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This was taken April 9, 2011 west of Missoula, Montana USA on the Clark Fork River. The camera is looking north and east at Montana Snowbowl Ski Area and the Rattlesnake Wilderness Area. It was a gorgeous spring day and the fishing was good.

Featured in the 2012 NBC Montana Weather Calendar
Featured in RB June 2012:

Virga is precipitation that falls from a cloud but evaporates before reaching the ground.

Canon EOS 7D, 1/500s, f/10.0, ISO:200, 39mm
SIGMA 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG Aspherical DF Macro SLD Autofocus Lens

Comments

  • jwmphotos
    jwmphotosabout 3 years ago

    What a super image!!

  • Thank you John, I was surprised not to have more comments. I think the “weather” in this photo is amazing and having the river, bottom land and mountains in the view, nice place to be on a cold spring day. I appreciate your appreciating this one.

    – amontanaview

  • jwmphotos
    jwmphotosabout 3 years ago

    It’s strange as it’s a beautiful capture!

  • Thank you John, I just now saw this comment.

    – amontanaview

  • Wendy-Wilton
    Wendy-Wiltonabout 3 years ago

    Wonderful shot with great rain clouds…it reminds me of the song lyrics…He was born in the Bitterroot Valley in the early morning rain

  • Wow, what song was that? Love it. Thank you Wendy.

    – amontanaview

  • Wendy-Wilton
    Wendy-Wiltonabout 3 years ago

    It was a John Denver song ‘Wild Montana Skies’ a great song to go with the great scenery!

  • rocamiadesign
    rocamiadesignabout 3 years ago

    This is awesome! My son took some nice photos of the Clark Fork, by Plains, but the stormy sky in this one really makes it a stunner.

  • Thanks, it was a very interesting day. We were actually very comfortable until we go to the take-out on the river…thank goodness.

    – amontanaview

  • luxuryloghomes
    luxuryloghomesalmost 3 years ago

    Bravo! I thought the image is just another painting. How I wish I can visit places like this someday. I want to see the changing color of the trees’ leaves. And watch the snow covered mountains. I’m happy looking at this, even in pictures. I hope to see some more of your shots soon.

  • You can, just get in a boat (with a friend or hire a fishing trip with us – or bribe us) and float, in this case, the Clark Fork west of Missoula. There are so many beautiful rivers in western Montana. The Flathead is one of our favorites. This was in the early spring, you must be brave and dress warm to see this scene.

    – amontanaview

  • marilyn diaz
    marilyn diazover 2 years ago

    Beautiful. Looks alot like here in the Sierras.

  • Thank you! It was an amazing spring day of fishing and we were looking at one of our favorite ski hills, Snowbowl just out of Missoula.

    – amontanaview

  • marilyn diaz
    marilyn diazover 2 years ago

    Lived for awhile in Great Falls.Always wanted to go back. Great area.

  • I lived there for a few years, too. Great area for weather photos and Showdown Ski Area was fun, very good snow.

    – amontanaview

  • deborah zaragoza
    deborah zaragozaover 2 years ago


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  • Awesome! Thanks. I will visit the other features!

    – amontanaview

  • Sprezzatura
    Sprezzaturaover 2 years ago

  • Thanks Cat!

    – amontanaview

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