Montana Outdoors

November 26, 2007

Valleys are where men live

Sometimes I wonder if Nature wants to forget…

Clark Fork Valley from Weeksville Divide

Clark Fork Valley from Weeksville Divide

Clark Fork Valley from Weeksville Divide

Looking out over the Clark Fork Valley from Weeksville Divide in western Montana’s Cabinet Mountains..


  1. The top image is stunning Terry, you handled the whites in this one well, captured the lovely sky and the fg is really nice with the snow covered tree. This is fine photography 🙂


    Comment by Bernie Kasper — November 26, 2007 @ 9:06 pm

  2. Thanks, Bernie! I find it interesting what the clearness of the air at that altitude does to the pictures. It’s exactly what I wanted.


    Comment by montucky — November 26, 2007 @ 10:47 pm

  3. Looks like I could just walk across those clouds.



    Comment by Pinhole — November 27, 2007 @ 9:02 am

  4. It sure does, Pinhole. Ever since I was a kid I’ve imagined things like that when in the high places. They give a view of the world so different from the one that can be seen from under the clouds.


    Comment by montucky — November 27, 2007 @ 9:25 am

  5. oh wow! if only I could stand the cold!


    Comment by silken — November 27, 2007 @ 8:43 pm

  6. You’d acclimatize in a couple of weeks, silken, but shorts & flip-flops probably wouldn’t work too well. These photos were taken in the early morning with 6 inches of snow and temp around 20. But think of the clear, cold air!


    Comment by montucky — November 27, 2007 @ 9:57 pm

  7. If I knew how to do “shape shifting,” this would be a good place to become a golden eagle.



    Comment by knightofswords — November 28, 2007 @ 10:34 am

  8. I think nature does indeed want to forget we’re here, but then you keep publishing pictures like these and make every Tom, Dick and Harry want to go out there and experience this too. Shame on you! 🙂


    Comment by wolf — November 28, 2007 @ 12:32 pm

  9. Malcolm,

    I’ve often though about that when in the really high places. It would be so convenient to be able to soar like they do! In fact one day two summers ago I was able to watch a Golden soaring in this same area. Quite a sight!


    Comment by montucky — November 28, 2007 @ 5:19 pm

  10. wolf,

    That’s something I can’t quite understand. While I’m sure it’s true that there will be those who react that way to the photos, there are so many who live near here who won’t even make an attempt. I guess that sort of scares me.


    Comment by montucky — November 28, 2007 @ 5:25 pm

  11. It is a lovely photo, but even lovelier is the show nature puts on for all of us to see. Both with our cameras, and also simply with our eyes while we take a deep breath at the magnificence of the sights we see. How I wish I could be there!


    Comment by barbara — November 29, 2007 @ 8:55 pm

  12. You’re so right, barbara. I have many thousands of scenes in my memory, some of which have been there for over 60 years. I know you would love this country!

    It won’t be possible to again visit the place where these were taken until mid May because of the snow and ice, but I’m already looking forward to the time when I can get back up there again. One of the nice things about living where I do though is that there is also a lot of beauty at lower elevations that still can be accessed with a little effort.


    Comment by montucky — November 29, 2007 @ 11:21 pm

  13. Speaking of soaring, in writing up a piece in my blog about the Audubon Society bird Watch List, I found this piece about Montana birds:

    HELENA, Mont. – Forty birds in Montana, including the stately sage grouse, are among the “most imperiled” birds in the country, conservationists announced.

    The National Audubon Society this week released “WatchList 2007” of 178 species of birds in the continental United States and 39 species in Hawaii that the group says are in the greatest danger of extinction and need “immediate conservation help.”
    The total amounts to one-fourth of the bird species in the country, the group said.
    In Montana, the list includes better-known birds like the sage grouse and the Calliope hummingbird, the continent’s smallest.
    But there are less well-known species such as Baird’s sparrow, a little brown bird whose trilling call can be heard on the upland prairies of northeastern Montana, and the black swift, which hides out behind waterfalls in the state’s northwest corner.
    Eight Montana birds are on the groups’ “red list,” those considered most at risk of extinction. Some of the biggest problems come from disappearing wetlands or human pressures on grassland and other habitats.
    Audubon and the America Bird Conservancy compiled the list based on an assessment of the bird’s population size, range size, threats, and population trend.


    Comment by knightofswords — November 30, 2007 @ 2:21 pm

  14. I know, knight. Those who control Montana simply don’t care. There is not any money to be made from keeping a few species of little birds alive. “Public access” to the wild country is far more important to the people who want to exploit it and the politicians who receive their support from them than protecting the environment for biodiversity. I think that among the general population the biggest problem is apathy. Just too few folks care any more. I am not proud of the people of Montana any more, to be honest about it. I remember the days when good, honest, well-meaning people lived here but those days are now gone.


    Comment by montucky — November 30, 2007 @ 5:00 pm

  15. Found these shots while browsing your archives, and am amazed by them. Simply amazing!



    Comment by jpcabit — November 17, 2010 @ 7:12 am

    • Thanks! There is a lot of beauty in this part of the country for those who get out into it.


      Comment by montucky — November 17, 2010 @ 10:28 am

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