Montana Outdoors

October 26, 2010

Fall colors in the valley

Filed under: Autumn — Tags: , — montucky @ 8:41 pm

Colder temperatures have finally reached the valleys in western Montana and with them have come more autumn colors. I don’t think it has peaked yet, but it’s pretty none the less.

Autumn road

Autumn road

Color on creek banks

Autumn along a creek

Along the Clark Fork

Autumn along the Clark Fork river. The gold on the mountainsides is from the Larch, and behind and above them is a snow storm blowing in; so typical of our fall weather.


  1. Stunning!


    Comment by Roberta Gould — October 26, 2010 @ 8:49 pm

    • Thanks Roberta! Last year we had a very early very cold freeze that froze the leaves on the trees and there were practically no bright colored leaves at all. I’m happy that this year the colors (most of them) have returned.


      Comment by montucky — October 26, 2010 @ 8:57 pm

  2. I especially like the pic along the creek. The trees along here have all changed colors too.


    Comment by songofthewolf — October 26, 2010 @ 9:45 pm

    • I imagine the colors in your area are very pretty! You have a lot of deciduous trees, don’t you? The picture of the creek was taken near where it enters the big river. The beavers have put in two small dams on it just below that spot. I will try, one of these evenings, to sneak in there and get some pictures of them, but they seem to be doing their work at night though, so I’ll have to see.


      Comment by montucky — October 26, 2010 @ 10:07 pm

  3. That autumn road is gorgeous. I’d like to just keep going.


    Comment by Candace — October 26, 2010 @ 11:27 pm

    • That road is in front of my house. The colorful section is only a half mile long, but thoroughly enjoyable


      Comment by montucky — October 27, 2010 @ 8:39 am

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  5. It occurred to me that you must be in really good shape to walk these places everyday. 🙂 What wonderful seclusion. What wonderful photos. Keep them coming!


    Comment by Robin — October 27, 2010 @ 5:53 am

    • At my age I have to work hard to stay in shape for hiking Robin, but it’s well worth the effort to be able to see the beauty of the country.


      Comment by montucky — October 27, 2010 @ 8:41 am

  6. Hi Montucky, My favorite of these photographs is the one along the river. Wonderful shot! Have a really nice day today!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — October 27, 2010 @ 7:15 am

    • That river is a treasure. It still has good fishing and the views keep changing through the seasons and weather changes. I hope your day is pleasant too!


      Comment by montucky — October 27, 2010 @ 8:45 am

  7. Oh oh oh soooo pretty! Beautiful colors & beautiful country!!!


    Comment by Tricia — October 27, 2010 @ 7:26 am

    • Yes, it’s beautiful this time of year. The foliage seems to celebrate as it readies for a long winter’s sleep.


      Comment by montucky — October 27, 2010 @ 8:46 am

  8. Gorgeous, gorgeous! I really like the first and second photos with such lovely colors. 🙂


    Comment by Anna — October 27, 2010 @ 12:02 pm

    • The colors are starting to peak; now if we would have a few rays of sun…


      Comment by montucky — October 27, 2010 @ 1:49 pm

  9. Ah, love those golden larches. I think autumn colors against the evergreens of mountain are a perfect combination.


    Comment by Bo Mackison — October 27, 2010 @ 12:34 pm

    • Yes, I like the contrast of green and gold too. It’s extra nice to walk down a road or trail when the larch has turned color because as they lose their needles the ground itself becomes golden.


      Comment by montucky — October 27, 2010 @ 1:51 pm

  10. That road! Wouldn’t I love to be walking there.
    That river scene is stunning, too. Do bear ever show up there.


    Comment by sandy — October 27, 2010 @ 2:41 pm

    • I walk that road every single day. THere is a large variety of plants along it and so everything is constantly changing.

      We do have black bears visit fairly regularly through there, and they will sometimes cross the river just below.


      Comment by montucky — October 27, 2010 @ 10:02 pm

  11. it IS pretty! but I could do w/o a snow storm! we are hitting record highs here


    Comment by silken — October 27, 2010 @ 8:44 pm

    • I would prefer the snow to record highs, although now that the mountain tops are snow covered the breeze that blows down from there has an entirely different feel to it!


      Comment by montucky — October 27, 2010 @ 10:03 pm

  12. Very pretty. Our leaves are mostly gone now, due to high winds the past few days.


    Comment by kateri — October 27, 2010 @ 9:08 pm

    • That storm has sure made the news. I think it is the one that came in off the Pacific directly into San Francisco. It delayed my daughter’s flight by three hours on Sunday. We just had a trace of it.


      Comment by montucky — October 27, 2010 @ 10:05 pm

  13. The grasses (brush? shrubs?) along the creek are lovely colours. Looks ‘soft’ (bet it isn’t though!).


    Comment by Val Erde — October 28, 2010 @ 12:28 pm

    • You’re right, it is very coarse grass and although it doesn’t look it, it’s quite tall. The beavers have dug canals through it too and at times you can step in one and find that grass is far over your head. (The trick is to step only into one that isn’t full of water!)


      Comment by montucky — October 28, 2010 @ 9:57 pm

  14. Wow. I love all these photos, but the first photo gives to my imagination so much when thinking what there is behind the curve.


    Comment by sartenada — October 28, 2010 @ 10:56 pm

    • I walk that road every day, and can remember it from back in the mid 1940’s. I loved it then and still do!


      Comment by montucky — October 28, 2010 @ 11:27 pm

  15. There’s just something about the beauty of fog/mist and Autumn colors – lovely!


    Comment by Stacey Dawn — October 30, 2010 @ 2:34 pm

    • Autumn is my wife’s favorite season because of the colors.


      Comment by montucky — October 30, 2010 @ 9:11 pm

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