Montana Outdoors


I am privileged to live in western Montana, close to the wilderness and roadless areas that I love so much, and I’m thankful that I am still able to venture up into them and spend much of my time there.

Most of the photos that I post are of scenes that cannot be seen from from roads or highways. There is a very beautiful world out there in the wild country and it is my wish to make it visible, by words and photographs, to those who are interested in enjoying it.

It seems that many folks have all but forgotten that we are part of that natural world and that ultimately it sustains us in both body and spirit. My hope is that we will have the wisdom and the discipline to preserve it for future generations, for once the wilderness has vanished, mankind will soon vanish as well.


  1. Yes…. such the gift of awareness that you have. It brings a smile just reading your words. Imaya


    Comment by journeyintosoul — March 16, 2007 @ 12:52 am

  2. Imaya,
    Thanks for the visit! I’ve been reading your weblog and enjoying it thoroughly. I think we share much in the awareness of the natural world and our roles in it.


    Comment by montucky — March 16, 2007 @ 9:51 am

  3. This site is fantastic! Thank you very much for all your lovely pictures and words. It really hits the spot for a girl who grew up in Northwest Montana and is currently stuck fast in Southern Maine. I will be back often.


    Comment by ehme — July 24, 2007 @ 1:09 pm

  4. ehme,
    Thanks for the visit and your kind words. You will always be welcome.


    Comment by montucky — July 24, 2007 @ 2:15 pm

  5. I agree with Ehme and Imaya. I just started blogging and this is the first time I am commenting and tagging a site. Its a beautiful world we have and beautiful it will be only if we learn to appreciate and take care of things.

    Its a long way from Montana to the Philippines (where I live) but we are One somehow.

    Thanks for sharing the pictures and the beautiful writings…

    Your site is beautiful and awesome!


    Comment by mystic828 — July 31, 2007 @ 6:33 pm

  6. Thanks you, mystic828! Yes we have one beautiful world: we just live in different parts of it. I’m pleased that you enjoy seeing something of Montana’s beauty and completely agree that the natural world should be cherished and cared for. Somehow modern man seems to be losing that concept.


    Comment by montucky — July 31, 2007 @ 7:04 pm

  7. Thanks for the reminder that true beauty lies outside of the urban rat race. Love your photography. Definitely reminds me of my one true love…..nature.


    Comment by forehandwinner — August 18, 2007 @ 1:17 am

  8. Thanks for the visit, forehandwinner. I’m always encouraged by someone who shares my love for the natural world!


    Comment by montucky — August 18, 2007 @ 7:28 am

  9. I just found your site and have to say it is beautiful. Great info and photos about our wonderful state. I have a hunting supply and information site that also originates in western Montana.
    Thanks for the beauty you have brought to this hunters eyes.


    Comment by Frank — September 3, 2007 @ 6:28 pm

  10. Thanks for visiting, Frank. I’ll check out your site. Good to hear from a fellow Montanan!


    Comment by montucky — September 3, 2007 @ 8:05 pm

  11. Great blog – Not sure how I found it, but I added it to my homepage. I just returned to Montana after living in the dreaded city for six years. It feels good to breathe again. Great pictures – great input about our fabulous state.


    Comment by SneauX — September 25, 2007 @ 11:33 am

  12. Welcome back to Montana! I certainly know how good that feels. I won’t forget how good it felt to take another state’s license plat off my Jeep and put on a Montana plate!


    Comment by montucky — September 25, 2007 @ 11:46 am

  13. Thanks for a lovely blog. Photos are fantastic!


    Comment by twoscamps — November 23, 2007 @ 8:21 pm

  14. Thank you for visiting, twoscamps! I’m glad you enjoyed seeing some of this part of Montana.


    Comment by montucky — November 23, 2007 @ 9:53 pm

  15. Hey there Montucky. Someone on our staff recently came across your site and shared it. Beautiful photos and writings about wilderness, forests and critters. Nice work and keep shooting and writing. Best of luck. And thanks for the link to the WildWest Institute site as well.


    Comment by Matthew Koehler — November 26, 2007 @ 8:44 am

  16. Matthew, thanks for taking the time to visit and leave a comment! I’ve found many good things on the WildWest website and appreciate it very much! I visit there often.


