Montana Outdoors

August 8, 2013

Wilderness mountains

Cabinet Mountains afternoon

Just came down from there…

It was nice.



  1. Such a sharp picture. To be right in it must be like you’re surrounded by beauty.


    Comment by Debby — August 8, 2013 @ 3:46 pm

  2. Oh, looks like more than ‘nice.’


    Comment by badwalker — August 8, 2013 @ 3:50 pm

  3. Wow what a beautiful place to go, envious is the word. Great photo too


    Comment by Mike Howe — August 8, 2013 @ 4:17 pm

    • It is as close to paradise as anywhere I’ve been, Mike, and there’s a lot of it!


      Comment by montucky — August 8, 2013 @ 7:24 pm

  4. Aug 8 2013
    MAGNIFICENT MONTANA—how lovely it is.


    Comment by Jean — August 8, 2013 @ 4:51 pm

  5. Quit showing off Terry !!!! Just kidding amazing image and scene !!!


    Comment by Bernie Kasper — August 8, 2013 @ 5:16 pm

  6. So gorgeous. Can’t wait to get going on our annual trip to Montana. Just a few more weeks! I love Montana.


    Comment by wordsfromanneli — August 8, 2013 @ 5:25 pm

    • Maybe i will be cooler by then, Anneli. I hope your husband has been having a good season! He will be ready for a break.


      Comment by montucky — August 8, 2013 @ 7:20 pm

      • Yes, he’s looking forward to the Montana trip very much. Hoping for cool nights so the rattlers will be sleeping!


        Comment by wordsfromanneli — August 8, 2013 @ 11:13 pm

  7. Nice place.


    Comment by Malcolm R. Campbell — August 8, 2013 @ 6:41 pm

  8. I can smell the fresh clean air …


    Comment by bearyweather — August 8, 2013 @ 7:44 pm

    • It was, too. And up there there is no dust on any of the leaves.


      Comment by montucky — August 8, 2013 @ 8:48 pm

  9. I bet! You sure get around.


    Comment by Candace — August 8, 2013 @ 8:53 pm

    • I try my best, Candace. I don’t know how many more good years there are left, so every summer is precious.


      Comment by montucky — August 8, 2013 @ 9:00 pm

  10. Terry, I think we’ll dub you the John Muir of Northwest Montana! From what I have read you have trekked quite a bit of it talk of and share its beauty with others.



    Comment by Ron Mangels — August 8, 2013 @ 9:48 pm

    • I think I understand where Muir was coming from. I find new magnificence each time I enter a new area.


      Comment by montucky — August 8, 2013 @ 9:53 pm

  11. Sigh – so beautiful. Wonderful photo.


    Comment by Sartenada — August 8, 2013 @ 11:26 pm

    • Thanks Matti! The access to that wilderness is about 70 miles (112 kilometers) from my home. I will visit there more often.


      Comment by montucky — August 8, 2013 @ 11:46 pm

  12. I’ll bet it was nice up there. I hope the trail was better than the ones I’ve been on recently!


    Comment by New Hampshire Gardener — August 9, 2013 @ 4:29 am

    • This was a very tough trail. We hiked the first couple of miles of it and turned around because we ran out of time. It was ascending at about 500 feet per mile and we lost it once where snow runoff took out a whole section of it. It is a trail that is not used much any more but still has some promise.


      Comment by montucky — August 9, 2013 @ 1:25 pm

  13. Clean air, natures scents and incredible scenery. A wanderers dream and for you it looks like you’ve found your reality. Thank you for taking us along. We may not be able to breathe the clear air or smell natures scents but we can use our eyes to take in the incredible scenery and our minds to fill in the rest. It’s a joy to wake up and find these photos from you.


    Comment by anniespickns — August 9, 2013 @ 7:40 am

    • I’m glad that you enjoy the scenes, Annie! This is a paradise for anyone who loves wild mountain scenery and wildlife.


      Comment by montucky — August 9, 2013 @ 1:27 pm

  14. I bet it was! I never get tired of looking at your gorgeous photos. Can’t even imagine what it must be like to see it all in person! You’re blessed, Montucky.


    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — August 9, 2013 @ 8:35 am

    • The CMW is an area that can be almost overwhelming. It is magnificent!


      Comment by montucky — August 9, 2013 @ 1:29 pm

  15. Just beautiful! Mountain majesties. How long did it take you to hike to where the photo was taken?


    Comment by dhphotosite — August 9, 2013 @ 10:05 am

    • Actually, this photo was taken from the road to the trail head on our way back down. The mountains are in the CMW and the road of course has to stop at the border. On our hike that day we didn’t get up to where we wanted to go. Our original plan was to take a different route but an access road that I had counted on was closed. This alternate clearly isn’t the best route, although it’s a good place to be because it gets very little use.


      Comment by montucky — August 9, 2013 @ 1:33 pm

  16. I just love the “caption.”


    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — August 9, 2013 @ 3:35 pm

  17. Nature can´t be much more beautiful than this! Your photo takes my breath away ! // Maria 🙂


    Comment by mariayarri — August 10, 2013 @ 3:20 pm

    • Yes, it is an incredibly beautiful place. I have always felt so fortunate to have been born in this part of the American west.


      Comment by montucky — August 10, 2013 @ 10:41 pm

  18. Yep. “It was nice” has to get the award for understatement of the month, no matter what other competitors show up. When I first saw paintings of these western wildernesses, I thought they couldn’t possibly be that beautiful. Clearly, they are.


    Comment by shoreacres — August 10, 2013 @ 4:07 pm

    • I have a sense that since I have just begun to explore this wilderness area, there will be scenes in it that will defy description. What I know that I will never be able to impart to others is the feeling I get just being in the heart of such areas. Besides the feeling of awe at all of the natural beauty, there is the feeling of being “at home” there, not completely unlike returning home from a journey or a long time away, but an even more deeply satisfying feeling of knowing that I came into being from this beautiful place, am now a part of it and in not all that long will return to it as the trees and plants and all wild creatures do when they die. Photography just doesn’t capture those dimensions.


      Comment by montucky — August 10, 2013 @ 10:54 pm

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