Montana Outdoors

October 9, 2015

Clouds in the valleys

Filed under: Baldy Mountain roadless area, Clouds — Tags: — montucky @ 9:22 pm

Clouds in the valleys

Clouds in the valleys

Clouds in the valleys

Today we watched a small plane flying far below us.

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  1. I’ve seen this pattern of clouds and ridges quite often along the Blueridge Parkway where, with lower elevations than the Rockies, the road is often above (or in) the clouds. Makes for a rather restful view.

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    Comment by Malcolm R. Campbell — October 9, 2015 @ 10:51 pm

    • It’s always pretty to see clouds in the valleys. There weren’t a lot that day, but enough to make it interesting.

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      Comment by montucky — October 10, 2015 @ 9:46 am

  2. What a glorious view.
    Is that sea or mist I can see in the middle of the first image?

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    Comment by Vicki — October 9, 2015 @ 11:35 pm

    • It’s a sort of haze, mostly from the smoke that is still haunting us from the fires that are still active.

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      Comment by montucky — October 10, 2015 @ 9:48 am

      • The Smokys constantly have haze. Some is natural. Some comes from industry. Some said those fires, including the ones in Glacier, wouldn’t go out until snow covered them over.

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        Comment by Malcolm R. Campbell — October 13, 2015 @ 8:19 pm

        • We’ve had cooler temperatures and a little rain and the sky has cleared up very nicely. There are some fires still burning though.

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          Comment by montucky — October 13, 2015 @ 8:21 pm

  3. Breathtaking. It must feel as if you’re flying, up there!

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    Comment by Jo Woolf — October 10, 2015 @ 12:12 am

    • It does. Those views are usually seen only from aircraft. The valley floors are about a mile below the peak.

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      Comment by montucky — October 10, 2015 @ 9:49 am

  4. Love the skies. Your comment reminded me of driving up Pikes Peak – “…. look at that reservoir three miles below us….”!!

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    Comment by nexi — October 10, 2015 @ 12:19 am

    • Looking down at the surrounding landscape does provide a different perspective, doesn’t it!

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      Comment by montucky — October 10, 2015 @ 9:51 am

  5. Beautiful shots, we need to get out of Ohio more!

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    Comment by centralohionature — October 10, 2015 @ 5:16 am

    • The mountains would give you a different perspective, just as your beautiful forests and rivers would be different to me.

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      Comment by montucky — October 10, 2015 @ 9:55 am

  6. That’s a beautiful place, but it looks like quite a hike! The new knee must be serving you well.

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    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — October 10, 2015 @ 5:50 am

    • Yes, the knee is doing very well! I have over 2700 miles on it now and it’s near perfect.

      It’s a short hike to reach that peak, only 2.5 miles, but the climb is fairly steep, from about 5900 feet at the trail head to over 7400 feet at the top. The top mile of the trail is all made of loose rock, about the size of bricks. Good tough boots are in order!

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      Comment by montucky — October 10, 2015 @ 9:59 am

      • Tough boots and knees it sounds like. That’s good to know about the knee. If I ever need to have that operation I’ll rest a lot easier for the knowing, I’m sure.

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        Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — October 10, 2015 @ 4:27 pm

  7. This is a beautiful set of photos. They have the look of watercolors: particularly the first two. I do like the addition of the trees and rocks in the foreground in the last photo. It’s a nice reminder that those hazy valleys are filled with their own very specific trees and rocks.

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    Comment by shoreacres — October 10, 2015 @ 6:09 am

    • There are huge variations of plant life and climate through the field of view in those photos. That’s something I love about Montana.
      Just short of the mountain range at the horizon, and shielded from view by a low range of mountains between, is Flathead Lake which covers 192 square miles.

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      Comment by montucky — October 10, 2015 @ 10:04 am

  8. It would be a thrill to be up there….

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    Comment by seekraz — October 10, 2015 @ 8:59 am

    • I make that climb at least three times each summer, and hike part of the trail when there is snow, although it’s nearly impossible to reach the peak in deep snow. I kind of hate to tell you this, but the trail head is only 17 miles from my house.

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      Comment by montucky — October 10, 2015 @ 10:06 am

      • Seems like it would be a wonderful hike, all throughout the year, even with the limitations because of the snow…..and I know, absolutely know, that it’s a treasure with the trailhead being so close…. 🙂

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        Comment by seekraz — October 10, 2015 @ 1:34 pm

        • It’s a high value area to me and I’m sure, to several others. The entire top of the mountain and the lake just below are also inside a small inventoried roadless area, so they have at least some degree of protection.

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          Comment by montucky — October 11, 2015 @ 9:38 am

          • And that kind of protection is much better than none. I can tell that it’s a high-value area to you and would imagine that others share your opinion of it. You’re very fortunate to have it so near…but you already know that, too. 🙂

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            Comment by seekraz — October 11, 2015 @ 3:27 pm

            • Yes, for here it’s a relatively popular trail, although in all of the times I have hiked it, only twice have I encountered anyone else.

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              Comment by montucky — October 11, 2015 @ 3:47 pm

  9. Nothing makes you feel on top of the world like an airplane passing below you.

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — October 10, 2015 @ 1:50 pm

    • Yes, that’s pretty cool. I’ve seen it from several of the peaks in this area.

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      Comment by montucky — October 11, 2015 @ 9:39 am

  10. Dreamy. How far away do you think you could see up there?

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    Comment by Candace — October 10, 2015 @ 2:20 pm

    • On a clear day, about a hundred miles, limited mostly by the height of the mountain ranges that create the horizon.

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      Comment by montucky — October 11, 2015 @ 9:42 am

  11. What can I say, Terry? Just beautiful! How gorgeous are those views. :Great to have you posting again. 🙂

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    Comment by Jane — October 11, 2015 @ 2:11 am

    • It’s always beautiful up there (unless dense clouds settle in and you can’t see out) and always worth the effort. The views are never the same, depending on the season and the weather conditions at the moment. Some years ago I was near the summit on a stormy day and got to watch a small thunder storm pass to the west of me below my level.

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      Comment by montucky — October 11, 2015 @ 9:45 am

  12. Hi Montucky, It is really fun when you are up high enough on a mountain and have those sweeping views including fog and clouds. Nice! Have a fantastic coming week!

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    Comment by wildlifewatcher — October 11, 2015 @ 8:36 pm

  13. I think you have up there a beautiful feeling of freedom.

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    Comment by Cornel Ap. — October 12, 2015 @ 11:13 am

    • Yes, that’s true. And I have the feeling that it’s good to take a deep breath.

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      Comment by montucky — October 12, 2015 @ 7:31 pm

  14. You were happily sandwiched between clouds above and clouds below.

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    Comment by Steve Schwartzman — October 12, 2015 @ 8:47 pm

  15. The feeling is like high flying. The blue color is very pleasant in Your photos.

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    Comment by Sartenada — October 13, 2015 @ 3:52 am

    • From that mountain, the views are much the same as from a plane, but it’s comforting to have my feet on the ground.

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      Comment by montucky — October 13, 2015 @ 9:32 am


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