Montana Outdoors

June 20, 2011


Filed under: Cabinet Mountains, Weeksville Creek — Tags: — montucky @ 11:26 pm


This photo was taken last Saturday facing west across the Weeksville Creek canyon in the Cabinet Mountains. The snowy ridge at the skyline is the east slope of Big Hole mountain and the beginning of KooKooSint Ridge. Country like this is a vital part of our western watershed and is home to a large number of wildlife species, such as black bear, elk, moose, big horn sheep, mule deer, whitetail deer, cougar, wild turkey, coyote, fox, bobcat and grouse, as well as all kinds of smaller animals, birds, insects and reptiles and a large diversity of plant life. I am very thankful that it’s still here and grateful that I am able to venture out into the middle of it.


  1. Oh my, it’s breathtaking!


    Comment by Homestead Ramblings — June 21, 2011 @ 5:11 am

  2. Hi Montucky, That is stunning scenery! So glad you have nice areas to walk and hike in nearby. Have a great day today!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — June 21, 2011 @ 6:54 am

    • Yes, I like being close to that country. I venture into the Weeksville Creek drainage several times a week.


      Comment by montucky — June 21, 2011 @ 10:22 pm

  3. SO beautiful!


    Comment by thedailyclick — June 21, 2011 @ 6:59 am

    • I believe mountains are best viewed from high places and it’s worth the effort it takes to climb up there.


      Comment by montucky — June 21, 2011 @ 10:23 pm

  4. WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Comment by Barbara — June 21, 2011 @ 11:00 am

  5. Beautiful scene and countryside. And amazing, I can well imagine, to be able to venture in the middle of all that beauty and be among the wildlife.


    Comment by Anna — June 21, 2011 @ 2:39 pm

    • I have found no feeling like that, Anna. When there, everything else comes into perspective.


      Comment by montucky — June 21, 2011 @ 10:28 pm

  6. a lot to be thankful for (though I think I could do w/o the reptiles!)


    Comment by silken — June 21, 2011 @ 7:35 pm

    • They’re really not so bad once you get to know them, Stacey! All they ask is that you don’t step on them.


      Comment by montucky — June 21, 2011 @ 10:30 pm

  7. I hope it stays as pristine for many many years… a very moving photograph!


    Comment by kcjewel — June 21, 2011 @ 9:26 pm

  8. I really like this. Mountain scenes are some of my very favorite. A place like this must be an amazing sight when you’re there.


    Comment by Ratty — June 21, 2011 @ 10:10 pm

    • It really is amazing to be there, Ratty. Seeing the natural world the way it has been for thousands of years and learning to be comfortable within it is something I wish everyone could do.


      Comment by montucky — June 21, 2011 @ 10:37 pm

  9. Land worth protecting and keeping as it is. People need to be reminded of the many resources wilderness protects/provides for. You must truly love your times in these places.


    Comment by Bo Mackison — June 22, 2011 @ 5:32 am

    • Sadly, most people now do not recognize the value of wilderness and wild country or how vital it is to the health of the planet. There is a news story out now about how the main aquifer in Idaho is rapidly becoming deleted. Seems to me the reason are obvious: too much use of water by the growing population combined with the destruction of the watershed by development and exploitation of the forests. Yes, I deeply love the wild country and spend every bit of time I possibly can in it, especially the remaining roadless areas.


      Comment by montucky — June 22, 2011 @ 9:53 pm

  10. I always hope those who own the land or who can have an influence will ensure that such places as this remind wild.


    Comment by knightofswords — June 22, 2011 @ 6:44 am

    • The land in this photo is National Forest, which is at once a good thing and a bad one. The people of America all have the right to have a say in its protection on the one hand, and on the other, the politicians and their owners exert huge influence over it.


      Comment by montucky — June 22, 2011 @ 9:56 pm

  11. Terrific photograph! It really displays the great expanse that is ever so present in Montana!


    Comment by Wild_Bill — June 22, 2011 @ 8:48 am

    • Fortunately Bill, there is still a lot left, although few realize just how fragile it really is.


      Comment by montucky — June 22, 2011 @ 9:57 pm

  12. Beauty, more beauty, & even more undeniable beauty! Awesome!!! =)


    Comment by Tricia — June 22, 2011 @ 12:07 pm

    • Yes, the mountains and forests really are awesome, Tricia. I wish everyone could get to know them and understand them. It’s life-changing.


      Comment by montucky — June 22, 2011 @ 9:59 pm

  13. Great photo Montucky!


    Comment by Tammy — June 22, 2011 @ 6:46 pm

  14. Montucky, I wish I could live in three places at once: up there near you, close to Wild Bill and here. Your land is so rich with wildlife and ancient things. Beautiful and I swear I am always inspired by your photos to take better shots here of the short grass country and desert. One of these days I want to go to Montana and see the majesty your photos reflect.


    Comment by Jack Matthews — June 22, 2011 @ 7:17 pm

    • I know exactly what you mean, Jack. This region and its mountains, rivers and forests was the home of my childhood and now again my home for the rest of my life, but I still have a deep love for the desert and mountains of the southwest, and I know from what I read that I would also get to love the area in which you live and also Bill’s home area. If you ever do get a chance to visit Montana, I would be a willing guide to at least the northwest part of the state.


      Comment by montucky — June 22, 2011 @ 10:05 pm

  15. That’s beautiful and to know all that wildlife is scurrying around in there makes it even better.


    Comment by Candace — June 22, 2011 @ 10:51 pm

    • Exactly! It’s a fairly diverse and balanced ecosystem. Hiking there can be full of very pleasant surprises.


      Comment by montucky — June 22, 2011 @ 11:22 pm

  16. I think you are tuly blessed to be able to be in and among this beauty every day…


    Comment by Stacey Dawn — June 23, 2011 @ 3:57 pm

    • I think I am too, Stacey. We do live in an awesome world!


      Comment by montucky — June 23, 2011 @ 7:42 pm

  17. I’m wondering what the elevations are in your area. Seems like less snow than I expected to see, a lot less than the Pintlers, for example. Even Snowbowl ski area near Missoula seems to have as much snow left as your lovely photo shows.


    Comment by Kim — June 24, 2011 @ 9:41 pm

    • The slope visible is about 6000 feet. THe taller peaks near here are about 7500.


      Comment by montucky — June 24, 2011 @ 9:59 pm

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