Once they lose their needles, the larch almost seem to disappear among the pines and firs. The needles are beautiful on the trails and roads until the snow covers them up. That is good fairly good black bear country as is most of western Montana. It borders on Grizzly habitat.
Thanks! The larch are in full color now, but the last few days we’ve had some pretty good snow. I’m hoping that it will melt enough to permit getting up among the larch again before they lose all of their needles!
I would be the wrong person to write about Thompson River. Over all I think it is one of the very worst examples of the effects of government graft and corruption going back to the days of the railroad land grants. The land along about half of the river is owned by and still being exploited by Plum Creek Timber which has taken over from the Anaconda Copper Mining Company which took over from I think Weyerhauser, and so on back to the original railroad grants. Overall it is disgusting, but there are still a few very pretty scenes in places and I use the roads along it for access to some of the National Forest land beyond the Plum Creek holdings.
Then it’s a good thing that you’ve been able to capture the images of it that you have…and yes, that would have been a treasure to have some photographs of it back then…. I guess the other stretches of the river are a testament to the rotten-ness that men can do? I think you mentioned something about that in a comment on the earlier post of the river…sadness….
It seems those groups have must have more money and stronger lobbying powers than the environmental groups at this point…sad to hear that…. Having read about the logging and mining history in the canyons that border the SLC area, I can’t help wonder when I’m out there hiking, what it must have looked like before the settlers and their descendants made their impact known. I see large clearings and wonder if they were that way naturally or if they are the result of clear-cutting and no replanting. Anyway…your stretch of the river there looks wonderful…I hope it manages to stay that way….
I do love the colors of the larch mingled with the fir and pine. It reminds me of the aspen in the Wasatch above Salt Lake City. I’m up in Kansas City now, and am amusing myself by running outdoors every now and then to take a big breath of cold air – there are frost and freeze warnings for the next two nights, and the leaves are well half-fallen. Maybe a little of this cold air came from your Montana!