe for folks to visit the area.

Manang Kim said...

I so love your shots and the last one is I think my favorite it has a very good character to it. Love it. happy weekend!

SWF~Fiery

Lisa Wilson said...

They are all beautiful photos! What blue skies! We've had a lot of rain this week and a few mudslides blocking the highway for a couple of hours.

sandy, from gardenpath said...

These photos are exceptionally nice.
Hey, how come the grizzly post shows up on google reader, but not here?

~ Sheepheads said...

DNF'ed North lap......have a good weekend. I'm back in Missoula....o/o

Kcalpesh said...

This is cool!! I really loved the composition of the first two.. very nicely shot!!

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Elizabeth said...

Gorgeous looking deep blue sky ER. Love the first shot :)