Montana Outdoors

November 6, 2015

Murr Creek trail

Filed under: Autumn, Cabinet Mountains — Tags: , , — montucky @ 8:45 pm

Murr Creek trail

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  1. Beautiful light, and the snow on the ground and branches is so delicate. It was 70 degrees here in the NY area today–ridiculous!

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    Comment by jpostol — November 6, 2015 @ 9:14 pm

    • 70 seems pretty warm for this time of year! It’s cooling rapidly now here and this time of year the changes are rather dramatic. Farther to the east, two people have already been injured in an avalanche.

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      Comment by montucky — November 6, 2015 @ 9:39 pm

  2. This picture brings to mind times when I’ve been on similar trails and it is so still you can hear the blood in your ears.

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    Comment by Ron Mangels — November 7, 2015 @ 3:19 am

    • It was, although there were squirrels chattering once in awhile and an occasional grouse breaking cover.

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      Comment by montucky — November 7, 2015 @ 7:55 am

  3. What a beautiful combination of snowfall and autumn colour. Wonderful picture, Terry.

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    Comment by Jane — November 7, 2015 @ 4:14 am

    • That’s what I thought when I saw it too. The gold on the ground is the needles of the Larch. They make a big carpet. There are still a few on the trees, enough to add gold to the forest.

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      Comment by montucky — November 7, 2015 @ 7:57 am

  4. The photo makes me want to be there.

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    Comment by centralohionature — November 7, 2015 @ 5:34 am

    • There are so many views just like that, and it’s very pleasant to walk through there.

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      Comment by montucky — November 7, 2015 @ 7:59 am

  5. If I remember how these things go, this seems like an especially vulnerable snow. I’m glad you were there to see it — and bring it to us — before a few more degrees brought it to an end.

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    Comment by shoreacres — November 7, 2015 @ 7:21 am

    • Yes, that little snow will likely melt, but we had just crosses a divide on the way that was a couple thousand feet higher and there was 4 inches up there that will probably be there for the winter.

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      Comment by montucky — November 7, 2015 @ 8:01 am

  6. There’s little that’s more beautiful than a winter just arrived and this is a great shot of it!

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    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — November 7, 2015 @ 7:24 am

    • Yes, this was pleasant. The ground there is frozen though and so the next snow that’s expected in a coupe of days will have a chance of staying around for the winter.

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      Comment by montucky — November 7, 2015 @ 8:02 am

  7. I love these light dustings…and by the absence of snow under the trees, we know that it was a quiet, gentle snowfall with no wind. What a beautiful image, Terry.

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    Comment by seekraz — November 7, 2015 @ 7:44 am

    • On the way to that trail we crossed a small divide and it was real winter up there, with about 4 inches of snow, ice on the road, and dense fog! You know what a few thousand feet of elevation can do!

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      Comment by montucky — November 7, 2015 @ 8:05 am

      • Yes, those few thousand feet can make it another world. 🙂

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        Comment by seekraz — November 11, 2015 @ 8:48 am

        • At present,during the times when the clouds lift, we can see the lower band of the snow at about a thousand feet above the valley.

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          Comment by montucky — November 11, 2015 @ 9:29 am

          • How wonderful. 🙂

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            Comment by seekraz — November 11, 2015 @ 9:36 am

            • It’s very nice to see after the summer drought conditions here. I hope to get up into the snow for a bit today.

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              Comment by montucky — November 11, 2015 @ 10:14 am

              • And I’ll look forward to getting up there, as well, vicariously, after you get back and share your photos of the excursion with me/us. 🙂

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                Comment by seekraz — November 11, 2015 @ 10:48 am

                • I didn’t get up today, hopefully tomorrow. In the valley we had rain and the clouds were down below the mountain tops. Tomorrow I think the challenge will be the depth of the snow on the roads.

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                  Comment by montucky — November 11, 2015 @ 7:59 pm

                • Well, have fun…and be safe.

