Montana Outdoors

July 20, 2012

More from the Reservation Divide (2)

Until next time on the divide

On Reservation Divide

On Reservation Divide

On Reservation Divide

On Reservation Divide

On Reservation Divide

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  1. Beautiful pictures.

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — July 20, 2012 @ 9:43 pm

  2. Those fuzzy little white darlings are my favorite. In the last photo, what are those tall plants in the lower right hand corner? They’re pretty impressive, too!

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    Comment by shoreacres — July 20, 2012 @ 9:52 pm

    • Those are the flowers of bear grass. Most of the coarse grass in these photos is bear grass. Their flowers get up to five feet tall and perhaps three inches across. This has not been a good year for their flowers and I have been waiting for more good photos before I do a post about them. I will later even if I have to use a few photos from previous years to fill in. They can be incredibly beautiful when there is a large area of them in full bloom. I’m not even sure what those fuzzy little ones are. Perhaps that is what happens after the rosy pussytoes blooms are over, but I’m not at all sure.

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      Comment by montucky — July 20, 2012 @ 10:23 pm

  3. Your photos are always like a breath of fresh air!

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    Comment by Roberta — July 20, 2012 @ 10:11 pm

    • Thanks Roberta. Come to think about it, that’s a major ingredient in most of them!

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      Comment by montucky — July 20, 2012 @ 10:58 pm

  4. Beautiful. I love the bear grass!

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    Comment by Jo Woolf — July 21, 2012 @ 1:29 am

    • It has long been a favorite of mine too. I remember some very pleasant night sleeping on it too!

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      Comment by montucky — July 23, 2012 @ 10:36 pm

  5. I agree with the “breath of fresh air” comment… I can feel myself taking a deep virtual inhale of wonderful mountain air whenever I gaze at your images and lovely surrounding landscapes, trees, and plants. ♥ THANKS!

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    Comment by FeyGirl — July 21, 2012 @ 6:32 am

    • The areas that I have the good fortune to visit are some of the best still remaining. I know you understand what these places are like.

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      Comment by montucky — July 23, 2012 @ 10:38 pm

      • Indeed I do… It’s always a shock to my system when I must leave them, and return to the concrete jungle of our area. Last week, after a longer hike, I just sat in silence for what seemed like an hour — the contrast was too fierce.

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        Comment by FeyGirl — July 24, 2012 @ 6:19 am

        • For many years I lived in the Phoenix valley and during that time spent every day off in the forests of the northern part of the state. It was always very hard to return to the valley. I know exactly what you mean.

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          Comment by montucky — July 24, 2012 @ 8:38 pm

  6. Beautiful! I’m surprised to see the lupines blooming months after ours have come and gone.

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    Comment by New Hampshire Gardener — July 21, 2012 @ 6:59 am

    • Venturing into the higher country is like visiting spring all over again. Today at about 6500 feet I encountered a lot of glacier lilies in full bloom and thousands of spring beauties blooming among the remaining snow banks.

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      Comment by montucky — July 23, 2012 @ 10:40 pm

  7. Clouds, mountains, wildflowers – what a world this is. You photograph it beautifully.

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    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — July 21, 2012 @ 8:12 am

    • Yes, what a world this is! And this is the time of year when it’s on display too!

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      Comment by montucky — July 23, 2012 @ 10:42 pm

  8. I love this set of photos … especially the one of the old burnt tree stump … Thank you for your ongoing devotion to the forest, countryside and wilderness 🙂

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    Comment by Julie — July 21, 2012 @ 3:56 pm

    • It’s a wondrous world, Julie. I’m so glad that you enjoy seeing the part of it that I have the good fortune to visit!

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      Comment by montucky — July 23, 2012 @ 10:49 pm

  9. Gorgeous captures, I’ve enjoyed this series Terry. Such serene beauty! Thanks for sharing!

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    Comment by bayphotosbydonna — July 21, 2012 @ 6:27 pm

    • I’m glad you have enjoyed seeing the scenes from this area, Donna. Places like these are beautiful, and also vital to the well being of the planet in supporting our northwestern watershed and the biodiversity necessary to keep nature in balance. I feel incredibly fortunate to be able to witness it first hand!

