Montana Outdoors

October 24, 2012

Cloudy day on the river

Filed under: Autumn — Tags: , , , — montucky @ 6:57 pm

Cloudy day on the river

Thompson River 6 miles up from the mouth


  1. Fantastic photo! That’s a calendar photo.


    Comment by wordsfromanneli — October 24, 2012 @ 8:16 pm

    • Thanks Anneli! That’s one of the pretty sections of the lower part of the river.


      Comment by montucky — October 24, 2012 @ 10:51 pm

      • I hope you don’t mind that I made it my desktop background picture. I think “Wow! Montana/Montucky” every time I look at my desktop. This one really is a spectacular photo.


        Comment by wordsfromanneli — October 25, 2012 @ 11:53 am

        • I’m very happy that you would make that your desktop background, Annelli!


          Comment by montucky — October 25, 2012 @ 1:56 pm

  2. I agree with Anneli – that is an awesome photo.


    Comment by Jo Woolf — October 25, 2012 @ 12:08 am

    • Thanks Jo. I plan to be back in that general area again this weekend, although further up stream. Depending on how much snow comes in tonight!


      Comment by montucky — October 25, 2012 @ 10:30 pm

  3. That’s a beautiful spot. Here in New Hampshire the understory shrubs along the river would most likely be alders mixed with birch-I wonder if they grow there.


    Comment by New Hampshire Gardener — October 25, 2012 @ 4:04 am

    • We do have a lot of alder, not so much along the streams but a little higher up; Mountain Alder Alnus incana and Sitka Alder Alnus crisp sinuata. Along the streams, Scrub Birch Betula glandulosa, Hawthorn, Chokecherry and lots of Red-osier Dogwood Cornus stolonifera with Elderberry and several species of willow.


      Comment by montucky — October 25, 2012 @ 10:35 pm

  4. A beautiful composition. Love the colors. It’s so very alive. I feel so often that I am standing right where you are and it feels really nice. Lovely!


    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — October 25, 2012 @ 4:21 am

    • There is a good feel to it there. Off and on for over 60 years I have fished that river and hunted the mountains above it on both sides. There is quite a bit of traffic along the river now, but just a few miles up the slopes, especially to the west it is very wild and beautiful country. I spend a lot of time up there.


      Comment by montucky — October 25, 2012 @ 10:42 pm

  5. Totally sublime… 🙂


    Comment by FeyGirl — October 25, 2012 @ 6:15 am

    • It is a good sample of what that part of the country is like, at least at the lower elevations.


      Comment by montucky — October 25, 2012 @ 11:12 pm

  6. Serene.


    Comment by Debby — October 25, 2012 @ 9:46 am

  7. How in the world can you beat a view like that? Too hard to do, so I give up! AWESOME! =)


    Comment by Tricia — October 25, 2012 @ 10:35 am

    • I remember many such scenes from when I was very young, from places all over western Montana.


      Comment by montucky — October 25, 2012 @ 11:17 pm

  8. Isn’t that a pretty sight? Bet the water is cold though, sunny or cloudy. 🙂 How’s the fishing?


    Comment by Bo Mackison — October 25, 2012 @ 11:31 am

    • The water is cold all year long, but colder now that there is a pretty good amount of snow upstream; just how the trout like it. There are still fish there, but nothing like the way it was 50 or 60 years ago. People have loved the stream almost to death.


      Comment by montucky — October 25, 2012 @ 11:20 pm

  9. another gorgeous look at fall in your area! we might have to wear long pants and jackets this weekend!!


    Comment by skouba — October 25, 2012 @ 8:02 pm

    • Our wardrobe has changed too. In just a few weeks we have gone from 90 degree daytime temps (with humidity in the teens) to 30 degree temps (with humidity in the 80’s) and from dry ground to snow pack. Are you going to get any effects from Sandy or is it all far off to the east of you?


      Comment by montucky — October 25, 2012 @ 11:27 pm

      • 30 degrees…ugh… looks sandy will miss us….


        Comment by skouba — October 29, 2012 @ 9:05 pm

  10. Fantastic autumn colors and then water, clouds, and a mountain thrown in the mix! Perfect. It might be my autumn desktop, too.


    Comment by Candace — October 25, 2012 @ 8:12 pm

    • Our autumn colors haven’t been all that good this year, but autumn is always pretty along that river. I change desktops quite frequently too!


      Comment by montucky — October 25, 2012 @ 11:28 pm

  11. So beautiful. You captured a certain feeling.


    Comment by twoscamps — October 25, 2012 @ 9:13 pm

    • Thanks Maureen. That is a feeling that I’ve always liked. It is better too if you have some history in the surrounding mountains.


      Comment by montucky — October 25, 2012 @ 11:31 pm

  12. So beautiful, Terry…what a wonderful photograph!


    Comment by seekraz — October 25, 2012 @ 9:39 pm

  13. Your photo presents all the elements which are required for a great photo. In addition to it, it is mind calming.


    Comment by Sartenada — October 25, 2012 @ 10:50 pm

    • Thanks Matti! That’s the kind of scene that made me fall in love with Montana so many years ago. That love has only increased over the years.


      Comment by montucky — October 25, 2012 @ 11:34 pm

  14. What is that – “thing” – in the bottom right-hand corner of the photo, just at the edge of the water? I’ve seen it as a fungus, a rock, and a turtle with snow on its back. Surely it’s none of those, but I get curious now and then!


    Comment by shoreacres — October 25, 2012 @ 11:49 pm

    • I can’t positively identify that thing, but I’m guessing it is a rock similar to those sticking up in the river. It is a good subject for imagination though, isn’t it!


      Comment by montucky — October 26, 2012 @ 8:15 pm

  15. When a photo makes one want to be there it is special. You have done it again.


    Comment by Grampy — October 26, 2012 @ 5:20 am

    • Thanks! That fairly small drainage has a lot of different elements in it. When I took that photo I was standing on the tracks of a moose that had traveled through there not long before I arrived.


      Comment by montucky — October 26, 2012 @ 8:19 pm

  16. Cloudy day maybe but what colours ! And a perfectly composed shot too. Magnificent area.


    Comment by isathreadsoflife — October 26, 2012 @ 8:01 am

    • Those were unique light conditions at that very moment and they really brought out the colors.


      Comment by montucky — October 26, 2012 @ 8:21 pm

  17. Cloudy days make beautiful colors even more beautiful… love the photo!


    Comment by kcjewel — October 26, 2012 @ 3:33 pm

    • Yes, cloud-filtered light can do wonderful things with color as in this case. At other times it seems to filter out some shades as in a photo that I will post soon.


      Comment by montucky — October 26, 2012 @ 8:23 pm

  18. It must be like living in a picture postcard there 🙂


    Comment by Watching Seasons — November 5, 2012 @ 5:19 pm

    • Sometimes it is. I really enjoy the distinct seasons and the characteristic scenes in each.


      Comment by montucky — November 5, 2012 @ 8:57 pm

  19. This is my favorite river. Thanks for the pictures.


    Comment by Anonymous — November 5, 2012 @ 11:42 pm

    • I also love Thompson River and its whole drainage. I’m glad you enjoyed the photos!


      Comment by montucky — November 6, 2012 @ 10:38 pm

  20. That’s a gorgeous image. If I’d taken it I’d blow it up, frame it, hang it on the wall and pretend it’s a window 🙂


    Comment by Finn Holding — November 24, 2012 @ 3:08 am

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