    Comment by montucky — November 26, 2007 @ 2:52 pm

  17. Hello Montucky, I apologize. I just put your RSS flickr on My blog, coz I love the all picture that you take by your camera. I hope you aren’t objection with my action for it.

    Thanks before and best regards.


    Comment by Fakhrurrozy — December 1, 2007 @ 9:55 am

  18. Fakhrurrozy,, I’m very pleased that you like the photos of Montana. I put the photos on flickr for the enjoyment of anyone who is interested.


    Comment by montucky — December 2, 2007 @ 10:01 am

  19. Your pictures are stunning!! I love Montana, even though I have not had the privilege to see it in person. Your writing and pictures make that love all the stronger. Thanks.


    Comment by erin38 — December 28, 2007 @ 8:58 am

  20. Thanks for visiting erin38! It’s always like taking a breath of fresh air to see that others love this country too, and especially someone who hasn’t even been here. I will try to present it well!


    Comment by montucky — December 28, 2007 @ 9:18 am

  21. Hi there, love that ‘header’ image/view on the top of your blog… where IS that exactly???? Where are you standing? Public or private trail? Cheers, c


    Comment by canadada — December 29, 2007 @ 10:10 am

  22. The view is of the peaks in the Cherry Peak roadless area in the Coeur d’Alene Mountains of western Montana. The photo was taken from an old Forest Service access road at the east edge of the roadless area. The road is closed to vehicles but it is kept usable for emergency access, it’s hikeable and provides a good access to the roadless area itself. This spot is about 5 miles from the gate which closes off the road.

    Here is a link to the Cherry Peak area in the Roadless Area Database:


    Comment by montucky — December 29, 2007 @ 11:54 am

  23. Great photos


    Comment by Chris NS — December 30, 2007 @ 4:59 pm

  24. I like your pictures and thought you might be also interested in visiting my photo blog with one new picture every day:

    Kedar, Zurich


    Comment by kedarvideo — January 22, 2008 @ 1:29 pm

  25. Your blog is going to be answer I give people when they ask why I want to move to Montana. (I currently live in Maryland, but my escape plan has me breaking out to freedom in about two years.)

    Thanks so much!!


    Comment by Sara — February 6, 2008 @ 1:24 pm

  26. Sara,

    Thanks for visiting! I hope your freedom comes as you wish it to! Montana can use more folks that love the country and the wild nature of it instead of those who want only to exploit it. You will be very welcome here!


    Comment by montucky — February 6, 2008 @ 4:05 pm

  27. 🙂


    Comment by — March 5, 2008 @ 12:59 pm

  28. Terry, these are spectacular photos. What’s your policy on re-prints for publications? Here at the Clark Fork Coalition (, we are seeing many photos capturing the stunning scenics in the Clark Fork watershed. Any chance we might have your permission to use some of your photos in our publications? Thanks, Terry.


    Comment by Karen Knudsen — March 18, 2008 @ 12:40 am

  29. Karen,

    I would be pleased to give my permission to the Clark Fork Coalition to use any of my photos in your publication! I very much appreciate the work you folks are doing and will be happy to support you in any way I can.


    Comment by montucky — March 18, 2008 @ 8:43 am

  30. Hooray! Thanks so much, Terry.


    Comment by Karen Knudsen — March 18, 2008 @ 9:26 am

  31. Great site. Great pictures and a great presentation. I love the poems which are included. Very nice.


    Comment by kurt — March 30, 2008 @ 5:24 am

  32. Thank you for the visit and comment, Kurt! I really appreciate getting feedback!


    Comment by montucky — March 30, 2008 @ 4:29 pm

  33. Have you peeked at the pictures in the entry I put up today? I think you’ll be amused to see that some parts of Kansas aren’t flat like paper… *smile*


    Comment by katkmeanders — April 15, 2008 @ 9:15 am

  34. Yes I did, Kat. That looks like an area I’d like to explore. There’s a lot of variety there to enjoy!


    Comment by montucky — April 15, 2008 @ 9:54 am

  35. I love all your photos! They are very moving!!



    Comment by kjbur — May 8, 2008 @ 12:30 am

  36. Thanks, Kjbur! Outdoors in western Montana is a beautiful place to be.


    Comment by montucky — May 8, 2008 @ 7:49 am

  37. Just found your blog through the tag surfer…very lovely photos! I will add you to my blogroll and be back for plenty more visits!


