Montana Outdoors

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


  1. I can almost feel the cool, fresh outdoors, especially in the mushroom picture. I love the way you’ve used the pines to frame the first photo. Nicely done.


    Comment by wordsfromanneli — September 25, 2013 @ 7:48 pm

    • That’s a favorite spot on the river. It’s a short hike and the trees provide protection from the elements but allow visibility of the river and associated wildlife activity.


      Comment by montucky — September 25, 2013 @ 7:57 pm

  2. Rivers and pictures of rivers always attract my attention. Great stuff.



    Comment by knightofswords — September 25, 2013 @ 7:50 pm

    • This one is a great river. Last week we dined on a nice big trout that came from there. I’ve fished it for over 60 years.


      Comment by montucky — September 25, 2013 @ 7:59 pm

  3. “There is no such thing as bad weather. Only inadequate clothing.” I don’t know who said that, but I liked it, and thought of it when I read your post. 🙂


    Comment by jomegat — September 25, 2013 @ 7:57 pm

    • I’m a believer in that too, and include basic equipment in the same category. Bad weather days around home are great for testing the basics that I carry in my pack. Last winter I spent some time under that tree in a snow storm and actually had a relaxing nap under my poncho. Today a small umbrella did pretty well.


      Comment by montucky — September 25, 2013 @ 8:08 pm

  4. We had rain last week, and it was wonderful to smell the freshness. How anyone can call rain “gloomy” I don’t know. I’ve always liked rain and fog, and in a place as beautiful as this, it would be doubly enjoyable. Wonderful photos, especially the pine “framing”. At first, I thought your mushroom was a soaking wet bird!


    Comment by shoreacres — September 25, 2013 @ 8:27 pm

    • I have always loved rain and fog and snow and heavy weather. It’s a beautiful part of life on this planet. Were it not for these things, there would be no life here.


      Comment by montucky — September 25, 2013 @ 8:59 pm

  5. I love your shots through the pines to pull them together with the river to create the them of your photos…well done.


    Comment by Charlie@Seattle Trekker — September 25, 2013 @ 9:34 pm

    • I wander down there frequently and shelter under those trees to watch the happenings along the river, the eagles and ospreys fishing, beavers in the water, waterfowl on the wing and in their nests.. all the important stuff that gives the river its life.


      Comment by montucky — September 25, 2013 @ 9:38 pm

  6. I, too, especially like that first shot through the pines. Looks like a fun place to wander as I would love to watch (and photograph) all those animals and the happenings along the river. It’s always about the water, isn’t it, everyone goes there eventually.


    Comment by Candace — September 26, 2013 @ 12:49 am

    • Yes, water is of the utmost importance. I’m thankful that I can see this river every day and listen to the rapids on calm summer nights.


      Comment by montucky — September 26, 2013 @ 8:43 am

  7. Great photos of autumn ! … I have the opposite weather here today … Minus -2 degrees Celsius and sunny, not a cloud in sight … So i probably take Yarri out for a photo walk … // Maria 🙂


    Comment by mariayarri — September 26, 2013 @ 2:01 am

    • We have +2 degrees Celsius this morning and looks like a little sun too. I can see new snow on the mountain tops in the distance.


      Comment by montucky — September 26, 2013 @ 8:46 am

  8. Now come the mushrooms.


    Comment by New Hampshire Gardener — September 26, 2013 @ 4:31 am

    • There should be plenty in this small window between the heat and the snow.


      Comment by montucky — September 26, 2013 @ 8:47 am

  9. Very nice, Terry…I can almost smell it out there.


    Comment by seekraz — September 26, 2013 @ 6:57 am

    • Soon the brush will be turning color. The aspens near the house are already getting a little lime-green color to them.


      Comment by montucky — September 26, 2013 @ 8:49 am

      • Have been seeing the same here, Terry. Will be heading further into it on Saturday, up to around 9,400 ft…will see what it looks like up there.


        Comment by seekraz — September 26, 2013 @ 9:20 am

        • I’ll look forward to some pictures from there!


          Comment by montucky — September 26, 2013 @ 8:10 pm

          • We’ve had some snow waaay up in the mountains with the rain and much cooler temps over the last two days, so we might find a bit of snow up there, as well. I should have some pix posted on Sunday or Monday at the latest…. 🙂


            Comment by seekraz — September 26, 2013 @ 8:33 pm

  10. And, creeks and streams. Oh yes, fall is upon us. Love this post.


    Comment by anniespickns — September 26, 2013 @ 7:51 am

    • Yes, the streams seem to have an extra sparkle to them. I’m looking forward to a trip next week where the trail follows a stream up to a high lake. Amazing things exist near water!


      Comment by montucky — September 26, 2013 @ 8:51 am

  11. yes, it has been a wet world lately
    enjoyed your series of photos ~


    Comment by Tammie — September 26, 2013 @ 2:05 pm

  12. Glad you’ve gotten some rain. I’ll bet the river is happy too. 🙂


    Comment by twoscamps — September 26, 2013 @ 4:11 pm

    • The river has come up only slightly, but even that is good. We have done better down here than in the Bitterroot River valley though. Lolo Creek completely dried up. Today I could see snow on the higher mountains all around.


      Comment by montucky — September 26, 2013 @ 8:13 pm

  13. Great photos; Love those sceneries. My opinion is that sometimes it is “refreshing” to see rainy photos. Your words: “taking wet pictures under an umbrella” sounded in my ears so familiar, because if You remember some of my posts presenting Poor-man statues, it was raining nearly every day on my photographic tour.


    Comment by Sartenada — September 26, 2013 @ 11:18 pm

    • Thanks Matti. I love the rain, love to be out in it and love to take pictures when it is raining. Rain is something to be cherished!


      Comment by montucky — September 27, 2013 @ 8:01 pm

  14. Hi Montucky, Your rain pictures are great! Love the river shots. Today should be a fairly nice day here in my area of Florida. Two days ago we had severe thunderstorms and it was very hard to find a bird out anywhere. Today the birds are out but silent due to Mr. Hawk patrolling the neighborhood shrieking his presence. Have a super good day today!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — September 27, 2013 @ 6:30 am

    • Starting soon, your weather and my weather will be very, very different!
      We are seeing hundreds of flocks of birds now, all stopping by on their way south. A dozen flocks of Robins have visited in just the last few days. I will miss them during the winter.


      Comment by montucky — September 27, 2013 @ 8:03 pm

  15. Nice!! We’re enjoying blue skies here lately (for a change as it’s been rainy, rainy and more rainy most of the summer).


    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — September 27, 2013 @ 10:59 am

    • Here we are enjoying the rain and cooler weather. Overnight we went from days that were 15 degrees above normal to days that are 10 degrees below normal with snow on the mountain tops. I like cooler a whole lot better than the heat!


      Comment by montucky — September 27, 2013 @ 8:05 pm

  16. Really love your pictures…the first one is my favorite !


    Comment by niki — October 10, 2013 @ 5:42 am

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