Prairie, Lake and Sky: Solitude at Freezout Lake


Solitude can be hard to come by on a holiday weekend, even in sparsely populated Montana. But we found it, in the wide open prairie at the edge of the Rocky Mountain Front: Freezout Lake Wildlife Management Area. The migratory birds have mostly passed through, but the ponds and lakes of the area are still teeming with life – at least the non-human kind. We were the only people in sight.

The landscape is raw and beautiful, and the weather always takes center stage.



We’re the only campers in a vast landscape:



We watch as a storm rolls in…


while across the lake a sliver of sunlight shines on the valley.


But the clouds – and the sky – still dominate the land.


In the still of the late evening, a lone falcon makes her way along the lake shore.


And a Marbled Godwit stands perfectly still on the shoreline, until I get too close.



And a perfect day ends.


About westerner54

Hello. I'm Cindy, and I love to hike, bike and explore the outdoors - particularly the western U.S.
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10 Responses to Prairie, Lake and Sky: Solitude at Freezout Lake

  1. These are stunning photos of what looks like an gorgeous landscape. I feel like I sneaked away with you for this trip 🙂
    The clouds and skies in these shots are really beautiful, thanks for sharing your solitude with us.

  2. montucky says:

    I’ve always wanted to go there. Perhaps some day…

  3. oopsjohn says:

    Wonderful images, with some creatively & artistically cropped horizons. Montana is the greatest!

  4. Marbled Godwit? What a name. Thanks for sharing some big sky country, definitely living up to the name.

  5. Stunning images, I love seeing the mountains far in the background. Very faint but very powerful

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