Montana Outdoors

July 1, 2009

Weeksville Creek

Weeksville Creek

Weeksville Creek

One of the first requirements for life on this planet was water and it continues to be the most important of all. We cannot continue to live here without these small streams of clear, pure water provided by our natural forests. Besides being beautiful, they are essential.


  1. I totally agree with you!

    Love the clear water and the rocks below….and the refection of the logs!!


    Comment by Stacey — July 1, 2009 @ 11:24 am

    • Fortunately there are still many of these small clear, cold streams, but the exploitation pressure on the country that supports them is intense.


      Comment by montucky — July 1, 2009 @ 3:20 pm

  2. Absolutely gorgeous shots!!!!


    Comment by 3bdigitalart — July 1, 2009 @ 1:05 pm

    • Thanks 3bdigitalart. I came upon this place a week or so ago in my wanderings and went back last evening with a tripod.


      Comment by montucky — July 1, 2009 @ 3:23 pm

  3. Especially love the angles of the logs and the smoothness of the underwater rocks in the foreground in that first shot. Another favorite.


    Comment by SuzieQ — July 1, 2009 @ 3:16 pm

    • That struck me when I first saw the scene too, SuzieQ. Nature does a very nice job of landscape design.


      Comment by montucky — July 1, 2009 @ 3:29 pm

  4. These small streams are so very very important! I sit here looking out on the Blackfoot and marvel in the beauty and mystery of water. It makes me happy that you have these special places that you want to protect. You touch a lot of readers and for what it’s worth, give them pause for what is important.


    Comment by Maureen — July 1, 2009 @ 5:36 pm

    • I know you understand, Maureen. I hope that the day will come when everyone does.

      It’s more graphic for those of us who see the springs that come from the winter snows, that make up the small streams, that become rivers like the Blackfoot.

      The population of the world is expanding far too rapidly but the watersheds are not: instead, they are declining. Every small effort toward protecting them is worth the effort.


      Comment by montucky — July 1, 2009 @ 8:47 pm

  5. Montucky,

    Your beautiful photos are awe-inspiring. I love the simplicity and beauty of each photo. When I am out hiking about, I am filled with gratitude for each moment and for everything I see about me. Your photos capture what I mean. Thank you so very much for sharing.


    Comment by Kathy (twoscamps sister) — July 1, 2009 @ 6:34 pm

    • Thank you Kathy! I am also grateful for the beauty of this world and for the opportunity to experience it as readily as I do. I know that not everyone is able, for one reason or another, to see what I do and therefore I try my best to show those who are interested something of what is out there. Thank you for visiting!


      Comment by montucky — July 1, 2009 @ 8:53 pm

  6. Terrific shots and a wonderful subject. Great long exposure technique! That’s the clearest water I’ve seen in years. You are blessed!


    Comment by Jeff Lynch — July 1, 2009 @ 6:59 pm

    • I am indeed blessed to live here in the west and be in good enough health to readily get out into the wild country. I wish that everyone had access to water this clear and this cold and country this beautiful!


      Comment by montucky — July 1, 2009 @ 8:56 pm

  7. Thanks for the desktop background. Your photographs are amazing.


    Comment by Todd — July 1, 2009 @ 7:00 pm

    • I’m pleased that you are using one of my photos on your desktop! Thank you for visiting!


      Comment by montucky — July 1, 2009 @ 8:57 pm

  8. I would love to go wading in that creek! Beautiful captures.


    Comment by kcjewel — July 1, 2009 @ 7:06 pm

    • After all of the hot weather that you’ve been having, a wade in that stream would feel great! You might be surprised at just how cold the water is!


      Comment by montucky — July 1, 2009 @ 9:06 pm

  9. I can’t believe what a beautiful area you live in! These photos are so gorgeous and we are, for the most part, so not in tune with our planet and its sadly limited resources.


    Comment by Candace — July 1, 2009 @ 11:42 pm

    • The beauty and the necessity of these resources go hand in hand. I lived for over twenty years in a highly populated area (the Phoenix area) and can understand how so many folks have never gotten touch with the natural world. It would be so much better for them and nature of they were: the question is how to make the introductions.


      Comment by montucky — July 2, 2009 @ 10:04 am

  10. If it were two hundred years ago and i was a mountain man looking for a place to build my cabin it would be beside that stream. How perfect!


    Comment by Cedar — July 2, 2009 @ 6:03 am

    • There are the remains of several such cabins in the high country above this spot, near other smaller streams. I often think about what that life must have been like, and seriously wonder if perhaps those men had more answers to the questions of life here than we do.


      Comment by montucky — July 2, 2009 @ 10:07 am

  11. Beautiful captures. I agree. And the creeks and the tributaries must be kept clean and free flowing.


    Comment by Anna Surface — July 2, 2009 @ 7:53 am

    • Yes, Anna, they must be. That will, however, take concern and effort from everyone in America. These areas are National Forest and belong to all, despite the feeling of so many who live here that they belong to Montana only and should be exploited for the benefit of the locals only.


      Comment by montucky — July 2, 2009 @ 10:10 am

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