Montana Outdoors

October 26, 2015

Heart Lake (2)

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Heart Lake

Heart Lake

Heart Lake

Heart Lake

Heart Lake

Heart Lake

Heart Lake

Heart Lake

That day was cold and cloudy, good for hiking but I would have preferred a clear sky for photos.

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  1. Love the rusts and greens, and that is some fine looking driftwood …

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    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — October 26, 2015 @ 7:56 am

    • It actually turned out to be a pretty good time of year to visit there. The summer hikers were gone and there were some fall colors still remaining.

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      Comment by montucky — October 26, 2015 @ 8:13 am

  2. I noticed the red climbing up the hills in your previous post. Is it a shrub? Grasses? It looks pretty substantial. It certainly is pretty, and adds a lot to the view.

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    Comment by shoreacres — October 26, 2015 @ 8:21 am

    • The red comes from some kind of shrub, but I don’t know what it is. The flora in the Bitterroots seems to be much different from what I’m used to. Perhaps next summer I can get to know more about it when it has its new leaves. I suspect it might be a species of blueberry or huckleberry.

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      Comment by montucky — October 26, 2015 @ 9:09 am

  3. I love those colours. Thanks. This looks like a very special place.

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    Comment by Harold Rhenisch — October 26, 2015 @ 10:29 am

    • This lake is in the northwest corner of the Great Burn which is a proposed wilderness area of about 252,000 acres part in Montana and part in Idaho. I hope to visit many places in that area next summer. I’ve seen a little now and it’s beautiful!

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      Comment by montucky — October 26, 2015 @ 11:16 am

  4. My friend would like to contact you to get permission to paint some of your pictures, how can she contact you?

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    Comment by Marcia Williams — October 26, 2015 @ 11:09 am

    • Hi Marcia,
      I just sent you an email with my contact information. I would be happy to hear from your friend!

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      Comment by montucky — October 26, 2015 @ 11:17 am

  5. I like the soft lighting in some of these, like the last one. I’d love to climb to the top of that mountain!
    That’s an amazing amount of driftwood for a lake.

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    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — October 26, 2015 @ 4:28 pm

    • There’s another trail that accesses the lake from above, and I think I’ll take that trail another time. The trail that I used came up the stream from below. I understand there are quite a few goats on the higher parts of the cliffs.

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      Comment by montucky — October 26, 2015 @ 6:53 pm

  6. I love the colours on the hills and the driftwood(?) or old gnarly trunks are really interesting. Beautiful.

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    Comment by Jane — October 27, 2015 @ 2:42 am

    • I wonder how old some of those old trees are and what becomes of them. There’s no way for anyone to remove them unless some get pushed up on shore when the lake fills from snow melt.

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      Comment by montucky — October 27, 2015 @ 8:15 am

  7. Wonderful to see the rock formations, and I love those bleached tree trunks on the shore. Sometimes an overcast sky can bring out the colours better. What a truly beautiful place.

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    Comment by Jo Woolf — October 27, 2015 @ 5:00 am

    • Yes, a cloudy day does heighten the colors, but the gray/white sky is hard for the camera to deal with. I always prefer cloudy or rainy days to photograph wildflowers; in fact a large proportion of my flower photos were taken from under an umbrella.

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      Comment by montucky — October 27, 2015 @ 8:17 am

  8. I bet that lake is ice cold. Very pretty.

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    Comment by Candace — October 27, 2015 @ 10:13 am

    • Cold, yes, but not as cold as it will be in another month! Sections of the trail were frozen that morning.

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      Comment by montucky — October 27, 2015 @ 3:23 pm

  9. Hi Montucky, What a pretty lake. Yes, cloudy days do make for interesting and slightly more challenging photography. That lake looks refreshing. I wonder if there are trout in it? Have a fantastic day today!

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    Comment by wildlifewatcher — October 27, 2015 @ 11:43 am

    • Yes, I understand there are trout in the lake as well as in several other lakes in the general area. It has beautiful, clear water and no pollution at all.

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      Comment by montucky — October 27, 2015 @ 3:25 pm

  10. A painter would LOVE this scene. Brilliant colours. Imagine if the sun had been brighter! Your camera would have gone into shock.

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — October 27, 2015 @ 2:15 pm

    • Had I known the area better I might have stayed there for a few hours to see if the sky would clear, but I didn’t really want to have to go back down a strange trail in the dark. There will be other days!

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      Comment by montucky — October 27, 2015 @ 3:26 pm

  11. I love the driftwood too.
    Did you make any photos with the driftwood close up, Terry?

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    Comment by Vicki — October 27, 2015 @ 4:34 pm

    • I didn’t even think of getting shots of just the driftwood, but should have. There was a lot of it and many had some real character. I will remember to do that next lake visit.

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      Comment by montucky — October 27, 2015 @ 9:44 pm

      • Please do, Terry. I like the patterns on driftwood. (I made 2-3 shots of wood today and will post them).

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        Comment by Vicki — October 28, 2015 @ 4:52 am

  12. Beautiful colors up there…and I can understand why it’s called Heart Lake…one could lose their heart up there…or find it. 🙂

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    Comment by seekraz — October 27, 2015 @ 7:46 pm

    • Both, I think. All 252,000 acres of the Great Burn are like that. I know where I’ll be spending time next summer!

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      Comment by montucky — October 27, 2015 @ 9:46 pm

      • I know you will cherish the experience…and I will look forward to seeing your images from the time you spend up there.

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        Comment by seekraz — October 28, 2015 @ 7:30 am

        • I’ve seen photos from the Great Burn and I know it is pretty. I’m a little concerned that it gets so much traffic. I don’t go to Glacier Park for that reason.

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          Comment by montucky — October 28, 2015 @ 7:41 am

          • That trail traffic can be very disconcerting…makes it hard to connect with “being” out there when there are so many people around, which I already know you understand. I’ll still wait for your photos from your next season hiking in the Great Burn. 🙂

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            Comment by seekraz — October 28, 2015 @ 9:51 pm

            • There will be some good hikes because there is a trail that runs along the divide between Idaho and Montana and it can be intercepted in a number of places much more remote than Heart Lake and HooDoo Pass. TGF 4X4’s!

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              Comment by montucky — October 28, 2015 @ 10:11 pm


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