Sometimes when Nature wants you to see something, She shines a light on it, as She did this little lake that has no name. It sits about 800 feet below Graves Peak, two miles north of the Cougar Peak Lookout.
So pretty..but, careful out there..daughter-in-law had a run in with a rattlesnake..a BIG one near Missoula..it got the dog..TWICE..not daughter-in-law…dog survived..but scary..so watch your little legs and toes 🙂
The little rattlers are actually more dangerous than the big ones, as they tend to “shoot their whole load” at once, whereas the mature snakes know to ration it out, or so said the vet that treated my sister’s dog for a snake bite. (It is also much better to get bitten in a highly vascularized area like the face, than at the end of an extremity.)
That’s a nicely forested area down there, with a pretty good mixture of species. It’s surprising to see how much moisture there is under a forest like that, even after the drought that we’ve had this year. There are much higher mountains in the northwest, in Utah and Colorado and other parts of Montana. What makes this area interesting is that the valleys are around 2400 feet and the mountains rise abruptly above them.
Perhaps there is a map somewhere that I’m not aware of that has names for some of these lakes. This one looks as if it could be the headwater of Irus Creek, which might be an interesting name by itself if we could know its origin.
In so many of your photos, blue is the predominant color, because of the vistas and the sky. This surprised me by its “greenness”, and I’m curious about the vegetation along the edge of the lake. Here, it would be water hyacinth, but I’m sure whatever’s growing there isn’t an invasive. It certainly is beautiful. And are those white specks birds on the lake? They certainly aren’t navigation markers!
I have not visited that little lake, but I suspect the greenery is just native grasses and small shrubs which is pretty much what I see at other cirque lakes around. I was able to zoom in on the photo and could see that the white specks are actually the root ends of trees, the rest of which are submerged in the water.
Yes, it is amazing, the secrets that one can see from the high places. Below the peaks and high ridges there are many tiny lakes, some of which show on the maps and some that don’t. Only the larger ones are named.
Yes, the bears are very active now as they always are at this time of year. They are eating everything they can to put on the fat that will carry them through hibernation. That also causes some of them to get into trouble as they come down into the valleys. In fact, one visited our yard last night and snacked on some sunflower seeds we had out for the birds and chipmunks. He didn’t seem to work over the apple trees though which was surprising, and he didn’t make a pest out of himself. I suspect he was traveling through and may well have gone down and crossed the river.
What caught my eye was the way the sun illuminated just the area of the lake. There is so much beauty in these roadless areas that is very seldom seen by those of our species. I’m very thankful for the cameras we have today!
That is part of the ancient forests that covered this area. The lake is very near the edge of the roadless area, and is an area that may well be exploited and destroyed if the roadless area protection is removed.
Although it is not named, this lake does show up on the map of the Lolo National Forest. I was a little surprised to see it though because I had traveled further than I thought I had and when it appeared I checked my map for my exact location.
I think this lake, as with most of these high lakes, is spring fed. I can’t tell if it has an exit stream, but it must have, at least a small one. It would feed a very small stream which leads to a larger one several miles down, and then that larger one will reach the river in about 10 miles. About 5 miles up from the river there is a fairly good sized beaver pond. I’ve never seen them reach, or at least inhabit, the small lakes though.