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.