Montana Outdoors

November 16, 2009

Overlooking the Clark Fork Valley

These photos were taken on an elk scouting hike today on the ridge between Weeksville Creek and Buffalo Bill Creek in the Cabinet mountains. It was a fairly stiff hike up from the valley on a brush-covered game trail, but the scenery made it worth it and it’s excellent elk habitat up there.

Overlooking the Clark Fork Valley

Overlooking the Clark Fork Valley

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November 13, 2009

They’re not elk, but…

Filed under: Animals, Bighorn sheep, Cabinet Mountains, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures — Tags: — montucky @ 7:26 pm

Returning from an elk hunt during which we saw no elk, we saw three Bighorn rams not far off the road and they were kind enough to let me get some photos of them.

Bighorn rams

Bighorn rams

Bighorn rams

Bighorn ram

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November 12, 2009

Wet staircase

Filed under: Cabinet Mountains, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures — Tags: — montucky @ 11:12 pm

Wet staircase

Spring Creek in western Montana’s Cabinet Mountains.

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November 10, 2009

“Hi, my friend!”

Filed under: Birds, Montana, Nature — Tags: — montucky @ 8:24 pm

It took over a year for us to tie this three-note greeting to it’s maker, and we’ve loved this little bird every since. The Chickadees bring cheer and optimism to us winter and summer and we hope the seeds that we keep always available help make their lives more cheerful too.

"Hi, my friend!"

Black-capped Chickadee

November 9, 2009

TeePee Creek trail

Filed under: Cabinet Mountains, Montana, Nature, Outdoors — Tags: , — montucky @ 10:59 pm

Yesterday at Spring Creek it was wet walking through tall grass in a light rain mixed with snow. Since today was partly clear, I looked forward to a dry hike but on the old TeePee Creek trail yesterday’s snow was rapidly melting and the grasses were even wetter than yesterday’s. This trail has been decommissioned for several years and the trail is mostly gone now but the old corridor still remains. The woods are pleasant to walk through even though the tall, wet grass isn’t.

TeePee Creek trail

The water drops from melted snow on the cedars made the leaves quite pretty and prompted me to try this 5 foot shot with a 300mm lens.

Cedar leaves

Well, it almost worked. Can you smell it?

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November 8, 2009

Winter moss

Spring Creek

This is the time of year when the winter mosses put on their bright green clothes and play by the water. These are beneath the tall cedars in the Spring Creek canyon.

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