Montana Outdoors

October 29, 2011

Thompson River in autumn

Filed under: Autumn — Tags: — montucky @ 9:00 pm

Thompson River in autumn

Thomson River on October 29th about 24 miles north of Highway 200


  1. So very pretty..I love the reflection of the trees!


    Comment by Roberta — October 29, 2011 @ 9:40 pm

    • It was an interesting day. There was rain during the night and ominous clouds most of the morning. Then the sky starting in the north suddenly cleared and let the sun through. A photo taken a few minutes before this one had very drab colors.


      Comment by montucky — October 29, 2011 @ 10:24 pm

  2. Wow, the water and sky are so blue! Very pretty!


    Comment by kateri — October 30, 2011 @ 4:53 am

    • When the sky cleared, it really cleared! I’m glad I was there at the right time!


      Comment by montucky — October 30, 2011 @ 9:41 pm

  3. Gorgeous!

    Looks like the joke is on us though. We were the ones with the blizzard last night. Too early. Bah.


    Comment by Roberta — October 30, 2011 @ 6:45 am

    • I saw that on the news. You guys are getting an early start on winter!


      Comment by montucky — October 30, 2011 @ 9:42 pm

  4. I’ll bet you could cup your hands and drink from that water. It looks so pure. Now don’t tell me there is a cattle ranch upstream, Montucky. Beautiful, still water.


    Comment by Jack Matthews — October 30, 2011 @ 7:31 am

    • There is a small ranch upstream, Jack, about 25 miles up. This stream gets a lot of visitors, but it’s still clean and a fairly good trout fishery.


      Comment by montucky — October 30, 2011 @ 9:44 pm

  5. Absolutely gorgeous. I could easily spend the day looking at this scene and listening to all its wonderful sounds.


    Comment by anniespickns — October 30, 2011 @ 7:46 am

    • There are old cabins at various places along this stream, from back in the 1930’s. Some are still in use. The area is drawing more traffic these days though.


      Comment by montucky — October 30, 2011 @ 9:46 pm

  6. The most stunning yet of this fall’s collection!


    Comment by Dave at collinda — October 30, 2011 @ 7:52 am

    • Thanks Dave! That’s a very photogenic area in summer and fall (and in winter if you can get up there).


      Comment by montucky — October 30, 2011 @ 9:47 pm

  7. Gorgeous place! Wow!


    Comment by Barbara — October 30, 2011 @ 10:42 am

  8. There’s nothing like a world without 90% humidity! This is what our skies look like in winter, after strong fronts have blown them clear and we’re down to 30% humidity. There’s a reason we call them “blue” northers!


    Comment by shoreacres — October 30, 2011 @ 11:21 am

    • There was a little rain the night before this was taken, but the humidity here has been in the 20%’s. That plus no large towns anywhere around and no pollution. We get those deep blue skies in winter too, usually when Arctic air sweeps down from Canada and drops our temperatures to -30°. If there’s snow on the ground then, it makes for some nice scenery!


      Comment by montucky — October 30, 2011 @ 9:51 pm

  9. Breathtaking beauty! What gorgeous color and light!


    Comment by Marcie — October 30, 2011 @ 3:23 pm

    • Thanks Marcie. Yes, I chanced upon just the right light. Until a few minutes before that photo there were some heavy clouds in front of the sun.


      Comment by montucky — October 30, 2011 @ 9:52 pm

  10. Hi Montucky, Don’t you just love that vivid blue sky in Fall? I do! I think you have captured the real beauty of the forest in Fall. Have a super coming week! I am back to blogging as of tomorrow!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — October 30, 2011 @ 6:51 pm

    • This fall has been very pretty. The leaves have had good color and there have been enough sunny days to really enjoy them. You have a great week too! I’ll look for your new posts!


      Comment by montucky — October 30, 2011 @ 9:54 pm

  11. That is some beautiful scenery… looks “crisp”.


    Comment by kcjewel — October 30, 2011 @ 8:46 pm

    • That was a beautiful day. A couple thousand feet higher there was frost and above that, a light coat of new snow. Wonderful fall weather!


      Comment by montucky — October 30, 2011 @ 9:55 pm

  12. So clear and so blue the sky is. You set this photo up perfectly, Terry.


    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — November 1, 2011 @ 12:14 pm

    • I was lucky to get that shot: the sky cleared for only a couple minutes.


      Comment by montucky — November 1, 2011 @ 10:17 pm

  13. Looks like it was a beautiful day! Sure enjoy that blue sky. 😀


    Comment by Juls — November 1, 2011 @ 1:55 pm

    • It was beautiful for part of the day, nice instead of rain. I had expected to drive through 40 miles of mud.


      Comment by montucky — November 1, 2011 @ 10:19 pm

  14. That is a spectacular blue and the reflection is perfect.


    Comment by Tammy — November 2, 2011 @ 9:02 pm

    • Some times I’m surprised at the blues that the camera sees. Yesterday I took a photo of a lake and the blues were somewhat like the ones in this photo. The sky is very clear now and that likely accounts for mush of it.


      Comment by montucky — November 2, 2011 @ 9:14 pm

  15. I would love to be there with a fly rod in hand!!!


    Comment by dhphotosite — November 3, 2011 @ 7:50 am

    • It’s still fishable, but not like it was back in the 40’s. About 24 miles downstream from where the photo was taken, Thompson River flows into the Clark Fork of the Columbia. Just below that point is an electric power dam that has blocked the river for many years. This summer, a fish ladder was completed to let the fish finally get upriver to spawn, and their range will include this stream. I’ve very excited about that and will be interested to see what effect it will have.


      Comment by montucky — November 3, 2011 @ 8:30 am

  16. Reflections and the blue color are so beautiful. I love the river with its riverbanks.


    Comment by sartenada — November 4, 2011 @ 4:19 am

    • I have fished that stream for decades and seen its many moods. It’s always pretty.


      Comment by montucky — November 4, 2011 @ 8:28 pm

  17. Great color, great composition, great depth of field. A near-perfect photo.


    Comment by Kim — November 9, 2011 @ 6:32 pm

    • Thank you Kim! I was pleased with it because it represented accurately what I saw there.


      Comment by montucky — November 9, 2011 @ 11:34 pm

  18. Your outstanding pics take me back to when I lived in Western Montana. Some of my travels took me over to Plains and Thompson Falls. Beautiful fall imagery!

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by bigskybuckeye — November 6, 2018 @ 3:46 pm

    • This is a very pretty part of the country. I live between Plains and Thompson Falls and find it an excellent location with access to a lot of beautiful wild country.

      Liked by 1 person

      Comment by montucky — November 6, 2018 @ 8:55 pm

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