Montana Outdoors

September 21, 2010

South of Big Hole, west of Spring Creek (3)

Filed under: Autumn, Teepee-Spring Creek roadless area — Tags: , , — montucky @ 10:29 pm

Our weather has been cool and wet and cloudy; the dark kind, not so good for photography, but it appears to be clearing and I have high hopes that there will be partly clear skies for a hike tomorrow along a high ridge in the Cherry Peak roadless area. So, tonight I’ll post these photos that I almost forgot from a trip a couple of weeks ago: got carried away with some new wildflowers, critters, etc..

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

Along an old road south of Big Hole

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26 Comments »

  1. Very nice. What is the purple flower/plant in the last photo?

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    Comment by kateri — September 22, 2010 @ 4:22 am

    • The purple comes from the blossom stems of Fireweed. They grew thick in the one place. The leaves turn read, but what remains of the flowers stays purple.

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      Comment by montucky — September 22, 2010 @ 8:26 pm

  2. I want to be there! I’ve been away from blogging during the busy summer vacation from the school job. It’s nice to be back in a routine and hiking with you again!

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    Comment by Cedar — September 22, 2010 @ 6:33 am

    • Welcome back, Cedar! To a certain extent, a routine is comfortable, isn’t it.

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      Comment by montucky — September 22, 2010 @ 8:28 pm

  3. Fantabulous views high up in the trees & mountains! So beautiful!

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    Comment by Tricia — September 22, 2010 @ 7:36 am

    • As you may have noticed, I dearly love the high country. I spent most of the day today above the clouds.

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      Comment by montucky — September 22, 2010 @ 8:29 pm

  4. Really like the last shot, great colors.

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    Comment by Daveabirding — September 22, 2010 @ 8:11 am

    • We are still just beginning the color phase. It seems slower than it usually is.

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      Comment by montucky — September 22, 2010 @ 8:30 pm

  5. Hi Montucky, I especially like your photographs of the trees. Very lovely setting to hike in from your pictures and description. Have a great day!

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    Comment by wildlifewatcher — September 22, 2010 @ 10:33 am

    • Thanks, wildlifewatcher! There are many such beautiful places near where I live. he photos in this set were taken about six miles from the trail head. Completely undisturbed area.

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      Comment by montucky — September 22, 2010 @ 8:32 pm

  6. Oh my. Every time I look at your photos I feel like I’m standing right there. So realistic. So beautiful. I’m not even going to think about where you were standing when you took pic #3 on the old logging(?) road. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Comment by Robin — September 22, 2010 @ 12:03 pm

    • Those are the scenes that keep drawing me to the high country, Robin. I’m glad that you can see them too.

      Some place up in my family tree there was a mule: there was also a mountain goat. You may worry about where a few of the photos I took today were taken.

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      Comment by montucky — September 22, 2010 @ 8:35 pm

  7. Each are absolutely beautiful and I especially like the third photo.

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    Comment by Anna — September 22, 2010 @ 2:32 pm

    • I love that old road too, Anna. I goes on for miles and just haunts me until I keep hiking it further.

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      Comment by montucky — September 22, 2010 @ 8:37 pm

  8. I am glad you got around to posting them, they are nice. Something about the second one really grabs me.

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    Comment by sandy — September 22, 2010 @ 2:46 pm

    • The second one is very typical of the mountain ridges. The trees there are Lodgepole Pine, the brush that’s turning red is huckleberry and the smaller trees/shrubs in the foreground are Alder. All that’s left out are the deer and elk.

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      Comment by montucky — September 22, 2010 @ 8:39 pm

  9. Wow, I don’t think I would have forgotten these photos, beautiful!

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    Comment by Candace — September 22, 2010 @ 8:51 pm

    • Thanks, Candace. My problem is that I will take over a hundred on a full day hike.

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      Comment by montucky — September 22, 2010 @ 9:46 pm

  10. every shot is gorgeous! that second shot of the trees is striking and I just want to jump onto that path in the third shot and keep walking….

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    Comment by silken — September 23, 2010 @ 6:04 pm

    • You would like walking on that old road, Silken. This would be a great place for you to do some of your training, once you got used to it. Also it would be good for you to train at the higher altitudes. THese photos were take at about 6,000 feet.

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      Comment by montucky — September 23, 2010 @ 11:55 pm

  11. Again so nice photos from “trail”. I especially like the second photo from the top and the third from the bottom. The second photo is showing a little bit similar landscape than here.

    All these are very interesting to look at.

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    Comment by sartenada — September 23, 2010 @ 11:21 pm

    • This area is very close to my home, although much higher in elevation. I go there quite often.

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      Comment by montucky — September 23, 2010 @ 11:56 pm

  12. Wow, these are beautiful! I’ve just been looking at the area on Google maps – the one with the little man who can be planted onto a road for a better look. (I hadn’t realised til just now that one can open up a full screen view). It’s all so lovely!
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    By the way, if you want me to have a go at bringing any photos up brighter (for ones that are more in shadow than you’d have liked) let me know.

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    Comment by Val Erde — October 4, 2010 @ 1:46 pm

    • Thanks, Val. You know, I haven’t tried looking at any of these areas on Google Maps. Perhaps I shall try that. I use U.F. Forest Service maps and Geological Survey topographical maps for most areas where I hike.

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      Comment by montucky — October 4, 2010 @ 6:22 pm

  13. Great shots. I recently moved to Montana and I am finding it to be a great place for a photographer. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Comment by Mike — June 26, 2011 @ 1:32 am

    • Thanks Mike! It sure is that! Welcome to Montana and thanks for the visit!

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      Comment by montucky — June 26, 2011 @ 8:49 pm


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