Montana Outdoors

December 8, 2013

Framed by the clouds

Filed under: Baldy Mountain roadless area — Tags: , — montucky @ 12:38 am

Framed by clouds

Over the eight years that I have maintained this blog I have mostly posted photos and/or stories in the current timeframe.

Because of a temporary (and very disconcerting) lack of mobility I have been unable to produce much new and fresh material. That is discouraging to me, but upon perusing my photo library, I have come to believe that there are still some photos there that some folks might find enjoyable, and I have decided that I will post some of them until I’m able to get out and about to a larger extent. I hope that you will find them interesting or enjoyable.


  1. In the dead tree group at the center of your photo, the tallest one is obviously pointing the way forward. However, the young tree man behind him (on the left) is not paying attention. He is holding up a fish with one branch hand, and attempting to hang onto a wildly frozen tree lady with the other. Montana truly is a wonderfully beautiful and mysterious place!


    Comment by Mary Strong-Spaid — December 8, 2013 @ 1:28 am

    • I like the story that you have seen! Is it really a wonder that the native Indians developed so many different beliefs concerning what they saw in these mountains? It is easy to become a party to visions and spirituality unknown to those who live only in the cities.


      Comment by montucky — December 8, 2013 @ 1:38 am

  2. Interesting and enjoyable 🙂


    Comment by Dana S. Hugh — December 8, 2013 @ 2:53 am

  3. I love Mary’s story and your response …
    I’m sorry to hear of your challenge. Take care and I will enjoy seeing photos yet unseen to me and even those re-veiwed. I always am inspired by their beauty and your love of the real world.


    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — December 8, 2013 @ 7:26 am

    • Thank you Teresa. By my best estimate I have posted about 5200 photos. There are another 13000 in my library. I will try to pick the best ones.


      Comment by montucky — December 8, 2013 @ 9:11 am

  4. Dear Montucky,
    Thank you for continuing to post your photos and commentary. I’ve been living in Montana for a year and I started “following” you shortly after the move here from the Deep South. I have fallen in love with my adopted state and your pictures are a window into some of the most stunning landscapes that are all fresh and new to me. I look forward to all your posts. I appreciate the time you take and wish you well!


    Comment by Denise Montgomery — December 8, 2013 @ 7:51 am

    • Thank you Denise, for your kind comment. I really appreciate the encouragement.
      This is indeed a beautiful part of the world and I have always thought that it would be good to show folks who are interested some of the scenes that cannot be seen from the highways. Doing so has magnified and extended my love for the back country and increased my awe at what nature is all about. I realize how fortunate I am to be able to do this!


      Comment by montucky — December 8, 2013 @ 9:17 am

  5. I never get tired of seeing these scraggly old trees that have fought the wind for so long up on those mountan tops. it says a lot for putting down good strong roots. I hope that knee heals quickly. It’s amazing what the docs can do with them these days.


    Comment by New Hampshire Gardener — December 8, 2013 @ 7:59 am

    • I think there is a unique kind of respect that is reserved for trees, and these in particular.


      Comment by montucky — December 8, 2013 @ 9:18 am

  6. I hope you are OK! Take good care!


    Comment by roberta — December 8, 2013 @ 8:16 am

    • Thank you Roberta! I’m fine and am looking to better times in a month or so.


      Comment by montucky — December 8, 2013 @ 9:19 am

  7. Love those clouds!


    Comment by aarontheisen — December 8, 2013 @ 9:22 am

    • Me too, Aaron. Being right up there with them is a very special treat!


      Comment by montucky — December 8, 2013 @ 9:36 pm

  8. Just remember – many of us who’ve come more recently to your blog will find much of what you post from the archives entirely new. Besides – do we listen to a favorite piece of music only once, or read a book just once? I have books I re-read every year, and music that I may listen to daily for a period of time.

    There are even two or three posts I’ve put up every year, like the Cat Carols at Christmastime. People seem to enjoy them, even on a second or third go-around. I think the word that applies is “tradition”.

    This one certainly is beautiful. I like the contrast between the stark, almost harsh trees, and the ethereal clouds. So lovely!


    Comment by shoreacres — December 8, 2013 @ 10:45 am

    • Thanks Linda! I still have lots of photos that have never been posted. Often on a hike I will bring back 150 photos and post only a dozen. Many of the others aren’t bad either and I will draw on those. I enjoy reminiscing anyway. There are so many good memories!


      Comment by montucky — December 8, 2013 @ 9:40 pm

  9. This is stunning! I don’t mind you posting older pics at all! However, I do hope you are more mobile very soon.


    Comment by Jo Woolf — December 8, 2013 @ 11:07 am

    • Thanks Jo. I will seldom post a photo that has been used before. I think I might make a series of posts of the various roadless areas in this area for those who didn’t see the first series.


      Comment by montucky — December 8, 2013 @ 9:43 pm

  10. Hope you can become more mobile soon, but in the meantime all the photos are always very
    nice and as I no longer can get out into the “woods”, they are well received here.Nature is a
    wonderful teacher for me.Thank you..


    Comment by Frances Dchenck — December 8, 2013 @ 11:18 am

    • Thank you, Frances! I have plenty of photos that have never been on the blog and I will continue to post from that collection just as a celebration of nature and our Montana Outdoors.


      Comment by montucky — December 8, 2013 @ 9:45 pm

  11. Hi Montucky, Very pretty scene. Especially nice and appropriate with the WordPress snow falling down on the photo. Warm and partly sunny here in central FL. Have a really fine week ahead and a very pleasant day!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — December 8, 2013 @ 11:28 am

    • Thanks Wildlifewatcher. We could use a few degrees of your temperatures. It is expected to warm up after tonight and I will like that. Right now it is -1.