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      Comment by montucky — July 23, 2012 @ 10:56 pm

  10. Hi Montucky, Your pictures are beautiful and so is the landscape where you took them! Have a great Sunday tomorrow!

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    Comment by wildlifewatcher — July 21, 2012 @ 7:45 pm

    • Thanks wildlifewatcher! These are places I have always loved to visit. Now, the technology lets me bring back images that other folks can see!

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      Comment by montucky — July 23, 2012 @ 10:57 pm

  11. You sure live in a pretty part of the world. Wonderful images Montucky!!!

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    Comment by dhphotosite — July 22, 2012 @ 11:52 am

    • It certainly is that, David! It’s a pretty place for the tourist and even more beautiful for those who are able to visit those wild areas.

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      Comment by montucky — July 23, 2012 @ 11:04 pm

  12. Such a stunning landscape. I can’t help but notice the balance between the barren..and the lush. Beautiful!!!

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    Comment by Marcie — July 22, 2012 @ 1:33 pm

    • There is a definite balance there. I find it so wonderful to see the signs of nature’s ongoing balance between life and death and the continual renewal of the ecology.

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      Comment by montucky — July 23, 2012 @ 11:09 pm

  13. Love the bear grass every time you show it! Beautiful divide, hope you make it back soon.

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    Comment by Candace — July 22, 2012 @ 4:01 pm

    • I ran into more bear grass on today’s hike, but still not in the quantities of some years. Yes, I will return to the divide before the snow closes access.

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      Comment by montucky — July 23, 2012 @ 11:10 pm

  14. I can just smell that fresh air up there from your photos, Terry!

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    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — July 23, 2012 @ 10:45 am

    • That fresh air was cold today Scott but it felt so good! I used up a lot of it just climbing the trail, but there’s plenty left.

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      Comment by montucky — July 23, 2012 @ 11:12 pm

  15. Great shots Terry, love the Lupine !!!!

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    Comment by Bernie Kasper — July 23, 2012 @ 6:31 pm

    • The lupine almost seems to be making its own statement, doesn’t it!

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      Comment by montucky — July 23, 2012 @ 11:12 pm

  16. The divide is a great place for a lot of great sky and wonderful views. I’m glad you posted another set of these pictures.

    Malcolm

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    Comment by knightofswords — July 23, 2012 @ 8:34 pm

    • As you sure know Malcolm, there is so much to enjoy in places like that. I wonder just how many folks there are who understand.

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      Comment by montucky — July 23, 2012 @ 11:17 pm

  17. I love the juxtaposition of such new and fragile life being found among the skeletons of the ancient, guardian trees. Beautiful photos, again…still…..

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    Comment by seekraz — July 23, 2012 @ 9:34 pm

    • Seeing places like that and thinking about them give a lot of insight into the way this planet really works. We express a desire to resist it, but in reality we are a part of the process, and it is filled with beautiy.

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      Comment by montucky — July 23, 2012 @ 11:23 pm

      • I believe it does, Terry…and what would it be like if everyone were of a similar mind….?

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        Comment by seekraz — July 23, 2012 @ 11:42 pm

  18. looks like a great hike!

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    Comment by skouba — July 24, 2012 @ 8:24 am

    • It is. It’s especially pretty late in the fall when there is a little fresh snow on the ground.

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      Comment by montucky — July 24, 2012 @ 8:40 pm

  19. You photos are breathtaking as always. Interesting to see nature restoring after such a big fire.

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    Comment by bentehaarstad — July 25, 2012 @ 3:49 am

    • I’ve long been fascinated by it. Many animals, especially the elk depend on the new growth after a big fire and they will thrive there for many years.

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      Comment by montucky — July 25, 2012 @ 8:03 pm

  20. Love the charred stump surrounded by lupines. Beautiful!

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    Comment by Kim — July 25, 2012 @ 1:45 pm


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