Montana Outdoors

January 23, 2012

On a long winter walk

Filed under: Winter — Tags: — montucky @ 10:46 pm

Eddy peak

The lookout on top of Eddy Peak, center, looked cold and lonely today.


  1. Indeed, it does. It’s almost haunting in its aloneness.


    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — January 23, 2012 @ 10:52 pm

    • I wish so much that I could be up there now to see that high ridge buried in deep snow.


      Comment by montucky — January 24, 2012 @ 12:09 am

  2. Wow, the sheer scale and grandeur of those mountains is mesmerising.


    Comment by Jo Woolf — January 24, 2012 @ 2:38 am

    • Eddy peak is about 13 miles away (line of sight) and nearly a mile higher in elevation than from where the photo was taken. It’s in the Coeur d’Alene Mountain range.


      Comment by montucky — January 24, 2012 @ 7:57 pm

  3. Very nice!


    Comment by apostolcornel — January 24, 2012 @ 5:56 am

  4. It looks perfect to me! 🙂


    Comment by TheDailyClick — January 24, 2012 @ 6:10 am

    • It’s one of my favorite areas. I love it up there!


      Comment by montucky — January 24, 2012 @ 7:58 pm

  5. Do I see that cabin up on the peak? Or just my imagination? It must be lonely up there, cabin or not. Do you go out hiking in the snow using snowshoes? Very alien-sounding to me down here in the dust.


    Comment by Jack Matthews — January 24, 2012 @ 12:18 pm

    • Yes, that is the lookout atop the peak. It must be plastered with snow to make it stand out like that! I do hike in the snow where it isn’t too deep and I use snowshoes when it’s deeper. I wish I could get up to that high ridge now while all of the snow is one it. The summer before last I hiked the ridge from the lookout clear over to the left of the photo. That would be a spectacular trip on snowshoes!


      Comment by montucky — January 24, 2012 @ 8:02 pm

  6. Always appreciate your very fine photos that take us away.. (:


    Comment by Roberta — January 24, 2012 @ 12:26 pm

    • I’m glad you like them Roberta! That area in which those peaks stand is the Cherry Peak roadless area. It is 59 square miles of wild forested country without a single road. The lookout is right at it’s western border and there is a road that goes up to it and gives access to that border of the roadless area.


      Comment by montucky — January 24, 2012 @ 8:06 pm

  7. It sure does look cold and lonely up there although I would bet the view is spectacular!


    Comment by dhphotosite — January 24, 2012 @ 1:16 pm

    • If you click on the category “Cherry Peak roadless area” on the right sidebar, you can see several posts with photos from up here. The views are incredible!


      Comment by montucky — January 24, 2012 @ 8:17 pm

    • Incredible was a darn good choice to describe the views!!!


      Comment by dhphotosite — February 2, 2012 @ 1:52 pm

      • The peaks in that roadless area are about 5,000 feet higher than the valley floor, and among the highest around, so on clear days you can see a hundred miles or so in all directions.


        Comment by montucky — February 2, 2012 @ 10:29 pm

  8. It warmed up into the 50’s yesterday so we lost all of our snow. I’ll just keep enjoying your pictures to get my ‘winter fix.’


    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — January 24, 2012 @ 3:16 pm

    • It is supposed to warm up here in the next few days too, but that won’t be the end of winter yet here. We should have much more snow in the next couple of months.


      Comment by montucky — January 24, 2012 @ 8:18 pm

  9. beautiful, the the majesty of NW MT!


    Comment by Tammie — January 24, 2012 @ 4:20 pm

    • It’s beautiful country, Tammie. I love those all-natural roadless areas especially!


      Comment by montucky — January 24, 2012 @ 8:20 pm

  10. Hi Montucky, Oh so pretty! I like the picture a lot. Lots of subtle color and shading. The view of that snow-covered mountain with the beautiful trees is lovely! Have a great day tomorrow!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — January 24, 2012 @ 7:33 pm

    • Thanks wildlifewatcher! I’m glad you enjoy seeing it!


      Comment by montucky — January 24, 2012 @ 8:20 pm

  11. Cold and lonely means it’s time for somebody to hike over there.


    Comment by knightofswords — January 24, 2012 @ 9:20 pm

    • How I wish I could get up there this time of year, just for a day!


      Comment by montucky — January 24, 2012 @ 10:26 pm

  12. Snowshoes would make a snow hike extra special. Those mountains, also, are extra special. I am always grateful that you take the time to post your world in photos–it is a place most of us will never see, but its beauty is captivating.


    Comment by Bo Mackison — January 24, 2012 @ 9:23 pm

    • I do enjoy the snowshoes: they give an entirely different feel in the forest. The mountains are indeed special and I’m glad that you enjoy seeing them. Photos are the best I can do, but being out in those back country places is so much more than visual: I wish you could experience that too.