    Comment by R's Musings — May 21, 2008 @ 9:17 pm

  38. Thanks. I’m pleased that you enjoy seeing some of the back country of Montana! Thank you for visiting!


    Comment by montucky — May 21, 2008 @ 9:40 pm

  39. Wow! Just wow! I’m pretty much speechless. I found your place through R’s Musings. Thanks R! …and thanks montucky!


    Comment by Tabbie — May 24, 2008 @ 7:42 am

  40. Thanks for visiting, Tabbie! After visiting your blog, it looks like we have a lot in common!


    Comment by montucky — May 24, 2008 @ 8:35 am

  41. New camera! Blog entry incoming. *smile* Check your e-mail (the one you put up when you commented at my blog) for album links in the meanwhile, not sure how many pictures I’m going to put up here.


    Comment by katkmeanders — June 2, 2008 @ 1:03 am

  42. Ok, swing by and look. *smile*


    Comment by katkmeanders — June 2, 2008 @ 7:52 am

  43. Kat,

    I’m so pleased that you got the Nikon! You’ll have a great time with it! Hope you got my email.


    Comment by montucky — June 2, 2008 @ 10:30 am

  44. *nod* Got it, replied. *smile*


    Comment by katkmeanders — June 2, 2008 @ 11:14 am

  45. I have enjoyed looking around your site and especially at your photography! I am a photographer too and am heading off to Montana tomorrow. Thanks for the beautiful pictures and words of wisdom!! I wholeheartedly agree! By the way, what do you shoot with?


    Comment by Lezlee — June 3, 2008 @ 9:40 pm

  46. Thanks for the visit, Lezlee! I hope you have good weather for the trip and enjoy your time in Montana!

    My camera is a Kodak Z712IS. Nothing fancy, but good to take on long and some times difficult hikes.


    Comment by montucky — June 3, 2008 @ 9:59 pm

  47. Hey Montucky-

    Very nice blog. My name is Jason A. Hendricks. I am the Recruiting Director for Skinny Moose Media–one of the world’s largest outdoor media networks, as well as Editor for U.S. Outdoors Today. I am interested in perhaps talking to you about joining our blogging team. We offer free domains, free blog hosting, and a full technical support team, a great community of like-minded individuals who believe in the value of the great outdoors. Since you currently blog with wordpress, this would be a very easy move–with everything transferable. We also offer advertising opportunities on your blog that just will not allow.

    If you would like more information, please feel free to personally email at I am currently trying to round up a team of 50 bloggers, one to represent all 50 states–if anyone else reads this and blogs about the great outdoors and their given state, feel free to email me, as well.

    Jason A. Hendricks
    Recruiting Director
    Skinny Moose Media


    Comment by The Adventurist — July 6, 2008 @ 12:01 am

  48. Hi there! I love your photos and have passed your blog onto my dad. I am wondering if you have a gallery where photos may be purchased? I would like to use a couple of your photos since I grew up in Plains. Thanks!


    Comment by Dee — August 7, 2008 @ 8:22 pm

  49. Post Script: I forgot to specify I am asking about a digital gallery where they can be purchased as I would like to use them in layouts and such.


    Comment by Dee — August 7, 2008 @ 8:24 pm

  50. Thanks for visiting, Dee! I’m sorry, but I don’t really have a gallery set up or any system to sell my photos. There have been quite a few conservation non-profit groups that I have allowed to use them for their publications, and they download the photos from Flickr and credit me in the publications.


    Comment by montucky — August 7, 2008 @ 9:32 pm

  51. Hello Montucky;

    I love your photos. I want to know if the chokecherries around Flathead lake are ripe yet? Can you help me out with that one? Its been a few years since I’ve been back and I want to travel back in time to find some ripe ones. Is now a good time or is next week better?
    You can email me at

    Thank you so much.



    Comment by Grant smith — August 15, 2008 @ 2:34 pm

  52. Grant, I just sent you an e-mail with what I know about the cherries. Essentially, I think another week would be much better.


