Clearing Storm at Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge

As many of my regular viewers know I love Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge in Montana. Just by being there I can feel my blood pressure drop, a sense of peace flows through my body and my mind (and camera) focuses on the wonders and intricacies of nature.

Clearing storm at Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife RefugeClearing storm at Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge – Nikon D200, handheld, f7.1, 1/80, ISO 320, Nikkor 18-200mm VR at 18mm, natural light

This photo was taken at 5 am as a storm was clearing out of the Centennial Valley and a few clouds still hung over the Centennial Mountains. Mornings are cool in the valley but the days warmed up while I was there earlier this month.

The beauty of Red Rock Lakes NWR never fails to inspire or delight me.


More posts on Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge and a page about it being one of my Favorite Locations

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About Mia McPherson

I am a nature lover, wildlife watcher and a bird photographer. I first become serious about bird photography when I moved to Florida in 2004 and it wasn’t long before I was hooked (addicted is more like it). My move to the Salt Lake area of Utah was a great opportunity to continue observing their behavior and to pursue my passion for photographing birds.


  1. What a great shot..your shadows and lighting were perfect..looks like an incredible place to vist..

  2. What a landscape! And I agree with Merrill — what a gorgeous capture of that terrain in all of its grandeur. It evokes a multi-sensory response. I can feel it.

  3. You surely have caught the sweeping gradeur of the place.

  4. Stunning photo! Looks like an amazing place to visit!!

  5. A beautiful, awesome landscape photo, Mia. Taking that photo was obviously a different experience from your usual position of laying down in the water. :-)

    • Thanks Bob! Ron wouldn’t let me get back into the pickup if I got down and dirty to photograph in the water, I would have to ride in the bed of the truck! ;-)

  6. Stunningly lovely landscape photo! :-)

  7. Simply gorgeous image Mia. The colors are phenomenal with the field and the sky and the mountains. Gorgeous. Carol

  8. So gorgeous!!! The color, depth and everything are just beautiful!

  9. Such a lovely image Mia. Seeing it is almost like being there again – what a beautiful morning that was and your photo is just as I remember it.

    However, I must remind you that I’ve seen your blood pressure elevated at Red Rock Lakes – think broken tripod, teenage cows and new fence. :-)

    • Ron, I suppose that one day I should write about my high blood pressure caused by a malfuntioning/broken tripod head and how it almost landed in the lake. The teenage cows, well, they sure made a mess! Good thing I didn’t have oodles of Noodles!

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