Montana Outdoors

June 30, 2010

Orange Honeysuckle

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , , , , — montucky @ 11:18 pm

The Orange Honeysuckles (Lonicera ciliosa) are finally in full bloom. They have many moods.

Orange Honeysuckle

Orange Honeysuckle

Orange Honeysuckle

June 28, 2010

Catching up ~ little critters

Here are a few of the small critters that I’ve encountered during the last month or so: it wouldn’t be right to leave them out because they were kind enough to let me photograph them.

Pine Siskin A Pine Siskin, maybe not the best groomed, but the friendliest of all our local birds. I think they are pretty special.

Crab spiderCrab spider: I thought they came in many colors until I found that they have the ability to change color, although it takes them a while to do it.

Hundred-pound batNot everyone has a hundred-pound bat hanging (literally) around the place. This one is a year-round resident.

Bull snakeThis bull snake was pretty good sized and did his very best rattlesnake imitation for me complete with a hiss that sounded very much like a rattle and a quite professional strike at my hand. He’s a very pretty and beneficial snake!

Yellow-headed blackbirdA yellow-headed blackbird: I had never seen one before and thought I had quite a find until I read that they are actually very common.

Frog (he's hiding)Don’t pay any attention to this frog… he’s hiding.

On a hot day

Filed under: Coeur d'Alene Mountains — Tags: , , — montucky @ 7:46 pm

this is a nice place to sit for a spell!

Mountain springSpring-fed stream in the Coeur d’Alene Mountains

June 27, 2010

Catching up ~ from May 28

For one who loves the outdoors, summer time in Montana provides a full schedule; so much to do and see and so many remote places in which to just be. Somehow I’ve gotten far behind in posting stuff and now will try to play catch up, knowing that as I do, things will backlog even further. Oh well…

A month ago on a very cloudy day it seemed good to walk in the high country, in the clouds and the rain. Here are a few photos spread through that ten miles of outdoor bliss.

For those who are familiar with this area, the hike was along the old logging road (Forest Service Road 5587) after the gate at the trail head to Big Hole Lookout, to the intersection with the Spring Creek Trail (Trail # 370) then along it to it’s intersection with the Munson Creek trail (Trail # 372) and then back out. I have promised myself that sometime soon I will leave a car at the Munson Creek trail head and then complete the hike from Road 5587 all of the way down Munson Creek. It will be a full day.

Road 5587Soft on the eyes, quiet underfoot

Road 5587The mystery of the canyons below

Trail 372, Munson CreekThis trail sign is very old, but in pristine condition; no vandalism 5 miles from motorized access.

From Road 5587Flirting with the ridgetops

In the cloudsPeering through a window in the clouds

June 25, 2010

Flower in a flower

Filed under: Butterflies, Wildflowers — Tags: , , , — montucky @ 7:18 pm

Flower in a flower

Today’s fishin’ trip yielded more photos than fish, but who could pass this up! The fish will still be there next time I visit.

June 24, 2010

Who are they?

Filed under: Birds, Montana — Tags: , , , — montucky @ 10:34 pm

Their camo is excellent,

Wild turkey chicks

and they have very big feet!

Wild turkey chicks


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