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Scenes from Montana

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There's nothing to write or say about these pictures. If I felt inspired, I would sit and create some poetic or dreamy lyrics to accompany them, but lately it seems almost no one reads such texts. And I'm lazy today, so I will just publish the photos to show you more of the scenic landscapes from Montana. This State is rarely visited by foreign tourists, as they are all gathered in New York City, Washington, DC, Miami, Las Vegas or San Francisco. These cities consistently rank as the most visited by foreign guests in the USA. It's a pity because I think there are so many more interesting, unique and beautiful places in America, including Montana. I hope you enjoy!

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Which U.S. city or State do you want to visit? Maybe I've inspired some of you to think about Montana. :) Have a nice weekend!

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viatcheslav
Mar. 18th, 2016 07:11 am (UTC)
Very beautiful places
peacetraveler22
Mar. 18th, 2016 11:05 am (UTC)
Thank you!
e_d_w
Mar. 18th, 2016 07:19 am (UTC)

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nice weekend!

peacetraveler22
Mar. 18th, 2016 11:05 am (UTC)
Thanks for the shamrocks! :))
vitsky
Mar. 18th, 2016 07:30 am (UTC)
For those who lived in Soviet Union, Montana is associated with jeans of the same name. I don't know why, but almost all jeans here were of this trade mark. So "Montana" became one of the symbols of "western style of life" in Soviet Union.

peacetraveler22
Mar. 18th, 2016 11:04 am (UTC)
Cool! :) This was a brand of jeans manufactured in the Soviet Union, or abroad?
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mesier
Mar. 18th, 2016 07:31 am (UTC)
"Montana jeans" - was extremely trendy in late USSR. ))
peacetraveler22
Mar. 18th, 2016 11:04 am (UTC)
I never heard of this USSR brand, but a reader attached a picture in another comment. :)
lastochkanata
Mar. 18th, 2016 07:53 am (UTC)
Beautiful!
peacetraveler22
Mar. 18th, 2016 11:03 am (UTC)
Thanks! :)
zoldankir
Mar. 18th, 2016 08:54 am (UTC)

Very beautiful photo.

peacetraveler22
Mar. 18th, 2016 11:03 am (UTC)
Glad you liked them!
kyler_rus
Mar. 18th, 2016 09:04 am (UTC)
Salem
peacetraveler22
Mar. 18th, 2016 09:13 am (UTC)
The city or the witch trials? :)) I haven't visited Oregon yet, only Washington State.
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adventurerme
Mar. 18th, 2016 09:53 am (UTC)
Really good pictures. I love to the depth of my heart roads like that with no traffic, no cities, without nothing, just road and nature. It`s perfect.
peacetraveler22
Mar. 18th, 2016 11:03 am (UTC)
I love road shots! However, in Montana it was difficult to shoot these open roads. First, because I was driving alone most of the time and needed to concentrate due to the narrow lanes and possibility of big animals suddenly appearing on the road (happened three times!). Second, because there are almost no shoulders on the main stretches of highway in Montana. So, there's really nowhere to pull the car over, get out and take proper pictures safely. Most of the shots were taken through the front window of the car, that's why the quality of the images isn't the best.
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faultier_sp
Mar. 18th, 2016 10:22 am (UTC)
Beautiful pictures!

I don't know why, but I have the "Twin Peaks" theme in my head, when I look at these pictures. :)
peacetraveler22
Mar. 18th, 2016 11:00 am (UTC)
Thanks! I'm not the best photographer, but try. The beauty must be experienced in person though to fully appreciate. :)
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mb_b
Mar. 18th, 2016 10:25 am (UTC)
Great shots!
However, I respectfully disagree with this:
> This State is rarely visited by foreign tourists, as they are all gathered in New York City, Washington, DC, Miami, Las Vegas or San Francisco.
In my experience, all national parks attracts huge crowds, and foreign bus tours (mostly German and Japanese) are a large part of it. (But perhaps it's seasonal, and that's why you didn't run into them in mid-winter.) In October of 2012 (was it 2012?) I was on the road in SE Utah when all NPs were shut down... the consequences were disastrous for that area (Bryce, Zion) as probably more than half of local business depends on tourism. The crowds shifted to SPs (like Kodachrome) which fortunately stayed open. One day I couldn't get a motel room in Escalante (all sold out) and faced the prospect of a night out without camping gear, but fortunately the head ranger at Escalante Petrified Forest SP lent me a swag and let me sleep on his front lawn... sure enough, it dropped below freezing by the morning. And the airport in Page was doing brisk business in scenic flights over Lake Powell -- which I also took.
peacetraveler22
Mar. 18th, 2016 11:00 am (UTC)
Thanks! Well, Montana, Wyoming, all of the Western States I love are never on the most visited list for foreign tourists. You're right, in summer there is a huge influx of tourist traffic, but this is only a few months out of the year. The top cities are always consistent. You can see them here https://skift.com/2014/06/18/20-most-popular-u-s-cities-among-international-travelers-in-2013/. I remember when the parks had to close down that summer. I felt so bad for tourists who had traveled so far to explore my country and lost the opportunity. :(( My cousin is now a Park Ranger in California. :)
xuswan
Mar. 18th, 2016 11:17 am (UTC)
It's very beautiful, love scene with wide valley.
peacetraveler22
Mar. 18th, 2016 11:35 am (UTC)
I felt like the Queen of the world standing above and looking down at these majestic valleys and landscapes. :)
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qi_tronic
Mar. 18th, 2016 11:44 am (UTC)
7. Where did they steal this European cathedral? :)

13. Longhorns?

Overall very beautiful!
peacetraveler22
Mar. 18th, 2016 11:49 am (UTC)
I'm not sure what the animal is, but I think it's a herd of longhorns. The cathedral is very beautiful to look at from above if you hike partly up Mt. Helena, as I did. But then I became scared being up in the mountain alone, with no one else around, and began the short descent down. :)) Some wild mountain man could've been hiding, waiting for a juicy victim like me. :) The cathedral sits in the center of the city. http://www.sthelenas.org/
elinelisky
Mar. 18th, 2016 11:55 am (UTC)
Very nice and so great open spaces.
peacetraveler22
Mar. 18th, 2016 12:11 pm (UTC)
Yes! Such open spaces, which I adore. I can't even imagine the feeling of a native Montana person if they travel to a place like New York City, where millions of people are all running around in such a small geographic space. Culture shock! :))
margot_yyc
Mar. 18th, 2016 12:43 pm (UTC)
I drove from Calgary to Phoenix through Montana last September. Beautiful landscape, empty roads, high speed limit. Stayed in Butte overnight.
peacetraveler22
Mar. 18th, 2016 12:45 pm (UTC)
Yes, high speed limits! In my area, it is only 55mph on most highways. I was only in Butte for a few hours. How is Calgary? I really want to visit Alberta, esp. Banff National Park!
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(Anonymous)
Mar. 18th, 2016 01:01 pm (UTC)
NICE SCENERY
How about self-sufficiency, does the climate allow you to grow stuff:))?
peacetraveler22
Mar. 18th, 2016 01:11 pm (UTC)
Re: NICE SCENERY
In winter, Montana is very cold and a lot of snow, although this winter was much warmer than usual. I think the climate is good for growing produce during the summer months. And, of course, ranching and the beef industry are huge here, regardless of weather. :)
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