Montana Outdoors

March 28, 2015

As the ice and snow of winter depart…

Filed under: Spring Creek — Tags: , — montucky @ 8:42 pm

It was so nice yesterday to walk on a forest trail, once again among the green.

USFS trail 370 Spring Creek

USFS trail 370 Spring Creek

USFS trail 370 Spring Creek

Spring Creek

Spring Creek

Spring Creek

Spring Creek

Spring Creek

Spring Creek

Spring Creek

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  1. Hi Montucky, Awesome! Nothing more to say about it. Have a fantastic coming week!

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    Comment by wildlifewatcher — March 28, 2015 @ 8:46 pm

  2. How I would love to explore these woods! Your beautiful pictures make them seem very enticing. How lovely it must be for you to walk amongst some “green” after such a long, cold winter. Looking forward to seeing your spring. Enjoy.

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    Comment by Jane — March 28, 2015 @ 9:46 pm

    • There are many trails here that you would enjoy. This one climbs through a deep shaded canyon that is cool even in the warmest days of summer. Fortunately it is close enough to be an easy refuge from the summer heat. What really stood out yesterday was the smell of the cedars, pines and firs after not having those scents around during the winter.

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      Comment by montucky — March 28, 2015 @ 10:40 pm

  3. Wow..that is a whole lot of beauty…

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    Comment by Mother Hen — March 28, 2015 @ 9:48 pm

    • It is a very pleasant to be just about any time. Wildflowers will begin blooming there in a few weeks and various species will go through their blooming seasons until October, there there is always a good reason to visit there (besides to get away from the heat in late summer).

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      Comment by montucky — March 28, 2015 @ 10:46 pm

  4. Looks like a very restful place for a walk.

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    Comment by Malcolm R. Campbell — March 28, 2015 @ 11:10 pm

    • It is. It’s close, hardly ever used and full of interesting plants and wildlife, and I visit there often.

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      Comment by montucky — March 29, 2015 @ 8:21 am

  5. How beautiful! It looks cool, refreshing, energising.

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    Comment by Jo Woolf — March 29, 2015 @ 1:25 am

    • It is great when I want a hike as short or long as I want. The upper end reaches a tall peak, but there is the stream and cedar canyon most of the way up.

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      Comment by montucky — March 29, 2015 @ 8:24 am

  6. Nice pictures!

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    Comment by albinsson — March 29, 2015 @ 1:34 am

  7. You didn’t get much snow this winter. It’s still March!

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    Comment by Michael Andrew Just — March 29, 2015 @ 1:34 am

    • We received only about 60% of normal snowfall this year in this region. There is still some pretty good snow pack up higher, but less than normal.

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      Comment by montucky — March 29, 2015 @ 8:26 am

  8. Reblogged this on just a random teenage blog and commented:
    This looks so beautiful 🙂 ❤

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    Comment by justarandomteenagegirl45 — March 29, 2015 @ 3:30 am

  9. Reblogged this on jenseitsvondeutschland.

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    Comment by George Tenner — March 29, 2015 @ 4:47 am

  10. That’s a beautiful spot that looks so summery you wouldn’t think you’d had any winter at all. I wonder if there are any brook trout in that stream.

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    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — March 29, 2015 @ 6:32 am

    • I don’t think there are any fish there. Although the stream runs well all year, toward the end most of it flows underground and the above ground channel is dry in summer. A similar stream a dozen miles away supports good numbers of small trout.

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      Comment by montucky — March 29, 2015 @ 8:29 am

  11. Lovely shots, I believe I’m suffering from forest trail envy!

    Bob

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    Comment by centralohionature — March 29, 2015 @ 6:35 am

    • I understand. It’s the time of year for that! This was one of my first hikes this year.

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      Comment by montucky — March 29, 2015 @ 8:31 am

  12. What a lovely path. Nice series, love it!

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    Comment by bentehaarstad — March 29, 2015 @ 6:38 am

    • Thanks Bente. I’m lucky to have several such trails quite close to home!

