The Mountains Outside Helena, Montana and Austin Road

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For one night, I stayed in a cabin in the mountains outside Helena, Montana and then took a scenic drive down Austin Road.

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Full disclosure: the following pictures aren’t from this year. I tried to think of a way to say “After we came back from Glacier National Park…” but it just didn’t make sense. How is my camera suddenly charged when it was dead before and I didn’t have my charger with me? Why is the sky clear? Where did the dog come from? Why didn’t he use this opportunity to take that open-shutter night shot he wanted? Just don’t think about it too much, okay? Okay.

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The Mountains Outside Helena, Montana

So safe

Around midday, we loaded up the cars and took Highway 12 west out of Helena. After about 45 minutes, we turned off the highway and went up a rocky dirt road towards my parent’s cabin.

Cabin - The Rocky Mountains outside Helena, Montana

The thing about this cabin is that when I was a kid, I loathed coming out here. There’s no electricity or running water. My parents were absolutely awe-struck by the view, but as a 10 year old I couldn’t have cared less. But now that I’m older, I see what it is about the landscape that attracted my parents. I mean, look at this.

The Rocky Mountains outside Helena, Montana

Photo Credit: My dad

And it’s not just the mountainscapes that are beautiful. Even open areas like this prairie gave us wonderful scenery for our hikes.

A Clearing - The Rocky Mountains outside Helena, Montana

My dad’s dog was with us, too. She was having the time of her life. I got this picture, which looks like it belongs in a dog food commercial.

Dog in grass

And later, she relaxed.

Dog at Cabin - The Rocky Mountains outside Helena, Montana

At night, we were treated with a beautiful sunset. After all, Montana is Big Sky Country.

Sunset

Austin Road

On our way back into town the next day, we drove up a small county highway to the town of Austin, Montana. This scenery is decidedly different than that of Glacier, but that’s not a bad thing. Ranchers live around this part, using the vast open spaces to keep cattle and horses.

The view from Austin Road outside Helena, Montana

Then we stumbled upon a railroad and my artsy side just went nutter butters. This trip, I wanted to work on my framing in pictures, and I figured the tracks would be good practice.

And unlike most of my pictures, I muted the saturation a little. This part of Montana  felt barren and arid; high saturation felt wrong, and gave the photos a distinctly old-west feel.

Train Tracks - Austin Road outside Helena, Montana

Train Tracks - Austin Road outside Helena, Montana

Train Tracks - Austin Road outside Helena, Montana

 

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