the blue light on the hotel baxter sign on bozeman's main street knows when its snowing at bridger bowl

Flashing Blue Light on the Baxter

Posted on | Shot on at 17:00:00

On the top of the Baxter Hotel in downtown Bozeman is a blue light that flashes whenever it’s snowing at Bridger Bowl, the local’s ski area. It was going to town last evening as it had been snowing all day long.

Initially the blurryness of this image confounded me. When I zoomed in and checked it is pretty sharp. After looking at the area around the light I believe that the cause is two-fold: 1) the ISO1600 setting on the Canon Rebel XTi creates fairly blotchy images, 2) the falling snow is blurring the image. I didn’t realize number 2 until I loaded in some images I had taken earlier in the evening before the sun had set. You could just makeout the sign through the falling snow. What I think is going on here is that the snow is falling just as densely as it was earlier in the evening although you can’t tell because of the darkness.

Share This Photo

  • i guess seeing that blue light is like a green light for skiers.. the slopes are good to go.. :D

  • cool pic!
    thnks for your nice words!
    i’m thinking about changing my gear to rangefinder cause it miss me something…

  • i like this a lot.

    and find the same – our snow is often very fine – like dust – falling snow often doesn’t even show up in my images but it does create a blurring effect.

  • yup that’s a snow sky for sure. great true color.

Similar Photos

  • deep snow reflects the artificical lights of of cars and street lights along main street bozeman
  • 2008-09-20.jpg
  • heavy snow falling on a dark street
  • streetlight bounces off an untouched parking lot
  • heavy fresh snow covers an intersection
  • a large snowman in the yard of the story mansion on a snowy winter evening
  • loopy light of a headlamp at night in a vast scape of blue snow
  • sunset caught by the brick building of plonk on main street bozeman
  • lights of cars streaking past a snowy yard on a winter night
  • brick mansion looking out at a snowy evening
  • heavy snow drapes the winter-naked limbs of lilac bushes
  • snowy trees line a dark avenue, city lights color the clouds overhead, cars race by on a cross street


  • Shutter speed: 3 sec
  • Focal length: 110 mm
  • Aperture: f/5.6


The photo Flashing Blue Light on the Baxter by Joseph Bergantine is licensed under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA License. Licensing Terms and Conditions.

Except where otherwise noted, content on this site is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License to Joseph Bergantine.