2020 Montana / Wyoming Photos

A rather large selection of images from our 2020 trip to Montana and Wyoming.  If there are too many images here, I apologize -- I'm a lousy editor.  Also, I like panos.  And rocks.  So there are lots of panos of rocks . . .

Click on an image to see a larger version and to read something about where it was taken.

Just outside Red Lodge, MT

Just outside Red Lodge, MT

Just outside Red Lodge, MT

Just outside Red Lodge, MT

Entering the Beartooth Highway

Entering the Beartooth Highway

We were amazed the road was open, as they often can't clear the snow until later in the summer. As it was, they ended up closing the highway the day after we drove through it, due to an overnight snow storm.

On the Beartooth Highway

On the Beartooth Highway

On the Beartooth Highway

On the Beartooth Highway

On the Beartooth Highway

On the Beartooth Highway

On the Beartooth Highway

On the Beartooth Highway

On the Beartooth Highway

On the Beartooth Highway

Any roadway you can see in this image is all the same road -- the Beartooth Highway. It just wraps back and forth, back and forth, all the way up, and then all the way down.

On the Beartooth Highway

On the Beartooth Highway

Any roadway you can see in this image is all the same road -- the Beartooth Highway. It just wraps back and forth, back and forth, all the way up, and then all the way down.

On the Beartooth Highway

On the Beartooth Highway

Any roadway you can see in this image is all the same road -- the Beartooth Highway. It just wraps back and forth, back and forth, all the way up, and then all the way down.

On the Beartooth Highway

On the Beartooth Highway

Yes, there was ice.

On the Beartooth Highway

On the Beartooth Highway

And there was snow. There were people up there skiing.

On the Beartooth Highway

On the Beartooth Highway

On the Beartooth Highway

On the Beartooth Highway

Marmot. He kept sticking his tongue out at me.

On the Beartooth Highway

On the Beartooth Highway

Marmot. He kept sticking his tongue out at me.

On the Beartooth Highway

On the Beartooth Highway

Marmot. He kept sticking his tongue out at me.

On the Beartooth Highway

On the Beartooth Highway

More ice & snow.

On the Beartooth Highway

On the Beartooth Highway

More ice & snow.

On the Beartooth Highway

On the Beartooth Highway

More ice & snow.

On the Beartooth Highway

On the Beartooth Highway

On the Beartooth Highway

On the Beartooth Highway

We spotted this as we drove down the road, slammed on the brakes, and walked back to shoot it. Really pretty little cascade with no name that we can find.

On the Beartooth Highway

On the Beartooth Highway

We spotted this as we drove down the road, slammed on the brakes, and walked back to shoot it. Really pretty little cascade with no name that we can find.

On the Beartooth Highway

On the Beartooth Highway

We spotted this as we drove down the road, slammed on the brakes, and walked back to shoot it. Really pretty little cascade with no name that we can find.

On the Beartooth Highway

On the Beartooth Highway

I love the rock formations. Just amazing stuff.

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

Wild flowers.

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

Wild flowers.

Our house at Red Lodge.

Our house at Red Lodge.

The Creek in our "backyard." It wasn't 30 feet from the house, and ran like this 24 hrs/day. The sound could put you to sleep in minutes.

Our house at Red Lodge.

Our house at Red Lodge.

The Creek in our "backyard." It wasn't 30 feet from the house, and ran like this 24 hrs/day. The sound could put you to sleep in minutes.

Our house at Red Lodge.

Our house at Red Lodge.

The Creek in our "backyard." It wasn't 30 feet from the house, and ran like this 24 hrs/day. The sound could put you to sleep in minutes.Creek in our "backyard."

Our house at Red Lodge.

Our house at Red Lodge.

This is the back of the house, which was supposed to be the front of the house, but they wanted it facing the creek. So when you drive up, you drive up to the back of the house, and enter through what is supposed to be the back door. ‾\_(ツ)_/‾

Near Red Lodge, MT.

Near Red Lodge, MT.

This was an abandoned coal mine just off the road into town. There was a terrible disaster there in 1943 that killed quite a few miners.

Near Red Lodge, MT.

Near Red Lodge, MT.

This was an abandoned coal mine just off the road into town. There was a terrible disaster there in 1943 that killed quite a few miners.

