Montana Outdoors

October 9, 2013

7000

Filed under: Baldy Mountain roadless area — Tags: , — montucky @ 5:01 pm

7000

At 7000 feet in the Baldy Mountain Roadless Area today about noon.

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  1. That’s a gorgeous photo. We saw snow in the higher elevations as we drove through mid-eastern Montana on I-90/94 yesterday. It was pretty, but nothing like this photo of yours. Beautiful warm day at the lower elevations today.

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — October 9, 2013 @ 5:08 pm

    • It was warm here today too. The wind was a little chilly at the top of the mountain though.

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      Comment by montucky — October 9, 2013 @ 6:42 pm

  2. I have to add that the detail on the rocks and the frost or snow on the trees makes this photo really special.

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — October 9, 2013 @ 5:09 pm

    • Yes, the sun really made the snow stand out, didn’t it!

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      Comment by montucky — October 9, 2013 @ 6:43 pm

  3. Reblogged this on KMSRAJ51-Always Positive Thinker.

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    Comment by kmsraj51 — October 9, 2013 @ 5:30 pm

  4. Man, that tree looks tortured!

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    Comment by jomegat — October 9, 2013 @ 5:44 pm

  5. Now here’s a silly question. Is it possible that the snow is melting on the trees from the ground up because the land is warmer than the air? I couldn’t figure out why the photo looked so unusual to me, and then I decided it’s because I would have expected more snow on the green cedar (?) and less on the bare branches. Whatever the answer, it’s a gorgeous photo, and especially nice to look at now that our brief cool snap (down to 59F one night!) is over.

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    Comment by shoreacres — October 9, 2013 @ 6:45 pm

    • I couldn’t say why the trees look that way, but the white is partly from snow and mostly from hoarfrost. It will do some very strange things. The snow had drifted over parts of the trail, two feet deep in a few places.

      Today at our house at 2450 feet the high temp was 54. It was much colder at 7000 feet. There was no sign of the snow melting.

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      Comment by montucky — October 9, 2013 @ 6:59 pm

      • I never think about hoarfrost! I’ve lived away from snow for such a long time now, I can’t make all those distinctions. It’s either “snow” or “not-snow”! 😉

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        Comment by shoreacres — October 9, 2013 @ 7:02 pm

        • It will take me a little time to adjust this year. Fortunately I always carry warmth in my pack or I would have been cold today.

          In just a matter of days, our temperatures changed from daily highs in the 90’s and nightly lows in the 50’s to daily highs in the 50’s and nightly lows in the 20’s and 30’s. The wind today was cold!

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          Comment by montucky — October 9, 2013 @ 7:09 pm

  6. Do you get used to the high elevation on the walk up that high, in terms of having trouble breathing? I remember Pike’s Peak when I was a kid, but it didn’t take long to get used to it. Being so high is like being a giant and looking down on all creation! LoL! =)

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    Comment by Tricia — October 9, 2013 @ 7:23 pm

    • It takes me a few trips above 6000 feet to start getting used to the thinner air. The daily training that I do, even at lower elevations, helps though, with lung capacity and general fitness.

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      Comment by montucky — October 9, 2013 @ 7:27 pm

  7. The Farmer’s Almanac says we’re supposed to have an especially cold winter. This looks serene, though.

    Malcolm

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    Comment by Malcolm R. Campbell — October 9, 2013 @ 7:30 pm

    • I don’t especially care for deep cold, but in these parts we need some very much to kill some of the beetles that have been killing so many trees. I look forward to a lot of snow though this winter. It would be about time for it again.

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      Comment by montucky — October 9, 2013 @ 7:58 pm

  8. Absolutely stunning!!! You have some great adventures 🙂 I wanted to say thank you as well, for your comment last week. It really meant a lot to us.

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    Comment by The Lonely Dogs — October 9, 2013 @ 7:45 pm

    • Thank you! This trip was very close to home.
      We share a love for dogs. My companion went with me today and is now asleep close to me breathing the deep breaths of a well-earned deep sleep. She is 12 but shows her age only during a good sleep after a hard day.

