It’s in the sweltering dog days of the summer months – after weeks of stifling unrelenting heat – that I begin longing for the colder months. I know summer-loving people think I’m nuts – but I totally live for the brisk air, crisp sounds, crystal clear horizons, and clean scents that appear once the longer nights chase out the heat. Some people favor the warmer colors of summer; I just happen to favor the cooler colors of winter – like the blues in this image.
Photo info: Ennis Lake Madison Valley Ennis, Montana January 2019 Kodak Portra 400 Zeiss Biogon 21/4.5 ZM lens Leica M3 35mm film camera
This is the stunning view we had during our recent stay in Montana. From our vantage point, we could – on a clear day – see all the way down the valley into Idaho, some 65 miles away. A beautiful, beautiful place.
Photo info: The Madison Range Madison Valley Ennis, Montana May 2021 Apple iPhone 12 Pro
We just got back from a three week road trip to the northwestern Rockies, to visit one of our very favorite places – Ennis, Montana. After having been in lockdown and extended social distancing for more than a year, the break felt wonderful. And before you get all judgmental on me – yes, we were both fully vaccinated and we both tested negative for Covid prior to leaving on our journey.
Going through so many states during our long drive, it was challenging to figure out where each community was with regard to reopening. Some still required full mask wearing compliance, others were somewhere in between, and some were like nothing had ever happened. Very weird.
We pretty much avoided being around other people as a whole during the entire trip. We never ate in a restaurant, whether it was sit-down dining or fast food, and we just stayed away from crowds altogether. Once we arrived at our destination, we had a place to stay in all by ourselves, which was exactly what we needed. Lots of nature enjoyment and critter watching, good home-cooked meals, extensive amounts of rest and downtime, no work deadlines for Cindy, no nothing. It was heaven.
However, now we’re back home and have to resume the daily grind of the rat race. Sigh…
Photo info: The Madison Range Ennis, Montana May 2021 Apple iPhone 12 Pro