Friday, May 17, 2013

Mountain Sunrise, Rock Wall, Wildflower

A nearby hill (center) and distant mountain range (right) are silhouetted in this mountain sunrise on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 in southwest Montana.

Be sure and check out more sky photos in Skywatch Friday

Yesterday, we posted about an area known as Palisades along the Madison river. A large wall of rock lines the edge of the river for probably a quarter or half mile. The height of the wall must be about 200 feet and contains some interesting layers. Below we have an overview photo and then an enlargement to show you the detail.

The general elevation of this area is about 5500 feet.  Mountain wildflowers are abundant, although not many have bloomed this early.  The one below is a tiny flower, but we thought interesting and colorful.

Today's "point to ponder" ...

If you have to be happy
you will always be unhappy.


Thank you for stopping by John's Island.


  1. Gorgeous sunrise!

  2. I have always called those flowers "shooting stars" but I don't know their real name. And what a beautiful sky!

  3. Enjoyed your variety of sights today very much.

  4. love the first sky shot and the rock face! thanks for the beauty!

  5. Fascinating. The geology makes for terrific photos.

  6. I love that little flower,it is so pretty. Have a wonderful weekend.

  7. The sky is breath taking and I find the rock pattern interesting. Thank you for all the info you add with your photo's.

  8. The sunrise is spectacular! That rock wall is stunning, as though God were teaching stonemasons to cut different shapes of rock and your wildflower is enough to put a smile on anyone's face.

  9. Beautiful sights today. Love that sunrise!

  10. Beautiful sunrise!Have a great day!


  11. Gorgeous. I think many years ago my eldest son and the may have camped near there and surely flyfished below the palisade....:)


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