Montana Outdoors

July 1, 2007

An afternoon on a stream

Filed under: Fishing, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures, Wildflowers — montucky @ 8:06 pm

Yesterday afternoon was an ideal time for fishing a small stream and therefore I did just that. (Well, someone had to! )

Little Thompson River

This is a stream I have the privilege of sharing with some real fishermen who live there. Here’s one of them:

Osprey and nest

I think that’s Mrs. Osprey, either getting her nest ready (does it seem large enough?) for some newcomers or perhaps already tending her eggs. (I noticed she stayed only in the one area of the nest, and no little heads were yet visible at the edge of it.)

Osprey and her nest

Thinking about it, I’m the third generation of my family to fish here. I wonder how many generations of ospreys there have been! This particular nest has been here and in use for 15 years that I can attest to and I’m sure it has been here much longer than that. The tree that supports it lost it’s top, probably to a lightning strike, but remains very much alive and healthy. The nest is about 60 feet above the ground.

The fish here are mostly small Brook trout, but plentiful, and I have a friend who always welcomes a big mess of little trout ( I brought her 16). I enjoyed a beautiful day on a stream that I’ve fished for nearly 60 years.

Little Thompson River

Oh yes, the stream and all the other things that live in the forest around it, too.

There were lots and lots of these,


and these were everywhere in a large meadow.


I’ll refer to this one by its scientific name, “some kind of flowering water plant“. It lives in a surprisingly fast current, and I like the colors of its stems, leaves and buds in the stream.

Some kind of water plant?!


  1. amazing shots! I don’t know which is my favorite

    you’ve fished here for 60 years?

    my daughter just asked if you got a fancy new camera. said the shots look professional!

    thanks for sharing these. I didn’t realize I was up on my scientific flower names! 🙂


    Comment by skouba — July 1, 2007 @ 8:16 pm

  2. This stream is near where my grandparents owned a ranch: I now live on the last piece of the old ranch. When I was a kid, we lived in Missoula, about 80 miles away, but spent a lot of time here and I can remember many times fishing this same water. The automobiles are certainly different now, but that’s about all that has changed.

    Please thank your daughter for the compliment! Yes, I upgraded my camera in May and I’m still getting used to it, but it has a lot more capability than my old one. It’s still fairly compact and light and pretty quick to use, which is what I want to take hiking, fishing, hunting, etc.


    Comment by montucky — July 1, 2007 @ 9:34 pm

  3. You are killing me with these beautiful images Terry, I got a few images down in the Smokies, but it was a zoo down there. I never can figure out why my wife and her family like to go down there right at the peak of tourist season. The water plant is really cool I don’t think I have seen one like that before.


    Comment by Bernie Kasper — July 2, 2007 @ 12:40 pm

  4. I saw your image of the waterfall. That is just outstanding! I’ll look forward to more from your trip!

    I know exactly what you mean about tourist season. I’m so spoiled here that if I see a human track that’s less than a week old I’m severely disappointed. I seldom even go to Glacier because it’s always teeming with people.

    I can remember seeing the water plant, but never before in bloom. I didn’t even know it did that.

    You would simply go wild around here, there is so much that’s just plain photogenic. The stuff I shoot is really a result of something else I’m doing and that’s OK for me because that’s why I started taking photos anyway. Some of these things though would be spectacular if photographed by someone with your skills!


    Comment by montucky — July 2, 2007 @ 1:24 pm

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