Montana Outdoors

October 10, 2010

A very strange fall

Filed under: Autumn — Tags: , — montucky @ 9:26 pm

So far it has been a very slow fall, with just a few colors showing and very mild weather. Due to sub-zero temperatures coming very early last year, we had hardly any color, but according to my records, the year before had a peak of fall colors on about the 19th of October. I am looking forward to the next couple of weeks.

Beaver pondBeaver Pond in a small stream just off the river on 9/16/10.

At Burnt Fork PinnacleScene from Burnt Fork Pinnacle in the Reservation Divide roadless area on 10/1/10.

Fall larch along Dry Fork RoadLarch turning color along the Dry Fork road near the C C Divide on 10/6/10.



  1. thank you =o)


    Comment by Sandy — October 10, 2010 @ 9:53 pm

    • There should be more, sandy. If not, I still have plenty of photos from 2008, when we had a very colorful fall.


      Comment by montucky — October 10, 2010 @ 10:20 pm

  2. I’m hoping we get more color here as well…it’s been slow in coming. I’ll have to mark it on my calendar too – that way if it’s slow next year I’ll know to be more patient!


    Comment by Stacey Dawn — October 11, 2010 @ 12:19 am

    • I’m too lazy to mark my calendar, but I archive most of my photos by date and so I have an easy reference there. It’s surprising how often I use that, for fall colors and especially wildflowers.


      Comment by montucky — October 11, 2010 @ 9:19 am

  3. And with photos like these, we’re looking forward to the next couple of weeks too! Especially love that last photo with the yellow trees.


    Comment by Robin — October 11, 2010 @ 6:12 am

    • Those are western larch in the last photo. As more of them turn color some of the forests get very bright.


      Comment by montucky — October 11, 2010 @ 9:20 am

  4. Terry, that has been my observation here in upstate NY. Usually the second weekend in October is close to or at peak. Looks to be about a week to ten days behind. We did have a heavy frost over the weekend with warm days which might accelerate the process.


    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — October 11, 2010 @ 7:15 am

    • We haven’t had frost yet here at the low elevations. It hasn’t yet felt like fall either, although we have had days with clouds in the valleys which is fall behavior.


      Comment by montucky — October 11, 2010 @ 9:22 am

  5. Hi Montucky, Beautiful pictures! We are slower to go gold here in Cumberland County, TN too. We are getting there though. Have a good day today & enjoy that magnificent county you are in.


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — October 11, 2010 @ 7:42 am

    • I bet your fall colors there are really something, with all of the deciduous trees! We have just a few maples and they are still quite green.


      Comment by montucky — October 11, 2010 @ 9:24 am

  6. I love the last photo! Beautiful with the western larch, deep greens and winding road! The peak of fall colors is just getting started here with also trees with crisp leaves falling without turning. The 2nd photo with the red reminds me of the now autumn scenes here with fields covered in red sumac. I am hoping in the next week or two I’ll get some decent autumn photos!


    Comment by Anna — October 11, 2010 @ 9:44 am

    • I’ll look forward to seeing photos of your area. I hope the colors are good this year. I’m seeing leaves falling without changing color here too. Even the larch is unusual in that I’e seen trees that have shed most of their needles while other are still green.


      Comment by montucky — October 11, 2010 @ 10:50 pm

  7. Lovely photos! I, also, am looking forward to the Fall colors!


    Comment by Barbara — October 11, 2010 @ 11:23 am

    • Maybe tonight will move things forward a little. The temperature has been dropping and it’s supposed to be in the low to mid 20’s, our first freeze of the season.


      Comment by montucky — October 11, 2010 @ 10:51 pm

  8. What a wonderful place in which to live every day. I’m so jealous. Seriously. Thank you for the views of great trees, wides sky and green praying mantis.


    Comment by 47whitebuffalo — October 11, 2010 @ 12:16 pm

    • It really is a wonderful place in which to live for those who enjoy the outdoors in the northwest.


      Comment by montucky — October 11, 2010 @ 10:54 pm

  9. Nice pix, even with the muted colors. Our colors in GA aren’t so good this year, but that is due in part to a lot of periods of no rain during the summer.



    Comment by knightofswords — October 11, 2010 @ 1:52 pm

    • I noticed that your weather was pretty uneven this year, with periods of no rain then a deluge. We had a very late wet spring, and now have been having a pretty warm mostly dry fall. Tonight is really the first time I’ve felt a chill in the air.


      Comment by montucky — October 11, 2010 @ 10:58 pm

  10. Sometimes, just bits of color make the shot. The first photo with the reflection is wonderful.

    I am intrigued by the road in the last shot with the larch. What is down there?


    Comment by sandy — October 11, 2010 @ 2:23 pm

    • I took the last photo on the way back down to the valley from a reasonably high divide just south of where I live. There is a trail along the divide that goes many miles, over a hundred I believe, and I had just hiked about 4 miles of it.


      Comment by montucky — October 11, 2010 @ 11:00 pm

  11. looks like hints of color! here, still pretty green but I have noticed we are not having to mow every week….


    Comment by silken — October 11, 2010 @ 5:51 pm

    • I’m through mowing for this year. I like to have the grass tall going into winter so the deer can find it under the snow. It really does help them, at least a little. I was out today for a few miles but the colors haven’t really started to get bright yet.


      Comment by montucky — October 11, 2010 @ 11:03 pm

  12. The larch look like a wall of candles shining brightly. I love the first photo, too.


    Comment by kateri — October 11, 2010 @ 7:16 pm

    • The sun was starting to set and the last of its light kind of illuminated the larch that have already turned yellow. There should be much more over the next couple of weeks.


      Comment by montucky — October 11, 2010 @ 11:06 pm

  13. I remember the larch from your photos last year. Autumn is sure the best time of year in places where there are 4 seasons. Of course, it’s also the best time here because the long, hot summer is finally ending. Your photos are so crisp, I wonder if it has to do with the thin mountain air at all?


    Comment by Candace — October 12, 2010 @ 10:05 pm

    • Autumn is my wife’s favorite time of year and I like it, but I prefer the spring. It is nice to have the four distinct seasons. The air here is usually pretty clean and that must make a difference in photos.I also have one of the presets in the camera on a medium high “sharpening” setting.


      Comment by montucky — October 13, 2010 @ 9:51 am

      • Interesting. I have the same camera as you do, I guess I should read the manual or the field guide I bought for it one of these days. I didn’t know you could even do that in-camera. I sharpen almost everything post-processing.


        Comment by Candace — October 13, 2010 @ 7:03 pm

        • There are quite a few custom shooting options available. I experimented quite a bit until I found the setting I thought most useful.


          Comment by montucky — October 13, 2010 @ 7:16 pm

  14. The last photo from is awesome. I like that yellow color among the green. Autumn is really beautiful with its colors.


    Comment by sartenada — October 14, 2010 @ 11:18 pm

    • Autumn really is a beautiful season. I hope there will be more colors during the next few weeks. The colors of the leaves in your last post were just wonderful!


      Comment by montucky — October 15, 2010 @ 10:31 pm

  15. Beautiful as ever and the larches in the lower photo if seen without looking at the road, could be the tips of tall meadow flowers.


    Comment by Val Erde — October 18, 2010 @ 11:56 am

    • They could be at that, Val. The larch in that section of forest are taller than the other trees, perhaps because they survived a fire long ago and therefore are older.


      Comment by montucky — October 21, 2010 @ 3:52 pm

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