Montana Outdoors

September 20, 2012

It’s beginning

Filed under: Autumn, Cabinet Mountains — Tags: — montucky @ 8:28 am

Fall colors

Photo taken on the south slope of Big Hole peak, about a mile south of the lookout on the morning of September 19, 2012.


  1. Indeed it is…very nice.


    Comment by seekraz — September 20, 2012 @ 8:30 am

  2. It’s happening here too, but slowly. Nights are getting cold enough to have to heat the house.


    Comment by New Hampshire Gardener — September 20, 2012 @ 8:53 am

    • Our weather is still quite unusual. The nights are in the high 30s and low 40s but the days are still in the mid 80s with no rain for months.


      Comment by montucky — September 20, 2012 @ 9:14 pm

  3. As long as the snow stays away, there could still be many sunny days ahead.


    Comment by wordsfromanneli — September 20, 2012 @ 8:55 am

    • My bet is that it will stay sunny until mid-October then suddenly get very cold.


      Comment by montucky — September 20, 2012 @ 9:15 pm

      • Then that’s how long we’ll stay when we come to visit Montana next week. First sign of snow, we’re out of there. Let’s hope it stays away for a long time.


        Comment by wordsfromanneli — September 20, 2012 @ 9:44 pm

        • Hard to tell when we’ll get snow. I wouldn’t expect it for another month at least. I hope the weather will be beautiful for your trip here, but be aware that there is a lot of smoke everywhere in western Montana.


          Comment by montucky — September 20, 2012 @ 9:51 pm

          • We looked for info on that, as we’re coming down through Omak and then over through Spokane. Do you know how it is in the Omak area now? Coming down from Osoyoos through the Columbia Valley.


            Comment by wordsfromanneli — September 21, 2012 @ 9:09 am

  4. How beautiful, yes, “It’s beginning”


    Comment by Ellen Grace Olinger — September 20, 2012 @ 9:15 am

    • The huckleberry bushes are red and a few others are turning such as ash. I hoe for a very colorful Autumn this year!


      Comment by montucky — September 20, 2012 @ 9:16 pm

  5. Hi Montucky, Lovely forest view. Yes, Fall is almost here. Have a fine day today and a wonderful Friday tomorrow!


    Comment by Anonymous — September 20, 2012 @ 9:46 am

    • Yes, I can feel the crisp air of Fall in the mornings now.


      Comment by montucky — September 20, 2012 @ 9:17 pm

  6. Things are just beginning to change here also…my favorite time of year. Love the colors and shadows in this photo!


    Comment by dhphotosite — September 20, 2012 @ 11:04 am

    • It is my wife’s favorite season. I like it, but really prefer Spring.


      Comment by montucky — September 20, 2012 @ 9:18 pm

  7. Gorgeous scene!


    Comment by Sue — September 20, 2012 @ 11:22 am

  8. We’ve had very fall-like weather here – downright chilly nights – and the leaves are starting to change. I love fall and welcome it, but I’m with you, not quite ready for winter yet!


    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — September 20, 2012 @ 11:31 am

    • It feels like Fall now except for a few of the late afternoon hours when it’s still very hot.


      Comment by montucky — September 20, 2012 @ 9:19 pm

  9. Yes, indeed. We have a few trees just turning yellow, but the prairies are mostly a crispy brown right now…


    Comment by Bo Mackison — September 20, 2012 @ 11:53 am

    • I have admired your photos of the prairie, Bo! Beautiful! I will really try to get out more as the colors turn here in the high country.


      Comment by montucky — September 20, 2012 @ 9:23 pm

  10. Yes, it is! (:


    Comment by Roberta — September 20, 2012 @ 12:22 pm

    • At least something relatively stable in the weather!


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

  11. The autumn is setting in here too. Two Sundays ago the temperature was 30C, it’s now mid teens. But the colours are lovely.


    Comment by Finn Holding — September 20, 2012 @ 1:36 pm

    • We’ve had a few nights around -3C and most now are around 4C, but the high temps during the days are around 30C now. Too hot for this time of year!


      Comment by montucky — September 20, 2012 @ 9:28 pm

  12. I can see it is! Right on time, too.


    Comment by sandy — September 20, 2012 @ 2:58 pm

    • Finally a season that’s on time! I hiked yesterday and in the early morning it was nice, but afternoon was terribly hot for hiking. We also have had terrible smoke from a huge fire (520 square miles) about 200 miles south of here.


      Comment by montucky — September 20, 2012 @ 9:30 pm

  13. Sad to say it, but I’ve been too busy lately to notice if it’s happening here. Shame on me!


    Comment by jomegat — September 20, 2012 @ 6:43 pm

    • It seems like it has been sudden, probably because of the hot days, but the colors are changing quickly now here.


