Montana Outdoors

May 18, 2015

Big Spruce Creek

Filed under: Montana — Tags: , — montucky @ 10:25 pm

Big Spruce Creek

Big Spruce Creek where it enters the West Fork of Thompson River



  1. A beautiful spot!


    Comment by wordsfromanneli — May 18, 2015 @ 11:05 pm

  2. A beautiful composition, Terry. Love the different colours and textures.


    Comment by Jane — May 19, 2015 @ 3:41 am

  3. That looks like a nice, cool spot. I imagine there are a lot of wildflowers along that creek.


    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — May 19, 2015 @ 3:44 am

    • That’s one I haven’t yet hiked. It was option number three on the day I took the photo, but I didn’t get that far on the list.


      Comment by montucky — May 19, 2015 @ 7:47 pm

  4. Are those spruce at the left side of the creek? I think they might be, given the short needles. I can pick out blue spruce now and then, because of the color, but I suppose there are many varieties. The water’s lovely — it has the look of flowing ice, and I suspect it’s quite cold.


    Comment by shoreacres — May 19, 2015 @ 5:25 am

    • I didn’t look at those trees very closely, but I think they might be Grand Fir. The water in the streams in that vicinity are cold even in summer, but now there is a mix of recent snow melt in them. I had to ford a small stream that day and while my boots kept my feet dry, I cold feel the cold of the water right through them. It really felt good on my feet!


      Comment by montucky — May 19, 2015 @ 8:01 pm

  5. A lovely spot:)


    Comment by Girl Gone Expat — May 19, 2015 @ 8:12 am

  6. You know I find that every time I view your scenery pictures, they make me relax and feel refreshed. Thanks, Montucky!!


    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — May 19, 2015 @ 9:37 am

    • Your comment made me feel good! Thank you! Upon reflection, that may be the feeling that causes me to take certain photos and hopefully it comes across to those who see them.

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      Comment by montucky — May 19, 2015 @ 8:04 pm

  7. What a beautiful, restful place.


    Comment by Candace — May 20, 2015 @ 12:55 pm

  8. Hi Montucky, I love this photograph! I get cool just looking at it! It is quite steamy hot here in Carabelle, Florida at the moment as we had a thunderstorm this afternoon. Have a fine day tomorrow and a great holiday weekend!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — May 21, 2015 @ 6:07 pm

    • When I got there Monday morning about 9AM it was cold enough to make me put on another layer of clothing before beginning my hike, and my hands got numb at the start of the hike. What differences ther are from one part of this country to the other!


      Comment by montucky — May 21, 2015 @ 8:25 pm

  9. I’ve been paying attention lately to the bluish cast of flowing water in the shade. Realistic painters have to remember to put that in, but as photographers all we have to do is take a picture in the shade and the blue is there automatically.


    Comment by Steve Schwartzman — May 21, 2015 @ 8:44 pm

    • True. The challenge in those areas is the large diversity of light intensities.


      Comment by montucky — June 1, 2015 @ 9:58 pm

  10. Excellent photo. I have never learnt to shoot this kind photos about streams.


    Comment by Sartenada — May 27, 2015 @ 12:29 am

    • Thanks Matti! It took me a long time to get decent photos in places that are in very dark shade but have also patches of intense light showing through. I’m still learning!


      Comment by montucky — June 1, 2015 @ 10:00 pm

      • If you use a tripod already or are willing to use one, HDR is a way to deal with a scene that has both very bright and very dark areas. Some people push the technique for a realer-than-real look, but HDR can also be done realistically.


        Comment by Steve Schwartzman — June 2, 2015 @ 5:06 am

        • I’ve never worked with HDR, but perhaps some day. I do not usually carry a tripod on most of my hikes simply because of the extra weight.


          Comment by montucky — June 2, 2015 @ 7:04 pm

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