Montana Outdoors

August 30, 2007

Fall colors

The leaves are beginning to turn color already in the high country of Western Montana. These photos were taken just over a ridge north of the Patrick’s Knob roadless area where the color change seems to be more advanced than in most other areas. Lots of reds and oranges, but the yellows haven’t really started yet. It’s a great time to be outdoors!

Fall colors

Fall colors

Fall colors

Fall colors


  1. These are wonderful Terry, love how the red and orange contrast against the green, you captured the vertical and diagonal lines as well. This is very nice photography.


    Comment by Bernie Kasper — August 30, 2007 @ 6:55 pm

  2. Thanks, Bernie! This is just plain beautiful country here above the cities. I’m always amazed at how few people visit it except during hunting season when they just drive the roads.


    Comment by montucky — August 30, 2007 @ 7:39 pm

  3. Okay, that settles it…I start walking tomorrow.

    More marvelous pics.


    Comment by Pinhole — August 30, 2007 @ 7:52 pm

  4. This was an unexpected treat. I went out to look at the first part of a trail I want to hike soon and found all the color. Walking is a good idea!


    Comment by montucky — August 30, 2007 @ 8:28 pm

  5. I’m going to give ours one more week. 🙂 Actually the reds have shown up.. I still seem to be picking up wildflowers and tomm calls for big rains. I love these photos. I had said yesterday you shoot color really well and I have to just repeat myself even if I sound like a broken record. (Your yellows are just starting.. I am so envious!)


    Comment by aullori — August 30, 2007 @ 8:36 pm

  6. I hope those rains make it this far: we are forecast for about a 50% chance. I think the whole country here in the West needs it.

    I’m still working on the color and fortunately there is a lot to work with now. I’m learning that so much depends on what the light is doing.

    I did find a new wildflower today: I’ll put up a photo later.


    Comment by montucky — August 30, 2007 @ 9:54 pm

  7. My sense of all that is right with the world just went seriously awry. How is it that you have more fall colors than we do? Don’t get me wrong: you can have them right now, but still…


    Comment by wolf — August 31, 2007 @ 12:23 pm

  8. I think the drought that we’ve been in the last few years makes them turn early. We’ve also had a few nights down to around freezing in the high country already. Besides, I heard that a moose ate Alaska’s Federal “fall colors” permit last week.


    Comment by montucky — August 31, 2007 @ 1:28 pm

  9. Ha! That story was supposed to be buried in the press, underneath Lindsay Lohan’s pregnancy and the latest fashions from Paris. How would it look if Alaska skipped fall and went straight to winter? Somebody at AP is going to burn for this one, I tell you.


    Comment by wolf — August 31, 2007 @ 2:14 pm

  10. Aw, go easy on AP, wolf. Everybody’s allowed to have one bad millennium.


    Comment by montucky — August 31, 2007 @ 7:40 pm

  11. Love the color interplay, great photos! We really don’t get any fall color at all, so it’s nice to experience it vicariously.


    Comment by Adam R. Paul — September 3, 2007 @ 9:00 am

  12. Exactly my feelings about your photos of the coast!


    Comment by montucky — September 3, 2007 @ 10:22 am

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