• Smoky sunset in the Flathead. Photo by Whispering Peaks Photography

    Top reader photos: Night skies of Montana

    We’ve got a pretty great edition of our Top Reader Photos for you this week, as we celebrating the sights of Montana skies.

    Take a look at these gorgeous nighttime shots from our readers. Talk about the Big Sky State, right?

    Milk Way from the Fromberg Sky. Photo by Regina Rigby

    Milk Way from the Fromberg Sky. Photo by Regina Rigby

     

    Moon over Montana. Photo by Robin K, Ha'o

    Moon over Montana. Photo by Robin K, Ha’o

     

    Barrel racing at the East Helena Rodeo. Photo by Mark Edward LaRowe

    Barrel racing at the East Helena Rodeo. Photo by Mark Edward LaRowe

     

    Sun River Canyon Sunset. Photo by Mark Curtis

    Sun River Canyon Sunset. Photo by Mark Curtis

    Lightning lights up the sky near Shepherd. Photo by Jullie Powell

    Lightning lights up the sky near Shepherd. Photo by Jullie Powell

    Do you have Montana photos to share? Send them to editor@montanamagazine.com.

    Jenna

     

  • Photo by Brendan Whitcomb

    Glimpses: A parting shot to show off the best of Montana

    If you’re a subscriber (if you’re not, what are you waiting for?!?), you know the last page of each issue is dedicated to our Glimpses photo – a parting shot from somewhere in Big Sky Country that is always worth 1,000 words.

    Our last Glimpses comes from Circle, where photographer Brendan Whitcomb captured one of those you-gotta-see-it-to-believe-it sunsets.

    Here’s Brendan’s descriptions of the image, “Lonely Sunset“:

    It was Oct. 26, 2014, and I was racing home to see my daughter’s Halloween costume. Commuting many miles to work means face time is at a premium. I felt the tremor of rubber pounding the pavement as my V10 pushed the drumming carousel of North Dakota farther behind.

    In a passing glimpse, I was aware that twilight had awakened on the scenic Montana Highway 200 outside Circle. My foot vacillated on and off the accelerator as the day slowly came to rest. And when I finally pulled over, time and efficiency had given way to the moment.

    I grabbed my camera and aimlessly frisked the local landscape for a subject. A displaced herd of deer and a few trees later I stumbled upon this hallowed enchantment. The scene seemed to have a life of its own that captured the essence of Halloween.

    Get a glimpse of the best of Montana by subscribing today.

    Jenna

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      Evening over Ninepipes Reservoir by John D. Harwood

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      Light show over Northwestern Montana by Natatum Haines

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      Sunrise on Flathead Lake by Sherry Meyers

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      A cowboy roper under the Big Sky by Yvonne Moe Resch

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      Heaving shining through near East Glacier by Earle Take Photography

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      Sunset near Plains by Robin K. Ha'o

    Slideshow: Celebrating Big Sky Country’s summer skies

    Once again, our readers and Facebook friends have shared an amazing bunch of photos with us. And what better time than the first week of August to share a few that celebrate the summer skies of Montana?

    Here’s a compilation of big sky shots from around the state.

    Thanks to Yvonne Moe Resch, Sherry Meyers, John  D. Harwood, Natatum Haines, Robin K. Ha’o and Earle Take Photography for the wonderful images.

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    Enjoy!

    – Jenna