Montana Outdoors

July 5, 2012

Southeast

Filed under: Baldy Mountain roadless area — Tags: — montucky @ 9:28 pm

Southeast

Photo taken  July 5, 2012 from the Baldy Mountain roadless area facing toward the southeast.

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  1. Mare’s tails! Start looking for the next system! I do love the clouds – they’ll do as well as a tv met, every time.

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    Comment by shoreacres — July 5, 2012 @ 9:39 pm

    • Those are just a touch of the monsoon weather that’s now coming up from the southwest. Most has not reached this far north. I wish it would bring some rain! Our high country is still fairly moist, but the valleys and lower mountainsides are tinder dry already.

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      Comment by montucky — July 5, 2012 @ 10:12 pm

  2. So beautiful. Those clouds give some additional touch to this Mountain View. I see some white points at the distance; are they houses?

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    Comment by Sartenada — July 5, 2012 @ 10:31 pm

    • There is a small town in the valley to the right. It is about 10 air miles away and nearly a mile lower in elevation.

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      Comment by Montucky — July 6, 2012 @ 8:48 pm

  3. Pretty sweet spot to go cloud watching.

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    Comment by Grampy — July 6, 2012 @ 12:54 am

    • It’s a stiff hike to get up there, but I go up several times each summer because it’s so pretty in all kinds of weather.

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      Comment by Montucky — July 6, 2012 @ 8:50 pm

  4. This picture, I just simply love the sky so much! Very good one!

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    Comment by Alex Khoo — July 6, 2012 @ 2:46 am

    • Thanks Alex! It was a little hazy at the horizon, but the sky overhead was very clear. Those wispy clouds were the edge of some moist air that came up from the south.

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      Comment by Montucky — July 6, 2012 @ 8:52 pm

  5. When I see scenes like this I can almost imagine how the pioneers must have felt when they saw it. After already having traveled hundreds of miles it must have been daunting to look out over something like this. I have to wonder if I would have been as strong as they were.

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    Comment by New Hampshire Gardener — July 6, 2012 @ 4:52 am

    • I think of that often too. Through (and over) those mountains is a long way to go, about 600 miles to the Pacific. There were Indian routes through, but still…

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      Comment by Montucky — July 6, 2012 @ 8:54 pm

  6. Such a lovely expanse… Beautiful capture!!

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    Comment by FeyGirl — July 6, 2012 @ 5:44 am

    • The mountains with the snow caps at the horizon are about 50 miles away.

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      Comment by Montucky — July 6, 2012 @ 8:54 pm

      • I have a feeling my guy would want to find a way to get to those peaks… 🙂

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        Comment by FeyGirl — July 7, 2012 @ 7:20 am

        • He would love it here then. After the great fires of 1910, the Forest Service was formed and they began a campaign to stop all fires. That included building fire lookout towers on nearly all of the high peaks around and although those old cabins are mostly gone, the trails to them still exist and most are maintained by Forest Service trail crews. For those who like wild country hiking they are real treasures!

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          Comment by montucky — July 7, 2012 @ 9:02 pm

          • Oh WOW! That’s fascinating…!! We’ve never hiked in your area, but your images are so tempting. And those paths that you describe are RIGHT up our alley! Sounds very much like the old logging trails of the PNW we used to look for. I gotta tell him about this…

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            Comment by FeyGirl — July 8, 2012 @ 8:13 am

  7. Beautiful photo! Not too hazy, have you been able to avoid all of this humidity?

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    Comment by Wild_Bill — July 6, 2012 @ 6:24 am

    • Those wispy mare’s tails are at the very edge of some moist air. In summer, unless there’s a thunder storm around, our humidity is usually in the teens or 20’s. The photo was taken from an elevation of 7400 feet and that gets above most of the ground haze. A photo taken looking straight up is always deep blue.

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      Comment by Montucky — July 6, 2012 @ 8:57 pm

  8. My favorite! Purple mountains majesty and so much more. Beautiful.

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    Comment by Debby — July 6, 2012 @ 6:49 am

    • This is the land of the mountains. From the Spanish Montaña meaning “mountain” or “mountainous country”. The mountains in view are along the western border of the state.

