Montana Outdoors

September 29, 2009

Just a touch of Fall

Clark Fork Valley

Today I took a brief hike, just a few miles, to check the status of the autumn leaves. They are very late compared to the last few years, just a few isolated trees turning color so far, but the cold front that is now moving in should serve to accelerate their progress. That makes a great excuse for returning in a couple of weeks.

This photo was taken from a few miles past the gate on the old road that leads to Mexican Saddle and Penrose Peak in the Coeur d’Alene Mountains. The deep canyon cutting into the Cabinet Mountains across the Clark Fork River is the Munson Creek canyon and the Eddy Creek canyon is in the foreground.


September 28, 2009


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Johnson jumping spider

Johnson Jumping Spider

This furry little fellow resides just below the Ferry Basin lookout tower at the top of Sonyok Mountain on the Flathead Indian Reservation in western Montana.

Ferry Basin Lookout

The original tower at that site, a 14′ X 14′ cabin, was built in about 1935 and replaced by this one in the 1970’s. It is still in use. I have driven past the base of that mountain for over 50 years without knowing the tower was there until a casual look in that direction a few weeks ago from the National Bison Range revealed its presence.

As Johnson looks toward the west he has this view of the lower Flathead River valley:

Overlooking the Flathead River

The mountains to the left of the river are the Coeur d’Alenes and those to the right are the Cabinets.


September 24, 2009

August sunset

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August sunset

This photo was taken in late August from a tall peak as the sun set behind other tall peaks in the distance.

September 21, 2009

Rainbow web

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Spider web

The setting sun added colors to this silken design. The spider seemed pleased with it.


September 17, 2009

It’s not always easy being green!

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This pretty green visitor is missing half of one of its front legs, but seems to be doing quite well anyway.


September 16, 2009

Where does time go?

A few minutes ago it was July:

Showy milkweed

Suddenly it is September:

Showy milkweed seed pods

Showy milkweed seed

Showy milkweed seed

Showy milkweed seed

Showy Milkweed
Asclepias speciosa

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