Montana Outdoors

February 23, 2009

Clark Fork backwater

Filed under: Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures — Tags: — montucky @ 8:40 pm

Clark Fork backwater

It’s fascinating to me to see a backwater of a river that has chosen to participate in an entirely different set of liquid dynamics from that of its parent.

This was photographed from a small rocky outcrop a couple hundred feet above the river and a mile away at a place where, on hot summer days, Bighorn Sheep lounge around in their pajamas in the shade of an old Ponderosa pine.


  1. How peaceful looking. If I ever get out your way I’m bringing my PJs so I can join the sheep.


    Comment by SuzieQ — February 23, 2009 @ 9:49 pm

    • There might be a bunch of us up there this summer, SuzieQ. As soon as I saw that spot I knew I’d be spending some quality time there come July!


      Comment by montucky — February 23, 2009 @ 10:04 pm

  2. Okay, first? The color of that water is incredible. Oh, the blue-greens of Northwestern Montana rivers. Do you know how lucky we are?

    Second, this is fabulous writing: “… a place where, on hot summer days, Bighorn Sheep lounge around in their pajamas in the shade of an old Ponderosa pine.”


    Comment by Patia — February 23, 2009 @ 10:31 pm

    • Since this is only a few miles below the mouth of the Flathead river, the Clark Fork is still influenced by the greens from the Flathead, but the Clark Fork always intrigues me by its variety of colors on any given day or in any given light condition. Later that same day, viewed from the other side, the river appeared deep blue. Yes, I do know how lucky we are and never take it for granted! I know I never will.

      Thanks for the compliment, but as I stood in the shade of that pine somehow that image just came to mind. The Bighorns had obviously spent a lot of time there.


      Comment by montucky — February 23, 2009 @ 11:00 pm

  3. It looks really nice there.. πŸ™‚


    Comment by Camilla — February 24, 2009 @ 1:56 am

    • There is indeed much natural beauty here. I have loved it for over 60 years and would never leave.


      Comment by montucky — February 24, 2009 @ 9:22 am

  4. I really enjoy meandering river views, and this one is so lovely with the greens! What a view! Goodness, you have absolutely gorgeous areas to photograph! The sheep are lucky too. πŸ™‚


    Comment by Anna Surface — February 24, 2009 @ 6:38 am

    • Yes this is a wonderful area to find photography subjects. I’ve never been much of a photographer, but have always loved the wild country and have spent as much time as I could out there, hunting, fishing or just wandering around. A few years ago I bought a small camera so I could bring back photos of places and things that I encountered to show my wife who just can’t get out there. She loves to see them and I’ve found that others do too.


      Comment by montucky — February 24, 2009 @ 9:27 am

  5. Beautiful image and scene Terry, I am counting the days down till I can get out in the woods again !!


    Comment by Bernie Kasper — February 24, 2009 @ 12:43 pm

    • I bet you are, Bernie. You’ve had a long winter! I also champing at the bit to get into the high country again. Almost all of the trails are still heavily iced up.


      Comment by montucky — February 24, 2009 @ 1:06 pm

  6. That sunny beach on the left looks like a great place for a picnic.



    Comment by knightofswords — February 24, 2009 @ 1:11 pm

    • If you have a boat. That’s actually an island, but I know the kids will tow picnic fixin’s over there in an ice chest.


      Comment by montucky — February 24, 2009 @ 1:14 pm

  7. This is so beautiful! So heavenly! Brilliant, and that contrast of motion is great!
    But personally I preferred the previous theme of your blog! Actually, if all the grey highlights in this theme were black then I’d love this too… but somehow gray is a bit – grey! πŸ™‚
    Hehe…sorry, but just felt like saying that! πŸ˜€


    Comment by Sumedh Prasad — February 24, 2009 @ 2:33 pm

    • Thanks Sumedh, and thanks for the feedback! You’re right about the gray. I’m not enough “geek” yet to fix it though. It would look good in black!


      Comment by montucky — February 24, 2009 @ 7:04 pm

  8. Oh, to be there!


    Comment by Cedar — February 24, 2009 @ 3:49 pm

    • That would be a little break from all the snow you’ve had, wouldn’t it! I think we have more snow coming in tomorrow though. If we have enough, I m ay try to get that same shot with snow on the ground.


      Comment by montucky — February 24, 2009 @ 7:05 pm

  9. It was your wildflower photos that first pulled me in but I love your landscapes. They are beautiful, Terry. That is one area where I definitely need some work.


    Comment by edvatza — February 24, 2009 @ 4:07 pm

    • Thanks, Ed! I’m still working on the landscapes myself. I’m just starting to learn how this new camera thinks while I’m rather confined to the valley. WHen I can finally get out on the trails I want to be sure what I’m doing.


      Comment by montucky — February 24, 2009 @ 7:07 pm



    Comment by silken — February 26, 2009 @ 3:43 pm

    • Thanks! It looks entirely different today after 4 inches of snow during the night.


      Comment by montucky — February 26, 2009 @ 5:50 pm

  11. Wow!! Is that the picture we were looking at last Saturday? The light in the trees on the little island looks totally different on my lappy than on your big (wonderful) monitor.


    Comment by gradschoolsara — February 28, 2009 @ 8:14 pm

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