Montana Outdoors

October 10, 2008

Down to the last few

Filed under: Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures — montucky @ 8:38 pm

Yesterday on the trail to the old lookout, the ground was frozen (these ice crystals were part of the trail).

Ice crystals in the trail

Last night the Continental Divide had a heavy snow and this morning the mountain tops all around here were white. Yet this little fellow still wears its summer’s best colors,

Final colors of summer

having lost its petals did not make this one turn drab,

Bright display without petals

this one saved its best display for its last one,

Best display for its last

and even the tumbleweed kept a blush for its final trip on the wind.

Tumbleweed blush

Winter should indeed feel welcome!


  1. These are lovely. I too am dedicated to the outdoor and landscape shots. I’ve really enjoyed your site.
    Aggie at


    Comment by myaggie2 — October 10, 2008 @ 8:46 pm

  2. Forgot to say that I live about 5 miles from the divide, only in NM.


    Comment by myaggie2 — October 10, 2008 @ 8:47 pm

  3. Very pretty!


    Comment by Patia — October 10, 2008 @ 10:18 pm

  4. That is a beautiful tumbleweed, but the one I love best is the yellow flower…perfection in every way.


    Comment by Tabbie — October 10, 2008 @ 10:22 pm

  5. Thanks for visiting, myaggie2, and welcome to WordPress!


    Comment by montucky — October 10, 2008 @ 10:34 pm

  6. Thanks, Patia! Maybe the last of the flowers for this year, but not the last of the color!


    Comment by montucky — October 10, 2008 @ 10:35 pm

  7. Tabbie,

    They sure are pretty, aren’t they, and they really liven up the river banks. I have though for some time they were pretty, but I really think they save their best for the last.


    Comment by montucky — October 10, 2008 @ 10:39 pm

  8. What gorgeous “autumn” colors you have found at the very end of the season.


    Comment by Bo — October 11, 2008 @ 7:48 am

  9. I think it’s a very bright “last hurrah!”.


    Comment by montucky — October 11, 2008 @ 9:51 am

  10. Oh, so beautiful!! I love that yellow flower. And the beautiful blush color on the tumbleweed.

    I was out your way yesterday (drove through just about sunrise on the way to Sandpoint, ID then came back home via US 2 and Kalispell) doing some volunteer work and didn’t see any snow, even on the mountains. Though I was looking more at the roads–culverts and stuff.

    It’s snowing here right now, though. ::bounces::


    Comment by Sara — October 12, 2008 @ 10:57 am

  11. That was a long drive, but a pretty one. Makes for a long day.

    Most of the snow missed us here, but there was a little on the higher mountains. If you’re getting snow today, you must be right on the edge of it. I guess Billings got 8 inches yesterday.


    Comment by montucky — October 12, 2008 @ 11:47 am

  12. We’re just getting little snow showers, no accumulation. But it’s pretty.

    It was a very long day (about 18 hours from leaving home to getting back again) but a good one.


    Comment by Sara — October 12, 2008 @ 2:28 pm

  13. Our day turned out pretty well after an over night low of 20.


    Comment by montucky — October 12, 2008 @ 9:36 pm

  14. Almost there. Soon white and cyrstal will be the only colors .


    Comment by scienceguy288 — October 13, 2008 @ 8:20 am

  15. Another month. Then it will be nice to have all the evergreen trees to contrast with the white!


    Comment by montucky — October 13, 2008 @ 8:59 am

  16. I heard Montana had snow! we woke up to 70 degree weather today. love the colors in all the pictures!


    Comment by silken — October 13, 2008 @ 8:14 pm

  17. We did have some snow. Billings ( 400 miles east of here) had 8 inches and of course, the mountains along the Continental Divide had much more. Our night temps have been in the low 20’s.


    Comment by montucky — October 13, 2008 @ 9:00 pm

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