Montana is one of my all-time favorite places. Even though my hometown is nearby Idaho Falls, southwest Montana is actually a bigger draw for me – simply because of the gentle topography, soothing views, crisp air, and big sky expansiveness. It also helps that southwest Montana isn’t quite as parched as southern Idaho – which is technically a high desert. Every time I see this photo, the mountains call for me.
Photo info: Madison Range Madison Valley Cameron, Montana September 2014 Ilford Pan F Plus 50 film Zeiss Biogon 21/4.5 ZM lens Leica M3 35mm film camera
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.
Photo info: 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