Montana Outdoors

February 4, 2008

A little bonus

Filed under: Bighorn sheep, Cabinet Mountains, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures — Tags: — montucky @ 8:46 pm

For today’s conditioning hike I chose an old road which leads out of a canyon not far from my house. It’s a short, steep climb but affords a changing view of the canyon, the valley and some really pretty mountains, depending on how much the weather will disclose at any given time. Today, after a hike of a couple miles and a climb that took me 400 feet above where I left the Jeep, there was this look at a snow storm taking place on the peaks across the valley. The temperature was in the mid twenties with a cold breeze blowing across the ridge top, and there were periods of sun mingled with intermittent snow squalls which changed the views every few minutes. How I love winter!

Snow storm on the peaks

After completing most of the hike, on a small ridge just above the valley bottom, nature provided a little bonus for my efforts. I will never, ever get tired of looking at Bighorns, especially up close. This gal is one of a half dozen ewes who tolerated me long enough to permit a few photos (not that I really needed more photos of Bighorns).

Bighorn ewe

With all of the development that’s going on in the west and the exploitation of the wild country, it’s possible that outings like this may not be possible for many more years. I fervently hope that we, as a people, will be wise enough to keep that from coming to be!

(The other option was to go into town and use the treadmill at the new gym!)


  1. More great photos Montucky!
    The ewe is beautiful, but I think the top picture is my favorite.
    The shades of white and grey of the snow storm on the peaks across the valley paired with the clear beauty of the hill in the foreground is fantastic!


    Comment by ak_adventurer — February 4, 2008 @ 9:38 pm

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  3. It’s a fascinating area. The hill in the foreground is in the Cabinet mountain range, and the peaks in the background are in the Coeur d’Alene mountain range. The Clark Fork river flows through the narrow valley in between. Besides the scenery, it’s a terrific place for wildlife.


    Comment by montucky — February 4, 2008 @ 10:07 pm

  4. ummmm…. I’m with you. a treadmill just does not come close. (It makes me giggle too – like how Kettle Falls right on the Columbia River – has a local swimming pool. Ironies so moronic that only humans could think them up.) I love watching storms moving across the mts. that is a sight to behold. At times I find myself so captivated I just can move (and thus, get snowed on, get wet, get hailed on…) Hopefully none of that applied to you today. Your first shot is gorgeous.


    Comment by aullori — February 4, 2008 @ 10:59 pm

  5. Thanks, Lori!

    Oh yeah, getting snowed on was the order of the day, but I love that too. Simply can’t stay indoors when there’s a good snow storm going on! Weather like that just has to be enjoyed. I’m glad I’m not the only one!


    Comment by montucky — February 4, 2008 @ 11:23 pm

  6. wow! that first shot is really great!

    I wish I’d have had my camera today. we went to a higher elevation…went into Houston to an 8th floor office bldg. nothing spectacular, though the kids enjoyed the view…it would have provided a contrast to what you did today! 🙂


    Comment by silken — February 4, 2008 @ 11:32 pm

  7. Yes, it would have been quite a contrast. There’s something about high places that has always appealed to me, even in a city. I could relate to the chimney sweeps in Mary Poppins.

    I’ve gotten to the point that I hardly ever leave the house without my camera. Seems like every time I do I encounter something that would have been a great photo.


    Comment by montucky — February 4, 2008 @ 11:48 pm

  8. What lovely scenery, and a bonus bighorn is all the merrier!


    Comment by Adam R. Paul — February 5, 2008 @ 10:59 am

  9. That Bighorn posed for you – nearly.

    I can’t stand the thought of most citizens who have no clue what America even LOOKS like. I am sooo excited though – just made plans for a 4 week+ camping trip out West stopping wherever.

    Some possibilities are swinging through Arches, Canyonlands, Phoenix (friends), Sonoran Desert, Death Valley, Monument Valley, Sequoia, Devil’s Postpile, Yosemite, San Fransisco (family), Yellowstone/Tetons and Badlands. Not all of them of course, but who knows where we’ll end up. We’ve seen the more Northern Parks, none of the Southern ones.

    We drive non-stop from Wisconsin to western Colorado, and then have enough time to make a big wandering, wobbly loop before racing from Badland back to Wisconsin. The beginning and end parts are killers.

    Only February and I am counting the days to Sept/Oct. Wheee!


    Comment by barbara — February 5, 2008 @ 1:44 pm

  10. Treadmill or cold weather? HMMMM!

    I thought of you this morning as I was reading. It is the book we are going to discuss later this month on Shelly’s blog, about the journey of the man who walked through the Grand Canyon. The part that made me wish I had been with him and brought you to mind was when he was describing sitting on an outcropping early in the journey and watching the cloud shadows race through and up the canyon. I expect you would be able to spend a few minutes in such an enterprise!


    Comment by Ralph B — February 5, 2008 @ 3:18 pm

  11. Adam,

    Yup, for me, the best of both worlds. If only everyone understood, as we do, just how interrelated they really are!


    Comment by montucky — February 5, 2008 @ 10:19 pm

  12. barbara,

    That trip sounds great! I’m so glad you’ll be able to do it! There’s some beautiful country throughout the whole area. I spent over 20 years in the Phoenix area and used the time I had off wisely. I loved the Sonoran desert! That will be a long drive, but a super trip!


    Comment by montucky — February 5, 2008 @ 10:41 pm

  13. Ralph,

    I’ve spent many hours doing just that. I lived for over 20 years in Arizona and spent lots of time in the desert. I haven’t hiked the canyon, but did spend three days down in Havasupai canyon and from there hiked down to the river. I spent lots of winter days in the low deserts and summer days in the high deserts. I don’t miss the city in the slightest, but I do miss the desert!


    Comment by montucky — February 5, 2008 @ 10:42 pm

  14. Yes, you could have opted for comfort; but then it would have only been you and the treadmill, not ewe and the mountain.


    Comment by Pinhole — February 6, 2008 @ 7:35 am

  15. Yes, I think folks miss a lot in the gyms, although some of the critters there might be just as shaggy as the ewe.


    Comment by montucky — February 6, 2008 @ 10:06 am

  16. This reminds me of the numerous sheep and goats I’ve seen in Glacier National Park. With a 50mm lens, I seldom got close enough to take such pictures: their climbing abilities made mine seem very inept!



    Comment by knightofswords — February 6, 2008 @ 9:45 pm

  17. Yes, they can certainly out-climb me too! They go places with no effort that I wouldn’t even attempt without tying off. This little gal was not into the rocks yet though and the snow slowed her down a bit. Actually it seems that the rams let me get much closer than the rest do/


    Comment by montucky — February 6, 2008 @ 11:26 pm

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