The names of the mountain ranges and peaks in your area just fascinate me. I just read a little about Cabinet Gorge, and all the alpine lakes – what a beautiful area. If I ever do make it to Calgary to visit a friend, I think it’s going to have to be via Montana!
There’s a lot of history in those names. but it’s hard to find. There’s also a lot of beautiful scenery in northwestern Montana and a lot of that is visible from the highways. The real treasure though is the untouched back country and the more remote areas where the world looks and acts like it did thousands of years ago.
One of the things I love so much about these mountains is that every time you go out you know there will be something beautiful to see and more often than not, it’s not what you expected. I really didn’t expect to see frost on some of the plants near the peak this morning.
John Ordway, of the Lewis and Clark party was from NH, and he was well acquainted with the White Mountains here. But when he saw the mountains of Montana, he was stunned. I expect it would be no different for me.
What’s really interesting about this particular area is that it is just about in the center of an area of 150 square miles that burned in a forest fire in 2007. There are always little islands of trees and vegetation that escape within the perimeter of a large fire and these islands lead the way to the recovery of the forest.
I’m glad that you enjoy seeing this part of the country. There are truly remarkable scenes out there. Not too far past where this photo was taken I had to remove a big tree from across the road and so I know there were no recent visitors there.
Fireweed. When I visited this area several years ago, there were fairly large stand of it. This time it had spread and looks like a tall carpet under most areas of fire-killed trees. I will post more photos of it in a few days.
Yes, that’s Fireweed. I think there are clearly more volume of flowers in the higher country in summer, but I don’t know if that also includes the number of different species. The high country has flowers that are unique to that climate and in late summer also harbors flowers that bloom in the valleys months before.
Even in the biggest fire, there are small sections that somehow escape. This was taken in a tiny one of those. The silvery trees to the right were killed and the gray/silver trees on the peak to the right were all burned. I will post photos later of some of the fire damage.