Early Morning Drama

The Madison Range – Ennis, Montana

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.


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The Madison Range
Madison Valley
Ennis, Montana
May 2021
Apple iPhone 12 Pro

Post-Pandemic Road Trip

The Madison Range – Ennis, Montana

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…


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The Madison Range
Ennis, Montana
May 2021
Apple iPhone 12 Pro

Madison Valley

Madison Valley – Ennis, Montana

Here is an early morning view of the width of the Madison Valley with a fast-moving storm rolling through. From this vantage point – the Madison Valley Lookout on Route 287 between Ennis and Virginia City – to the highest peaks in the distance is 15 miles (24 km), not a terribly great distance but gentle enough on the eyes. On a reasonably clear day, the entire length of the valley can be seen – all 65 miles (104.6 km) of it.


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Storm rolling through Madison Valley
Madison Valley Lookout on Route 287
Ennis, Montana
October 2017
Kodak T-Max 100
Zeiss Biogon 21/4.5 ZM lens
Leica M3 35mm film camera