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                  Comment by seekraz — November 11, 2015 @ 11:15 pm

  8. Very pretty!

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    Comment by Mother Hen — November 7, 2015 @ 11:49 am

  9. What a terrific photograph! It looks so inviting!

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    Comment by de Wets Wild — November 7, 2015 @ 8:51 pm

  10. Where is the Murr Crk trail?

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    Comment by Chad — November 7, 2015 @ 9:18 pm

    • Murr Creek intersects the Thompson River road about 6 miles south of Highway 2. For several years we have hunted the lower part of the trail and found some big bucks there, but not this year.

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      Comment by montucky — November 7, 2015 @ 9:59 pm

  11. Lovely. I like the combination of light snow dusting the ground and trees. Very pretty indeed.

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    Comment by Vicki — November 8, 2015 @ 2:34 am

    • I like that too. Mother Nature is the master artist!

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      Comment by montucky — November 8, 2015 @ 9:24 pm

  12. Absolutely beautiful!! I love the mix of winter and autumn in one picture! ❤

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    Comment by Lucy — November 8, 2015 @ 5:48 am

    • Yes, certainly on the dividing line between seasons, and it could be argued that it contains some of the best of both.

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      Comment by montucky — November 8, 2015 @ 9:25 pm

  13. That looks like a dusting of magic! Beautiful.

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    Comment by Jo Woolf — November 8, 2015 @ 8:44 am

    • That’s exactly what happened. The scene was there and the bit of snow just added the highlights to it.

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      Comment by montucky — November 8, 2015 @ 9:26 pm

  14. So beautiful – the colours are still present but with a thin layer of white.

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    Comment by Inger — November 8, 2015 @ 4:29 pm

    • It was a somewhat rare circumstance, and as is usual with natural scenery, the timing of arrival at the scene is paramount.

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      Comment by montucky — November 8, 2015 @ 9:27 pm

  15. All that this warmth-craving person can say to your frosty view of Murr is: Brrrr.

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    Comment by Steve Schwartzman — November 9, 2015 @ 5:55 am

    • Yes, it was cold, the ground was frozen. It felt cold too because I haven’t yet gotten acclimated to the cold. I actually do better in the cold weather than in the summer heat and couldn’t stand the summers in your area, even though I was able to for many years in the Phoenix area.

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      Comment by montucky — November 9, 2015 @ 8:42 am

      • I remember you once said that you’d lived in Phoenix. The cold does me in, but I thrive in the heat (even if it gets to me a little now, whereas a few decades ago it didn’t at all). Different climates for different bodies.

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        Comment by Steve Schwartzman — November 9, 2015 @ 9:00 am

        • I was in the Phoenix area for about 25 years and only during the last few did the heat really bother me. I was born and raised in Montana though and have long understood how to handle the snow and cold weather: you go out and play in it.

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          Comment by montucky — November 9, 2015 @ 10:07 am

  16. And so it begins…looking forward to more snowy shots from you.

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    Comment by Candace — November 9, 2015 @ 8:17 am

    • I hope there will be lots of snow shots this winter. We desperately need the snow pack to sustain our river, lakes and ground water systems. For the next few weeks, maybe a month, there will be a phase where the temps stay at or near freezing, and the roads can be very icy most of the time, making them dangerous for those who drive too fast anyway. Then the cold will set in and hopefully the snow will insulate the plants and make the driving much safer.

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      Comment by montucky — November 9, 2015 @ 8:45 am

  17. Have to make a second comment. As I was admiring the peacefulness of the picture again it brought to mind a favorite poem of mine. “Whose woods these are I think I know, his house is in the village though. He will not see me stopping here to watch his woods fill up with snow.” Thanks again for sharing your talents.

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    Comment by Ron Mangels — November 9, 2015 @ 6:57 pm

    • I enjoyed that thought, Ron! I think the woods really belongs to he who enjoys it most.

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      Comment by montucky — November 9, 2015 @ 9:01 pm

  18. I love the diversity in Your photo.

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    Comment by Sartenada — November 11, 2015 @ 6:27 am

    • I do too, Matti. That diversity is present only at this time of year.

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      Comment by montucky — November 11, 2015 @ 9:30 am


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