Montana Outdoors

July 26, 2018

Spring Creek in late summer

Spring Creek

Spring Creek

Spring Creek

As usual for this time of year, the bed of Spring Creek in the TeePee/Spring Creek Roadless Area is dry at the trail head, but cold, robust and cascading down it’s canyon just a mile up the trail.

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July 25, 2018

Pipsissewa

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Pipsissewa

Pipsissewa

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Pisissewa, Prince-of-Pine ~ chimaphilia umbellata

Blooming in July and August, Pipsissewa flowers are in clusters of 3 to 10 at the top of its stem, but the flowers always face down toward the earth. It is common across most of the northern US and Canada, but because the flowers always face down I suspect they are often overlooked.

July 22, 2018

Porcupine

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Porcupine

Porcupine ~ erethizon dorsatum

While they used to be plentiful in this region, Porcupines are pretty scarce now. This is one of my favorite pictures from back in 2008. He was hiding pretty well, wasn’t he!

July 21, 2018

Sunset

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Sunset

July 13, 2018

The Clark Fork of the Columbia River this afternoon.

Filed under: Koo Koo Sint — Tags: , , — montucky @ 7:35 pm

Clark Fork River

The Clark Fork River with the south slope of KooKooSint Ridge in the background. Finally, a picture of that slope that I like.

 

July 8, 2018

A visit to the National Bison Range

Filed under: Animals, Bison — Tags: , , — montucky @ 6:24 pm

Briefly stated, the National Bison Range is a refuge that was established in 1908 by President Theodore Roosevelt for the conservation of the American Bison. It essentially consists of a small mountain that is a spur of the Mission Mountains, 18,800 acres (about 29 square miles) in size and ranges in elevation from 2,585 to 4,885 feet and it’s where a herd of bison (presently about 350) now range freely under reasonably natural conditions. Visitors can drive through it on a loop road about 20 miles long which takes them from the headquarters, up and over the crest of the mountain and back down the other side, returning to the headquarters. (For anyone interested in more information about the Bison Range, here is a link to the National Bison range website.)

National Bison Range

Looking west from where the road starts up the mountain

National Bison Range

Looking back down the road from about half way to the top

National Bison Range

Looking southwest from the top

National Bison Range

Looking north from the top at the Mission Mountain Range in the background. Sorry about the picture quality, but we are now receiving smoke from the fires burning in Utah and Colorado and including a little from the northern California fire.

American Bison

Cow and calf

American Bison

American Bison calf

Bison calf

American Bison

American Bison

This is a huge bull grazing right beside the road. Other an elephant, he is the biggest animal I’ve ever seen. It was taken at 70mm with a 70-300mm lens: unfortunately I didn’t have time to change to a wide angle lens for a full body shot.

American Bison

A bull taking it easy

American Bison calf

A calf standing in the road about 3 feet from my front bumper

American Bison

The huge bull again

The last photos following were taken of a large bull crossing Mission Creek not far from the headquarters. This is a fast moving stream and I have lots of experience wading them (including this one) but where he crossed it would have taken me off my feet. He didn’t seem to notice the current; of course, he weighs about a ton more than I do.

American Bison

American Bison

American Bison

American Bison

That’s a cloud of dust that he shook off his back as he climbed up the far bank.

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