Montana Outdoors

October 23, 2012

Thompson River

Filed under: Autumn — Tags: , , — montucky @ 9:42 pm

Thompson River

October 19, 2012


  1. Oh, so beautiful. It made me take a deep breath.


    Comment by badwalker — October 23, 2012 @ 9:53 pm

    • The larch are at the peak of their autumn celebration. It’s a beautiful time of year in the forest!


      Comment by montucky — October 24, 2012 @ 12:00 am

  2. Beautiful – I can almost smell the crisp autumn air.


    Comment by Jo Woolf — October 24, 2012 @ 12:50 am

    • It is even more crisp now. Today I was within about a dozen miles of this place but driving through about 8 inches of new snow.


      Comment by montucky — October 24, 2012 @ 9:50 pm

      • Oh my goodness! 🙂


        Comment by Jo Woolf — October 25, 2012 @ 12:06 am

  3. I’m trying to imagine what this scene will look like after the larches have lost their needles. I’m also thinking that this looks like a good place to meet up with a bear.


    Comment by New Hampshire Gardener — October 24, 2012 @ 3:40 am

    • 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.


      Comment by montucky — October 24, 2012 @ 9:53 pm

  4. Was this after the recent snow? The colors are so beautiful.


    Comment by anniespickns — October 24, 2012 @ 6:24 am

    • This was before the snow we started to get Saturday afternoon. I’m sure that place got some snow, probably about 4 inches. The higher elevations had 6 to 8 inches.


      Comment by montucky — October 24, 2012 @ 9:55 pm

  5. Look at all those colors!! Beautiful shot, Terry!!


    Comment by allbymyself09 — October 24, 2012 @ 10:21 am

    • 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!


      Comment by montucky — October 24, 2012 @ 9:56 pm

  6. Beautiful spot, we all seem to agree! Being unfamiliar with the Thompson River, I looked it up at:

    There I discovered this notation following a very skeletal and sparse description:

    “This Montana state location article is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.”

    Perhaps you could fill in a blank or two in their article.



    Comment by Dave at collinda — October 24, 2012 @ 11:31 am

    • 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.


      Comment by montucky — October 24, 2012 @ 10:41 pm

  7. Looks like a painting, so gorgeous!


    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — October 24, 2012 @ 3:18 pm

    • That piece of land along the river is, I believe, part of a fairly large and very old ranch. There are several very scenic areas involved.


      Comment by montucky — October 24, 2012 @ 10:43 pm

  8. Takes my breath away! Beautiful photo..


    Comment by Roberta — October 24, 2012 @ 9:00 pm

    • Yes, the larch are very beautiful when they turn yellow and that section of stream is pretty also. I have some good memories of long ago when there were very large trout in that section!


      Comment by montucky — October 24, 2012 @ 10:47 pm

  9. I love the rich colors, Terry…beautiful location.


    Comment by seekraz — October 25, 2012 @ 8:03 pm

    • There are still a few short stretches of that river that are very pretty. I wish so much that I could have photographed it back when I first saw it in the 40’s. It was beyond words.


      Comment by montucky — October 25, 2012 @ 10:22 pm

      • 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….


        Comment by seekraz — October 25, 2012 @ 10:32 pm

        • Yes, I always have mixed emotions when I visit that river. The selfishness and greed that have destroyed much of it are still alive and active.


          Comment by montucky — October 26, 2012 @ 8:03 pm

          • 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….


            Comment by seekraz — October 27, 2012 @ 7:22 am

  10. That golden color is so pretty.


    Comment by Candace — October 25, 2012 @ 8:13 pm

    • For a few weeks that will be the colors of our forests, although the way it looks tonight there will be a lot of white.


      Comment by montucky — October 25, 2012 @ 10:23 pm

  11. There is huge contrast between fall colors and the green. I just wonder what violet bushes there are in the foreground? Lovely photo.


    Comment by Sartenada — October 25, 2012 @ 10:53 pm

    • I think some of the leaves in the foreground are on wild roses, but the larger ones are probably on a small species of dogwood, red osier dogwood. It is plentiful along streams of this size.


      Comment by montucky — October 26, 2012 @ 8:05 pm

  12. 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!


    Comment by shoreacres — October 25, 2012 @ 11:39 pm

    • I think we did get some cooler air as it moved on to the east. We have been getting rain and snow mixed with cool nights, about 15 degrees below our normal for this time of year.


      Comment by montucky — October 26, 2012 @ 8:07 pm

  13. Love the different layers of vegetation and colours. Larch trees are my favourite in the Alps. Not yet in full colour over here. Great pictures, as always. Thanks.


    Comment by isathreadsoflife — October 26, 2012 @ 7:59 am

    • The colorful season for the larch seems to be fairly short this year, probably due to the summer drought that we’ve had.


      Comment by montucky — October 26, 2012 @ 8:08 pm

  14. Beautiful.



    Comment by David A Lockwood — March 27, 2013 @ 10:11 am

    • Thanks David! There are wonderful scenes along that river in the fall.


      Comment by montucky — March 27, 2013 @ 8:28 pm

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