Montana Outdoors

October 30, 2009

A little of everything

From trail 340

Another photo from Wednesday’s hike on trail 340.

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October 29, 2009

Autumn light show

Filed under: Autumn, Cabinet Mountains, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures — Tags: — montucky @ 7:12 pm

Autumn light show

Autumn light show

Autumn light show

Autumn light show

Autumn light show

October 28, 2009

Cold trail

Along USFS trail 340 in the Baldy Mountain roadless area today.

Cold trail

To see a larger size, click here

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October 27, 2009

A monument

Filed under: Animals, Cabinet Mountains, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures — montucky @ 9:45 pm

The general hunting season for big game began Sunday in western Montana. What began this afternoon as a short hike in the rain turned into a hunt of sorts, albeit one with several elements missing, such as a license, tags, a rifle, and an intent.

At the end of a rather short and abandoned forest road it seemed good to point my boots up the slope and climb a small game trail to the crest of a steep and very narrow ridge while enjoying the raindrops that trickled down the front of my poncho and attempted to penetrate the Gore-Tex membrane in my hat, and enjoying as well the soft view across the rain-swept valley below. Hiking along natural trails on a cool day in a light rain is such a pleasant pastime!

Old hunting instincts eventually placed me on a deer and elk trail that meandered along the side of the ridge and finally took me to a small saddle from which I could look down into the canyon to the east, and as I turned south from there toward the larger valley, to the point of the ridge and this rather haunting scene.

Monument

Near the base of the old tree, lay this whitened skull

Bobcat skull

which, by its size and shape, I perceived to be that of a bobcat. Sometimes Nature creates a monument for her own.

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October 26, 2009

A “partly cloudy” day

Small drops of rain, a few fluffy clouds, a moment of sunshine and the trees; my kind of forecast!

Larch

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October 25, 2009

Valley clouds

Filed under: Clouds, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures — Tags: — montucky @ 11:09 pm

I love it this time of year, when on some mornings, clouds will descend from the sky and rest for a moment in the valleys.

Valley clouds

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