    Comment by montucky — August 15, 2008 @ 4:41 pm

  53. Great stuff man! I too enjoy this state more than anything in the world, and I’m constantly proud at those who share it with everyone…keep up the good work.


    Comment by Jackson — August 18, 2008 @ 8:55 pm

  54. Posted the *BIG* spider pictures, and will (probably) be making another post. You have to see the size of the thing to believe it.


    Comment by katkmeanders — August 19, 2008 @ 4:33 pm

  55. Thanks for the support, Jackson and thanks for visiting!


    Comment by montucky — August 19, 2008 @ 8:15 pm

  56. Katk, Im glad to see you posting again!


    Comment by montucky — August 19, 2008 @ 8:15 pm

  57. Thanks for the gorgeous reminders of why we need to live responsibly. We’re adding your site to our blogroll!


    Comment by stepupmissoula — August 27, 2008 @ 8:53 am

  58. Thanks for stopping by and commenting, and I appreciate your linking to me! This is indeed a beautiful part of the country and everything we can do to remind folks of that certainly has to help!


    Comment by montucky — August 27, 2008 @ 4:28 pm

  59. Terry Glase:

    From June-Sep 1966, I was stationed on Big Hole Lookout out of Plains, MT. After viewing your July 2007 photos of Big Hole LO, my heart breaks at the neglect of that LO, but the scenery is still wonderful.



    Comment by Chad — October 5, 2008 @ 11:05 am

  60. Chad,

    Thanks for the visit! I love that old lookout, too! I sent you an email with the URL for my Flickr site where there are more photos of the old cab.


    Comment by montucky — October 6, 2008 @ 9:24 am

  61. Hello from New York. Montana is a beautiful state.


    Comment by mike — January 2, 2009 @ 2:09 pm

  62. Hello, Mike! Thanks for the visit!


    Comment by montucky — January 2, 2009 @ 3:36 pm

  63. i hope this is not a stupid question but… i have always been a slight believer in the paranormal and supernatural.

    i wanted to know your thoughts on this. have you ever had any experiences where you might have encountered bigfoot/ sasquatch?

    if not ,do you believe the creature exists?


    Comment by michael — January 26, 2009 @ 2:09 am

  64. Thanks for visiting, michael!

    I have not encountered any presence or evidence that I thought might be of a bigfoot/sasquatch. My experience has been mostly in this fairly small piece of western Montana. I have not encountered evidence of other animals, for instance wolverines, although we know they do exist, and certainly wouldn’t be able to say that bigfoot does not. I consider it possible that they are here, but have never seen any conclusive evidence of that. Man is, at best, only a casual visitor to the wilderness and certainly does not know about everything that may live there, particularly one that might have a relatively high intelligence and who doesn’t wish to be detected.


    Comment by montucky — January 26, 2009 @ 10:13 am

  65. Hello from Bigfork, MT! Love your photographs.


    Comment by Rena — February 19, 2009 @ 9:34 am

  66. Hello Rena! Thanks for the visit, neighbor!


    Comment by montucky — February 19, 2009 @ 10:50 am

  67. i have recently have had a large life change. i am hoping that i can take a break and find myself since i feel really lost. i think that the best option may be to get a little time alone away from others for a while.

    i am wondering how i can live like you or be in the position you are in. i mean, how did you get to inhabit where you are now?

    a little bit of time alone for introspection and meditation would be nice right now.


    Comment by michael — February 23, 2009 @ 2:46 am

    • About 15 years ago I moved from a large city to a rural area of Montana where I grew up as a “leap of faith” that I could make it work. It did, although it has been a struggle. Now I’m able to spend most of my time outdoors because I’m retired. Not wealthy by any stretch of the imagination, but not exactly in poverty either. Over all, my wife and I, even living on a fairly tight budget, are very happy to be here and would not consider going anywhere else.


      Comment by montucky — February 23, 2009 @ 9:36 am

  68. I don’t remember how I came across your photos on Flickr and am glad to have found your blog as well (I’ve been slow on the uptake, I guess). We’re in Southern California, but my guy’s most favorite place in the world is Glacier National Park. He took me a few summers ago, and I can see why he returns time and again. We so enjoy the wide-open spaces. If it weren’t for the mild winters that we love here, I think we’d be planning a move up your way, too! I’ve been enjoying these photos of yours and hope to return sometime soon to do more hiking, take more photos and do more sketches. Thanks for sharing!


