Montana Outdoors

October 22, 2018

Corona Lake

Corona Lake

On a visit today to Corona Lake in Montana’s Cabinet Mountains we found the Western Larch to be at the peak of their fall colors.

Corona Lake

Corona Lake

Corona Lake

Corona Lake

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  1. Those are strikingly beautiful photos, Montucky. October blue, gold and greens mirrored in placid water. What could be better?

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    Comment by Lavinia Ross — October 22, 2018 @ 10:10 pm

    • That area right now is as pretty as I’ve ever seen it. The bright colored Larch go on for miles in every direction and we have been blessed with clear weather as well.

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      Comment by montucky — October 22, 2018 @ 10:20 pm

  2. Those trees are beautiful, and that sky is brilliant!

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    Comment by Candice — October 22, 2018 @ 10:25 pm

    • It is not often that we get the beautiful colors and very good weather at the same time. This year is exceptional.

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      Comment by montucky — October 22, 2018 @ 10:34 pm

  3. Gorgeous! Our fall color are already gone and I’m missing them! These photos are fantastic.

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    Comment by Laura Elizabeth — October 22, 2018 @ 10:45 pm

    • Rather, they are mostly gone. Still a little left here and there, but the peak was a few weeks ago now. Winter sure comes fast!

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      Comment by Laura Elizabeth — October 22, 2018 @ 10:46 pm

      • The colors here just peaked this week here and it happened fast. At the valley level they are fading fast but at the higher elevations they are still bright. There are patches of snow around the lake and several big patches of ice on the road up there. There was ice along the lake shore and the ground was frozen. Winter is not far away.

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        Comment by montucky — October 22, 2018 @ 11:12 pm

  4. Wow. How gorgeous fall colors You captured. My hat.

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    Comment by Sartenada — October 22, 2018 @ 11:55 pm

    • We were lucky to be there at just the right time. Light is everything.

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      Comment by montucky — October 23, 2018 @ 9:15 am

  5. Wonderful colours in an amazing mountain landscape!!

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    Comment by Hanna — October 23, 2018 @ 4:01 am

    • This is a bright as the landscape gets in Montana’s western mountains. It’s something to look forward to every year.

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      Comment by montucky — October 23, 2018 @ 9:21 am

  6. Absolutely stunning colour in the landscape. What a lovely day for a hike too.

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    Comment by Vicki — October 23, 2018 @ 4:06 am

    • Yes, the timing was perfect. We don’t always get weather like this when the trees are in full color.

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      Comment by montucky — October 23, 2018 @ 9:22 am

  7. Just lovely! Thanks again for a glimpse into a world I don’t often get to see.

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    Comment by centralohionature — October 23, 2018 @ 5:30 am

    • This is one of the prettiest times of the year in western Montana. By their sheer numbers the Larch seem to take over the landscape.

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      Comment by montucky — October 23, 2018 @ 9:29 am

  8. I’ve been wondering about the larch, and here’s my answer. It’s such a beautiful, dramatic landscape. Those skies really contribute, too. October’s usually one of our prettiest months — if not the prettiest — but it’s been little more than cloud, rain, and gloom this year. So, while this morning’s rain continues to pour down, it’s quite delightful to see these bright autumn images. I like seeing the grasses and rocks surrounding the lake, too. The trees really shine, but those elements are interesting, too.

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    Comment by shoreacres — October 23, 2018 @ 7:17 am

    • I love it when we get weather like this when the Larch are in color. This setting is in the Lolo National Forest which includes over two million acres of western Montana’s mountains, so there’s plenty of opportunity to see the Larch in color. There were deer, elk and moose tracks in the mud along the lakeshore and the peak of Baldy Mountain is a little over two thousand feet above the lake .

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      Comment by montucky — October 23, 2018 @ 9:35 am

      • I had to laugh — when I hear the phrase “moose tracks” I always think first of that brand of ice cream, not an actual animal trekking across the land!

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        Comment by shoreacres — October 23, 2018 @ 5:36 pm

        • I wonder how ice cream came to be known by that name.

