Montana Outdoors

October 3, 2013

Lake Creek exiting Geiger Lake

Lake Creek exiting Geiger Lake

Cabinet Mountains Wilderness


  1. Beautiful and very very cold!


    Comment by twoscamps — October 3, 2013 @ 10:05 pm

    • It is cooling off, but I’m still hoping for an Indian summer. It was very lucky that day because the clouds didn’t cover all of the peaks above the lake, and although it rained, sleeted and snowed, there was enough visibility for some photographs.


      Comment by montucky — October 4, 2013 @ 7:10 pm

  2. Lovely photo. There are so many elements in this photo which make it very interesting. In addition to wild forest, river, my attention is captured by mountains surrounded by clouds.


    Comment by Sartenada — October 3, 2013 @ 11:13 pm

    • Yes Matti, all of the elements of the wild country were present that day!


      Comment by montucky — October 4, 2013 @ 7:11 pm

  3. It has the raw, humid feeling of this season. Nice photo.


    Comment by bentehaarstad — October 4, 2013 @ 3:50 am

    • It was raw that day. The previous night’s snow had melted under a deluge of rain and the forest was saturated!


      Comment by montucky — October 4, 2013 @ 7:12 pm

  4. I can smell the wetness and feel the mist … lovely


    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — October 4, 2013 @ 7:14 am

    • It was a good day for waterproof boots and a good poncho!


      Comment by montucky — October 4, 2013 @ 7:14 pm

  5. Burrrrrrrrrrr. Beautiful but I can feel the chill in the air.


    Comment by anniespickns — October 4, 2013 @ 7:28 am

    • It was cold at the trail head especially, very damp. The trail was steep enough that we generated heat and stopped several times to adjust clothing to the conditions. At the lake it was easy to forget everything but the beauty of the place.


      Comment by montucky — October 4, 2013 @ 7:16 pm

  6. Hi Montucky, What a really beautiful photograph! The spot you took that picture at isn’t bad, either! Have a great day!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — October 4, 2013 @ 8:37 am

    • Thanks wildlifewatcher! I saw enough on that brief visit to make me decide to visit there another time when I can spend a few days.


      Comment by montucky — October 4, 2013 @ 7:17 pm

  7. I really liked the angle you took this from. There are so many elements that appeal to me, I can’t pick just one, from the foggy background to the forest and creek, it all just spells ‘refreshing.’ It’s kind of like taking a mini-retreat right from my computer screen. πŸ™‚


    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — October 4, 2013 @ 11:27 am

    • That’s what I enjoy most in the back country; the totality of the setting, the country much the same as it was thousands of years past. It is an overwhelming feeling to hike up there and just dissolve into the natural world that we are getting farther and farther away from.


      Comment by montucky — October 4, 2013 @ 7:21 pm

  8. You and I stick almost entirely to nature in our photography blogs, but the comment you left on The Task at Hand about “the corrupt herd of jackals that we call a ‘government'” was a departure that caught my attention. There’s much to be said for being away from that herd and out in the wilderness instead, in a place like the one in your picture.


    Comment by Steve Schwartzman — October 4, 2013 @ 4:15 pm

    • You are right, Steve. My sanity depends on the existence of wilderness places. I live in a state that has a long history of ravaging the substance of the natural world for the enrichment of a few. The political stratum here still supports the exploiters, even to the extent that they have a thorough hatred for anyone who they call an environmentalist. Their insistence on attacking and capitalizing on what they call our “natural resources” will eventually lead to the extinction of our species, and I cannot feel comfortable with accepting that.


      Comment by montucky — October 4, 2013 @ 7:29 pm

  9. Looks like it was a damp day. I saw on the weather map that you’re getting more snow-and a lot of it, by the sounds of it.


    Comment by New Hampshire Gardener — October 4, 2013 @ 4:20 pm

    • There was quite a weather front that swept through here. The forecast for the night before we made this hike called for 8 inches of snow at the lake level, but only some of that happened. The front then moved on east and south and and pretty much buried South Dakota and Wyoming in snow. We do have snow at all of the high elevations now.


      Comment by montucky — October 4, 2013 @ 7:32 pm

  10. These beautiful photos make me want to spend a cold misty day outdoors in the wilderness!!


    Comment by Julie — October 4, 2013 @ 5:17 pm

    • If you have the opportunity Julie, by all means do it! But be careful and stay safe!


      Comment by montucky — October 4, 2013 @ 7:33 pm

  11. Love the way you caught the season , i can almost feel the cold and the clear air …
    ItΒ΄s always a pleasure to look at your photos … // Maria πŸ™‚


    Comment by mariayarri — October 5, 2013 @ 4:27 am

    • Thanks Maria. Yes, it was cold and clear, very pure water and air there. It was the first touch of winter. I wish I lived closer so that I could visit there more often.


      Comment by montucky — October 5, 2013 @ 9:50 pm

  12. Very lush amidst the dampness. Pretty.


    Comment by Candace — October 5, 2013 @ 1:24 pm

    • The precipitation levels there are quite a bit more than in the valley where I live and it supports a lot of vegetation. It is also much cooler. The soil however is shallow and rocky. It is interesting to see so much difference in the types of trees there.


      Comment by montucky — October 5, 2013 @ 9:56 pm

  13. It’s a rare day when everything is saturated – sky, trees, earth, rocks. You photo captures it beautifully. It’s funny – some people have said it looks chilly or cold. To me it just looks fresh, and clean. I can imagine a scent of wet wood and not-quite-rotting leaves – like laundry day in the woods.


    Comment by shoreacres — October 5, 2013 @ 8:44 pm

    • It was fresh and clean alright: it just got pretty thoroughly washed! Give me that atmosphere any time! It will be cold there later in the winter and the snow will be deep. I plan to try to access at least some of the wilderness this winter, but I don’t know how much I will be able to do. Fifty years ago, well…


      Comment by montucky — October 5, 2013 @ 10:00 pm

  14. Beautiful, with or without snow.


    Comment by wordsfromanneli — October 6, 2013 @ 5:27 pm

  15. absolutely gorgeous!!


    Comment by Tammie — October 7, 2013 @ 9:08 pm

    • I had not visited the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness before this summer and I have really gotten to love it. The whole wilderness is just packed with beautiful scenery.


      Comment by montucky — October 7, 2013 @ 10:31 pm

  16. Stunning view ! Love it πŸ™‚


    Comment by niki — October 10, 2013 @ 5:38 am

  17. Makes me want to get my boots on !



    Comment by David A Lockwood — October 19, 2013 @ 10:06 am

    • Me too! That days was a wet one and I’m champing at the bit to go again. Probably have to wait for spring though now.


      Comment by montucky — October 20, 2013 @ 8:42 pm

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