Headwaters of the Missouri River | Three Forks, Montana
This is a 20 image panorama where I attempted to capture the Madison (far left) and Jefferson (middle) Rivers coming together to form the Missouri River (far right). The Gallatin River joins the Missouri a mile downstream. Peaceful and serene, one can easily underestimate it's geographic and historical significance. The Missouri starts here and continues for over 2300 miles to St. Louis, making it the second longest river in North America. Lewis and Clark were the first to travel the entire distance in 1804-05 and camped at this spot for a few days before continuing their expedition over the Continental Divide and on to the Pacific Ocean.
The sunset was enhanced by smoke from distant wildfires near Missoula.
A higher resolution image can be viewed at: