Montana Outdoors

July 23, 2012

Pear Lake, Blossom Lakes ~ Evan’s Gulch Roadless Area (1)

For many years I have found it to be true that one of the best parts of an outdoor experience is the night before it starts, and last night’s stay at the Blossom Lakes trail head before today’s hike to Blossom Lakes and Pear Lake in the Evan’s Gulch Roadless Area was not an exception.


Sunset from the Montana/Idaho line

Today’s trip was one of those “150 photo” trips and this is the first of a series of posts about the trip and that area of western Montana.


  1. Wow…I won’t mess it up with words. Thank you, Terry…..


    Comment by seekraz — July 23, 2012 @ 9:36 pm

  2. That sky is amazing. Looks like a lava flow!


    Comment by Kim — July 23, 2012 @ 9:52 pm

    • I was amazed at how stratified those clouds were. I took over a dozen photos and they were all different as the scene changed. That’s when it gets very difficult to decide which to post!


      Comment by montucky — July 23, 2012 @ 11:40 pm

  3. One of my favorite hiking spots. I’m headed to Cubeiron / Silcox in a couple weeks and just may have to stop off here.


    Comment by aarontheisen — July 23, 2012 @ 10:00 pm

    • Well, the trails are good. The one between upper Blossom Lake and Pear lake has a few down trees over it, but they are not a problem. Pear Lake has fairly good snow banks still around and the high point before you go down to the lake had small, icy snowbanks spread around all over.

      I haven’t been over to the Cube Iron/Silcox area yet this year. I hope the trail crew has been working in that area.


      Comment by montucky — July 23, 2012 @ 11:46 pm

  4. Wow! Absolutely majestic. Will you be posting some of the other pictures of the changing light?


    Comment by Finn Holding — July 24, 2012 @ 1:09 am

    • Thanks Finn. Yes, there are three others that I think are worth posting and I will post them a little later.


      Comment by montucky — July 24, 2012 @ 8:44 pm

  5. It’s as though the sun and the clouds were forming “canyons.” Beautiful!


    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — July 24, 2012 @ 4:50 am

    • It seemed rather unusual, as sunsets often do when seen from the high ground. I wish I could capture more of them from the mountain tops!


      Comment by montucky — July 24, 2012 @ 8:45 pm

  6. words can’t contain the beauty of that shot and you saw the real thing – wow!


    Comment by Debby — July 24, 2012 @ 5:28 am

    • It was spectacular to watch. It lasted for a long time and changed all the while. I will remember it for a long time.


      Comment by montucky — July 24, 2012 @ 8:47 pm

  7. What a stunning image, with the intense colors, cloud formations, and mountains… Just perfect!


    Comment by FeyGirl — July 24, 2012 @ 5:48 am

    • I was surprised by the sunset and especially pleased to be in that setting when it happened. Couldn’t have asked for anything better!


      Comment by montucky — July 24, 2012 @ 9:00 pm

  8. The difference between you and me is that, when you see such a magnificent sunset, you can capture both the sight and feel of it. I’m curious – I found a map of the area on and see a very short road coming off Prospect Creek Road in the NE corner of the area. Is that where your trailhead is?


    Comment by shoreacres — July 24, 2012 @ 6:02 am

    • The trail head for Blossom Lakes is exactly where the Prospect Creek road (or Montana highway 471) crosses the state line into Idaho. I think the road that you are seeing is actually on the Idaho side and leads to the trail head for Revett Lake. In fact, I drove up there after hiking yesterday just to see the trail head and met a woman there who had just come back from a hike to that lake and she said it was beautiful up there too. Now it’s on my list too for later although it’s not in the roadless area and only a couple miles up from the trail head.


      Comment by montucky — July 24, 2012 @ 9:07 pm

  9. Beautiful I like the rays coming through the clouds. Crepuscular rays they’re called, and can be tricky to get a decent shot of.


    Comment by New Hampshire Gardener — July 24, 2012 @ 6:15 am

    • I will try to remember that word for the rays! I see those quite often but catch them very seldom.


      Comment by montucky — July 24, 2012 @ 9:08 pm

  10. Now THAT is one spectacular sunset!



    Comment by knightofswords — July 24, 2012 @ 6:57 am

    • It reinforces my feeling that one should spend as much time as possible in the outdoors. For one thing it increases the chances of being in such a place at the right time!


      Comment by montucky — July 24, 2012 @ 9:11 pm

  11. Nothing short of spectacular! Thank goodness for digital cameras (150 photo trips)!


    Comment by Wild_Bill — July 24, 2012 @ 7:12 am

    • Yes, digital is a huge factor! Some folks think I’m nuts for carrying that big heavy camera on the trails, but you never know when a great opportunity will present itself.


      Comment by montucky — July 24, 2012 @ 9:14 pm

  12. WOW that’s for sure!!! What a way to end the day in preparation for the next…Glorious!!!


    Comment by dhphotosite — July 24, 2012 @ 7:46 am

  13. breathtaking!! can’t wait to see the other 149!


    Comment by skouba — July 24, 2012 @ 8:22 am

    • Most of those photos from this trip are not all that great, many being redundant, but there are several that made the whole thing worthwhile for me.


      Comment by montucky — July 24, 2012 @ 9:16 pm

  14. Truly an amazing view!


    Comment by Tammy — July 24, 2012 @ 8:56 am

    • It was! Took two states to fit it all in, too! That spot is pretty enough in the day time.


      Comment by montucky — July 24, 2012 @ 9:18 pm

  15. So beautiful, divine, and magical. Awesome! Love this and looking forward to more photos!


    Comment by Anna Surface — July 24, 2012 @ 9:21 am

    • All of those fit those moments. THere is so much beauty and majesty in the outdoors!


      Comment by montucky — July 24, 2012 @ 9:20 pm

  16. Stunningly gorgeous!


    Comment by allbymyself09 — July 24, 2012 @ 12:07 pm

    • This year I missed seeing any of the fireworks displays. This made up for that.


      Comment by montucky — July 24, 2012 @ 9:21 pm

  17. OK, I’m always gushing about how I love your photos and they are ‘stunning, gorgeous,spectacular’ etc., etc., which of course they are. I’m not lying! But this one…..this one….I am speechless! This one has to be my all-time favorite! At least for now, until I see your next set of pictures! 😉


    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — July 24, 2012 @ 1:35 pm

    • Thanks! It is a scene worth remembering. I am so grateful that I have a camera that can capture that kind of image. It was a rare opportunity, and I will post several other images taken as the scene changed. It’s hard to choose.


      Comment by montucky — July 24, 2012 @ 9:23 pm

  18. So beautiful! I am looking forward to seeing those photos.


    Comment by sandy — July 24, 2012 @ 3:27 pm

    • There are several that are very nice, one that is really special, taken of Pear Lake.


      Comment by montucky — July 24, 2012 @ 9:25 pm

  19. This photo is breathtaking !


    Comment by Inspired and pretty — July 24, 2012 @ 8:21 pm

    • That sunset lasted a long time and kept changing all the while. It was very easy on the eyes.


      Comment by montucky — July 24, 2012 @ 9:26 pm

  20. Hi Montucky, I sure love those deep orange, apricot, salmon and gold tones in that special sunset. Excellent photo! Have a great day tomorrow!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — July 24, 2012 @ 8:41 pm

    • Earlier in its progress the sky had more bright oranges, then as it moved on the other colors came out. I hope you have an excellent day too!


      Comment by montucky — July 24, 2012 @ 9:28 pm

  21. Very nice Terry. Save that one for the calendar.


    Comment by jomegat — July 24, 2012 @ 8:48 pm

    • Thanks. I was very happy that I had a chance to photograph this one!


      Comment by montucky — July 24, 2012 @ 9:29 pm

  22. Outstanding!


    Comment by Jeff Lynch — July 24, 2012 @ 9:39 pm

  23. Stunning sunset. It’s always fun when you get a ton of photos so you know you have posts for a long time…


    Comment by Candace — July 25, 2012 @ 12:36 am

    • Yes, then the difficulty is choosing the ones to use. In a few more weeks I will be free to get out more, then the photos pile up very quickly.


      Comment by montucky — July 25, 2012 @ 8:06 pm

  24. What a shot Terry…what an event to be able to witness and capture, well done !!


    Comment by Bernie Kasper — July 25, 2012 @ 12:51 pm

    • Thanks Bernie! When in the back country I always have the camera with me because I know there will be things of beauty, although I never know in advance what they will be.


      Comment by montucky — July 25, 2012 @ 8:08 pm

  25. SPEC… TAC… U… LAR!!!!!


    Comment by kcjewel — July 25, 2012 @ 7:05 pm

    • I’m accustomed to spectacular scenes looking down from mountain tops, but sometimes there are equally beautiful ones looking up from there!


      Comment by montucky — July 25, 2012 @ 8:10 pm

  26. Beautiful shot – making me miss Montana. 😦


    Comment by Mike — July 25, 2012 @ 8:51 pm

    • I’ve thought that at some time you would! At least you have a lot of great photos from when you were here!


      Comment by montucky — July 25, 2012 @ 9:05 pm

  27. Wow!!!


    Comment by Roberta — July 29, 2012 @ 10:00 pm

    • It was a very pretty evening up there even before the sky became so colorful.


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

  28. Reblogged this on Jenny Jones Posts and commented:


    Comment by lg3abdersere1978 — September 3, 2012 @ 5:12 am

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