Montana Outdoors

September 13, 2010

South of Big Hole, west of Spring Creek (2)

Filed under: Teepee-Spring Creek roadless area — Tags: , , — montucky @ 10:40 pm

On a day that was not expected to be clear and sunny, it seemed a good idea to take a long walk on an old logging road in the high country.

After about a mile through thick forest, where the road topped a ridge and began a slight descent into more open country, the wind coming up from there had a serious bite to it and a stop to add a layer of clothing was in order. After the heat of summer, a sudden exposure to an icy wind is both a contrast and a prelude to fall.

The added clothing was an improvement, but good, comfortable warmth came only with the rain and the addition of a poncho which blocked the wind as well as the rain and produced a comfortable sense of security from the elements. It was a wonderful day to hike!

There is just a touch of color beginning in the high country now, with many of the huckleberry bushes turning red and just some of the taller brush getting a few golden leaves. It will be a few more weeks before the full fall colors arrive here.

Here are a few photos to show what it looked like on that old road that day:

Along an old road south of Big Hole

Along an old road south of Big Hole

Along an old road south of Big Hole

Along an old road south of Big Hole

Along an old road south of Big Hole

Along an old road south of Big Hole


  1. You do have a touch of fall. Nicely captured. I love a walk on a rainy day, too.


    Comment by Bo Mackison — September 14, 2010 @ 7:05 am

    • Just the beginning, Bo I’m really hoping for some good fall colors this year. I prefer cloudy days for hiking and they will be good for shooting fall colors.


      Comment by montucky — September 14, 2010 @ 8:32 pm

  2. Wow! The colors are magnificent! I just love the first photo with the reds contrasting against the timber.


    Comment by Anna — September 14, 2010 @ 8:26 am

    • It’s a start, Anna. The red is huckleberry bushes, and the timber is Lodge Pole Pine.


      Comment by montucky — September 14, 2010 @ 8:33 pm

  3. Those fall colors are luscious! Excellent photography! Have a super good day!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — September 14, 2010 @ 8:37 am

    • Thanks! Hopefully there will be much more color in the next month or so. You have a good day too!


      Comment by montucky — September 14, 2010 @ 8:34 pm

  4. Really beautiful colors!


    Comment by digitalphotoalbum — September 14, 2010 @ 10:20 am

  5. Your photos just keep better and better. The colors are amazing. The views are breathtaking.


    Comment by Robin — September 14, 2010 @ 10:38 am

    • Thanks Robin. That is why I spend as much time as possible in the outdoors.


      Comment by montucky — September 14, 2010 @ 8:35 pm

  6. Wow! I’m color blind and I can even see the splendor!

    Great work!


    Comment by Pinhole — September 14, 2010 @ 10:39 am

    • I just went back and looked at a B&W conversion of these photos, Pinhole. They are different of course, but I still like them for their texture and form.


      Comment by montucky — September 14, 2010 @ 8:49 pm

  7. These are great shots! I love the red against the colors. So-o-o pretty!


    Comment by Barbara — September 14, 2010 @ 11:25 am

    • If it can be timed just right, I think the best fall photos are when the grasses are still in shades of green and the leaves are turning.


      Comment by montucky — September 14, 2010 @ 8:51 pm

  8. You’ve got color! And beautiful it is. The huckleberries look like our blueberries, only much larger.

    What are the red leaves in the last shot?


    Comment by sandy — September 14, 2010 @ 2:49 pm

    • Both the red and violet colors are from Fireweed. The red is from the leaves and the violet is from the blossom stalks.


      Comment by montucky — September 14, 2010 @ 8:50 pm

  9. nice color! I wouldn’t think of a gray rainy day as a good day to hike, but it seems as if every day is a good day to hike for you! 🙂


    Comment by silken — September 14, 2010 @ 6:11 pm

    • Yes Silken, every single day! There are some amazing things to be seen in the back country in all kinds of weather when you prepare for it and get used to it. I especially love storms, although I can’t always get pictures because of the rain.


      Comment by montucky — September 14, 2010 @ 8:58 pm

  10. I was just in southern Montana. We got a bunch of rain, but it’s still pretty dry down there. There were some pretty bad fires in Yellowstone.


    Comment by iheartfilm — September 14, 2010 @ 10:10 pm

    • Yes, I’ve read about that. The rain really helped and it now looks like we will avoid a bad fire season overall.


      Comment by montucky — September 14, 2010 @ 10:53 pm

  11. that first picture would make a great jigsaw puzzle!


    Comment by Sandy — September 15, 2010 @ 7:56 pm

  12. Those huckleberry bushes sure add a lot of beautiful color!


    Comment by Candace — September 15, 2010 @ 9:05 pm

    • Yes. They are just beginning to get their color, too. A little later there will be huge hillside expanses of them.


      Comment by montucky — September 15, 2010 @ 9:08 pm

  13. When looking at photos from Your post, I feel like reading some Nature book with splended photos.

    I love those photos showing very interesting landscape with brilliant colors.


    Comment by sartenada — September 16, 2010 @ 11:09 pm

    • Those landscapes are part of the reason that I hike so much. There are so many beautiful things out in the back country.


      Comment by montucky — September 17, 2010 @ 12:01 am

  14. I’m (almost) speechless!
    What is the red-leafed plant in the top one? Is it tree seedlings or a low-growing plant?


    Comment by Val Erde — September 17, 2010 @ 9:09 am

    • Those are huckleberry bushes. There are several variations of them here and these are the low-growing ones, about 2 feet high. They cover many of the hillsides and when they all turn red there’s a huge blaze of color.


      Comment by montucky — September 17, 2010 @ 9:13 pm

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