Near Red Lodge, MT.

Near Red Lodge, MT.

This was an abandoned coal mine just off the road into town. There was a terrible disaster there in 1943 that killed quite a few miners.

Near Red Lodge, MT.

Near Red Lodge, MT.

In this image from the mine, there is an owl. Can you see him? I didn't -- until I got all the way home and saw the image on the big monitor. Quite a surprise. I think he was quite aware of our presence -- he's looking right at me.

Near Red Lodge, MT.

Near Red Lodge, MT.

And there he is. This s blown way, way up to see him.

Near Red Lodge, MT.

Near Red Lodge, MT.

This was an abandoned coal mine just off the road into town. There was a terrible disaster there in 1943 that killed quite a few miners.

Near Red Lodge, MT.

Near Red Lodge, MT.

This was an abandoned coal mine just off the road into town. There was a terrible disaster there in 1943 that killed quite a few miners.

Near Red Lodge, MT.

Near Red Lodge, MT.

This was an abandoned coal mine just off the road into town. There was a terrible disaster there in 1943 that killed quite a few miners.

Near Red Lodge, MT.

Near Red Lodge, MT.

This was an abandoned coal mine just off the road into town. There was a terrible disaster there in 1943 that killed quite a few miners.

Near Red Lodge, MT.

Near Red Lodge, MT.

This was an abandoned coal mine just off the road into town. There was a terrible disaster there in 1943 that killed quite a few miners.

Ovelooking Red Lodge, MT.

Ovelooking Red Lodge, MT.

In the original image, you can see so much detail that you can almost read the signs.

The Chief Joseph Highway

The Chief Joseph Highway

This is the other main way to get from Red Lodge to Yellowstone (the other being the Beartooth HIghway). It was overcast and rainy all day, so we got what we got, and had to be happy about it. But it's beautiful country.

The Chief Joseph Highway

The Chief Joseph Highway

This is the other main way to get from Red Lodge to Yellowstone (the other being the Beartooth HIghway). It was overcast and rainy all day, so we got what we got, and had to be happy about it. But it's beautiful country.

The Chief Joseph Highway

The Chief Joseph Highway

Once again, you can see how the road keeps turning back on itself as it winds up and down the mountains. This has to be some of, if not THE, most beautiful landscapes I've ever seen, and I know I haven't come close to doing it any justice.

The Chief Joseph Highway

The Chief Joseph Highway

Once again, you can see how the road keeps turning back on itself as it winds up and down the mountains. This has to be some of, if not THE, most beautiful landscapes I've ever seen, and I know I haven't come close to doing it any justice.

The Chief Joseph Highway

The Chief Joseph Highway

Once again, you can see how the road keeps turning back on itself as it winds up and down the mountains. This has to be some of, if not THE, most beautiful landscapes I've ever seen, and I know I haven't come close to doing it any justice.

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

This is our single most favorite picnic spot anywhere ever. Very secluded, very quiet (except for the sounds of the rushing water). We love to sit under the trees, and enjoy our lunch.

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

The same snowstorm that closed the Beartooth Highway dumped some snow on us (just flurries, really, but, it was June, ya know?) and on the trees in the upper elevations of Yellowstone. You can see the trees beyond the foreground trees are pretty much covered.

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

This has to be the sorriest looking Bison I've ever seen. Poor guy must have come awfully close to starving over the winter. Felt bad for him.

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

The Bison on the left looked even worse that the previous one. The mamma and baby looked pretty healthy, but they were obviously still undernourished.

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

Osprey nest. If you look along the top right edge of the nest, you might be able to see the head of the chick. This chick is almost ready to get kicked out of the nest, but he's hanging on.

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

Osprey nest.

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

Osprey nest.

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

Osprey nest.

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

While you're waiting on the osprey to do something interesting, you look for other things to shoot. Therefore, this is titled, "Desperate."

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

This is titled "Looking for anything to shoot while I wait." The white dots are rain drops . . .

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

If you've ever heard the song, "Home On The Range," you know that it's where the "deer and the antelope play." Wrong. There are no antelope in North America. The antelope are in Africa. These little guys, who are often mistaken for antelope, are actually pronghorns. The white dots are rain drops . . .

