Lake Mist at the Lower Lake of Red Rock Lakes NWR

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Morning Mist at the Lower Lake of Red Rock Lakes NWRMorning Mist at the Lower Lake of Red Rock Lakes NWR – Nikon D300, f10, 1/500, ISO 400, Nikkor 18-200mm VR at 31mm, natural light

I took this photograph the first morning of my recent trip and wanted to share it now because today is the 9th Annual National Get Outdoors Day which promotes traditional and non-traditional outdoor activities and getting out onto our public lands including National Forests, National Parks and National Wildlife Refuges.

I spend a lot of my time on National Wildlife Refuges to photograph birds, wildlife, flora and the scenery and I enjoy my journeys to the refuges immensely.

I know that not everyone can experience what I see and do at the refuges I visit but there are refuges in every state that might be nearby. I recommend getting out there and enjoying our public lands to everyone.

Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge in southwestern Montana is among my favorite places to photograph not only the birds and wildlife but the great views that are found there. Waking up and seeing the lake mist at the Lower Lake and an ephemeral pond near it with birds in the air, on the lake and feeding in the pond is amazing. It is peaceful, relaxing and rejuvenating. And hearing Sandhill Cranes, Savannah Sparrows, Killdeer, Willets, Long-billed Curlews, Horned Larks and Yellow-headed Blackbirds at the same time is perfect.

I believe it is critical for all of us to protect our public lands for the birds, plants and wildlife that call those places home for the present and the future. We need those places too.

Life is good.



  1. Greg Ogden June 12, 2016 at 6:53 am

    Possibly my favorite of many of you’re great shots

  2. Kathy June 11, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    Thanks for sharing this beautiful image. The older I get the more I realize how much better I feel being outdoors. I’m so thankful for public lands.

  3. Nancy Collins June 11, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    Lovely indeed Mia!

  4. Don Ellison June 11, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    Lovely… draws you right in.

  5. Elephant's Child June 11, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    How very, very beautiful. And serene.
    Yet another reminder (for those wot need it) that the world outside is an incredibe place. Which should be preserved.

  6. Len Boeder June 11, 2016 at 11:08 am

    Wonderful message Mia!

  7. Patty Chadwick June 11, 2016 at 9:47 am

    If I was lucky enough and talented enough to capture an image like that I ‘d have it enlarged and framed and placed on a couple of walls, including opposite my bed, so I could see it first thing in the morning and throughout the day…much better than alcohol or medicine to create peace and tranquility….

  8. Bob McPherson June 11, 2016 at 8:28 am

    Drop Dead Gorgeous Mia. Please take a bow.

  9. Liz Cormack June 11, 2016 at 8:01 am

    What a beautiful scene! So calming.

  10. pennypinchadventure Tim Traver June 11, 2016 at 7:40 am

    Phew! I want to go there… but you know the second best thing is to experience Red Rock Lakes vicariously through Mia’s words and photos Thanks for what you do Mia. Keep on!

  11. Roger Burnard June 11, 2016 at 6:53 am

    What a great image Mia.. I so love areas like this.
    They offer so many possible subjects. Thanks for
    starting my morning with a smile… ;-)))

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