      Comment by montucky — December 8, 2013 @ 9:48 pm

  12. You must have tons of great photos stockpiled. We don’t mind seeing them one bit! They’re beautiful.


    Comment by wordsfromanneli — December 8, 2013 @ 12:27 pm

    • Thanks for the encouragement Anneli! I will start reminiscing and selecting some from my library.


      Comment by montucky — December 8, 2013 @ 9:49 pm

  13. Absolutely beautiful! You could repost all your photos and I would still very much enjoy viewing them!


    Comment by Anonymous — December 8, 2013 @ 1:17 pm

    • Thanks you. You are very kind! I still have thousands of photos that I have never used.


      Comment by montucky — December 8, 2013 @ 9:50 pm

  14. I sure hope you’re feeling better soon Terry. I love reading your blog and looking at your photos, but given the choice between me seeing your blog and you feeling better, I’d have you feel better!


    Comment by jomegat — December 8, 2013 @ 5:53 pm

    • Thanks! I appreciate your thoughts! I’m quite sure that this problem is fixable and hopefully very soon. I have a long history of recovering from injury at a rapid rate!


      Comment by montucky — December 8, 2013 @ 9:52 pm

  15. What a wonderful view, Terry.
    I’m sure there are many more beautiful images in your archives for us to look forward to, but I’m sorry to hear your mobility has been compromised – hope it’s not too serious and you’re able to get out and about again soon.
    Best Wishes,


    Comment by Vicki (from Victoria A Photography) — December 8, 2013 @ 6:43 pm

    • Thank you Vicki! I’ve started looking through the archives and the memories of those trips are wonderful to refresh! Yes, there are a lot of quite nice photos that have just been sitting there unused.


      Comment by montucky — December 8, 2013 @ 9:54 pm

  16. Terry, this is a beautiful photo of the Cloud Frame. I can only imagine the number of photos and memories you must have. Isn’t it wonderful to look back? I do hope that you are soon back in your hiking boots. That must be tough. Sending good thoughts your way. Maureen


    Comment by twoscamps — December 8, 2013 @ 6:49 pm

    • Thank you Maureen! Yes, I’ll be back on the trails again, hopefully soon enough to make a trip or two on snowshoes. My boots have a new coat of boot grease and they’re ready.
      Currently I am being fascinated at how much memory I retain of each of those older photos! Those are very good memories!
      In the mean time I have about 13000 photos that have never been published.


      Comment by montucky — December 8, 2013 @ 10:02 pm

  17. I enjoy all of your pictures thanks fro sharing.hope you get your mobility back.


    Comment by jeff price from superior mt — December 8, 2013 @ 7:54 pm

    • Thanks Jeff! I’ll keep posting photos. I hope next summer to do some hiking in your neck of the woods too. You know, there is so muc beautiful country in western Montana!


      Comment by montucky — December 8, 2013 @ 10:03 pm

  18. You know what? You could post the same photos over and over again and I’d still love them and enjoy looking at them. Since I haven’t followed your blog for 8 years, I know I’m going to see some treasures I didn’t know I missed. Hope you will soon be all fixed up and mobile again.


    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — December 9, 2013 @ 10:52 am

    • Thanks! I’m happy to hear that! I do have a lot of photos that have never been used, just sitting in the library.


      Comment by montucky — December 9, 2013 @ 11:24 am

  19. That’s beautiful, Terry…and I think I’ve only seen the past year or two of your images, so you keep digging into the library if you need to…I’ll be here enjoying what you find. 🙂


    Comment by seekraz — December 11, 2013 @ 7:37 am

    • Thanks Scott. I still have lots of photos that I like but haven’t yet used.


      Comment by montucky — December 11, 2013 @ 9:21 am

      • You’re welcome…and I thought you might. 🙂


        Comment by seekraz — December 11, 2013 @ 11:08 am

  20. I’m sure there are a ton of great photos in those 13,000 unseen ones. It’s good to have a reserve to choose from. I’m low on them myself right now but it’s because it’s dark when I get home every night and I don’t have enough time in the morning to get any shots cuz I’m always in a hurry. So that only leaves weekends and I didn’t get any last weekend…We’ll all enjoy seeing your reserve until you’re back in action again…which I’m sure won’t be soon enough for you.


    Comment by Candace — December 11, 2013 @ 7:41 pm

    • It’s kind of a bummer when you can’t get out and encounter something to photograph! Today I resurrected an old pair of crutches and did get in a walk of about 3 miles on them. After a month of having very little activity, it was a pleasure, especially with the snow and cold air!


      Comment by montucky — December 11, 2013 @ 7:49 pm

      • Wow, it’s not many people that walk 3 miles on crutches…by choice!


        Comment by Candace — December 11, 2013 @ 7:55 pm

  21. Do not give up. I really love Your photos, landscapes, life which You describe in Your post and letting me to know the part of world which has been unknown to me, but which I start to know slowly. You have done great work. BTW, I have been blogging now 4 years.

    All the best to You Terry.


    Comment by Sartenada — December 13, 2013 @ 12:22 am

    • It’s amazing and wonderful, the vistas that open up through blogging! Despite the harsh nastiness of the world at large, the world of blogging has been one of respect and understanding and affection. I’m so glad that you and I and so many others have discovered it and taken it to our hearts!


      Comment by montucky — December 13, 2013 @ 12:49 am

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