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

If you've ever heard the song, "Home On The Range," you know that it's where the "deer and the antelope play." The white dots are rain drops . . . Wrong. There are no antelope in North America. The antelope are in Africa. These little guys, who are often mistaken for antelope, are actually pronghorns.

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

If you've ever heard the song, "Home On The Range," you know that it's where the "deer and the antelope play." Wrong. There are no antelope in North America. The antelope are in Africa. These little guys, who are often mistaken for antelope, are actually pronghorns.

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

If you've ever heard the song, "Home On The Range," you know that it's where the "deer and the antelope play." Wrong. There are no antelope in North America. The antelope are in Africa. These little guys, who are often mistaken for antelope, are actually pronghorns.

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

If you've ever heard the song, "Home On The Range," you know that it's where the "deer and the antelope play." Wrong. There are no antelope in North America. The antelope are in Africa. These little guys, who are often mistaken for antelope, are actually pronghorns.

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

If you've ever heard the song, "Home On The Range," you know that it's where the "deer and the antelope play." Wrong. There are no antelope in North America. The antelope are in Africa. These little guys, who are often mistaken for antelope, are actually pronghorns.

Alpine, MT

Alpine, MT

A friend suggested we take a little trip to a small town called Alpine, MT. We thought it would be a short trip. Turned into an all day affair. But it was beautiful. And Alpine turned out to be a gated community that we couldn't get into any way. So these were all shot along the road into and out of Alpine.

Alpine, MT

Alpine, MT

I love rock formations. Don't know anything about geology, but I love the big rocks.

Alpine, MT

Alpine, MT

Alpine, MT

Alpine, MT

Alpine, MT

Alpine, MT

Alpine, MT

Alpine, MT

Alpine, MT

Alpine, MT

Alpine, MT

Alpine, MT

Another little waterfall we just stumbled upon. And when I say, "little," I mean, "little." Not more than 3 feet high. But very pretty.

Alpine, MT

Alpine, MT

Alpine, MT

Alpine, MT

Alpine, MT

Alpine, MT

We also found this creek running through the area.

Alpine, MT

Alpine, MT

Alpine, MT

Alpine, MT

Alpine, MT

Alpine, MT

This barn is part of a large homestead for sale. Well over a million bucks worth. Not the barn, the whole place . . .

Wind River Canyon

Wind River Canyon

The only day we had that was not overcast was the first day of our 2-day drive home. Not a cloud in the sky. So we stopped here to shoot more rock photos. Love them rocks. The river runs down the middle of the canyon, with the road on one side and the railroad tracks on the other.

Wind River Canyon

Wind River Canyon

The only day we had that was not overcast was the first day of our 2-day drive home. Not a cloud in the sky. So we stopped here to shoot more rock photos. Love them rocks. The river runs down the middle of the canyon, with the road on one side and the railroad tracks on the other.

Wind River Canyon

Wind River Canyon

The only day we had that was not overcast was the first day of our 2-day drive home. Not a cloud in the sky. So we stopped here to shoot more rock photos. Love them rocks. The river runs down the middle of the canyon, with the road on one side and the railroad tracks on the other.

Wind River Canyon

Wind River Canyon

The only day we had that was not overcast was the first day of our 2-day drive home. Not a cloud in the sky. So we stopped here to shoot more rock photos. Love them rocks. The river runs down the middle of the canyon, with the road on one side and the railroad tracks on the other.

Wind River Canyon

Wind River Canyon

The only day we had that was not overcast was the first day of our 2-day drive home. Not a cloud in the sky. So we stopped here to shoot more rock photos. Love them rocks. The river runs down the middle of the canyon, with the road on one side and the railroad tracks on the other.

Wind River Canyon

Wind River Canyon

The only day we had that was not overcast was the first day of our 2-day drive home. Not a cloud in the sky. So we stopped here to shoot more rock photos. Love them rocks. The river runs down the middle of the canyon, with the road on one side and the railroad tracks on the other.

Wind River Canyon

Wind River Canyon

The only day we had that was not overcast was the first day of our 2-day drive home. Not a cloud in the sky. So we stopped here to shoot more rock photos. Love them rocks. The river runs down the middle of the canyon, with the road on one side and the railroad tracks on the other.