    Comment by Wendee — March 30, 2009 @ 7:02 pm

    • Thanks for the visit, Wendee! I understand how folks can fall in love with Glacier: I live about a hundred miles from there. This is a wonderful area in which to live, although I think the winters are a couple months too long. I just hope the people of Montana will have the wisdom to protect what’s left of this wild country for those who will come after us.


      Comment by montucky — March 30, 2009 @ 9:15 pm

  69. Thanks for some touching photography…I grew up in Hot Springs and it was amazing to be able to recognize so many of the subjects…brought back so many great childhood memmories…from boy scout trips to Baldy lake to seeing actual pictographs from hundreds of years ago (which sadly are not being preserved properly)…I will continue to be a huge fan of your work…thanks again…


    Comment by M. Gill — April 1, 2009 @ 5:26 pm

    • I’m pleased to help bring back some pleasant memories! Thanks for the visit!


      Comment by montucky — April 1, 2009 @ 7:37 pm

  70. Good morning Montucky, this morning is the first time I’ve stumbled onto your phenomenal photography, thanks to Sara, who suggested I might just fall in love with your blog. Indeed, I have. I have loved nature and her beauty all of my life. She is one of the friends that I miss the most since severe MS confined me in an urban nursing home six years ago. Today, I strolled a while in wonder, making friends with the magic ones that people your photographs. Didn’t know quite how much I’ve missed them until I felt tears trailing down my face. Can’t think of lovelier, more unexpected gift. Thanks!


    Comment by Rev Julia — April 29, 2009 @ 11:01 am

    • Thank you for visiting and your wonderful comment! It makes me very happy to know that you have enjoyed the photos.


      Comment by montucky — April 29, 2009 @ 3:26 pm

  71. That’s a very lovely purpose to your blog and, you’re right, we take it all for granted most of the time. It’s true…that it’s only a small planet.


    Comment by Candace — June 10, 2009 @ 2:08 am

    • Thanks for visiting, Candace. I wish more folks could see the things that I’m able to see in the wild country. It would help them better realize just how fragile this world is and how dependent we are on the undeveloped areas for our very existence.


      Comment by montucky — June 10, 2009 @ 8:08 am

  72. Hi Montucky- your photos of roadless areas are really fantastic and we would love to use some of them on our site to educate our visitors on these areas. We are a nonprofit law firm that represents conservation groups in court to protect public lands, and we have been actively involved in the roadless rule for many years now. Can you write me back and let me know if we can use some of your photos? Thanks!


    Comment by Ray — June 23, 2009 @ 6:08 pm

  73. Hi Montucky. Just found your site and have enjoyed what I have seen so far.
    I look forward to reading more, both new psots and from the archives, very nice.


    Comment by DaveABirding — August 13, 2009 @ 11:08 am

  74. I just found your blog, and I couldn’t agree more. I’m most happy when I’m out in nature, taking in the sights, smells, and the peace. I live in W. South Dakota, and have been to Montana throughout my life. Love it! Beautiful photos here!


    Comment by Jann — August 13, 2009 @ 12:02 pm

    • Thanks for visiting, Jann! I think the human spirit needs a frequent connection to nature to be replenished. We are, after all, part of it. Good to hear from a neighbor!


      Comment by montucky — August 13, 2009 @ 10:46 pm

  75. Beautiful website! Reminds me of when I lived in Ennis and in Livingston.

    I’m putting together a website all about scavenger hunts and wonder if you would be interested in me providing you with a guest blog post or a couple of links to outdoor scavenger hunts. I think this would be a valuable resource for your visitors.

    My site is:

    Thanks for considering the idea.


    Comment by Rebecca — September 17, 2009 @ 6:11 pm

  76. Your photography is breathtaking. Well, I guess your roadless bits of Montana are what are breathtaking, but you capture it so beautifully. I live in a large city, so this is totally different world from mine.

    I also appreciate that you reply to the comments left her – which is why I am adding mine. So many photobloggers don’t acknowledge comments, which I find sad.


