Montana Outdoors

August 31, 2008

Late summer

Filed under: Environment, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures — montucky @ 8:09 pm

“And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.”

Thistle

Clematis

Clematis

Clematis

Clematis

Fireweed

Fireweed

European Mountain Ash

European Mountain Ash

Kinnikinnik

Kinnikinnik

Bear

Bear scat

(Sorry, I couldn’t resist!)

(Photographed along the Koo Koo Sint trail.)

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August 30, 2008

Koo Koo Sint 2

A perspective.

Eddy Mountain photographed from Koo Koo Sint Ridge

Eddy Mountain

There is a lonely lookout tower (one of the few remaining towers that are still in use) on the top of Eddy Mountain. At 6957 feet in elevation it sits 4557 feet above the Clark Fork River (at the bottom of the photo); nearly a mile above it. (If you view the large size version of this photo, you can get an idea of what the lookout itself looks like.)

The Eddy Mountain Lookout

Eddy Mountain Lookout

If the Sears Tower had been built at the river level, and another built on top of it, and still another built on top of that, and if you stood on the very top of all three, you would be almost at eye level with the lookout.

August 29, 2008

Fireweed 2

I can’t let summer pass without featuring Fireweed, Chamerion angustifolium. It’s a beautiful and prolific flower and because it is one of the first plants to start the regeneration of the natural surroundings after a forest fire, it always signifies to me the hope for and the expectation of something better and more beautiful to come.

With the exception of the last photo, which was taken along trail 345 to Bighole Peak, these photos were taken near the start of the trail into the Reservation Divide roadless area.

Fireweed

Fireweed

Fireweed

Fireweed

7395 August 2008 Fireweed closeup
Fireweed

Close call

Filed under: Montana — montucky @ 7:09 pm

On the crash report form, following the words, “Fatality Involved”, the responding Highway Patrol Officer checked the box, “No”.

Peripheral vision to the right side showed a flash of a small, silver car proceeding directly into my path at a ninety degree angle: at 55 MPH there’s not a lot of time to make a decision. Two events must not be allowed to happen; strike the car directly in the driver’s door, or cross the center line into oncoming traffic.

Because I was in the right lane, there was a slight window of opportunity; a very sharp veer to the left to avoid direct impact followed immediately by a veer back to the right to keep from crossing the center line. It worked.

There was an impact causing a sudden spin to the right and a hundred-foot slide sideways down the highway, then backwards, then to a stop. Upright. No injuries in either vehicle.

Some would call this sort of thing bad luck. I called it a little bad luck with a whole big bunch of good luck! I’ll take that kind any day!

August 27, 2008

Dare to be different

Filed under: Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures — montucky @ 7:39 pm

Dare to be different

Along the early part of the Koo Koo Sint trail.

August 26, 2008

Flower gardens of fall

Filed under: Cabinet Mountains, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures, Wildflowers — montucky @ 9:11 pm

Fall flower garden

Fall flower garden

Growing along the upper slopes of Spring Creek canyon near its source just below Bighole Peak, planted and tended only by Mother Nature.

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