Montana Outdoors

October 18, 2011

Munson Creek

Filed under: Autumn, Munson Creek — Tags: — montucky @ 10:47 pm

There are a few fall colors showing but still not the full colors that we are hoping for. These are at the lower part of Munson Creek. There are just light tinges of color so far in the brush surrounding the old footbridge.

Along Munson Creek

Munson Creek


  1. Are your colors happening late there as well? Our trees are changing…but it’s not how it usually is. I’m wondering if they’re just going to fall off the trees….and go right into winter? That being said – the bit of color you captured is gorgeous!!!


    Comment by Marcie — October 19, 2011 @ 5:52 am

    • Our trees don’t seem to be changing all at the same time. I’ve seen Aspens that are rich with color, and other ones that have hardly started to change. The Larch are just beginning and I’m looking forward to seeing them in their fall colors. I’m hiking tomorrow and again on Saturday, so maybe I’ll see more of what’s going on.


      Comment by montucky — October 19, 2011 @ 10:50 pm

  2. It’s kind of like Christmas, the anticipation, the watching, the mental calculations of how cold it is X how many more days until peak color. Isn’t it fun?!


    Comment by Homestead Ramblings — October 19, 2011 @ 6:28 am

    • Yes, it’s a fun time of year and I’m really looking forward to seeing what will develop!


      Comment by montucky — October 19, 2011 @ 10:51 pm

  3. I’m back from ten days of travel that took me from Texas to Minnesota and back. Part of the journey home was along the Mississippi River Road, and seeing autumn’s colors again was so pleasurable.

    I’ve gone back and caught up on everything I missed while I was gone, and I must say – your two posts about the rainy days on the trails are my favorites. I love rainy days and fog, and haven’t seen either in such a long time. Until they arrive, I’ll bookmark your posts for those days when I just have to have a little reminder!

    I’m surprised your color hasn’t fully arrived, while it’s gone in Minnesota and nearly so in Iowa. I suppose it’s all those complexities of temperature, moisture, elevation and so on. I hope your showing is splendiferous when it comes!


    Comment by shoreacres — October 19, 2011 @ 8:28 am

    • You were fortunate to travel at the right time to see some fall colors. It’s surprising to me that the leaves have already fallen in some places. There’s a big Box Elder next to our house that is all yellow, and has shed about half of its leaves, but there are a few maples around that are just as green as in summer. The big Black Cottonwoods, which provide a lot of color in our valleys are just beginning to turn.


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

  4. The fall colors in your area seem to be off to a good start.


    Comment by TheDailyClick — October 19, 2011 @ 8:49 am

    • The low-growing bushes are about on schedule and the trees are about due. Saturday I expect to see some nice colors while on a trip that follows along a small river for a few miles.


      Comment by montucky — October 19, 2011 @ 10:57 pm

  5. One hard frost, and it will be beautiful.


    Comment by sandy — October 19, 2011 @ 2:37 pm

    • That might be what it will take. We have hit 30 a few times, but no real hard frost yet, and one is overdue.


      Comment by montucky — October 19, 2011 @ 10:58 pm

  6. It was a rather drab fall here…mostly muted colors with an occasional burst of bright color here and there. Most of the leaves have dropped now. Hopefully your fall will be a brighter!


    Comment by kateri — October 19, 2011 @ 6:56 pm

    • I hope it will be bright. Last year a very hard freeze very early froze the leaves while they were still green and they never did turn color.


      Comment by montucky — October 19, 2011 @ 10:59 pm

  7. Out here, the oaks have yet to reveal their browns and reds and the beeches will still yield some beautiful yellows and browns, but most trees stand naked, leaves having already found their way to the ground. Concentration of colors were sparse due to heavy rains and big winds. But hey, this was an unusual year and one we don’t care to replicate. Bring on winter. We’ll be ready.


    Comment by Wild_Bill — October 19, 2011 @ 7:55 pm

    • Year after year I’m amazed at the variations that the weather causes. We are looking for a very wet winter again this year too. I could do without the severe cold though, but that’s a part of it I guess.


