Montana Outdoors

August 25, 2010

Cube Iron (5)

Toward the top of the peak the trail becomes quite steep and therefore the altitude increases rapidly, changing the perspective and bringing more of the distant mountains into view. By the time I reached the peak, the sky became cloudy and the changing light conditions created brand new images. It’s impossible to stop taking pictures. By the time I returned to the trail head I was glad that I was prepared for rain.

In several of these photos you can see a bit of a deep and distant valley. It’s the valley of the Clark Fork of the Columbia River and the nearest highway, Montana Highway 200, runs through there along the river.

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

Scene from Cube Iron Mountain

Scene from Cube Iron Mountain

On Cube Iron Mountain



  1. Ok, I keep saying, “this set is my favorite” with each set of pics that you post, but these really are… the sky, the mountains, the terrain, just everything about these shots just grab me & pull me in! These are absolutely wonderful!!!

    And some ‘wanna-be’ photographer I am… I hadn’t even thought about going back to shoot the scenes in today’s post when the trees turn & Autumn arrives, so thank you very much for bringing that to my attention in your comment on my blog!


    Comment by Tricia — August 25, 2010 @ 10:34 pm

    • Thanks Tricia! You can see why I absolutely fell in love with this roadless area.

      I will look forward to some of your Autumn photos. I have seen your part of the country in the fall and it’s gorgeous! We have color here too, but not quite to the extent that you do.


      Comment by montucky — August 25, 2010 @ 11:02 pm

  2. I love that last landscape. The colors of the mountains is incredible. I recall Jose Marti: “The stream of the mountains pleases me more than the sea.”


    Comment by scienceguy288 — August 26, 2010 @ 7:47 am

    • Yes, there is about any shade of green that exists up there. It’s amazing to see the biological diversity of an area like this that has not ever been artificially disturbed.


      Comment by montucky — August 26, 2010 @ 9:40 pm

  3. Incredible! The colors are so deep and vivid. I especially like the sixth and seventh photos in the nearness, far-reaching depth and rich colors.


    Comment by Anna — August 26, 2010 @ 8:39 am

    • Part of the diversity of color is because the view from there covers so many different elevations, enough that there are plants at different stages in their life cycles included in one scene.


      Comment by montucky — August 26, 2010 @ 9:43 pm

  4. The second to the last is wonderful. What a place to watch the weather! I am so glad there are still place without cars. What about fourwheelers?


    Comment by sandy — August 26, 2010 @ 2:10 pm

    • There are no motor vehicles at all allowed in the roadless areas that I visit. They are reserved for horse and foot traffic only. There are a few that allow snowmobiles in some places, but not this area.


      Comment by montucky — August 26, 2010 @ 9:46 pm

  5. I can’t say I’ve ever really had a burning wish to see the west, but you are working hard at instilling that desire!


    Comment by jomegat — August 26, 2010 @ 6:31 pm

    • I think you would enjoy seeing it if you ever get the chance.


      Comment by montucky — August 26, 2010 @ 9:50 pm

  6. Breathtaking. (I’m curious what the pink flowers in the 4th photo are and was hoping for a closeup…)


    Comment by kateri — August 26, 2010 @ 7:25 pm

    • The flowers are Showy Asters I think. I haven’t taken any very recent photos of them, but here is one from last year.


      Comment by montucky — August 26, 2010 @ 9:52 pm

  7. AWESOME beauty all along the trail


    Comment by silken — August 26, 2010 @ 8:08 pm

  8. So beautiful scenery. Clouds complete nicely valleys and distant mountains. Always blue sky is not the best “background” as we can see in this series of Your photos.


    Comment by sartenada — August 26, 2010 @ 10:43 pm

    • I love to be out in all types of weather, but prefer clear days for going to the peaks because of the visibility for photos. I do love the clouds too and especially enjoy hiking in a good rain or on a very stormy day. The weather is an integral part of nature, too!


      Comment by montucky — August 26, 2010 @ 11:41 pm

  9. Thank you for showing us a world that most of us will only see through your pictures. Awesome photos.


    Comment by Robin — August 27, 2010 @ 6:10 am

    • I take heart in knowing that you and others enjoy seeing this wild country, Robin. Besides their beauty, the roadless areas are important for the biodiversity that they provide for the health of our planet.


      Comment by montucky — August 27, 2010 @ 10:08 pm

  10. I can see how you would need to be prepared for any and all weather! Great pictures! Very beautiful places! Have a fantastic day!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — August 27, 2010 @ 12:38 pm

    • Because I hike alone, I tend to take extra precautions, which usually results in a rather heavy pack, but it works for me!


      Comment by montucky — August 27, 2010 @ 10:09 pm

  11. It must be hard to hike when you want to keep clicking the shutter. That’s my problem on my rare hikes. Walk 2 feet, click, walk a few more feet, click…


    Comment by Candace — August 29, 2010 @ 5:37 pm

    • That’s sure part of it. I brought 130 photos back from this trip. Of course, now I plan time for the pictures because I know what it will be like. Typically, in this kind of country, I take most when I’m high up on the mountains where the better views are. It’s even slower in wildflower season.


      Comment by montucky — August 29, 2010 @ 7:36 pm

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