12 Oct 16 . Going back on my promise for today's submission and also back in time to the late morning of the second day. Having finished a nice breakfast at the motel, we traveled along the Clark Fork River on our way to visit the St Ignatius Mission in St Ignatius, MT. More about the Mission in a later epistle. Driving along I-90 you cross over the Clark Fork multiple times, perhaps a dozen such before it leaves you for other meanderings. It is a lovely river and in some places simply spectacular. At the location where this shot was taken it separates mostly cattle ranches on either side with the occasional farm set in grain. As we were making our way to the Mission we were playing cat and mouse with the weather experiencing mostly overcast and rain showers interspersed with momentary sunshine. By picking a location and simply waiting we were able to get sets of the same location in both sunlight and overcast. Here it is in a fleeting moment of sunshine. The colors on the hills in this area of the river are something you have to see in person to fully appreciate. When the sun is obscured by the clouds, the difference in hillside color is hard to believe. The small scrubby stuff mid river had just started to put on an autumn display, but the grasses were putting on quite a performance from pale yellows to deep golden hues. All we were lacking were a couple pure red trees for accent.
I've increased the contrast a small bit to bring out both the textures and colors and adjusted the color temp a little to the blue side. Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture priority; ISO 250; 1/400 sec @ f / 8.