Montana Outdoors

September 12, 2011

A hazy hike to the mountain

Filed under: Baldy Mountain roadless area, Hiking — Tags: — montucky @ 7:34 pm

For weeks now there have been wildfires burning in western Montana and Idaho, creating hazy and smoke-filled skies. Despite the smoke, on August 30th my daughter and I hiked the trail to the top of Mount Baldy. The smoke is very obvious in the photos, although there is a little clear sky in the third and fourth photos which were taken toward the north.

East of Mount Baldy in the smoke

View to the east of Mount Baldy

Baldy Lake in the smoke

Baldy Lake

Mount Baldy at the end of August

My daughter photographing the last of this year’s bear grass blossoms

Snowbank at the end of August

Playing in a snowbank on the lee side of the ridge

After our descent from the mountain we drove past our house about three miles to watch the action on another new wildfire. Fortunately, this one was near an old road that was still drivable and the State, U.S.F.S. and Rural Fire Departments were able to get engines up to it and along with two helicopters dropping water and a small tanker dropping slurry, it was out in about 12 hours.

Wetting down a wildfire

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September 10, 2011

In the clover

Filed under: Animals, White-tail deer — Tags: — montucky @ 9:28 pm

One of the local whitetail does, whom we call “Lazy Z” because she has on her left side a small scar that looks like a letter Z tipped on its side, has a set of twins. Several times now she has left them for us to babysit for a couple hours while she has business somewhere else. They stay in a patch of clover that we let grow tall just outside out kitchen window. These photos are of one of them today in the clover patch waiting for mom to return.

Whitetail fawn

Whitetail fawn

Whitetail fawn

Whitetail fawn

September 5, 2011

View from Mount Headley

Mount Headley

Mount Headley stands at an elevation of 7,429 feet in the Cube Iron/Silcox roadless area in the Lolo National Forest of western Montana. It has become one of my favorite places to visit.

September 2, 2011

Foamflower

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , — montucky @ 7:48 pm

One-leaved Foamflower

One-leaved Foamflower

One-leaved Foamflower ~ Tiarella unifoliata

Found along U.S.F.S. trail 522 near Blossom Lake.

September 1, 2011

Blossom Lake

Filed under: Evans Gulch roadless area — Tags: , — montucky @ 10:17 pm

Blossom Lake

Blossom Lake

Blossom Lake sits in a basin in the Evans Gulch Roadless area just on the Montana side of the Idaho/Montana border at an elevation of 5668 feet. It can be accessed by a hike of about 3 miles (with a bit of “up” to it) on U.S.F.S. Trail 522 from the trail head at Thompson Pass, about 22 miles west of Thompson Falls Montana on highway Mt-471.

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