Montana Outdoors

September 1, 2010

Cube Iron (8)

I think I mentioned before that I took a lot of pictures from the top. It was very pleasant to look down at Four Lakes Basin. I didn’t hike into there this trip, but I will next time I go into that area: trail 450 goes right through there on its way north to Cabin Lake and Mt Headley.

Scene from the top of Cube Iron

Four Lakes Basin

Four Lakes Basin

Scene from the top of Cube Iron

Four Lakes Basin

Four Lakes basin

Trail to the sky

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  1. Holy cow, those are beautiful shots. That last one makes me feel like I’m falling right into the screen!


    Comment by Robin — September 2, 2010 @ 5:11 am

    • That’s an awesome area, Robin. I’m always amazed at how the scenes change with the light patterns, cloud shadows, etc.

      I was browsing through my settings on WordPress and noticed that they say that the maximum photo width for posting is 1024 pixels, and that’s what I used for the that last photo (the others are 760). Does it come across better (larger) for you? I like the large size better for scenery photos, although I had to change the page size of my browser to accommodate the photo width or it cut off the right side of the photo.


      Comment by montucky — September 2, 2010 @ 8:35 am

  2. Terry:

    Is a trail #450 hike a possible option for you and me next summer including (or excluding) the Mt. Headley to Priscilla Pk hike?



    Comment by Chad — September 2, 2010 @ 10:17 am

    • I think so, Chad. It runs all of the way from Mt Headley to Silcox. I also want to investigate some of the trails in the Bitterroots. Maybe in the Big Burn.


      Comment by montucky — September 2, 2010 @ 10:40 am

  3. Wowzers! These are outstanding! I love the cloud shadows across the landscape. Montucky, I love the 1024 pixels… large photo.

    For me it isn’t a problem for download as I have high speed Internet. However, I have ran across those at my blog who have a hard time just with 900 pixels because of the speed of their Internet or still on dial-up and they have smaller screens in which some themes don’t optimize in which they have to scroll. So, we are pushing it at 900 even though I would love to go larger.

    Your last photo is magnificent large and I would love to see them like that… but others might have problems with the larger size.


    Comment by Anna — September 2, 2010 @ 12:33 pm

    • I may have to stay with the smaller sizes at that for the reasons you mentioned. I think I will experiment with the larger size for awhile though and hope for feedback either way. What I consider the biggest advantage is that 1024 is one of the sizes that Flickr uses and if I put up large photos, someone can go to my Flickr site and see them large size. The way I’ve been doing it, the one I use on WordPress is the largest on Flickr, or I have to put up two photos so someone can see a larger version.


      Comment by montucky — September 2, 2010 @ 9:15 pm

  4. Hey, take as many as you want. Don’t you just love the clouds drifting over?

    Yep, I see four lakes.


    Comment by sandy — September 2, 2010 @ 3:04 pm

    • They seem to emphasize the Four Lakes in that basin, although there are half a dozen other lakes near there too. I don’t really know the significance of those four. Historical information about these remote areas is not easy to come by either.


      Comment by montucky — September 2, 2010 @ 9:17 pm

  5. what an amazing adventure! a spectacular view!


    Comment by silken — September 2, 2010 @ 5:03 pm

    • It is a beautiful place. While the weather holds I’m going to try to make several more new high country trips. I know it may sound strange to you, but the mountains around Glacier have had several inches of snow already.


      Comment by montucky — September 2, 2010 @ 9:20 pm

  6. Splendid photos indeed. I love very much the third photo from the top and the last one. I enjoyed so much when looking at them.


    Comment by sartenada — September 2, 2010 @ 10:40 pm

  7. This whole series has been magnificent!


    Comment by Pinhole — September 3, 2010 @ 3:05 pm

    • Thanks Pinhole. It has been very much on my mind to visit some of these places and photograph them while I am still able to do it. I hope to visit a few more places before the snow closes the high roads and even more next summer.


      Comment by montucky — September 3, 2010 @ 9:21 pm

  8. Hi Montucky, Thanks for showing us this great wilderness area and the beautiful views. Outstanding photo’s! Have a tremendously nice evening and day tomorrow!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — September 3, 2010 @ 9:01 pm

    • Thank you, wildlifewatcher! I’m glad you have enjoyed the photos. I think these roadless areas are very important for the health of our planet, and they are beautiful places to visit as well.

      Have a very nice weekend!


      Comment by montucky — September 3, 2010 @ 9:22 pm

  9. You sure got a lot of grat photos on this hike.


    Comment by Candace — September 4, 2010 @ 9:28 am

    • This one was very scenic and a bit of work getting up there. I wanted to bring back photos of as many scenes as I could. The hike was very worthwhile to me.


      Comment by montucky — September 4, 2010 @ 9:39 am

  10. You did a fantastic job capturing height and depth the way you did, looking way down to the tops of some of the tallest trees.


    Comment by Preston — September 6, 2010 @ 6:12 am

    • Thanks Preston. It’s a challenge to get photos that show the magnitude of some of these scenes.


      Comment by montucky — September 6, 2010 @ 8:19 am

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