Wind River Canyon

Wind River Canyon

The only day we had that was not overcast was the first day of our 2-day drive home. Not a cloud in the sky. So we stopped here to shoot more rock photos. Love them rocks. The river runs down the middle of the canyon, with the road on one side and the railroad tracks on the other.

Wind River Canyon

Wind River Canyon

The only day we had that was not overcast was the first day of our 2-day drive home. Not a cloud in the sky. So we stopped here to shoot more rock photos. Love them rocks. The river runs down the middle of the canyon, with the road on one side and the railroad tracks on the other.

Wind River Canyon

Wind River Canyon

The only day we had that was not overcast was the first day of our 2-day drive home. Not a cloud in the sky. So we stopped here to shoot more rock photos. Love them rocks. The river runs down the middle of the canyon, with the road on one side and the railroad tracks on the other.

Wind River Canyon

Wind River Canyon

The only day we had that was not overcast was the first day of our 2-day drive home. Not a cloud in the sky. So we stopped here to shoot more rock photos. Love them rocks. The river runs down the middle of the canyon, with the road on one side and the railroad tracks on the other.

Wind River Canyon

Wind River Canyon

The only day we had that was not overcast was the first day of our 2-day drive home. Not a cloud in the sky. So we stopped here to shoot more rock photos. Love them rocks. The river runs down the middle of the canyon, with the road on one side and the railroad tracks on the other.

Wind River Canyon

Wind River Canyon

The only day we had that was not overcast was the first day of our 2-day drive home. Not a cloud in the sky. So we stopped here to shoot more rock photos. Love them rocks. The river runs down the middle of the canyon, with the road on one side and the railroad tracks on the other.

Wind River Canyon

Wind River Canyon

The only day we had that was not overcast was the first day of our 2-day drive home. Not a cloud in the sky. So we stopped here to shoot more rock photos. Love them rocks. The river runs down the middle of the canyon, with the road on one side and the railroad tracks on the other.

Wind River Canyon

Wind River Canyon

The only day we had that was not overcast was the first day of our 2-day drive home. Not a cloud in the sky. So we stopped here to shoot more rock photos. Love them rocks. The river runs down the middle of the canyon, with the road on one side and the railroad tracks on the other.

Wind River Canyon

Wind River Canyon

The only day we had that was not overcast was the first day of our 2-day drive home. Not a cloud in the sky. So we stopped here to shoot more rock photos. Love them rocks. The river runs down the middle of the canyon, with the road on one side and the railroad tracks on the other.

Wind River Canyon

Wind River Canyon

The only day we had that was not overcast was the first day of our 2-day drive home. Not a cloud in the sky. So we stopped here to shoot more rock photos. Love them rocks. The river runs down the middle of the canyon, with the road on one side and the railroad tracks on the other.

Wind River Canyon

Wind River Canyon

I guess the water in the river isn't safe to drink. Either that or the stuff that collects in the barrel isn't safe . . .

Wind River Canyon

Wind River Canyon

The only day we had that was not overcast was the first day of our 2-day drive home. Not a cloud in the sky. So we stopped here to shoot more rock photos. Love them rocks. The river runs down the middle of the canyon, with the road on one side and the railroad tracks on the other.

The plains of Wyoming

The plains of Wyoming

Not too long after we left the Wind River Canyon, the skies darkened, and the storms blew in. That part of Wyoming is pretty flat so we could see them from some distance. This downburst caught our attention, and since there was a rest stop handy, we stopped and shot some photos. There were several of these storms that afternoon, and we managed to avoid driving through all but one . . .

The plains of Wyoming

The plains of Wyoming

Not too long after we left the Wind River Canyon, the skies darkened, and the storms blew in. That part of Wyoming is pretty flat so we could see them from some distance. This downburst caught our attention, and since there was a rest stop handy, we stopped and shot some photos. There were several of these storms that afternoon, and we managed to avoid driving through all but one . . .

The plains of Wyoming

The plains of Wyoming

Not too long after we left the Wind River Canyon, the skies darkened, and the storms blew in. That part of Wyoming is pretty flat so we could see them from some distance. This downburst caught our attention, and since there was a rest stop handy, we stopped and shot some photos. There were several of these storms that afternoon, and we managed to avoid driving through all but one . . .

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