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      Comment by montucky — October 9, 2013 @ 8:01 pm

  9. Lovely. Bet it was crisp up there.

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    Comment by Candace — October 9, 2013 @ 8:00 pm

    • Crisp it was. The sun wanted to warm things, but a brisk breeze changed all of that. It was a wonderful place in which to be today!

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      Comment by montucky — October 9, 2013 @ 8:03 pm

  10. Hi Montucky, Pretty scene. The snow and that snaggy tree are lovely. Have a super nice day tomorrow!

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    Comment by wildlifewatcher — October 9, 2013 @ 8:22 pm

  11. One of your favorite subjects again I see! Standing there almost ageless, bent but not broken. Thanks for sharing I enjoyed it as always.

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    Comment by Ron Mangels — October 9, 2013 @ 8:35 pm

    • Hi Ron!
      Yes, I admire trees in general and especially those that withstand very harsh conditions. They are amazing life forms; if only they could talk!

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      Comment by montucky — October 9, 2013 @ 9:09 pm

  12. If trees could talk. A powerful image!

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    Comment by twoscamps — October 9, 2013 @ 9:16 pm

    • If only they could! Trees, for me, tend to tie together large spans of our natural history. Most of the old trees on this mountain saw periods of history centuries before I was able to walk up there and visit them. And then I sit by them and wonder, hoping that some day they will talk to me.

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      Comment by montucky — October 9, 2013 @ 9:41 pm

  13. Wow, those trees look almost surreal! What an incredible photo.

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    Comment by Jo Woolf — October 10, 2013 @ 12:08 am

    • Near the very top of that mountain it is very rocky with few trees. There is nearly always a wind and the conditions are harsh. Still, some trees grow, but without the protection of a forest they show the effects of the wind and cold and unbroken sun.

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      Comment by montucky — October 10, 2013 @ 8:37 am

  14. So beautiful. I love the trees. Thank you, Ellen

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    Comment by Ellen Grace Olinger — October 10, 2013 @ 1:52 am

  15. Wow, great photo of a stunning landscape! … // Maria 🙂

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    Comment by mariayarri — October 10, 2013 @ 2:25 am

    • It is nearly always pretty up there, different each time. I will post many more from there.

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      Comment by montucky — October 10, 2013 @ 8:39 am

  16. All you need is that tree. It tells the viewer that you were quite high up. It must have roots that grow half way to China.

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    Comment by New Hampshire Gardener — October 10, 2013 @ 4:24 am

    • Over the last decade I have collected hundreds of photos of trees like that in that area. They are awesome!

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      Comment by montucky — October 10, 2013 @ 8:39 am

  17. That is one gorgeous photograph and a pretty fine place to be at noon on any day …

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    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — October 10, 2013 @ 8:24 am

    • That is a place that I can visit often until snow closes the road to the trail head, and I visit there often. The trick is to guess what the weather will be up there. Yesterday from the valley, the top of the mountain was not visible because of clouds. I guessed it would be clear above the clouds and I was right. I will post more photos from there from yesterday’s hike.

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      Comment by montucky — October 10, 2013 @ 8:43 am

  18. Being on top of the world certainly has great views!

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    Comment by dhphotosite — October 10, 2013 @ 10:09 am

    • Sure does! That bare-topped mountain is a treasure for views!

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      Comment by montucky — October 10, 2013 @ 10:11 am

  19. Gorgeous photo. I love especially those trees in Your photo.

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    Comment by Sartenada — October 10, 2013 @ 11:15 pm

    • Thanks Matti. There is a large number of them across the top of the mountain and they change costumes with the seasons.

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      Comment by montucky — October 11, 2013 @ 9:55 am

  20. Beautiful sights … but I am not ready for snow.

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    Comment by bearyweather — October 13, 2013 @ 8:28 am

    • The clouds lifted yesterday and the south slope of the mountain is visible and snow-free. I know the north side though will still have plenty. Winter is nearly upon us.

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      Comment by montucky — October 13, 2013 @ 8:58 am


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