Thursday, October 8, 2009

Sky Watch Friday - Centennial Mountains

On the border between the Big Sky valleys of southwestern Montana and the Island Park area of Idaho, lies a beautiful mountian range called the Centennials.  Here the Sunday snowstorm just begins to build up.  Now they are almost totally covered with from two to three feet of snow.  I will post pictures of the Centennials after I get back from my final two days of "roughing" it.


This is the view of Mount Jefferson from the southwest side.  It is a popular place for hiking in the summer.  This mountain range hosts the Continental Divide Trail that mostly follows the summit of these mountains.



Before it snows in the valleys around these mountain, the air has to saturate with moisture.  Then after the storm passes, the valleys are usually fog filled with the higher peaks rising above the mist.
Just another wild day in Idaho.

26 comments:

Naturegirl said...

Bill snow clouds there while here we complain about rain clouds! The photos of the mountains and billows of snow clouds are wonderful!

pierre/magdalena said...

Lovley picture on the clouds and the mountains.

Have a nice weekend!

christina said...

Beautiful pictures!!

Linda Jacobs said...

No! Not snow, yet! It's too early!

Love the mountains, though.

Sylvia K said...

I'm not ready for snow yet either, but the mountains are beautiful! And as long as the snow is somewhere else I can really enjoy it! But I remember that I did enjoy it when I lived in Montana! These are great shots of the mountains!

Have a great weekend!

Sylvia

Quiet Paths said...

You hit home a lot closer to me than you would have thought with these photos. This is my Grandmother's old stomping ground and a place she really admired. Lovely shots, and thanks for reminding me of this beautiful place.

Janie said...

Love the frosted mountaintops. I hope you shot us a photo of the peaks rising above the mist in another post. Great wild scenery!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Beautiful pictures. We visited the Island Park area this past summer. My blog's header is a photograph from that area.

Nina P. said...

OK now I have even more places to visit once I win the lotto. Great Photo's. Just breathtaking, makes me want to sit back and enjoy... maybe I will. blessings to you and yours, Love and Light, Nina P

Laurie Brandriet Keller said...

mountains + clouds = heaven

James said...

The mountains are do majestic from a distance. The snow covered peaks really draw me into the picture.

Gaelyn said...

These mountains are gorgeous with there snow capped peaks. Try not to get buried out there and good luck with the hunt in the wilds.

eileeninmd said...

Awesome shots of the snow capped mountains and the stormy clouds. So dramatic. Thanks for sharing your skywatch.

mountain.mama said...

Two feet? TWO feet? Yikes.

IRENE said...

Majestic! Thank you for stopping by and for your kind comment. See you again soon!

Camilla :) said...

Thanks for your comment, we are wery careful when the ice is thin! :)
Beatuiful pictures you have here, I love the snow on top of the mountains!
Have a nice weekend :)

Benikos place said...

Hi Bill, nice to meet you too, Idaho looks beautifull samme as your blog ! regards from Berlin Germany :)

bookbabie said...

Very pretty pics, we enjoyed our western trip this fall and want to go back, especially to the Tetons, ahh...

Susan Ellis said...

Thanks for dropping by my site...your photos and commentary are wonderful...cheers, a new follower!
Susan

Cloudia said...

Such beautiful images, Bill!

You are always most welcome to rest in the spiral at Waikiki with us......


Aloha, Friend!

Comfort Spiral

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Bill, Hope you are enjoying your 'roughing it' trip... I love seeing those gorgeous mountains. I cannot believe that that is THAT much snow on them already!!!!

Have a great weekend.
Betsy

Grayquill said...

Your posts always make me want to grab a bag of cookies, a thermos of coffee and start driving east. I know in eight to ten hours I could be there. Then there is that work thing...where others expect you to show up. D'OH!
On of these days you might find a Grayquill in the backgound of one of your pictures - It could happen.

Luiz Ramos said...

Beautiful Nature, beautiful shots.
Luiz Ramos

Arija said...

A beautiful blog with lovely mountain scenery.

Squirrel said...

These are beautiful photos Bill!

Nature Lovin' Super Mama said...

Bill, Thanks for stopping by the last few days! I love your site...very neat! Hope you fill you last tag! And did you know the elk that roam here are the off-spring of 7 montana bull elk, brought here around 1914! Have a great weekend!