Montana Outdoors

August 2, 2008

More of Spring Creek canyon

Filed under: Cabinet Mountains, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures — Tags: , — montucky @ 7:42 pm

There’s something magnificent about the cedars which tower above the canyon floor

Spring Creek

and relaxing about the ferns which add color to this world of deep shade.

Spring Creek

It took some cutting to clear this part of the trail!

Spring Creek

Hiking off the trail would be difficult through this area.

Spring Creek

In the heat of late summer, the moss is still green here

Spring Creek

and even the sunlight that reaches the stream is refreshing.

Spring Creek

A simple hike up such a trail can change a mood; or a whole attitude.

(Spring Creek is in the Cabinet Mountains of western Montana).


  1. Oh how I love the deep shade found under a stand of old cedars, pines and other trees where a stream runs through and mosses and ferns flourish all around. This brings back fond memories of treks with my father when I was growing up. I remember the beauty of places like this during the wintertime too. Thanks for refreshing my memories montucky. 🙂


    Comment by Tabbie — August 2, 2008 @ 8:48 pm

  2. I have many great memories of areas like this hiking with my father too. Those were good times and wonderful memories! You’re right about them being beautiful in winter, too. This spring I tried several times to get up into this canyon and was stopped by the snowpack each time. Once I even hiked about a mile on snow shoes before turning around: parts of the trail were just too steep.


    Comment by montucky — August 2, 2008 @ 9:05 pm

  3. beautiful! Since the photographs themselves are so relaxing, I can imagine how the place would be! 🙂


    Comment by Sumedh — August 2, 2008 @ 10:59 pm

  4. It certainly is, Sumedh. The only interruptions are the sound of the water, the breeze in the trees and the birds.


    Comment by montucky — August 3, 2008 @ 12:26 pm

  5. Ahhhhh,….. one of my most favorite trees, the cedar! That and my beloved white pines. This property where I live is on a hill, yet abundant with ferns. I never tire of seeing them in all the moods of nature. Your photos are amazing!


    Comment by Cedar — August 3, 2008 @ 5:28 pm

  6. I really like the cedar too, among the many reasons, we most often see them here in remote, wild areas.

    There aren’t a lot of white pines in this immediate area, but long ago I spent a summer just over the border in Idaho working on a Forest Service crew trying to save white pines in the Clearwater Forest there from the disease called “blister rust” and got to know them quite well.


    Comment by montucky — August 3, 2008 @ 6:11 pm

  7. You capture the greens so well in very tricky lighting. You have also again brought the serenity of this stream to light.

    Sometimes getting off the trail can be so rewarding. Thank you for doing so and sharing it with all of us.


    Comment by stphoto — August 4, 2008 @ 9:02 am

  8. Thanks! And thanks for visiting! This is an area that I’ve really gotten to love, especially on the really hot days! I’m glad you enjoy seeing it!


    Comment by montucky — August 4, 2008 @ 4:53 pm

  9. I see you took your pup – she looks like she was having a wonderful time! heck what pup wouldn’t? A lot of your photographs remind me that sometimes I should step back!


    Comment by loriaull — August 4, 2008 @ 9:03 pm

  10. Yes, she did have a great time. She was tired the next day though but she’s really game! I just don’t take her now when I’m going into serious bear country.


    Comment by montucky — August 4, 2008 @ 9:31 pm

  11. this looks like a really great hike! no snow, lots of green and you got some really lovely photos!


    Comment by silken — August 5, 2008 @ 11:52 am

  12. I’ll bet this looks good to you right now, Silken, with all the hot weather you’ve had. Glad to see that it now looks like the storm didn’t do you folks any damage this time!


    Comment by montucky — August 5, 2008 @ 12:59 pm

  13. Terry, it’s been too long since I’ve been to “Montucky.” Your photos are breathtaking and I don’t even have to go on a simple hike; I can make my way through your blog and have the sense that I’ve been someplace so peaceful; that my legs have logged many, many miles (straight up hill sometimes) and that I am nourished and refreshed by it all–thanks for everything you bring to the blogsphere!


    Comment by myinneredge — August 30, 2008 @ 7:33 am

  14. Thanks for your visit and your kind words! I greatly enjoy being able to share some of beauty of the wild country.


    Comment by montucky — August 30, 2008 @ 8:05 am

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Create a free website or blog at

%d bloggers like this: