The recent discussion of MSTI got me thinking about power transmission lines and the landscape. The large towers are 500kv Bonneville Power Administration lines as they pass north of Boulder by the Pegasus Gold Mine. One of the proposed MSTI routes is to run a new 500 kv line just like these parallel to it. I have grown up my whole life with these lines so I am used to them being part of the environment, however I took these picture to try to imagine two of these running parallel across the landscape.
The smaller lines pictured here are the old transmission lines connecting connecting Great Falls, Helena, and Butte.