Montana Outdoors

August 24, 2010

Cube Iron (4)

After leaving trail 1512 it’s less than half a mile to the summit, but a very steep half mile. On this trip, as on so many, once above the trees my camera is very busy as I try to capture the views in all directions and as the light changes across the landscape, beauty abounds.

It’s difficult to decide which photos best represent the true feel of this country, and I will probably post too many. The photos in this set were taken along perhaps three hundred yards of the trail after it cleared the tree line: at times like this I can imagine how a butterfly must feel upon emerging from its cocoon to see that the world is now so much different from what it was just moments ago.

The mountains begin to reveal more of themselves now and that creates an incredible feeling, though all the while I know that there will be even more to be seen upon the ascent to yet higher levels. But for now…

Scene from Cube Iron Mountain

Scene from Cube Iron Mountain

Scene from Cube Iron Mountain

Scene from Cube Iron Mountain

Scene from Cube Iron Mountain

Cube Iron Mountain

Scene from Cube Iron Mountain

Scene from Cube Iron Mountain


  1. wow – I can almost breathe in that fresh air from here!


    Comment by Stacey Dawn — August 25, 2010 @ 8:37 am

    • The fresh air and the cool breezes (sometimes cold) are hard to beat, especially when the temperatures in the valleys are in the 90’s.


      Comment by montucky — August 25, 2010 @ 8:02 pm

  2. Don’t ever think you’re posting too many photos! I, for one, can’t get enough. You are correct: beauty abounds. It’s breathtaking.


    Comment by Robin — August 25, 2010 @ 10:06 am

    • Thank you, Robin! I have been taking lots of photos on these trips just in case I may not be able to return to many of these places again. This is some of the last unspoiled country around, and there are those who want very badly to exploit it too.


      Comment by montucky — August 25, 2010 @ 8:05 pm

  3. Bee-bee-bee-U-Tee-Ful! Must be an incredible experience to be out there just the nature & you… no city noises, thumping stereos, people YACKING, sirens, etc… Oh how I’d love to go!


    Comment by Tricia — August 25, 2010 @ 3:01 pm

    • Yes, Tricia, the experience is incredible. Very hard to describe. Usually I see or hear no one during the entire trek. The only sounds are from the wind, a stream or the birds and animals. It’s like stepping back a thousand years into the past.


      Comment by montucky — August 25, 2010 @ 8:08 pm

  4. PS You can NEVER post too many Montana or any mountain pics… don’t EVER worry about that!


    Comment by Tricia — August 25, 2010 @ 3:02 pm

    • Thanks Tricia! I still have quite a few I’d like to post of this trip and plenty from the one I was on Monday after that.


      Comment by montucky — August 25, 2010 @ 8:10 pm

  5. Thanks so much for giving us a glimpse of a summer’s worth of stunning mountaintops. You are making a lot of keyboard travelers very happy.


    Comment by sandy — August 25, 2010 @ 3:05 pm

    • Sandy, I’m very pleased to see that folks do like to see these places. My perspective comes from being born here and being exposed to this kind of country most of my life: it’s the place that I love. I understand that it looks much different for others.

      These places have very few visitors each summer and I’d guess even most of the folks living around here aren’t aware of the beauty or for one reason or other can’t get up there to see it.


      Comment by montucky — August 25, 2010 @ 8:16 pm

  6. I agree. Don’t think you can post two many photos! Some day I hope to see some of these mountains in person, but in the meantime, I will enjoy your photos.


    Comment by kateri — August 25, 2010 @ 8:13 pm

    • I’m more and more thankful for digital photography for these excursions. I simply couldn’t afford all of the film and processing! I’ve been bringing back over a hundred photos from each of the last several trips.


      Comment by montucky — August 25, 2010 @ 8:19 pm

  7. There will never be too many of your photos! Big country, to be sure; beautiful too!


    Comment by scienceguy288 — August 25, 2010 @ 9:07 pm

    • Thanks! It is indeed a big country. The scenes seem to go on forever and the possibilities as well.


      Comment by montucky — August 25, 2010 @ 10:08 pm

  8. And I agree, too, never too many photos from you 🙂


    Comment by Candace — August 25, 2010 @ 9:50 pm

  9. I don’t blame you for posting many photos! These scenes and forever skies are absolutely beautiful. Do you find that now it is late summer as the season changes that the colors deepened with more yellow and ocher?


    Comment by Anna — August 26, 2010 @ 8:36 am

    • The colors are just beginning to change as everything dries out. Some of the foliage has turned reddish, but I think it is more because of the dryness than fall although we are only a few weeks from the start of the true fall colors. A couple of nights ago our overnight temperature was in the 30’s and I’m sure there was frost in the higher elevations.


      Comment by montucky — August 26, 2010 @ 9:36 pm

  10. I agree with others that You are not presenting too much photos when admiring Your “catch” from Your trips.

    Lovely photos!


    Comment by sartenada — August 26, 2010 @ 10:47 pm

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