Montana Outdoors

July 9, 2011

Loneman Divide

Filed under: Cabinet Mountains — montucky @ 11:09 pm

Loneman Divide

Along Loneman Divide in western Montana’s Cabinet Mountains.


  1. Just beautiful! Love the very blue sky..


    Comment by mitambien — July 9, 2011 @ 11:37 pm

    • The blue sky is a benefit of being far from the cities or towns: it shows that the air is clear. I love it too!


      Comment by montucky — July 10, 2011 @ 9:53 pm

  2. Loneman Divide in the Cabinet Mountains has such a nice ring to it. The wildflowers are beautiful, as is this photo. What an amazing place to live.


    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — July 10, 2011 @ 6:03 am

    • I enjoy some of the names too. They are studies in themselves. I’ve seen turkeys at “Turkey Flats” and a cougar at “Lion Spring”.


      Comment by montucky — July 10, 2011 @ 9:55 pm

  3. Now that is one lush mountainside!!


    Comment by kcjewel — July 10, 2011 @ 7:23 am

  4. Lovely as usual! Any idea what those red flowers are?


    Comment by jomegat — July 10, 2011 @ 8:08 am

    • The reds are Indian Paintbrush. The white are Thimbleberry.


      Comment by montucky — July 10, 2011 @ 10:01 pm

  5. Love the smattering of wildflowers. Looks like a most spectacular day!!!


    Comment by Marcie — July 10, 2011 @ 9:23 am

    • It was a beautiful day! Of course I think any day spent in the back country is a beautiful day.


      Comment by montucky — July 10, 2011 @ 10:02 pm

  6. I want to know what the red colors are, too. It looks like you had wonderful weather that day.


    Comment by sandy — July 10, 2011 @ 9:44 am

    • This is the time of year for the Indian Paintbrush: they grow full and bright. Yes, we are going through a period of warm, sunny weather, actually warmer than I like.


      Comment by montucky — July 10, 2011 @ 10:04 pm

  7. Hi Montucky, I just love living in the forest. Your scenes in the photographs you put up are so heavenly! Great photography! You also must really love living in that region! Have a most pleasant Sunday!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — July 10, 2011 @ 10:26 am

    • I love living in the forest too. There is always beauty to be found and much diversity. It gets even better the more it is experienced.


      Comment by montucky — July 10, 2011 @ 10:05 pm

  8. Did I ever tell you I spent three weeks on a survival course in the Cabinets when I was 17? Much of it bushwhacking through this kind of terrain.


    Comment by Patia — July 10, 2011 @ 11:36 am

    • I remember you said something about it before. That would have been a great experience, although at 17 it might depend on the circumstances. At 19 I spent a summer in a Forest Service camp in the Clearwater Forest of Idaho and loved every minute of it.


      Comment by montucky — July 10, 2011 @ 10:07 pm

  9. You truly live in Paradise, Terry! Amazing!


    Comment by Candace — July 10, 2011 @ 1:13 pm

    • I know there are some folks who would not like this, but it really is Paradise for me. I couldn’t want anything better!


      Comment by montucky — July 10, 2011 @ 10:08 pm

  10. I like the color.


    Comment by burstmode — July 10, 2011 @ 3:45 pm

    • Our winter with deep snow and the wet spring did wonders for the plant life, including the conifers. Everything in the forest looks as good as I’ve ever seen it1


      Comment by montucky — July 10, 2011 @ 10:10 pm

  11. I love the contrast between the wild flowers in the foreground, the conifers in the middle, and the heavenly blue sky in the background, absolutely fabulous.


    Comment by Wild_Bill — July 10, 2011 @ 4:44 pm

    • This scene is fairly typical in our mountains in summer. Even in late summer when it gets really hot, many of the mountains are steep enough that they have slopes that are shady for all but a few hours each day and the vegetation stays green and lush there.


      Comment by montucky — July 10, 2011 @ 10:13 pm

  12. Great shot T. Sure wish you’d send some of that green down here to Texas.


    Comment by Jeff Lynch — July 10, 2011 @ 8:26 pm

    • I wish I could, Jeff! We are getting into our hot dry time too, but it’s a typical seasonal thing now, not a drought. I hope you will have this kind of year next year! Do you get the monsoon season like they do in Arizona this time of year?


      Comment by montucky — July 10, 2011 @ 10:15 pm

  13. oooh – love those little red flowers right smack in the middle!


    Comment by Stacey Dawn — July 10, 2011 @ 11:21 pm

    • For the rest of the summer now the Indian Paintbrush will add its color to the mountains. It almost seem to be gregarious, often growing near other flowers.


      Comment by montucky — July 10, 2011 @ 11:32 pm

  14. That blue sky is awesome… only out west! =)


    Comment by Tricia — July 11, 2011 @ 7:52 am

    • We have had some clear, warm days lately. Now it the sky doesn’t fill with smoke!


      Comment by Montucky — July 11, 2011 @ 4:29 pm

  15. Beautiful, lush and rugged slope scene. Love the tall pines.


    Comment by Anna — July 11, 2011 @ 7:52 am

    • All of the plants are doing well this summer: it’s a great summer!


      Comment by Montucky — July 11, 2011 @ 4:31 pm

  16. I’m trying to decide if there is a trail concealed somewhere in that photo. Is there?


    Comment by Kim — July 11, 2011 @ 12:13 pm

    • There is; actually an old road at the left side of the photo.


      Comment by Montucky — July 11, 2011 @ 4:32 pm

  17. A few friends and I are planning a four day, north to south traverse of the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness next week (which will require at least 15 miles of hiking a day, some of it cross country, I believe). Any idea how the snow is up high in the Cabinets? I’m concerned that some of the places could still be quite treacherous.


    Comment by — July 12, 2011 @ 1:39 pm

    • We’re at the low end of the Cabinets here. I can still see pretty good snow patches at 7000 feet. Have a great hike!


      Comment by Montucky — July 12, 2011 @ 2:43 pm

  18. What a lovely place. I would call it a paradise in mountain. That would be a nice place to hike!


    Comment by sartenada — July 14, 2011 @ 11:37 pm

    • That is near a trail on which I do hike often, just to be out there. Soon I will visit to pick berries.


      Comment by Montucky — July 15, 2011 @ 9:34 pm

  19. Indian Paintbrush? That’s what the splash of red color looks like to me… one of my favorite wildflowers of all time… why I do not know but maybe because, as a child, I was fascinated by Indians and the flower name seems particularly descriptive! Vivid colors and wonderful composition… my spirits continue to rise!


    Comment by Victoria — July 25, 2011 @ 6:13 am

    • Yes, Indian Paintbrush. It is having a very good year this year too. Today I encountered some that are orange; Suksdorf’s Indian paintbrush, Castilleja suksdorfii and they are beautiful, but quite rare. I’ll post a photo or two of them later too.


      Comment by Montucky — July 25, 2011 @ 10:02 pm

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