Montana Outdoors

November 29, 2008

A window

Filed under: Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures, Trees — montucky @ 10:33 am

Yesterday was cloudy and gray and, with a little breeze, cold. Except for just a very few minutes around ten o’clock:

Window

it seems like there’s always a window open somewhere.

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November 28, 2008

After the fog

Filed under: Frost, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures — montucky @ 9:45 am

On Thanksgiving eve a heavy fog rolled in and hid the valley, thickest along the river, completely obscuring the view, but once the fog cleared, as it always does, there were new things of beauty for those who would see them.

Fog art

Fog art

Fog art

Fog art

November 26, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

Among many other things, I’m thankful for mountain peaks that are still pristine,

(Cherry Peak in the Cherry Peak roadless area)

Cherry Peak

places with southern exposures that look like this,

(the Bitterroot Mountains in the distance viewed from Penrose Peak)

From Penrose Peak

northern slopes still loaded with snow in July,

(The Northern slope of Penrose Peak on July 7th)

North side of Penrose Peak in July

and little critters that still live in these beautiful places as they have for thousands of years.

(Columbian Ground Squirrel in the Coeur d’Alene Mountains)

Columbian Ground Squirrel

Most of all I’m thankful that there are still folks around who also love places like these!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

November 25, 2008

Big Hole Peak in July

Every summer a number of folks will hike up USFS trail 368T to visit the old lookout on Big Hole Peak in the TeePee – Spring Creek Roadless Area in western Montana’s Cabinet Mountains.

What most don’t know is that the lookout isn’t exactly on the top of Big Hole Peak. From the old cabin, a quarter of a mile west (if you’re a Crow or a half mile if you have to walk), and a few feet higher is the peak itself. I’ve found it well worth the extra walk! Here are a few photos of it taken in July of 2008.

If you want to get away from the rest of the world for a few hours, or days, or however long you want, I highly recommend it!

Big Hole Peak

Big Hole Peak

Big Hole Peak

Big Hole Peak

Big Hole Peak

Big Hole Peak

November 24, 2008

Vermilion Peak

Filed under: Cabinet Mountains, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures — Tags: , — montucky @ 10:55 pm

On September 24th, the last work day for USFS trail maintenance for 2008, we completed maintenance on the trail to the top of 6682 foot Vermilion Peak in western Montana’s Cabinet Mountains. (Actually the trail to the peak is an offshoot of USFS trail 528T.) I think, despite the weather that day, which was cloudy and cold after a snowfall during the night, a few photos of the area turned out well enough to be worth posting. It’s an awesome area for wild country and wildlife.

The peak photographed from 700 feet below at Vermilion Pass:

Vermilion Peak

The site of an old Lookout at the top:

Vermilion Peak

The Cabinet Mountains to the northwest:

Cabinet Mountains from Vermilion Peak

Cabinet Mountains from Vermilion Peak

The view south over the Clark Fork River Valley:

Clark Fork Valley from Vermilion Peak

An open hillside just below the peak:

South slope of Vermilion Peak

About half way between Vermilion Peak and Highway 200, the ice cold water of Graves Creek forms this pool

Graves Creek

just before it drops to the canyon bottom.

Graves Creek

Graves Creek

November 22, 2008

Let’s not forget the wildflowers of summer.

Tolmie tulips

Tolmie tulip

Tolmie tulip

(Photographed June 1, 2008 at Munson Creek in the TeePee-Spring Creek roadless area in western Montana’s Cabinet Mountains.)

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