      Comment by montucky — January 24, 2012 @ 10:31 pm

  13. Those shadows are pretty, it does look stark and cold, though.


    Comment by Candace — January 24, 2012 @ 9:40 pm

    • Yes, it is cold there. That part of nature is beautiful, but totally unforgiving.


      Comment by montucky — January 24, 2012 @ 10:32 pm

  14. OH, wow! This is a gorgeous scene. What a beautiful photo! I love it.


    Comment by eileeninmd — January 25, 2012 @ 5:08 am

    • Thanks Eileen! I love that area up along those peaks and I’m glad I get to see it often. I get up in there several times each summer.


      Comment by montucky — January 25, 2012 @ 8:39 pm

  15. Beautiful photo. Do you find snowshoes to be better than x-country skis for your photo expeditions?

    And I am finally giving in to my curiosity to ask: Why “Montucky”? BTW, there is a sticker on a bridge caution sign on the road from Snowbowl ski area that says “Montucky”. You didn’t have anything to do with that did you?


    Comment by Kim — January 25, 2012 @ 10:23 am

    • I have never taken up cross- country skiing. Snowshoes work pretty well for me.

      Quite a few years ago a friend started calling me “Montucky” referring to my back- country ways: I kind of liked it. No, I have nothing to do with a sticker like that. I’ve noticed that there is someone using “Montucky” in comments on articles in (I think it was) the Missoulian. Again, not me.


      Comment by montucky — January 25, 2012 @ 8:43 pm

  16. It sure does, but look at the contrast between the white, white snow & the darkness of the trees & that dramatic sky! Niiice! =)


    Comment by Tricia — January 26, 2012 @ 8:21 am

    • That new snow is about as white as white can get and the dark sky behind the mountains is actually a better contrast than blue would have been.


      Comment by montucky — January 26, 2012 @ 10:51 pm

  17. I never would have spotted the cabin if Jack hadn’t said something about it. I’m still not sure I’ve found it – near the edge of the ridgeline, in the center of the photo? My eyes may be worse than I realized!

    My friend outside Kalispell does a good bit of snowshoeing – some from necessity, some just for fun. I’ve never done it, but maybe someday will have the chance. It surely would beat going straight down into drifts!


    Comment by shoreacres — January 26, 2012 @ 9:58 am

    • The lookout is that white spike right on top of the peak. It is on a tower and is perhaps 50 feet high, and I think that the storm probably plastered the whole tower with snow: it usually doesn’t appear that distinctly. Yes, when the snow is really deep or drifted, the snowshoes are wonderful! More work than hiking a summer trail though.


      Comment by montucky — January 26, 2012 @ 10:55 pm

  18. Breathtaking!


    Comment by Fergiemoto — January 26, 2012 @ 10:20 am

  19. Gorgeous landscape! You captured a beautiful winter scene.


    Comment by Maggie — January 26, 2012 @ 7:23 pm

  20. I sighed when I saw Your photo. It is so beautiful landscape. I hope that someday I’ll see this kind scenery in live. I do love Your photo.


    Comment by Sartenada — January 27, 2012 @ 3:25 am

    • I hope you will be able to see some of this scenery too, Matti! I’m sure you would enjoy it.


      Comment by montucky — January 27, 2012 @ 10:36 pm

  21. Lonely, but in a good way.


    Comment by kateri — January 28, 2012 @ 12:13 pm

    • I guess I’m so used to these lonely places that I don’t notice that. Actually, I prefer it that way anyway.


      Comment by montucky — January 28, 2012 @ 8:09 pm

  22. I’m so missing real winter!! Loving your winter views!


    Comment by Marcie — January 28, 2012 @ 12:29 pm

    • I do enjoy winter, especially knowing how much good it is doing for the ecology of the forests. It’s beautiful and valuable too!


      Comment by montucky — January 28, 2012 @ 8:10 pm

  23. What a wonderful place to go hiking!


    Comment by Watching Seasons — January 30, 2012 @ 3:15 pm

    • This is actually from a little county road and I can walk there from my house. I usually make a loop of about 6 miles and there are nice scenes all of the way, on all sides. It makes walking to keep in shape quite pleasant!


      Comment by montucky — January 30, 2012 @ 11:25 pm

  24. Lovely light and composition… perfect exposure!


    Comment by Victoria — January 31, 2012 @ 10:56 am

    • Yes, so much depends on the light conditions, doesn’t it.


      Comment by montucky — February 1, 2012 @ 10:41 pm

  25. Wow ! This is an amazing photo ! I discovered your blog through Jay Jay’s Creative Award post. I love your photos, they are all very very beautiful.


    Comment by Inspired and pretty — February 2, 2012 @ 10:12 am

    • Thank you for visiting! I get outdoors a lot and most of the photos are from my treks into the mountains and roadless areas here in western Montana.


      Comment by montucky — February 2, 2012 @ 10:32 pm

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