A Montana View Fine Art Nature Photography

aMontanaView

Thanks for visiting my SmugMug Photo site. Please leave comments! You can also email me at merle@amontanaview.com and visit my website at www.aMontanaView.com and Facebook aMontanaView on Facebook About me: I live south of Missoula, Montana on the west side of the Bitterroot valley. Many of my photos are taken here in western Montana, but also around the world. I love being outdoors. I hike, bike, fish, hunt, ski and ALWAYS take photos. As much time as I spend outdoors, one needs to eat. You might see photos of food on these treks as I explore the sights, flora and fauna. I use a Canon 7D and 5D Mark III (with a few lenses and tripods) and shoot in RAW. I process my photos into JPG with Adobe Lightroom with as few adjustments as possible.

  • Snowgeese on Freezeout Lake in Montana, USA in the spring. Image 6073. The Front Range of the Rocky Mountains is in the background (the photo is looking west).

  • Fox kits - exercise in dominance. IMG_6493. See the original gallery for the story behind this and for more photos. A collection of these photos makes a great series over the fireplace or on any wall of your home of office. Taken west of Missoula near the banks of the Bitterroot River in June.

  • Fox kits - duking it out. IMG_6533. See the original gallery for the story behind this and for more photos. A collection of these photos makes a great series over the fireplace or on any wall of your home of office. Taken west of Missoula near the banks of the Bitterroot River in June.

  • Bald Eagles on a Cottonwood snag near Sweathouse Creek in the Bitterroot Valley. Image 8405

  • Just a little bit of snow.

  • American Kestrel on a Cottonwood snag west of Victor, Montana USA in the Bitterroot Valley in March. Image 6399.

  • Mission Mountains. Taken southwest of Pablo, Montana from a gravel road. The Sheep's Head is the mountain peak in the very far right of the photo.

  • A pair of fox kits. IMG_6459. See the original gallery for the story behind this and for more photos. A collection of these photos makes a great series over the fireplace or on any wall of your home of office. Taken west of Missoula near the banks of the Bitterroot River in June.

  • Brand new osprey nest at Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge near Stevensville. Hasn't been up much more than a week and already tenants are moving in! Very cool. Image 8233.

  • Fairyslipper - Calypso bulbosa IMG_3795 5x7

  • Flathead Lake, East Shore IMG_8576-2-sw

  • Female Hairy Woodpecker - Picoides villosus on a Ponderosa Pine tree in the Bitterroot Valley, Montana, USA. Early January.

  • Pasque Flower, front and center

  • March 3, Goldfinch

  • Mission Mountains from Ninepipe Reservoir.

  • Thursday evening - beautiful overcast day at Flathead Lake north of Polson, Montana. IMG_0086

  • Taken early May 2013

  • Profile of Short-eared Owl on a fence post in the Mission Valley in June. Image 6065,

  • Female, no red spot at the back of the head.

  • Sandhill Crane in western Montana, Bitterroot Valley. Image 3235.

  • View this one larger. The tongue is sticking out. Pretty funny.

  • Western Bluebird - Sialia mexicana

  • Ruffed Grouse looking right. Image 2673.

  • Fir tree disquised as an Aspen - IMG_1916

  • Hay, beautiful hay

  • Red-tailed Hawk preening

  • Big Horn Ram near Sula, MT Img_1106

  • 7:30 am - Moon setting over Sweathouse Creek in the Bitterroot Mountains

  • Three youngsters straying from the herd

  • Bear, Black Bear splashing in a pond. IMG_3773. See the original gallery for the story behind this and for more photos. A collection of these photos makes a great series over the fireplace or on any wall of your home of office. Taken in the Mission Valley and a pond on Pauline Creek in late June.