Montana Outdoors

October 22, 2011

Fall along the Flathead

Filed under: Autumn — Tags: — montucky @ 12:52 pm

Fall along the Flathead

Fall along the Flathead

Along the Flathead River on the Flathead Indian Reservation


  1. Gorgeous! Is that the larch?


    Comment by Candace — October 22, 2011 @ 1:20 pm

    • THey are not larch, but at that distance I’m not quite sure what they are. I would guess them to be black cottonwood.


      Comment by montucky — October 22, 2011 @ 9:10 pm

  2. Really beautiful photos! What amazing scenery.


    Comment by Jo Woolf — October 22, 2011 @ 1:30 pm

    • Thanks Jo. That is part of the Flathead Indian Reservation where it is quite arid. It is a band about 30 miles wide with tall mountain ranges on either side. I love the scenery there and in winter when it’s nearly impossible to get up high, I like to hike there.


      Comment by montucky — October 22, 2011 @ 9:13 pm

  3. another great place for you to build my cabin… =o)


    Comment by Sandy — October 22, 2011 @ 3:12 pm

    • Not far from that spot there are the remains of several old homestead era cabins. It must have been very beautiful living there back then! ALso very rugged.


      Comment by montucky — October 22, 2011 @ 9:14 pm

  4. Hi Montucky, I just love the orange and yellow Fall colors! Have a really great day tomorrow!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — October 22, 2011 @ 3:33 pm

    • Thanks wildlifewatcher! I will post lots of photos as fall progresses. It’s really getting pretty!


      Comment by montucky — October 22, 2011 @ 9:15 pm

  5. Driving along the Clark Fork River yesterday the cottonwoods and aspens were near peak and patches of larch were glowing on the north-facing slopes.


    Comment by Kim — October 22, 2011 @ 3:59 pm

    • That’s pretty much what we’re seeing here, but the larch is still on the lime green side. Give it a couple more weeks.


      Comment by montucky — October 22, 2011 @ 9:16 pm

  6. The burst of colour is lovely. Looks like you’ve been making the most of the season!


    Comment by farmhouse stories — October 22, 2011 @ 4:59 pm

    • This looks as though it will be a great year for fall colors and I hope to get a lot of photos!


      Comment by montucky — October 22, 2011 @ 9:17 pm

  7. Gorgeous!


    Comment by Roberta — October 22, 2011 @ 5:20 pm

    • Thanks Roberta. I have always loved the scenery through that stretch. I will post several more photos from that general area.


      Comment by montucky — October 22, 2011 @ 9:18 pm

  8. This is exactly what I imagine when I think of Montana.


    Comment by sandy — October 22, 2011 @ 7:03 pm

    • That type of landscape is more prevalent on the eastern side of the state, and this area is bordered on both sides by rather tall mountain ranges. Just behind me as I took the photos is the south end of the Coeur d’Alene Mountains. Forty or so miles behind that is the tall Bitterroot Range. Twenty miles in front of the camera are the Mission mountains, ranging over 9,000 feet high. It’s pretty varied and interesting topography!


      Comment by montucky — October 22, 2011 @ 9:21 pm

  9. I like it when there’s one illuminated area in an otherwise darker landscape, as in your second photograph.

    Steve Schwartzman


    Comment by Steve Schwartzman — October 23, 2011 @ 6:40 am

    • I like that too, as though there was a spotlight on the area. You have to be quick to catch those opportunities!


      Comment by montucky — October 23, 2011 @ 10:33 am

  10. The greens and yellows by the river are such a nice contrast to the browns and dark greens of the mountain.


    Comment by TheDailyClick — October 23, 2011 @ 6:52 am

    • In areas like that, the brush that turns color congregates in small area and provides some interesting contrasts.


      Comment by montucky — October 23, 2011 @ 10:34 am

  11. I have fond memories of canoeing from Dixon to Perma. This is probably the best time of year for a float on the Flathead. Thanks for bringing back those memories, Terry. The quality of light in fall is magical.


    Comment by Maureen — October 23, 2011 @ 9:14 am

    • It would be very pretty right now, and the temperatures are still quite mild. I haven’t floated the river, but I access several parts of it on foot.


      Comment by montucky — October 23, 2011 @ 10:36 am

  12. I just…love the way those trees dot the landscape. Stunning scenery!!!


    Comment by Marcie — October 23, 2011 @ 10:45 am

    • I love that country, Marcie. It is also excellent habitat for most of our large wild game animals, particularly big horn sheep and bear, but I’ve also seen lots of deer and elk there.


      Comment by montucky — October 23, 2011 @ 7:54 pm

  13. Heaven! I’m in Heaven and my heart beats so that I can hardly speak and I seem to find the happiness I seek… I’d be in my ‘Heaven on Earth’ if I could live there & see that view every morning when I wake! =)
    Glorious! =)


    Comment by Tricia — October 23, 2011 @ 11:31 am

    • It’s pretty, no doubt about that! Very rich in wildlife and the river has lots of fish and attracts many species of waterfowl. Swans nest there each summer; in fact there were about a dozen on the river on the day I took these pictures.


      Comment by montucky — October 23, 2011 @ 7:57 pm

  14. I have been meaning to get up in that area – must do it before the snow flies. Great shots.


    Comment by Mike — October 23, 2011 @ 7:51 pm

    • Now is a really pretty time here, Mike! I think you would enjoy seeing the Mission Mountains with snow on them!


      Comment by montucky — October 23, 2011 @ 7:58 pm

  15. have you ever seen the tv series “Motion” (I am sure you don’t watch much tv) anyway this morning he had on a segment about Glacier Nat’l Park. some of the footage could have been yours-I have seen you post photos of some of the things they were showing (flowers, mountain goats, etc) It was sure gorgeous and made me think immediately of your blog!


    Comment by silken — October 23, 2011 @ 7:52 pm

    • I’m not familiar with that show, Stacey. We are about a hundred miles southeast of the park though, and much of the scenery is similar. Nothing really compares to the mountains inside the park though.


      Comment by montucky — October 23, 2011 @ 7:59 pm

  16. Landscapes jut to my mind! I love the river and mountains combined in photos with fall colors. Lovely.


    Comment by sartenada — October 28, 2011 @ 1:57 am

    • That is in a rather arid section that is unusual in western Montana, but it provides a nice contrast to the heavy forests.


      Comment by montucky — October 28, 2011 @ 8:37 pm

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