Montana Outdoors

March 18, 2010

Spring evening

Filed under: Cabinet Mountains, Montana, Outdoors, Spring — Tags: , , — montucky @ 11:19 pm

One of the wonderful things about springtime in western Montana is the way the weather (and consequently, the scenery) changes so dramatically within minutes. This evening my friend the Pointer invited me to go for a walk on the road to the Big Hole trail head, and these photos were taken on the hike within about an hour. (The snow on the road was at about 5,000 feet elevation.)

Patrick's Knob 5:24 – Spring snow flurries sweeping the distant Coeur d’Alene mountains.

Big Hole road 5:47 – A mile farther and 400 feet higher at a switchback on the road.

Baldy Mountain 6:21 – The last of today’s sun touching the tops of the Cabinet mountains.



  1. Hi.

    Every photo is so good. In the first photo clouds are impressive, so scary. In the second photo to see how elevation has impact on snow and the last one shows already suhshine on hill tops.

    I like this kind of series of photos. When looking at them one can feel as he should be with You.


    Comment by sartenada — March 19, 2010 @ 12:02 am

    • Thank you sartenada. That feeling is exactly what I hope for. My wife is not able to accompany me on my outings, and several years ago I bought a digital camera and began to bring back photos so, in a sense, she could see what I saw. Then I found that there were other folks who also enjoyed seeing scenes from the outdoors in Montana and began posting photos on the blog.


      Comment by montucky — March 19, 2010 @ 8:17 am

  2. I love watching the changing conditions on walks or drives – such fun. Thanks for checking in on me and asking how I am. I am feeling better and no hospital stay!! yahoo!


    Comment by Stacey Dawn — March 19, 2010 @ 1:55 pm

    • I’m so glad that you’re feeling better and were able to avoid the hospital!


      Comment by montucky — March 19, 2010 @ 8:58 pm

  3. That is very interesting how it changes so dramatically. Still looks like a lot of snow there (to me).


    Comment by Candace — March 20, 2010 @ 3:20 am

    • In a normal year, there would still be three to four feet of snow there this time of year. I wish it was there now. Our forests are dangerously dry and the river is as low as I’ve ever seen it. We are hoping for rain.


      Comment by montucky — March 20, 2010 @ 8:22 am

  4. Majestic digs you tramp around in. I love the photo with the last but of the sun on the Cabinet Mountains. Do you know why they were called Cabinet — named for someone or, do they remind one of…a cabinet? I can;t quite connect it.


    Comment by Bo Mackison — March 20, 2010 @ 7:14 am

    • That mountain is right at the end of the Cabinet mountains. I have always thought the name was rather silly. The mountains were named by early French explorers who thought the mountains looked like a string of cabinets.


      Comment by montucky — March 20, 2010 @ 8:24 am

  5. gorgeous as usual!


    Comment by silken — March 20, 2010 @ 7:23 am

  6. Whoa! Amazing captures! I love the weather when it is changeable like that and within minutes the landscape dons a different color and look. I love the last photo… gorgeous!


    Comment by Anna Surface — March 20, 2010 @ 9:33 am

    • The changeable weather and the start of wildflowers makes this my favorite time of year. Everything is thoroughly enjoyable!


      Comment by montucky — March 20, 2010 @ 3:01 pm

  7. That top photograph looks like it’s taking the viewer into eternity. At least I hope that’s what it looks like when i go there! : )


    Comment by kcjewel — March 20, 2010 @ 8:51 pm

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