Montana Outdoors

September 8, 2010

Early autumn colors

Filed under: Autumn — Tags: — montucky @ 8:56 pm

September, a few nights in the 30’s, and a few leaves beginning to turn color. I will miss summer, but am looking forward to the colors of fall. So far, just a little color on the very low, small plants.

Fall colored leaves

Fall colored leaves Fall colored leaves Fall colored leaves Fall colored leaves

Fall colored leaves Fall colored leaves Fall colored leaves Fall colored leaves Fall colored leaves

But then there’s always one…

Chicory

September 7, 2010

Macro? Or not.

Filed under: Coeur d'Alene Mountains — Tags: — montucky @ 9:48 pm

Back in early July while wandering along the trail that leads to Sacajawea peak in the Coeur d’Alene Mountains near here I snapped these photos. What they have in common is that, while I always have my macro lens with me (it’s by far my favorite lens), I shot them with my Nikkor 70-300mm VR Zoom lens for whatever reason made sense to me at the time. For what they’re worth…

Bee

Bee

Indian paintbrush

September 6, 2010

The kids are growing up

Filed under: Animals, White-tail deer — Tags: , , , — montucky @ 8:39 pm

It’s nearly the end of summer, the kids are growing up now and Mom has found the apples.

(Two does and three fawns paid us a visit this afternoon. The fawns are fairly good sized already and I was a little surprised to see they still have all of their spots.)

Whitetail fawnWhitetail fawn

Whitetail fawn

Whitetail fawn

Apple eater

September 5, 2010

It’s MY flower!

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , , , — montucky @ 9:33 pm

Streambank butterweed

Streambank butterweedStreambank butterweed, Senecio pseudaureus

September 3, 2010

The flowers of Cube Iron

As I followed trail 460 upward toward Cube Iron Mountain the weather looked as though it might be about to bring a bit of rain and so I focused more on the landscape than on the flora, leaving most of that to be documented on the return trip (I love to photograph wildflowers in the rain anyway). Here are a few photos taken on that return trip of some of the wildflowers still blooming at the higher levels, several of which were new species for me.

DSC_9110Sickletop Lousewort, Pedicularis racemosa

Shrubby penstemonShrubby penstemon

ThistleThistle

northern buckwheat, Eriogonum compositumNorthern buckwheat, Eriogonum compositum

Dwarf Hawksbeard, Vrepis nanaDwarf Hawksbeard, Vrepis nana

Subalpine Daisy, Erigeron peregrinusSubalpine Daisy, Erigeron peregrinus

Unknown water flower

Pink Monkeyflower, Mimulus lewisiiPink Monkeyflower, Mimulus lewisii

Pink Monkeyflower, Mimulus lewisiiPink Monkeyflower, Mimulus lewisii

Pink Monkeyflower, Mimulus lewisiiPink Monkeyflower, Mimulus lewisii

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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