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      Comment by Montucky — July 6, 2012 @ 9:01 pm

  9. A wonderful shot, and just enough snow to make me feel cool.

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    Comment by sandy — July 6, 2012 @ 10:20 am

    • There was plenty of snow up there to cool off with Sandy. I will post photos of it in a bit.

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      Comment by Montucky — July 6, 2012 @ 9:02 pm

  10. I love the clouds, too! Beautiful sky!

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    Comment by allbymyself09 — July 6, 2012 @ 11:35 am

    • The skies can be irresistible on days like that. They are best viewed from high places, too.

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      Comment by Montucky — July 6, 2012 @ 9:03 pm

  11. Beautiful clouds! I’m glad you get such a nice effect from our monsoons 🙂

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    Comment by Candace — July 6, 2012 @ 12:57 pm

    • I loved the monsoons when I lived in your area. It’s nice now when they come to visit, although this week they are bringing conditions that might create thunderstorms with dry lightning and that’s not so good.

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      Comment by Montucky — July 6, 2012 @ 9:05 pm

  12. Spectacular view! Truly God’s country.

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    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — July 6, 2012 @ 1:00 pm

    • It sure is! I love the roadless areas because there you can see the world the way it was meant to be.

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      Comment by Montucky — July 6, 2012 @ 9:06 pm

  13. Wide open spaces…beautiful image!!!

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    Comment by dhphotosite — July 6, 2012 @ 1:42 pm

    • This mountain top is tall enough to have 360° of views. Over the years I have visited many of the peaks that can be seen from there and looking at them is like reading an old favorite book.

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      Comment by Montucky — July 6, 2012 @ 9:08 pm

  14. Awesome shot Terry…is that snow in the bg, better share some snow shots just to make me feel good.

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    Comment by Bernie Kasper — July 6, 2012 @ 3:35 pm

    • Yes, that’s snow Bernie. Quite a bit of it, actually. I will post more photos from there in a bit.

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      Comment by Montucky — July 6, 2012 @ 9:09 pm

  15. Hi Montucky, Pretty peaks and spectacular skies! Nice work! Have a wonderful weekend!

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    Comment by wildlifewatcher — July 6, 2012 @ 8:13 pm

  16. You are more than welcome to our rain! What on earth is going on with the weather?!

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    Comment by Jo Woolf — July 7, 2012 @ 12:43 am

    • It seems to be a year of weather extremes. One of the weather people at a news station here dug up an interesting statistic for the state of Montana. It hold the record for the widest set of temperatures in the US, from 117°(f) a few years ago in the eastern part of the state to -70°(f) at a location not far from here in the western part.

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      Comment by montucky — July 7, 2012 @ 8:58 pm

  17. Love the artistic clouds. Our rain clouds were pretty “artistic” yesterday, too … but I am really tired of them so I did not take a picture. I would gladly send them to you if I could.

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    Comment by bearyweather — July 7, 2012 @ 7:43 am

    • As Jo mentioned, it’s a strange year for weather. Those who don’t want the rain are getting it and those who need it are not. Oh well…

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      Comment by montucky — July 7, 2012 @ 9:04 pm

  18. So beautiful…all of it…panorama, mountains, trees, rocks…clouds…every last bit of it. Makes my heart smile. 🙂

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    Comment by seekraz — July 7, 2012 @ 8:45 am

  19. Love the sky here. WOnderful!

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    Comment by Marcie — July 8, 2012 @ 1:41 pm

    • When I hike to a peak I always hope for at least a little clear sky. The clouds were a real bonus.

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      Comment by montucky — July 9, 2012 @ 9:06 pm

  20. Another award-winning landscape. You should do a calendar, Montucky. Or submit your photos to Sierra Club for their calendars.

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    Comment by Kim — July 8, 2012 @ 9:28 pm

    • Thanks Kim. Perhaps some day I will do more with the photos..

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      Comment by montucky — July 9, 2012 @ 9:17 pm

  21. That sky is amazing! And the view. Stunning.

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    Comment by Val — July 11, 2012 @ 3:33 pm

    • Views like that are much of the reason why I love to wander along the high mountain trails. Sometimes I can’t think of a good reason to come back down.

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      Comment by montucky — July 11, 2012 @ 8:49 pm


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