Montana Outdoors

October 29, 2008

Please slow down!

Filed under: Montana — montucky @ 6:53 pm

For those of us who live in the colder parts of the country, it’s time to change to our winter driving habits and remember, especially in shaded canyons that the road can and will often be slick with frost or black ice. Even driving well below Montana’s maximum speed limit of 70 MPH can be very hazardous on sharp curves.

This morning we had to extricate an injured and very scared woman from her overturned car after she encountered an icy stretch on a sharp curve on Montana Highway 135. The ice was not visible and her accident could have been avoided only by driving at a much slower speed under those conditions.

Please keep ice in mind when on the winter highways!

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October 28, 2008

Miles of Larch

Today was another day spent cutting firewood in the high country. The reward for the hard day’s work was a cord of great dry Lodgepole Pine and a chance to see the Western Larch in their bright Fall uniforms… miles and miles of Larch.

Western Larch

Western Larch

Western Larch

Western Larch

(The total forest area in these photos is over 400 square miles. The density of the Larch is obvious, and that’s a lot of Larch!)

October 27, 2008

Who knows what’s down at the bog?

Filed under: Autumn, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures — montucky @ 2:46 pm

It’s a still and lonely place.

A bog

A bog

Summer's fruit

Seeding strategy

Nature's leaf arrangement

October 25, 2008

Derailed (4)

Filed under: Montana, Photography, Photos, Pictures, Train derailment — Tags: — montucky @ 1:28 pm

This is the final set of photos of the derailment. It shows some of the railroad repair and the equipment used for it. The trains resumed their schedules last evening: total down time about 60 hours. There is still some restoration and removal work to be done, but the tracks are clear and usable.

Train derailment

Train derailment

Train derailment

Train derailment

Train derailment

Train derailment

Train derailment

Train derailment

Train derailment

Train derailment

October 24, 2008

Derailed (3)

Filed under: Montana, Photography, Photos, Pictures, Train derailment — Tags: — montucky @ 6:55 pm

Another group: moving the debris.

Train derailment

Train derailment

Train derailment

Train derailment

Train derailment

Train derailment

Train derailment

Train derailment

Train derailment

Train derailment

Train derailment

Derailed (2)

Filed under: Montana, Photography, Photos, Pictures, Train derailment — Tags: — montucky @ 11:35 am

Here are more photos of the train derailment, in no particular order; for what they’re worth.

At the lower left, a train track to nowhere.
Train derailment

Preparing to retrieve a car.

Train derailment

How we gonna do this?

Train derailment

Train derailment

Train derailment

Train derailment

Train derailment

Train derailment

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