    Comment by VioletSky — December 9, 2009 @ 5:12 am

    • Thanks for the visit and the kind words, VioletSky! I appreciate comments very much and the feedback is important to me.


      Comment by montucky — December 9, 2009 @ 11:12 am

  77. Your photographs are great! I am a budding photographer and love taking outdoor photos. My family owns property in the Cabinet Mountain Valley, on Highway 56. The property sits right in the valley with Bull River running through it. We have great views of the Cabinets and Ibex Peak. I love seeing other photos of the area, hopefully as my young family gets older I can explore the area more thoroughly! Thanks for such a great blog. Tylan


    Comment by Tylan N. — January 29, 2010 @ 8:04 am

    • Thanks for stopping by Tylan! I love the area along the Bull River! That is a terrific area for landscapes. I hope to get over there for a day or two next summer: I don’t get into that end of the Cabinets too often.


      Comment by montucky — January 29, 2010 @ 11:22 am

  78. Beautiful site! This is why we live here! The MT Natural History Center has started a new site featuring naturalist observations on western MT’s plants, animals and activities. We’d love to do a link exchange with you, if you’re interested.
    Thanks for the reminder of what an amazing place we live in.


    Comment by MT Natural History Center — March 27, 2010 @ 9:06 am

    • I visited your site and I like it! I will be a regular visitor. I added your site to my blogroll and I’ll send you an email. I will support you in any way I can. Thank you!


      Comment by montucky — March 27, 2010 @ 4:08 pm

  79. Your photography is simply breath-taking! You also have a heart for wildlife and our beautiful outdoor world. Thanks for your tremendous blog!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — May 7, 2010 @ 9:14 pm

    • Thank you. I do love the outdoors and all of the things that fit together in our diverse ecological system. I wish others could see the things that I am privileged to see: I know they would love them too.


      Comment by montucky — May 7, 2010 @ 10:34 pm

  80. I love the words you chose to express your appreciation and concern for the wilderness.

    After living in Los Angeles for 22 years I longed for the great outdoors. I searched on the map for “0 population density”. I settled on a farm in Wisconsin on 236 acres with two valleys with trout streams, two open ridges, and lots of woodland.
    The Beaver appeared.
    I was told they were a problem for tthe road and that they would have to be trapped (killed) and that the dam would have to be taken down.
    This was in 1995.
    The township has been dealing with the “beaver issue” the same way for 15 years.
    Two years ago my farm house,my home, burned to the ground in the middle of the night.
    My daughter and i moved to town.
    After the thaw, this spring, I drove out to the farm to take the dogs for a run. What I found was more than I ever anticipated:bald eagle, blue heron, canada geese, mallards with their ducklings, turtles on logs,a cacophony of anphibian sounds, and a beaver swimming across the pond. It was like Paradise Lost…
    I came back to town and immediately contacted the local DNR Bilologist and asked that he email the Cllinton Town Chairman and recommend that they desist from any invasive activity til at least mid May.
    The next day I received a phone call, during which time I specifically told the Chairman NOT to trap.
    The very next day he called a trapper who set 8 traps the following day.
    I was alerted by a neighbor….
    To cut to the chase…
    Tomorrow there will be a big town meeting to discuss the fate of the beaver…
    In the month I have had to do research on this animal, I have been awakened to the possibility that this creature could very well restore our planet to better health…
    We are hoping to start that trend rght here in the Kickapoo Watershed.
    I wish to leave a sustainable planet to all the children, and their children’s children.
    I beleive now it is possible.


    Comment by Taryn — May 12, 2010 @ 12:20 am

    • Taryn, I certainly wish you folks the best of luck helping the beavers! There must be better ways to deal with them than trapping and destroying them. I will follow this with interest!


      Comment by montucky — May 19, 2010 @ 10:40 pm

  81. Hi – Love all of your photos. What camera are you using?
    Montana has always had a draw for me. It is absolutely gorgeous out there. I’ve traveled through Montana but never stayed more than a couple of nights. Do your walks take you near the Ruby Reservoir? I’ve heard there is some good fishing there.
    I’ve lived in rural areas most of my life. Montana is next on my list of places to visit.


    Comment by Judy McCormack — June 5, 2010 @ 9:38 am

    • Thanks for visiting, Judy. I have been using a Nikon D80 for the past year.

