Emily Shafer Photography | Big Sky Country

Big Sky Country

March 16, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

They weren't lying when the called Montana "Big Sky Country". Recently, I took a three week road trip that led me through the Great Plains, The Badlands, and of course Big Sky, Montana. The goal was to reach Lone Peak Mountain. I have been snowboarding for a whopping two years in the hills of West Virginia, and I must say nothing can quite prepare you for the heart attack you get at the top of Lone Peak. That said, it was the best snowboarding I have ever experienced and quite the adrenaline rush! This trip was interesting to pack for as well. Some of the items listed on my checklist included a snowboard, my camera (obviously), and a coffee maker, swimsuit, ski jacket. If that doesn't sound like a recipe for a great trip, then I don't know what does! 

My family decided to drive out all the way up to Montana in three days. I am quite grateful for that decision. It allowed me to experience the vastness of America first hand and enjoy the varying terrain. . . kinda. You see it turns out that once you have seen one section of the Great Plains, you have sort of seen it all. Although it was still exciting to see such flat land (the first time around). 

This leads me to my first picture, I believe we were in South Dakota on day two. I was looking through the window losing interest, when all of a sudden The Badlands National Park popped up out of the ground! We took a detour, and explored the interesting formations. Luckily, I whipped out my camera and preserved a few memories for myself that I would like to share with you all! 

Here is the first view we saw. Gorgeous blue sky, and yes the sky really is bigger out West. 

These next two show the texture of the Badlands pretty well. It shocked me once I was up close. They were made up of this soft dirt, but from a distance the formations look like sharp mountains! 

As we kept traveling through the park, the colors got more intense and incorporated more yellow soil. We turned a corner and then BAM! These vivid yellow and pink streaks appeared. 

This next one proves that I always end up taking pictures of something metal. In this case it was a truck. What can I say, I love what I do!

Finally we made it to Montana! During the days, I was out snowboarding, and had to leave my big camera behind. Luckily, this gave me a chance to try some night photography! This first one was taken standing in front of that pickup truck I just showed you. I was a little paranoid of being ran over (not going to lie.) To my relief, it wasn't a busy road. The wind was strong that night, and if you look closely the trees are moving! 

 

The one below is of Lone Peak Mountain. The building causing the mountain to glow up top is where the ski lift drops you off. Thankfully for me, it also takes you back down. . . 

Here is a view of our backyard. A view I got used to! 

Then last but not least, I want to share a picture of the dog sledding experience I had. I think I need to train Maverick to do that! The dogs LOVED their job, and once they tied them all up to a rope they bolted into the woods! It was an amazing thing to watch and be a part of. 

Well, that covers about all of it! The ride back looked an awful lot like the one out- minus the Badlands. I hope you all enjoyed these photos, and thanks for stopping by!

P.S. This blog will be turned into prints, so if you like what you see watch out for my Facebook posts. I will have them ready to take home soon! 

 

 

 


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