Montana Outdoors

October 30, 2007

A few more autumn leaves

The drops on the leaves came from snow that had melted just minutes before.

Autumn leaves

Autumn leaves

October blossom

Autumn leaves

A couple of miles up the trail (and a thousand feet higher), this mullein had a pretty coating of frost,

Fosted mullein

and this fungus peeked out from under a blanket of fresh snow.

One cold fungus

(These are photos of a few of the small treasures along the trail on a hike into the Cherry Peak roadless area in the Coeur d’Alene Mountains of western Montana on October 4, 2007.)

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  1. These are some beautiful shots. Just curious what kind of elev. were you at? (We have a bit of snow on Sherman Pass (elev. about 6500 ft.) but so far that’s it. (I’m hoping that it’s about that high because were not finished woodcutting … however our new snow plow blade did come in. I’m thinking it will be used a lot this year.) These pictures are so beautiful it’s really hard to pick a favorite but my eye leans towards the second… (is that a maple tree sapling?) beautiful work Terry.

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    Comment by aullori — October 30, 2007 @ 1:31 pm

  2. The first ones ranged from 5,000 to 5,500 ft, the last two were about 6,000 and 6,500 ft. This area has now had a half dozen snows and they have all melted. I’ve been cutting wood in another area that’s also over 6,000 ft. and there are just a few patches of snow there despite haveing a good 4 inches earlier.

    I’m not sure what those leaves are, but I doubt they are maple, since maple is not native here and this area is pretty remote. I think they are a low-growing plant, possibly a thimbleberry.

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    Comment by montucky — October 30, 2007 @ 4:14 pm

  3. Those leaves are really neat they have a lot of character to them, I would to follow you along sometime Terry, too bad its only about 1500 miles away!! 🙂

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    Comment by Bernie Kasper — October 30, 2007 @ 7:17 pm

  4. From colorful to furry frost, we can always count on some variety here.

    Great pics, as always.

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    Comment by Pinhole — October 30, 2007 @ 7:19 pm

  5. Bernie,

    I’d love to have you hike with me! I think you’d have a great time photographing in this environment. There’s so much opportunity.

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    Comment by montucky — October 30, 2007 @ 7:34 pm

  6. Pinhole,

    There’s so much variety in the high country. I try to capture what catches my eye and I post some of it knowing that some folks won’t be interested, but some will. On this particular hike of about 8 hours I brought back 150 photos and kept about 130 of them. (I got carried away with the scenes of snow on the peaks in the roadless area.)

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    Comment by montucky — October 30, 2007 @ 7:42 pm

  7. thanks terry… were wood cutting this weekend for sure. We’ve held off because a white pine dropped across out road. (it was an easement) so we had to clear it out for neighbors. It gave us a good amount of wood tho. Joe keeps threatening about cutting down our trees… I need to get that boy up on a mt. somewhere…! or I won’t have birds to take photos in the spring. 🙂 I’m pretty sure our snow is hitting the same kind of elev. Thank you for the confirmation.

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    Comment by aullori — October 31, 2007 @ 2:11 am

  8. Great close-ups! Sometimes we can see the “great” within the “small.”

    Malcolm

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    Comment by knightofswords — October 31, 2007 @ 11:19 am

  9. Lori,

    Not a bad thing… cutting a tree out of the road and getting wood out of it! I still want a couple more loads, although I’m sure we have enough for the winter.

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    Comment by montucky — October 31, 2007 @ 3:13 pm

  10. knightofswords,

    Sure can. All of it’s important! Often in the back country it seems that a variety of things are clamoring for attention, saying with a color or a shape, “Here I am! Look at me next!”

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    Comment by montucky — October 31, 2007 @ 3:16 pm

  11. Beautiful of God creation. Nice shot!. May I copy a few of your picture for my collection?

    Thanks before 🙂

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    Comment by Fakhrurrozy — November 1, 2007 @ 8:45 pm

  12. Fakhrurrozy,

    Thank you for visiting. Yes, you may copy some of my photos for your own enjoyment, but they may not be used for commercial purposes.

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    Comment by montucky — November 1, 2007 @ 9:44 pm

  13. The golden leaves are stunning!
    We took a trip to Montana a few years ago and the trees were amazing…tall triangles! We’d always heard about the big skies of Montana and it proved to be true. You live in a beautiful state.

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    Comment by Photo Buffet — November 4, 2007 @ 9:50 am

  14. Photo Buffet,

    Yes, this is a beautiful part of the country. Now if we have the foresight to preserve it for future generations to enjoy! Thanks for visiting!

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    Comment by montucky — November 4, 2007 @ 10:43 am

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