Montana Outdoors

February 24, 2009

Munson Creek in winter (5)

Munson Creek ice

Munson Creek is a small mountain stream that flows for only about 6 miles from the high country beneath Big Hole Peak and the Koo Koo Sint Ridge in the Cabinet Mountains, through the TeePee – Spring Creek Roadless Area to the Clark Fork river. There’s a great little Forest Service trail ( #372) which follows the route of the creek that will take the hiker about seven miles from the river, which is at an elevation of about 2,400 feet to the peak which is at 7,000 feet, and from the higher parts of it the peaks of the Cherry Peak Roadless Area in the Coeur d’Alene Mountains can be seen to the south across the Clark Fork Valley.

I dearly love that little trail for many reasons; in order of importance to me: it runs through some beautiful and wild country full of wildlife and wildflowers, it has very few human visitors, and the trail head is quite close to my home. I’ve tried to get lots of photos of the creek in its winter dress this year while I can: who knows what the next year will bring?

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  1. montucky, how lucky you are to have such a special place nearby! This is another beautiful magical photo.

    I’m curious: have you ever encountered a grizzly here?

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    Comment by Maureen — February 24, 2009 @ 8:47 pm

    • Yes, it’s wonderful to be so close to the wild country that I love. I’m very afraid for its future though. There are so many who seem very determined to destroy it and so few who will defend it. We have very strong special interest here who are going all out to exploit every one of the natural resources that still exist, and we seem to be governed entirely by fools.

      I have never encountered a griz in all of my wanderings, although I see sign (tracks and droppings) several times a summer. I feel lucky if I see a half dozen black bears.

      This particular area is located right at the edge of griz habitat in the Cabinet Mountains, and I think they rarely visit this far east. Next summer I plan to help (as a volunteer) to restore an old lookout cabin on Big Hole Peak, and since I’ll be staying up there for awhile, maybe I’ll have a chance to see one: I know they do visit that area.

      I like having griz in the wild country, but I won’t be entirely pleased if they extend their range too much further than they have already. There will be too many conflicts and problems in areas where many new residents seem to create enough problems with the Black Bears.

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      Comment by montucky — February 24, 2009 @ 9:05 pm

  2. Another great capture of light, motion and color of a beautiful place. And it is almost abstract as well.

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    Comment by Ann from Montana — February 24, 2009 @ 9:29 pm

    • It is indeed a beautiful place. This area hold a special kind of interest for me because more so here than most of the other places I visit and photograph, the lens shows me more and different things than I see with just my eye, and I wonder at that a great deal.

      I recognize the abstract quality of some of these photos and hypothesize that it is caused by the conversion of the three dimensional scene in reality to the two dimensional digitized image. It’s unavoidable I suppose, but fascinating and perhaps just a little disconcerting.

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      Comment by montucky — February 24, 2009 @ 9:56 pm

  3. Montucky, I like the use of light against dark in this shot. The ice makes a natural frame for the moving water. We don’t have moving water visible here yet, still iced over and snow on top of ice! It’s good to see the water visible in your shots!

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    Comment by Cedar — February 25, 2009 @ 5:21 am

    • Your winter has been exceptionally long and cold this year and ours has been unusually warm! Our valley snow and stream ice is all but gone already. I still don’t think winter is finished though, not until April, although many of the signs of spring are showing. We do have ice on the roads this morning.

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      Comment by montucky — February 25, 2009 @ 6:54 am

  4. Wow!

    Lots of color and great clarity.

    This is a very nice image.

    I bet there are a lot of nice places in Montana for outdoor photography.

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    Comment by ForestWander Nature Photography — February 25, 2009 @ 9:33 am

    • Thanks! Yes, Montana has lots of scenery, and a wide array of wildlife and plant life and I enjoy seeing and photographing the wildflowers in spring and summer.

      Thanks for visiting!

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      Comment by montucky — February 25, 2009 @ 7:19 pm

  5. Ooooo!! Another beautiful view of the ice on the creek!

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    Comment by gradschoolsara — February 28, 2009 @ 8:11 pm

    • Thanks! I got a little carried away with the creek photos, but these will probably be the last for a whole year!

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


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