Montana Outdoors

October 16, 2011

Autumn Contrast

Filed under: Autumn — Tags: , — montucky @ 11:42 pm

Snowy day on the trail

Baldy Mountain trail

Fall at Munson Creek

Munson Creek trail

(These photos were taken 20 miles and 25 hours apart.)

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  1. Wow! Both so different but beautiful..

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    Comment by Roberta — October 16, 2011 @ 11:59 pm

  2. Wow! Yes, both are beautiful.
    How quickly it can go from autumn to winter…

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    Comment by thedailyclick — October 17, 2011 @ 4:26 am

    • It’s something we have to keep in mind here when hiking this time of year. The temperature when the first photo was taken was in the 20’s and there was a stiff wind. For the second it was calm and about 50.

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      Comment by montucky — October 17, 2011 @ 10:06 pm

  3. Great shots. I’ll probably regret saying this when I’m freezing my bottom off on a mountain trail, but I am looking forward to the winter.

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    Comment by Mike — October 17, 2011 @ 5:16 am

    • Well Mike, first you get used to winter, then you enjoy it!

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      Comment by montucky — October 17, 2011 @ 10:09 pm

  4. Ahhhhhh, fall in the mountains. What a beautiful time of the year.

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    Comment by anniespickns — October 17, 2011 @ 6:24 am

    • It sure is. The cool air is delightful and I love seeing bits of fog hugging the canyons and the ravines on the mountainsides.

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      Comment by montucky — October 17, 2011 @ 10:10 pm

  5. I am not looking at the snow……I am not looking at the snow……I am not looking at the snow……I am not looking at the snow……

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    Comment by Roberta — October 17, 2011 @ 6:56 am

    • I am often critical about Montana people, but they have one attitude that I applaud: “when it’s cold and snowy and icy and windy and just plain nasty outside, lot’s go out and play in it”!

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      Comment by montucky — October 17, 2011 @ 10:12 pm

  6. Hi Montucky, Well, looks like “Old man Winter” is truly on his way in your area. We have a partly cloudy fine-looking day here in TN. Have a great day today!

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    Comment by wildlifewatcher — October 17, 2011 @ 7:11 am

  7. Northern latitudes plus high altitudes can change the flavor of the seasons in one lick. Nice to be reminded of this!

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    Comment by Wild_Bill — October 17, 2011 @ 7:25 am

    • With hunting season about to start next week, this was indeed a good reminder. A warm sweater under a poncho really felt good up there, and it would have been miserable without!

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      Comment by montucky — October 17, 2011 @ 10:14 pm

  8. Goodness gracious, what a difference! Love that beautiful blue sky & gorgeous Autumn colors! =)

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    Comment by Tricia — October 17, 2011 @ 7:36 am

    • Yes, the colors are beginning and I will hope for at least a few sunny days to show them off.

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      Comment by montucky — October 17, 2011 @ 10:15 pm

  9. Beautiful! We got the first snow in the high country here this past weekend. Should be a great display with the larches at their peak.

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    Comment by columbiahighlands — October 17, 2011 @ 9:27 am

    • The larch here haven’t even begun to change color. Should be within the next three weeks though.

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      Comment by montucky — October 17, 2011 @ 10:15 pm

  10. It starting to look wintery in that top shot!

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    Comment by sandy — October 17, 2011 @ 3:03 pm

    • That felt like winter. THere was a pretty good wind, and just up the trail a bit from there it was freezing rain.

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      Comment by montucky — October 17, 2011 @ 10:16 pm

  11. Amazing difference! Wow!

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    Comment by Barbara — October 17, 2011 @ 5:55 pm

    • That’s fairly common here, and something I like very much. THe elevation difference between the two photos was about a mile too.

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      Comment by montucky — October 17, 2011 @ 10:17 pm

  12. How nice is it to live somewhere that you can see both in one day? That first photo looks like you were on top of the world!

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    Comment by kcjewel — October 17, 2011 @ 8:00 pm

    • Off to the right in the first photo the ground drops off about a thousand feet and the view on a clear day is over 50 miles. Being there on a day like that produces a somewhat warm feeling for me, as though the clouds are a soft curtain all around.

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      Comment by montucky — October 17, 2011 @ 10:21 pm

      • I would like to see that shot on a clear day… have you posted one here?

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        Comment by kcjewel — October 18, 2011 @ 5:06 pm

        • Over the years I’ve actually posted several. Here are two from September of 2008; the first and last photos were from there.

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          Comment by montucky — October 18, 2011 @ 10:04 pm

  13. What an atmospheric photo your top one especially is. I can feel how it must feel to be standing there.

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    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — October 18, 2011 @ 5:38 am

    • On a clear day one tends to concentrate on seeing what’s down below there. On a cloudy day, the mind remembers and wonders, a completely different feeling. It’s also awesome to see a snow storm from above it.

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      Comment by montucky — October 18, 2011 @ 8:52 am

  14. I love that first photo–so magical!

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    Comment by kateri — October 19, 2011 @ 6:57 pm

    • There is something about it that made me keep thinking about it too.

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      Comment by montucky — October 19, 2011 @ 10:44 pm

  15. wow! now that is amazing!

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    Comment by silken — October 19, 2011 @ 8:01 pm

    • I thought the contrast was interesting. It was both a change in westher, but also in climate at different elevations.

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      Comment by montucky — October 19, 2011 @ 10:46 pm

  16. That sure is a contrast. I’ll take #2, please.

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    Comment by Candace — October 19, 2011 @ 10:55 pm

    • I thought you might! That is in the lower end of the creek where it is pretty sheltered.

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      Comment by montucky — October 19, 2011 @ 11:10 pm

  17. Autumn in the mountains is certainly on the cool side!

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    Comment by Watching Seasons — October 20, 2011 @ 8:22 am

    • It sure can be, especially at the higher elevations. We’ve had night time temps in the 30’s here in the valley this past week and I’m sure in the 20’s up high.

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      Comment by montucky — October 20, 2011 @ 9:49 pm

  18. Quite a bit of difference in the two images… the second one is just gorgeous!

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    Comment by Victoria — October 20, 2011 @ 11:04 am

    • Yes, it was quite a swing in a day. It’s nice to have the autumn option of visiting different season from day to day.

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      Comment by montucky — October 20, 2011 @ 9:51 pm

  19. Very interesting contrast of the weather! Great shots!

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    Comment by Maggie — October 20, 2011 @ 3:07 pm

  20. “first you get used to winter, then you enjoy it” Words to live by.

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    Comment by Kim — October 20, 2011 @ 9:29 pm

    • Yes, I think that’s the necessary attitude for northerners!

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      Comment by montucky — October 20, 2011 @ 9:52 pm

  21. Awesome contrast. I love both photos; so different, but they describe both in a good way, how nature can change and be also beautiful.

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    Comment by sartenada — October 21, 2011 @ 6:15 am

    • Yes, two different facets of raw nature, both beautiful in their own way.

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      Comment by montucky — October 21, 2011 @ 6:53 pm


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