Clearing Storm at Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge

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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.

Mia

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

20 Comments

  1. Susan June 30, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    Beautiful!

  2. Syl June 30, 2012 at 7:37 pm

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

    • Mia McPherson July 1, 2012 at 5:27 pm

      Sly, it is an incredible place! Thank you.

  3. Ingrid June 30, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    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.

    • Mia McPherson July 1, 2012 at 5:09 pm

      Thank you Ingrid, I’m glad you can feel it too, that means I am doing something right when I photograph the refuge!

  4. Merrill Ann Gonzales June 30, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    You surely have caught the sweeping gradeur of the place.

    • Mia McPherson June 30, 2012 at 2:13 pm

      Thank you Merrill. It is difficult to capture the sweeping grandeur of Red Rock Lakes NWR because it is so huge, but I try!

  5. Tammy Karr June 30, 2012 at 12:10 pm

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

    • Mia McPherson June 30, 2012 at 2:12 pm

      Tammy, it is an amazing place! Thank you!

  6. Bob Zeller June 30, 2012 at 8:57 am

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

    • Mia McPherson June 30, 2012 at 2:11 pm

      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! 😉

  7. Linda Rockwell June 30, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Stunningly lovely landscape photo! 🙂

    • Mia McPherson June 30, 2012 at 2:10 pm

      Linda you would love Red Rock Lakes NWR! I just know you would. Thanks for your comment.

  8. Carol Mattingly June 30, 2012 at 8:25 am

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

  9. Beverly Everson June 30, 2012 at 7:48 am

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

    • Mia McPherson June 30, 2012 at 2:08 pm

      Thank you very much Beverly, it is an amazingly beautiful location.

  10. Ron Dudley June 30, 2012 at 7:32 am

    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. 🙂

    • Mia McPherson June 30, 2012 at 2:07 pm

      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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