It’s certainly a pretty place. When I visit a place like this it serves to strengthen my resolve to seek out other remote places and enjoy what I find there. I will remember this scene and on the next trips out it will influence the decision to tackle that extra mile or two beyond.
Wow! Spectacular! Two years ago we drove through Montana and all along the Clark Fork River and the MIssouri I kept wanting to stop to take pictures. It’s so scenic! Lots of calendar photo material there.
I’ve got to tell you, your photos are the highlight of my days. For just a few minutes I can escape into your wilderness and pretend I’m feeling the cool fresh air, smelling the pines, hearing the golden eagles. You have no idea how I envy you while I’m stuck here in Mis-eri. 🙂 Never was too fond of MO.
This is the farthest and smallest lake of that hike, right? Also the most beautiful …. if people would see this photo, they would definitely suffer the extra miles of hiking it took to get to it. Thanks for taking that long hike and sharing the beauty of it.
It is always cool there as it was that day. The forest is quite dense and shades the snow that piles up there in winter. The snow field at the far end of the lake was probably over 30 feet deep by spring as the snow blew in over the ridge. The rocky slope gets morning sun, but is in afternoon shade. Those rocks also get very cold at night when the temperatures there are in the 30’s and 40’s even in mid summer.
Hi Montucky, What an inviting lake! The scenery is so beautiful one could just stand and look at it all. Thanks for sharing. The snow looks cool. Hot hot and stormy here in TN so the view of that snow is great! Have the best Thursday tomorrow!
What kind of trees are those? I’ve done some looking and decided they’re pine rather than spruce, but a couple on the right surely are straight and tall enough to make a fine mast if they were spruce. It a beautiful photo of a wonderful spot. The blue-green of the water on the left is just gorgeous.
There’s quite a mixture of trees in that part of the forest, several species of fir, white pine, lodgepole pine and hemlock, but there is little or no spruce there. The trees right near the lake are mostly subalpine fir. They can get up to a hundred feet tall, but usually don’t live more than 400 years. Their configuration lets them deal well with winter ice and heavy snow. Their wood though is light soft and low density, not suitable for a mast.
The temperature near those snow banks is also so refreshing! I always remember that they are part of the water cycle that keeps this world alive too. They are still holding water until the next winter cycle replenishes the watershed.
I often sit and admire it myself and certainly enjoy the sights from the trails. Black bears are quite plentiful in this range of mountains, the Coeur d’Alenes. Twenty or so miles to the north it gets into the range of the Grizzlies. There was wolf sign just above the lake too.
I could use a dose of that serenity right now! Such a beautiful setting… I don’t see how you can leave a place like the. It’s easy to see why the Native Americans went “out” to take their last breaths.
I leave places like that knowing that I will return, if not to that place then to one like it, as many times as I can in the time remaining to me. The old Indian people had no real fear of death, and the more time I spend in that wild and natural country the more I understand their feelings and beliefs. The natural sequence of things is exactly what it is and being there and observing it leads one to understanding where we fit into the whole.