      Comment by montucky — September 20, 2012 @ 9:31 pm

  14. I was bass fishing about 20 miles north of here in the Green Mountains last week and the colors were already impressive. About 40% of the trees were changing colors. Beautiful. And this photo is exquisite!


    Comment by Wild_Bill — September 20, 2012 @ 8:55 pm

    • I’d love to spend some time in your woods this time of year with all of the deciduous trees! I know how beautiful they can be!


      Comment by montucky — September 20, 2012 @ 9:32 pm

  15. The angle of sun must be great when giving the light. What captured my eyes in Your beautiful photo is the reddish color. What it is? Here in Finland in its most Northern part, generally on week 36, there the ground is reddish. It is caused by the plant called Alpine Bearberry, Mountain Bearberry, Black Bearberry (Latin name: Arctostaphylos alpina).


    Comment by Sartenada — September 20, 2012 @ 11:00 pm

    • The red leaves are on the huckleberry plants, mostly Vaccinium membranaceum I believe. Interestingly, we don’t have Alpine bearberry Arctostaphylos alpinea here. We have a relative, Arctostaphylos uva-ursi common name “Common bearberry”, but it is an evergreen!


      Comment by montucky — September 20, 2012 @ 11:15 pm

  16. Looks lovely, Terry. 🙂


    Comment by Val — September 21, 2012 @ 6:53 am

  17. What a beautiful, stunning shot!


    Comment by FeyGirl — September 21, 2012 @ 9:15 am

    • Thanks. There will be a lot of scenes like that here during the next month. I look forward to them.


      Comment by montucky — September 21, 2012 @ 8:19 pm

  18. Love those beautiful photo. What a feast in the eyes. Thanks a lot for the share.


    Comment by Jill — September 21, 2012 @ 11:13 am

    • I’m pleased that you liked it Jill! Thank you for visiting and taking the time to let me know!


      Comment by montucky — September 21, 2012 @ 8:20 pm

  19. Lovely – I can almost smell the autumn air. The trees are starting to turn here too, and we had our first frost this morning.


    Comment by Jo Woolf — September 21, 2012 @ 11:49 am

    • At times I feel the tinge of Autumn in the air, but it is still very hot here in the day time. We need a rain (or snow) to break up with summer.


      Comment by montucky — September 21, 2012 @ 8:21 pm

  20. that is gorgeous autumn!


    Comment by Tammie — September 21, 2012 @ 10:01 pm

    • Yes, it is a good start! Seems like it started suddenly this year!


      Comment by montucky — September 21, 2012 @ 10:25 pm

  21. Yup, you’ve got a real fall there. Happy Equinox and I look forward to more of your colorful shots this season.


    Comment by Candace — September 21, 2012 @ 10:27 pm

    • The colors are just starting. I hope they will be colorful this year after last year. very drab Fall.


      Comment by montucky — September 22, 2012 @ 8:42 pm

  22. Utterly, utterly awesome picture. Because of your angle, looking up at the treetops, I can SO imagine being there. Can almost smell the fresh.

    Truly, lovely capture.


    Comment by WordsFallFromMyEyes — September 21, 2012 @ 11:32 pm

    • Thank you! And thank you for visiting and commenting!


      Comment by montucky — September 22, 2012 @ 8:51 pm

  23. Nice place to walk on a sunny morning after making the day’s first cup of coffee.


    Comment by knightofswords — September 22, 2012 @ 8:53 am

  24. The contrast between the low red shrubs and the straight grey pine trunks is very lovely indeed.


    Comment by kateri — September 22, 2012 @ 8:58 pm

    • The contrasts within a forest are interesting, aren’t they! A few miles to the west of this there is another big contrast created by a large stand of cedar trees, forming an entirely different ecological setting.


      Comment by montucky — September 22, 2012 @ 10:07 pm

  25. Fall seems to have sneaked up on us this year. Maybe it was all the smoke we’ve endured all summer long. Here I’ve been waiting for a return to summer skies, and in the meantime missed the first signs of autumn. Looking forward to more of your autumn color pictures

    I would LOVE autumn, were it not for the fact of what comes next!


    Comment by Kim — September 23, 2012 @ 1:07 pm

    • I know the level of smoke you’ve had down there has to have been distracting to say the least! I’ve felt for you and for the folks in the Bitterroot! We have had plenty of smoke too, but not as much as there, and when we have our prevailing breeze, it comes out of the southwest and clears the smoke out too.


      Comment by montucky — September 23, 2012 @ 9:12 pm

  26. Beautiful Fall hints. Your Autumn seems more early than ours. Slowly but surely the colours will change the landscape and I so look forward to this ! Lovely photo, montucky.


    Comment by isathreadsoflife — September 24, 2012 @ 2:45 am

    • The color change has only just begun with a few species and it’s still very hot in the daytime. In a week it is supposed to cool down to more normal for this time of year and I hope that will be reflected in the leaves.


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

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