Montana Outdoors

October 4, 2012

From 1025

Filed under: Autumn, Cabinet Mountains — Tags: — montucky @ 9:25 pm

Clark Fork Valley from Corona

Clark Fork Valley from Forest Service road 1025 to Corona Divide.


  1. Your seasons certainly turn with an elegance that’s unmatched. The snow is lovely (moisture!) but the view is, too – and I’m really fond of the clouds decorating the valleys.


    Comment by shoreacres — October 4, 2012 @ 9:35 pm

    • I love the distinct seasons that we have here. Each sets the stage for the next. Clouds here seem to rule everything. Besides adding beauty and drama to the landscape they bring rain and snow of course, shelter us from the sun when it’s harsh and keep us warm when they over settle in over us during cold winter nights. They also provide a means of forecasting the short-range weather, once you learn how to read them.


      Comment by montucky — October 4, 2012 @ 10:29 pm

  2. Simply gorgeous!


    Comment by Roberta — October 4, 2012 @ 10:11 pm

  3. Beautiful. Snow and green seem to be great combination. Do You have any idea at which level this is?


    Comment by Sartenada — October 4, 2012 @ 10:37 pm

    • I took the photo from the road on my way up to the trail head. It was just a little over 4000 feet. I will post some photos later taken from over 6000 feet where the snow was deeper.


      Comment by montucky — October 4, 2012 @ 11:44 pm

  4. I can’t believe that you have had snow already. That is such a stunning photo!


    Comment by Jo Woolf — October 5, 2012 @ 12:18 am

    • The weather changed and when I heard rain in the night and saw 36ยบ in the morning I guessed there would be snow higher up. There was, starting at about 4000 feet.


      Comment by montucky — October 5, 2012 @ 8:46 pm

  5. Beautiful! (But too early)


    Comment by New Hampshire Gardener — October 5, 2012 @ 4:27 am

    • An early snow is fairly normal here. We may not have another until after Thanksgiving. Or…


      Comment by montucky — October 5, 2012 @ 8:49 pm

  6. What a way to start the day. What a gorgeous view. I can smell the forest and feel the crisp air. Wow.


    Comment by anniespickns — October 5, 2012 @ 5:56 am

    • It was very crisp when I reached the trail head! It was wonderful!


      Comment by montucky — October 5, 2012 @ 8:50 pm

  7. A sudden shift in weather patterns? Hopefully the grace of this early snow will also begin a period of precipitation that will soak in and help to replenish your water supply. A beautiful scene here!


    Comment by Wild_Bill — October 5, 2012 @ 6:28 am

    • Yes a very sudden shift, however the dry pattern returned right away. I am hoping for a very snowy winter again.!


      Comment by montucky — October 5, 2012 @ 8:52 pm

  8. I would give anything to see your beautiful state. Your photos make me want to visit there soon. Love these. Carol


    Comment by carolmattingly — October 5, 2012 @ 8:04 am

    • I hope you will be able to visit, Carol. There is always something of beauty to be seen here. Thank you for visiting!


      Comment by montucky — October 5, 2012 @ 8:56 pm

  9. Everyone else has stolen my words of admiration!


    Comment by wordsfromanneli — October 5, 2012 @ 9:09 am

    • This scene just appeared while I was on the way to the trail head. One of the exciting things about this part of the country, this scene would not have been so pretty the day before. I love surprises!


      Comment by montucky — October 5, 2012 @ 8:59 pm

  10. Absolutely sublime…! I love how the path leads down into the forest…


    Comment by FeyGirl — October 5, 2012 @ 9:24 am

    • When in the forests it can be amazingly beautiful quite unexpectedly. I always expect a nice scene, but never know exactly where or when it will appear.


      Comment by montucky — October 5, 2012 @ 9:03 pm

  11. What was the temperature when this shot was taken? I just heard on the noon news that Denver was getting snow, but is supposed to be back in the 70’s next week.
    Is that blowing snow or clouds off in the distant mountains?


    Comment by sandy — October 5, 2012 @ 1:39 pm

    • It was probably about 30 because the snow had not begun to melt at all. It was about 10 degrees colder at the trail head nearly 2000 feet higher up. The mountains all had a layer of snow and clouds hanging in around their tops. Patches of fog were clinging to the draws and canyons, typical of Fall weather and something I love to see.


      Comment by montucky — October 5, 2012 @ 9:05 pm

  12. Another jaw-dropping photo. Our leaves are pretty close to peak right now. I’ve been tied up indoors though, so I haven’t had much opportunity to try taking pictures. Not that I’m any good at landscapes (which is all the more reason to take them).


    Comment by jomegat — October 5, 2012 @ 5:18 pm

    • I’m still concerned about the fall colors around here this year. I’ve seen some trees that changed almost immediately from green to brown. Others haven’t started to turn yet. The larch is just starting to show a little lime green.


      Comment by montucky — October 5, 2012 @ 9:08 pm

  13. absolutely gorgeous!


    Comment by Tammie — October 5, 2012 @ 6:45 pm

    • Thanks Tammie. I love to encounter scenes like this one when the light is just right and the snow was a bonus!


      Comment by montucky — October 5, 2012 @ 9:09 pm

  14. This one looks less cold than the previous photo…just a dusting. We need to see your autumn colors first, though…


    Comment by Candace — October 6, 2012 @ 10:39 am

    • This was just at the lower edge of the snow at about 4000 feet and the temperature was about 25F; the other photo was taken at about 6200 feet and therefore it was probably about 12 degrees colder or 13F. My recall of what it felt like says that is just about right.

      I’m very concerned that we will have few good colors this year. I see a lot of leaves that have turned directly from green to brown.


      Comment by montucky — October 6, 2012 @ 10:18 pm

  15. Beautiful ! I can smell the freshness in a photo like this!


    Comment by dhphotosite — October 6, 2012 @ 11:25 am

    • The air was invigorating! And even more so a few thousand feet higher up! What a break from the long string of 90+ days this summer!


      Comment by montucky — October 6, 2012 @ 10:19 pm

  16. Whoa!!! Winter??? What happened to autumn colors?


    Comment by Bo Mackison — October 6, 2012 @ 2:18 pm

    • A snow this time of year is pretty typical here. It has mostly melted already and the temps are supposed to go up into the 60’s next week. I sense though the there will be weak showing of colors this year because of the drought. I hope I’m wrong!


      Comment by montucky — October 6, 2012 @ 10:21 pm

  17. Gorgeous, Terry…absolutely.


    Comment by seekraz — October 7, 2012 @ 12:49 pm

    • Don’t you love it when you come across a nice scene unexpectedly!


      Comment by montucky — October 7, 2012 @ 10:25 pm

      • I sure do, Terry…wonderful little surprises….


        Comment by seekraz — October 20, 2012 @ 7:46 am

  18. I thought of you last week when I heard Montana and North Dakota were getting snow. My daughter, who moved from Dickinson, ND to Tallahassee, FL over the summer, told me she heard about the weather, too. I think she was smiling when she told me. ๐Ÿ˜‰


    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — October 9, 2012 @ 10:52 am

    • Someone who has moved away from ND has plenty of reason to smile!


      Comment by montucky — October 9, 2012 @ 9:12 pm

  19. Loved seeing that dusting of white!


    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — October 9, 2012 @ 1:20 pm

  20. Makes me want to wax up the cross-country skis!


    Comment by Kim — October 19, 2012 @ 9:41 am

    • I’ve never done that, but my snowshoes are all ready! I was in a heavy snowstorm today at just over 5000 feet and it was so beautiful coming down!


      Comment by montucky — October 20, 2012 @ 9:36 pm

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