      Comment by montucky — October 19, 2011 @ 11:01 pm

  8. my mother in law just got back from a trip to the northeast. when I asked her if the leaves were turning she said actually no, they were told there had been too much rain for the leaves to really turn as they usually do


    Comment by silken — October 19, 2011 @ 8:02 pm

    • I’ve seen that said of several regions. Here we’ve had a little rain, but not all that much, but our night temperatures have stayed fairly warm.


      Comment by montucky — October 19, 2011 @ 11:03 pm

  9. There are no vidid fall colors here this year… the dry summer and fall really had a negative effect. How many days until spring? 😉


    Comment by kcjewel — October 19, 2011 @ 8:10 pm

    • It’s too bad that the colors didn’t come. That happened here last year and I really missed them As I recall, your spring comes much sooner than ours.


      Comment by montucky — October 19, 2011 @ 11:05 pm

  10. Very nice! More color than we have..


    Comment by Roberta — October 19, 2011 @ 8:21 pm

    • I will try to get out more over the next few weeks and capture more of the colors.


      Comment by montucky — October 19, 2011 @ 11:06 pm

  11. Way more color than we have, too, or are going to have. Pretty, can’t wait to see more.


    Comment by Candace — October 19, 2011 @ 10:57 pm

    • Well, I’ll see more tomorrow perhaps. I have a hike planned and the forecast calls for rain, so it could get interesting, especially if we get up high.


      Comment by montucky — October 19, 2011 @ 11:07 pm

  12. Have to agree with the observations about less autumn color than normal right now. You never know what nature will bring you!


    Comment by Watching Seasons — October 20, 2011 @ 8:25 am

    • No, you never know. It’s something I love about being outdoors nearly every day.


      Comment by montucky — October 20, 2011 @ 8:40 pm

  13. I would have thought being so much farther north that your fall colors would be history or at least more advanced than ours by now… goes to show what I know! LoL! =)

    I do know, for sure, that it’s turned off cold all of a sudden… It was almost 90 Sunday, but has dropped to the low 40’s at night this week! *gasp* =0

    happy week


    Comment by Tricia — October 20, 2011 @ 9:13 am

    • There have been some interesting micro-climates this year across the continent. It appears that we don’t know as much about the weather as we thought we did!


      Comment by montucky — October 20, 2011 @ 9:41 pm

  14. With such a late change to the colors for you, I’m guessing you might not see much color this year? Will have to wait and see what you found hiking today. 🙂


    Comment by Victoria — October 20, 2011 @ 11:06 am

    • I still think the colors will be here, but later. Today there was a little, but the larch are just starting to turn color, the cottonwoods are the same and the maples are just getting started.


      Comment by montucky — October 20, 2011 @ 9:42 pm

  15. Hi Montucky, Very lovely pictures. I am enjoying the last of the Fall colors here in TN now. Have a wonderful Friday tomorrow!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — October 20, 2011 @ 7:30 pm

    • Your fall colors are far ahead of ours this year too.


      Comment by montucky — October 20, 2011 @ 9:43 pm

  16. Cottonwoods and aspen are lighting up the canyon between Anaconda and Georgetown Lake with their golden splendor. Maybe it will be a better color year than last autumn.


    Comment by Kim — October 20, 2011 @ 9:18 pm

    • I haven’t been in that area for years. I bet it’s getting really pretty! There’s still not a lot of color here, but this weekend I’ll be on Thompson River and expect some there.


      Comment by montucky — October 20, 2011 @ 9:45 pm

  17. Lovely photos. Here leaves are this year mainly yellow, not red. I do not why. I love the first photo most of all.


    Comment by sartenada — October 21, 2011 @ 6:12 am

    • Here many of the low growing bushes show off in red, and the trees in yellow. They are just beginning.


      Comment by montucky — October 21, 2011 @ 6:52 pm

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