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      Comment by montucky — March 29, 2015 @ 8:32 am

  13. It’s nice to see that the creeks are thawing.

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — March 29, 2015 @ 10:51 am

    • I’m just hoping that they will still be flowing come Fall! There are already some fires in eastern Montana.

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      Comment by montucky — March 29, 2015 @ 8:29 pm

      • Wow! That’s early. But I saw that their temperatures were already like summer.

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        Comment by wordsfromanneli — March 29, 2015 @ 9:20 pm

        • I think we’ve had a little more rain here than they have on the east side, but it’s still very dry here. May be a rough summer!

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          Comment by montucky — March 29, 2015 @ 9:25 pm

  14. You are lucky! We had two more inches of snow yesterday in New England. It appears it will never end here and I will never be able to put my house on the market…sigh.

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    Comment by 2ndhalfolife — March 29, 2015 @ 4:39 pm

    • We would love to have that snow here! You folks might just go from winter right into summer this year. Strange cycle of climate this year!

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      Comment by montucky — March 29, 2015 @ 8:31 pm

  15. I can almost smell it out there…..

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    Comment by seekraz — March 29, 2015 @ 5:27 pm

  16. I can feel the quiet of the walk in the cedars and the moss covered trail with the only sound being that of the creek rushing on. Very peaceful and cathartic is my estimation of this group of pictures from your recent trip.

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    Comment by Ron Mangels — March 29, 2015 @ 5:50 pm

    • Exactly, Ron. My son was just a few miles from there today and ran into a herd of 30 elk. this is a wonderful part of the country!

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      Comment by montucky — March 29, 2015 @ 8:35 pm

  17. All wonderful spring photographs but the last one really caught my attention. Simple. Beautiful. Kind of says every thing there is to say about spring in the forest. We’re still buried, buried, buried in snow. Maybe in another couple of weeks we can have scenes such as these.

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    Comment by WildBill — March 30, 2015 @ 12:27 pm

    • The last one is my favorite of the bunch too. There are several miles of those cascades along that trail. Lots of down trees and thick brush, but it’s all natural and old-growth. I’m glad to have it so close to home! Also happy that all kinds of wildlife use the trail.

      You sure received the winter this year and we didn’t. Our streams will suffer along toward fall without the usual deep snow pack in the high country going into summer. There is light snow expected the next couple of days, but it won’t do much to help. I sure enjoy the cool weather though.

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      Comment by montucky — March 30, 2015 @ 7:02 pm

  18. It must have looked and felt so fresh and clean.

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    Comment by Candace — March 31, 2015 @ 10:01 pm

    • It did. There was a lot of duff under the cedars, but in that stretch of trail only a couple of down trees.

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      Comment by montucky — April 1, 2015 @ 1:23 pm

  19. I love the complexity of it all: rocks, algae, ferns, moss, dead branches and twigs, fallen cedar. Well, and the flowing water, too — of course. Like some of the others, I almost can smell it. There’s nothing like the feel of thawed ground underfoot, especially when it’s not ankle-deep in mud!

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    Comment by shoreacres — April 1, 2015 @ 7:01 pm

    • I love all of those things too. It is rare, these days, to look into the past and the present of an area that has not been overly disturbed since the beginning.

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      Comment by montucky — April 1, 2015 @ 8:45 pm

  20. Magical forest walk. My favorite photos are the three first from the top.

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    Comment by Sartenada — April 2, 2015 @ 12:55 am

    • I love those forest trails. One has a different perspective of our world, traveling along them.

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      Comment by montucky — April 2, 2015 @ 9:13 am

  21. Beautiful sights as always. Spring is still being slow in arriving here. Grass not green yet, trees not budding, but my crocuses finally appeared! Yay!

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    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — April 8, 2015 @ 7:47 am

    • Your spring is really late this year! Here it is about on schedule now, although we’ve had a couple of deep freezes the past week. Amazing how resilient the spring plants really are!

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      Comment by montucky — April 8, 2015 @ 10:02 am


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