Montana Outdoors

September 29, 2008

Surprise fall colors

Filed under: Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures, Wildflowers — montucky @ 9:22 pm

Today’s hike was an exploratory one to see if the fall colors had started. Well yes, colors were there, but not the ones I expected.

Indian Paintbrush

Indian Paint brush



St. John’s Wort

St. John's Wort

Knapweed (Nasty weed, but pretty blossoms and heavily visited by bees)




Pearly Everlasting

Pearly Everlasting

Almosta Flower (Well, as close as I could come to fall leaves!)

Almosta flower

The Fall leaves haven’t turned color yet, but the flowers are still pretty and with the Clark Fork River as a background three thousand feet below, it was a great hike!

Clark Fork River


  1. nice hike and nice colors. our leaves don’t turn here til about Nov. we’ll see how this fall/winter goes. many have mentioned the lack of leaves after Ike came through. stories are going around how after the last bad hurricane, there was a really cold winter. interesting to see how that all plays out…


    Comment by silken — September 29, 2008 @ 9:25 pm

  2. Last year our colors peaked about the middle of October. They’ll have to hurry to make that date this year, but it can certainly happen.

    Yes, I bet you’ve lost a lot of leaves from the storm. I hope you have everything back in order by now and have an extra nice Fall to make up for it!


    Comment by montucky — September 29, 2008 @ 9:39 pm

  3. How fortunate you are to live with such beautiful surroundings!


    Comment by Tabbie — September 29, 2008 @ 9:44 pm

  4. I know, Tabbie! I never take it for granted, but wonder a lot at why so few other folks get out there to see it!


    Comment by montucky — September 29, 2008 @ 10:53 pm

  5. Well, fortune favours the brave! Beautiful colours…! I’ve never seen some of those flowers before and they’re gorgeous!


    Comment by Sumedh — September 30, 2008 @ 3:33 am

  6. Those everlastings are *gorgeous* little flowers. And I’m very partial to the Almosta Flower, it’s especially lovely. 😀

    And the view at the end is just *gorgeous*! Wow!!

    Just *beautiful*!


    Comment by Sara — September 30, 2008 @ 10:59 am

  7. Sumedh,

    These are the last of the flowers for this season. I was very surprised to see some of them!


    Comment by montucky — September 30, 2008 @ 2:55 pm

  8. Sara,

    That is on the road toward Cherry Peak and Penrose. I decided to check on it for Fall leaves and found it’s still too early. It would be good to catch it at the peak of color, although maybe a separate trip to see the Larch would be in order.


    Comment by montucky — September 30, 2008 @ 3:05 pm

  9. That knapweed may be a weed but it is stunning! What a vivid color! I don’t think we have that here,…


    Comment by Cedar — September 30, 2008 @ 5:28 pm

  10. Cedar,

    Yes, I have to admit that the blossoms are pretty and that this late in the year the bees and butterflies use them a lot, but this is one of the worst weeds in this part of the country. It spreads easily by any traffic into the back country when folks aren’t careful, especially from ATV traffic.


    Comment by montucky — September 30, 2008 @ 6:38 pm

  11. I’m playing catch-up reading blogs! These photos are familiar to me! We have such flowers here, too. Love the snowy ones in previous posts, too. You have a flair for those landscape shots in the mountains. Keep up the beautiful work.


    Comment by Jennifer Schlick — October 1, 2008 @ 4:41 am

  12. The colors on these flowers are so vivid, they almost pop off the screen. Makes me wonder if you added a little magic to your camera or if you were in a Walt Disney movie site.



    Comment by knightofswords — October 1, 2008 @ 8:34 pm

  13. Jennifer,

    Thanks for the encouraging words!


    Comment by montucky — October 2, 2008 @ 10:58 am

  14. Perhaps surprising, but not at all unwanted. What wonderfully bloomed flowers!


    Comment by scienceguy288 — October 2, 2008 @ 11:01 am

  15. Malcolm,

    Good light conditions that day. Also figured out how to over-ride the auto-expose in the camera to keep it from over exposing everything.


    Comment by montucky — October 2, 2008 @ 11:04 am

  16. Scienceguy,

    I saw a couple yesterday that surprised me too, including a wild strawberry. It’s a strange fall!


    Comment by montucky — October 2, 2008 @ 11:05 am

  17. That is surprising, after your previous posts.


    Comment by Pinhole — October 2, 2008 @ 4:25 pm

  18. It gives me a great excuse, Pinhole, for getting out there to see what’s really going on!


    Comment by montucky — October 2, 2008 @ 4:40 pm

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