Nature at her Best

I’ve posted several landscapes from my recent fly fishing and photo trip to Montana but none of the fish.  So just to prove to all of you that follow my blog, I do fish and occasionally catch them.  This beauty was caught on a fly, played gently, and carefully released as are all the fish I catch.

Smith River
Smith River

Cottonwoods Turn

The day after the snow storm these wonderful puffy clouds and blue sky came back to highlight the changing colors of a cottonwood tree.

Bar Z Ranch Montana
Bar Z Ranch Montana

Montana October Storm

By 11:00 AM on the day it snowed the mountains in the background were completely covered and these low hanging black clouds were nearly at ground level.  The Brown Trout fishing was pretty good.  They like cold weather..

Bar Z Ranch Montana
Bar Z Ranch Montana

Smith River

I’m back home after spending a week at the Bar Z Ranch in Montana.  The weather was cold and colder.  I’ll post a series of photos starting with this simple view of the Smith River.

Montana
Montana

Montana Horse

Montana Horse

If you follow this blog you may know I like to try B&W film occasionally.  It’s much harder than I thought it would be.  Colors can’t bail you out and the subject has to really be strong.  At least to me it does.  I haven’t shot many animals but having recently been in Montana there were lots of horses and here’s one I liked.  Developed and scanned.  No post processing at all.

First Snow of the Year

On our last day at the Bar Z Ranch I awoke to snow flurries. I took a few shots from the back porch, still in PJ’s, then quickly back inside to finish my coffee.  It continued to snow off and on the rest of the day.  Coming from Southern California it was a wonderful sight.

Summer Home

This cabin was used as a summer retreat for the owners of the Bar Z Ranch.  It sits just West of the Smith River.  A small amount of the morning snow remains on the roof.

Smith River Aspens

I’m here on a fly fishing trip at the Bar Z Ranch.  These aspens are on the Smith River near White Sulphur Springs Montana.  Taken yesterday on a warm Indian Summer day.  This morning it’s snowing.