Montana Outdoors

August 16, 2013

Rock Lake: Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Rock Lake

August 16, 2013


  1. Amazingly beautiful!! I’m guessing that’s the hint of a deep pink wild rose on the right?


    Comment by Jo Woolf — August 17, 2013 @ 1:49 am

    • That turned out to be an awesome hike and a place to which I will return.
      The wild roses are all gone for this year, even at that altitude (only 5000 feet). The pink is fireweed which takes over the color chores about now. I love it too!


      Comment by montucky — August 17, 2013 @ 8:40 pm

  2. Now there’s a place for a row boat, a bit of fishing and a nap.


    Comment by Malcolm R. Campbell — August 17, 2013 @ 7:16 am

    • Fish were rising to surface feed, but they are not very large. Funny, I was kidding my hiking companion as we ate lunch that now she should dig the inflatable kayak out of her pack and we could paddle around the lake!


      Comment by montucky — August 17, 2013 @ 8:41 pm

  3. Calendar material!


    Comment by wordsfromanneli — August 17, 2013 @ 7:24 am

    • It is certainly a scene I will remember! I returned from that trip with 250 photos, it was that kind of country.


      Comment by montucky — August 17, 2013 @ 8:44 pm

      • I’ll have to make sure I bring the spare battery for the camera as I intend to be going click crazy when we get to Montana.


        Comment by wordsfromanneli — August 18, 2013 @ 8:55 am

  4. Gorgeous image and scene Terry !!


    Comment by Bernie Kasper — August 17, 2013 @ 9:27 am

    • It’s an area that is extremely nice to photographers, Bernie. Assuming they don’t mind a tough hike.


      Comment by montucky — August 17, 2013 @ 8:45 pm

  5. The Cabinet Mountains … sigh … I don’t know why I love that name so… beautiful scene.


    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — August 17, 2013 @ 2:38 pm

    • I’ve always liked the Cabinets, Teresa, since I was raised among them, I suppose, but since I have visited the Cabinet Wilderness it has elevated the name to a brand new level for me.


      Comment by montucky — August 17, 2013 @ 8:47 pm

  6. Those 2 tall pines are growing interestingly. What a beautiful view! That camera was a very good choice.


    Comment by Candace — August 17, 2013 @ 4:12 pm

    • Yes, the little camera has earned a place in my equipment, but the D80 is still my favorite. I carried both on this trip and returned with 120 photos from the L610 and 130 from the D80. I am pleasantly surprised at how well the little one does when I compare the photos. On future trips when I am pretty well assured that there will be awesome scenes, I will carry both cameras now though. I plan to post lots of the photos and a few for direct comparison.


      Comment by montucky — August 17, 2013 @ 8:52 pm

  7. Beautiful. I’d like to explore its shores.


    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — August 17, 2013 @ 5:02 pm

    • I’m already planning to to just that next summer as soon as the snow is off the trail, which should be about mid-July, to see what kinds of flowers live there. I think it will be overwhelming!


      Comment by montucky — August 17, 2013 @ 8:54 pm

  8. My eye’s getting trained. I can see at least five varieties of flowers, and maybe six. What a rich environment!


    Comment by shoreacres — August 17, 2013 @ 8:40 pm

    • There are at least a dozen late-season flowers still blooming there. I can only imagine what it will be like when I visit earlier next summer. That area receives the most annual precipitation of any place in Montana and it really shows in the number of high country lakes and in the plant life. The soil is actually very shallow and rocky but produces some huge cedars and absolutely lush shrubbery and other trees. At the lake there were some of the largest huckleberries that I’ve seen and along the stream there were serviceberries nearly as large as marbles. (I ate my fill!)


      Comment by montucky — August 17, 2013 @ 8:58 pm

  9. Wow, what a breathtaking view…truly amazing. There are no words that does this justice.


    Comment by Charlie@Seattle Trekker — August 18, 2013 @ 1:00 am

    • It seems that the Cabinet Wilderness is packed full of scenery like this. I am so glad that I finally got around to visiting there. I will post many more photos from this trip and hope to make another in the following week. Thank goodness for the cameras we have now because, as you said, I can’t find words sufficient to describe the scenes.


      Comment by montucky — August 18, 2013 @ 10:30 pm

  10. WOW!! What a gorgeous landscape.


    Comment by Sue — August 18, 2013 @ 12:35 pm

    • That Wilderness is a real treasure. I wish more folks could see it, especially the younger ones. Despite its wilderness designation and the protections that is supposed to provide, I wonder how long it will remain in its present state.


      Comment by montucky — August 18, 2013 @ 10:33 pm

  11. The view before the shoreline…breathtaking!


    Comment by dhphotosite — August 19, 2013 @ 1:04 pm

    • The plant life there is incredible.Where I live, only about 70 miles away, it is much drier this time of year and the grasses have long since turned brown. In these mountains, there is plenty of water and the vegetation is lush.


      Comment by montucky — August 19, 2013 @ 7:31 pm

  12. I really enjoy your blogg, and for each time, my desire grows to visit Montana… // Maria 🙂


    Comment by mariayarri — August 20, 2013 @ 7:26 am

    • Thanks Maria. Lately I have been visiting a new area in the wilderness. It is so beautiful there!


      Comment by montucky — August 20, 2013 @ 9:50 am

  13. I love the small path which leads closer to the lake. I guess that if I would be there my trip would be slow, because I should to stop in so many places to enjoy the beauty of the nature.


    Comment by Sartenada — August 21, 2013 @ 11:41 pm

    • My hike is slow in places like that too, Matti. There is so much to see and enjoy. Going slow like that is enjoyable, but also permits me to climb some long, steep hills without getting too tired out.


      Comment by montucky — August 22, 2013 @ 8:28 pm

  14. Beautiful!


    Comment by Watching Seasons — September 18, 2013 @ 6:54 am

    • I think so too. Next trip up there I will spend the night.


      Comment by montucky — September 18, 2013 @ 9:09 pm

  15. The photos you put in this blog are absolutely grand! Each one of them! Thanks for sharing it with the world…


    Comment by oawritingspoemspaintings — October 16, 2013 @ 1:23 pm

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