Montana Outdoors

October 29, 2014

Sunrise

Filed under: Sunrise — montucky @ 7:00 pm

October sunrise

October sunrise

October sunrise

October 28, 2014

Fall colors

Filed under: Autumn — Tags: , , — montucky @ 9:06 pm

Country Road in Autumn

Country Road in Autumn

Black Cottonwoods in Autumn

Black Cottonwoods in Autumn

October 27, 2014

Western Larch

Western Larch

Western Larch

Western Larch

The mountains in the background are in the Cherry Peak Roadless Area of the Coeur d’Alene Mountains.

October 24, 2014

Fool’s hens

Spruce Grouse

Spruce Grouse

Spruce Grouse

Spruce Grouse ~ Falcipennis canadensis

On a short hike across the north-facing slope below Sunset Peak in the Coeur d’Alene Mountains of western Montana the other day I came across a total of ten of these medium sized grouse whose species inhabits all of Canada and just the northernmost parts of the United States. Had I been a predator that day, I would have been well fed because they behave as their nickname implies, rather foolishly, letting me get within a few feet of them before they flew, depending to an amazing degree just on their camouflage alone. They weigh about a pound to a pound and a half and I have found them to be delicious.

October 23, 2014

Mountaintop gold

Aspens up toward Cherry Peak

Photo taken from just below Sunset Peak in the Coeur d’Alene Mountains of western Montana. In the distance just across the Clark Fork River is KooKooSint Ridge in the Cabinet Mountain range.

October 22, 2014

Morning between the clouds

Filed under: Autumn, Coeur d'Alene Mountains — Tags: , , — montucky @ 6:47 pm

Over the Clark Fork Valley

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