Montana Outdoors

September 27, 2013

Mushrooms along the Mt Headley trail

These were photographed on September 10th along the Mt Headley trail in the Cube Iron/Silcox Roadless Area at elevations between 6000 and 7000 feet. It had rained heavily several days before.

Mushrooms along the Mt. Headley Trail

Mushrooms along the Mt. Headley Trail

Mushrooms along the Mt. Headley Trail

Mushrooms along the Mt. Headley Trail

Mushrooms along the Mt. Headley Trail

Mushrooms along the Mt. Headley Trail

Mushrooms along the Mt. Headley Trail

Mushrooms along the Mt. Headley Trail

Mushrooms along the Mt. Headley Trail

Mushrooms along the Mt. Headley Trail

Mushrooms along the Mt. Headley Trail

Mushrooms along the Mt. Headley Trail

Mushrooms along the Mt. Headley Trail

Mushrooms along the Mt. Headley Trail

Mushrooms along the Mt. Headley Trail

Mushrooms along the Mt. Headley Trail

Yeah, I know, a couple don’t look very appetizing!

September 25, 2013

Rain and rivers

Filed under: Autumn — montucky @ 7:38 pm

Autumn rain and rivers go well together;

Rain on the river

Rain on the river

so do rain jackets and wide-brimmed hats and waterproof boots…

Rain on the river

Rain on the river

and taking wet pictures under an umbrella sky.

wet mushroom

September 24, 2013

Mountain Goat

While seeing mountain goats is a fairly typical part of a visit to Glacier National park, sightings of wild goats in their natural wild habitat outside of the park are not that common at all and so I was pleased to catch a far distant look at one while on a recent visit to Mt Headley in the Cabinet Mountains of western Montana.

While I was sitting at the site of the old fire lookout at the very top of the mountain enjoying the views and eating my lunch, a very tiny speck of white on another mountain about a mile and a half to the north caught my eye. The arrow in the first photo points to the exact spot. When I set my little P & S camera to maximum zoom, it caught some photos of a goat crossing the lower edge of a cliff on that mountain.

North from Mt. Headley

Mountain goat

Mountain goat

Mountain goat

September 23, 2013

Big Hole ~ September 2013

Filed under: Cabinet Mountains — Tags: , — montucky @ 6:59 pm

Big Hole Lookout trail 368

Big Hole Lookout

Big Hole Lookout

Mission Mountains

The first snow of the season is now on the Mission Mountains.

September 13, 2013

Vermilion night

Filed under: Cabinet Mountains, Sunrise, Sunsets — Tags: , , — montucky @ 8:43 am

Sunset at Vermilion

In the last rays of evening light,  far below at the base of a distant peak, elk began to bugle… soothed by the soft siren sounds of cool winds tumbling through the hemlocks… spellbound for hours by stars so bright and dense that a needle-wand of light could not fit between them, sleep came slowly to a soft bed of fir needles, on a high ridge, in a place called “Vermilion”.

Then morning came, gentle and easy, through a saddle to the east,

Dawn at Vermilion

and within the hour, wolves sang.

September 10, 2013

Mount Headley ~ Cube Iron/Silcox roadless area

Mount Headley

~ Just before noon today ~

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