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          Comment by montucky — October 23, 2018 @ 7:19 pm

  9. Proving once again what I’m always saying – how beautiful Montana is!

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — October 23, 2018 @ 12:26 pm

  10. Wow! They sure do put on an awesome show. Beautiful!

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    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — October 23, 2018 @ 3:00 pm

    • We do have a few aspens and some black cottonwoods that provide nice color, but nothing like the Larch.

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      Comment by montucky — October 23, 2018 @ 6:39 pm

  11. Well the pictures took my breath away! Can’t imagine what it must be like seeing it in person!

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    Comment by M.B. Henry — October 23, 2018 @ 3:57 pm

    • It’s magnificent when you also get the feel of the cool air and all of the smells of the forest and occasional encounters with the wildlife. My son was up in that area today and saw a beautiful big black bear.

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      Comment by montucky — October 23, 2018 @ 6:42 pm

  12. I don’t remember the tamarack being that wide spread where I grew up but this is beautiful.

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    Comment by Ron — October 23, 2018 @ 7:28 pm

    • Actually Ron these are Western Larch (larix occidentalis), even though the locals as often as not call them Tamarack (Larix laricina), which is native to all of Canada and farther north as well as the northeastern part of the US. They are thick in this area probably having been planted in an area destroyed by forest fire or logging. Their natural distribution is more widespread but sparse. They really do show up in the landscape, One of the main differences between the Larch and the tamarack is that a mature Tamarack grows to be about 80 feet tall, where the height of a Western Larch will be about 200 feet.

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      Comment by montucky — October 23, 2018 @ 7:53 pm

      • I knew that tamarack was not the actual name but didn’t know that there was an actual tamarack. Just thought it was a local name. Thanks for the description and the pictures.

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        Comment by Ron — October 24, 2018 @ 5:33 am

        • I thought the same thing until one day I was doing some research on the Larch. When I was growing up here I never heard of Larch, only Tamarack.

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          Comment by montucky — October 24, 2018 @ 7:45 pm

  13. Awesome read and nice pictures. Thanks also for your follow

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    Comment by Ezekiel Phillips Mountain_Adventurer24 — October 23, 2018 @ 8:33 pm

  14. What a beautiful spot!

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    Comment by de Wets Wild — October 23, 2018 @ 8:43 pm

  15. Woo woo woo, that’s something we never get to see in Texas. Looks like some grasses added their share of warm color to that of the larches.

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    Comment by Steve Schwartzman — October 24, 2018 @ 7:55 am

    • Yes, many of the grasses have nice autumn colors too. I was out again today and found that many of the Larch trees are already shedding their needles. Now the back roads and trails are turning gold.

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      Comment by montucky — October 24, 2018 @ 7:48 pm

  16. I love when you post the larch every year. So dramatic!

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    Comment by Candace — October 25, 2018 @ 6:53 pm

  17. Amazing, Terry!

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    Comment by heartandsoul974 — October 26, 2018 @ 3:10 am

  18. I immediately went, WOW!! Beautiful captures, Terry!

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    Comment by bayphotosbydonna — October 27, 2018 @ 6:59 pm

    • I visited there about a month ago when the forest was all green and I made a mental note to return when the Larch turned color and when a friend and I returned our timing was just right.

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      Comment by montucky — October 27, 2018 @ 9:50 pm

  19. Amazing landscape .. just stunning! Love the colours and beautiful reflections ..

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    Comment by Julie@frogpondfarm — October 29, 2018 @ 12:15 am

  20. All of your photos are simply beautiful! They are so vivid it’s (almost) like I’m standing there!

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    Comment by Family to the 5 Power! — November 6, 2018 @ 2:18 pm

    • Thank you! I would love to have everyone feel as though they were in the scene! It’s hard to get that across with pictures.

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      Comment by montucky — November 6, 2018 @ 7:47 pm

  21. Wow Amazing!

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    Comment by annicaaktiv — December 30, 2018 @ 5:37 am

    • Luckily I visited there at just the right time. The golden trees are deciduous conifers and by now they are all bare for the winter.

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      Comment by montucky — December 30, 2018 @ 10:08 am


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