Montana Outdoors

April 13, 2009

Our most precious natural resource.

Filed under: Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures, Spring Creek, Water — Tags: — montucky @ 9:35 pm

Spring Creek trail

Spring Creek

Spring Creek

Spring Creek

Spring Creek

Spring Creek

Spring Creek begins where a small cold spring bubbles out of a mountain side in the TeePee – Spring Creek roadless area just below 6,900 foot tall Big Hole Peak. It flows for five to six miles through a beautiful wild canyon among tall firs, pines and cedars and disappears into the ground to supply clear pure water to the aquifer about three miles before where it would otherwise reach the Clark Fork river here in western Montana. Today, water wars are being waged in the courts and legislatures all across the country and still so many people don’t fully understand the critical importance of streams like this one and the natural forested areas that make them possible.


  1. The trees really do make a difference, yet there are not enough of them. Clean water is no longer abundant, and our population continues to multiply and overrun the planet. I hope we learn before it is too late. Nice photographs!


    Comment by Tabbie — April 13, 2009 @ 10:27 pm

    • Exactly, Tabbie! The astounding thing is that we don’t seem to grasp the quite simple concept of respecting the natural world and conserving it.


      Comment by montucky — April 13, 2009 @ 11:11 pm

  2. I love your water photos. It’s such a shame that most people just take natural resources for granted and never consider how their actions affect our future.


    Comment by SuzieQ — April 14, 2009 @ 1:07 am

    • Yes, a lot of folks take them for granted maybe because they are not exposed to them and just don’t understand.


      Comment by montucky — April 14, 2009 @ 8:08 am

  3. Beautiful shots!


    Comment by Sumedh Prasad — April 14, 2009 @ 2:38 am

  4. Lovely! I’d love to hike there!


    Comment by Stacey - Addicted to The Click — April 14, 2009 @ 4:52 am

    • The irony is that I think a lot of folks would like to Stacey, but very few from this area actually do.


      Comment by montucky — April 14, 2009 @ 8:10 am

  5. It would be such a delight for me to hike around Spring Creek… I can almost smell and touch it viewing your beautiful captures, Montucky. Awareness of our natural world has not been raised as there is still land and water grabbing, and thereby polluting.


    Comment by Anna Surface — April 14, 2009 @ 6:32 am

    • I know you and Preston would have a great time photographing some of these areas, Anna!

      I would like to think that lack of awareness is the major problem because for that there is hope. I was going to title this post “Water doesn’t come from little plastic bottles”.

      A huge problem here is that there are those who will sell the environment to make money, most notably the extraction industries. There is an article in the Billings Montana newspaper this morning about the effects of coal bed methane drilling in southeast Montana that is frightening and there are many more just about like it: Study: Aquifers hurt by drilling.

      The other thing that is unhelpful is that most folks don’t realize that the effects of the things that area happening in this area do not affect only this local area, but are very widespread.


      Comment by montucky — April 14, 2009 @ 8:18 am

  6. As a retired employee of The Nature Conservancy I do understand and know that we need to preserve our resources,… not just for the obvious beauty, but for the future of our planet. I can hear that brook bubbling over the rocks! Nice photos!


    Comment by Cedar — April 14, 2009 @ 10:21 am

    • Cedar, if everyone had that same level of knowledge and understanding, we would treat our world so much differently and be so much better off for it! Perhaps the “green” movement will be helpful, although I see that being contorted now by the exploiters to the extent that it’s losing its truth.


      Comment by montucky — April 14, 2009 @ 10:34 am

  7. Beautiful photos, montucky. I can’t help it but here is another John Muir quote – “Take a course in good water and air; and in the eternal youth of Nature you may renew your own. Go quietly, alone; no harm will befall you.” Everyone on this planet should “take a course” or two in Nature. If Muir were alive today he would be greatly saddened by the state of this earth.


    Comment by Maureen — April 14, 2009 @ 10:57 am

    • I love to see John Muir quotes, Maureen. I agree so wholeheartedly with most of what he said. He would indeed be sad to see many of the things that have been done.


      Comment by montucky — April 14, 2009 @ 5:55 pm

  8. Nice shots as always! What sort of a shutter speed are you using for the water? Are you using a ND filter, or just going as long as the light will let you?


    Comment by wolf — April 14, 2009 @ 11:56 am

    • Hi, Wolf! I use shutter speeds everywhere from maybe ,4 seconds to 1.5 seconds depending on the speed at which the water is moving. I nearly always bracket the shutter speeds and select the shots I like when I can see them full sized. At the moment I don’t have a ND filter but I’m thinking about buying one. In the areas where I have been shooting most there is dense forest cover overhead for the most part. I do sometimes use a circular polarizer which cuts out some light too.


      Comment by montucky — April 14, 2009 @ 6:01 pm

  9. Well worth humping in a tripod.


    Comment by rvewong — April 15, 2009 @ 9:41 am

    • Yes it is. I have a very light tripod that straps onto my pack so it’s not too bad.


      Comment by montucky — April 15, 2009 @ 10:51 am

  10. These running water shots are spectacular!


    Comment by Dawn Fine — April 15, 2009 @ 7:19 pm

    • Thanks Dawn! The stream is rather cluttered with branches and downed trees, but it’s a wild stream and that’s just how it is. One of Nature’s beautiful places.


      Comment by montucky — April 15, 2009 @ 8:18 pm

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