      I have not been to Ruby Reservoir: it is nearly 300 miles from where I live here in the northwestern part of the state. I hope you do get a chance to visit Montana. There aren’t all that many people here and lots of beautiful country!


      Comment by montucky — June 5, 2010 @ 8:14 pm

  82. I finally got up to the Cube Iron-Silcox Roadless Area a couple of times after having maps of the area for twenty years. Yours is one of few places on the web with cogent info of this special area. Thanks for sharing.


    Comment by Tim — August 8, 2010 @ 5:02 pm

    • Thanks for stopping by, Tim! It’s a beautiful area and I will be visiting there more times. Still hope to get to Marmot Peak yet this summer. Perhaps some time we will cross paths!


      Comment by montucky — August 8, 2010 @ 8:32 pm

  83. I just discovered your beautiful world of Montana (we have a ski resort here called Montana; unfortunately it has lost a lot of its natural beauty). Your photos are superb and I agree with you : we should preserve Nature, so that future generations will enjoy it and live in harmony with its never ending gifts. Thank you for your blog.


    Comment by isathreadsoflife — September 10, 2010 @ 1:53 am

    • Thank you for your visit and comment, Isa! It’s good to know that you also appreciate Nature and want to preserve it!


      Comment by montucky — September 10, 2010 @ 9:30 pm

  84. Hi. I’m a blogger who used to correspond with Tabbie. Her blog has gone private. If you know to reach her, please email me at donnatrussell at gmail dot com. Thank you.

    PS: Love your most recent photos. I posted the link on my facebook wall.


    Comment by donnatrussell — October 2, 2010 @ 11:07 am

  85. Hello – I really enjoy your photographs and am wondering if you might give me permission to use some as illustrations in water quality publications for Idaho DEQ. I don’t see a way to email you directly so hopefully this works… I’m particularly interested in a subalpine fir picture from June 24, 2007. I’d be happy to give credit for the photo if you don’t mind us using it.

    Thank you,


    Comment by Kajsa — November 2, 2010 @ 4:45 pm

    • Hello Kajsa,

      I just sent you an email with my permission to use any of my photos that you wish for Idaho DEQ purposes.


      Liked by 1 person

      Comment by montucky — November 2, 2010 @ 7:41 pm

  86. Your photos are wonderful, I really enjoy to see them while I am trying to imagine how it is to be there. I have been wondering if your icon is the print of an animals paw, and if it is then what animal? 🙂
    Happy new year.


    Comment by Giiid — January 4, 2011 @ 6:10 am

    • Thank you, Giiid! The icon is a rather stylized drawing of the paw print of a wolf, quite similar, of course to that of most any canine.


      Comment by montucky — January 4, 2011 @ 11:49 pm

  87. I love your blog, your pictures are beautiful.


    Comment by Mary Ann — January 25, 2011 @ 10:29 am

  88. I’m so happy to have found your site. I love it!

    I fell in love with beautiful Western Montana a couple of years ago. I visit every year now. I’d like to move there one day.

    Thanks for all of your lovely pictures and words.


    Comment by frisky lisp — January 31, 2011 @ 7:46 pm

    • Thank you for the visit! It’s good to hear that you also love western Montana!


      Comment by montucky — February 1, 2011 @ 12:13 am

  89. You take some of the most beautiful pictures of Montana that I’ve ever seen!! (I am a very loyal Montanan.) I put you on my blogroll. Keep up the good work.


    Comment by countrycowgirl — February 21, 2011 @ 6:45 pm

    • Thank you for the kind words. I have loved Montana all of my life, especially its mountains, wilderness and roadless areas. I wish everyone could see it and come to love it as I do!


      Comment by montucky — February 22, 2011 @ 10:43 pm

  90. I’ve been following a fellow who ranches outside Kalispell for three years. He posts daily photos of life on the ranch, and after three years I can distinguish his horses from one another and I know which direction the best snow-shoeing path leads.

    I’m delighted to have found your site, and your beautiful photography. It will be good to have another Montanan to follow.


    Comment by shoreacres — May 2, 2011 @ 7:21 am

    • Thank you for stopping by and leaving a note! I also live in the northwestern part of Montana, about 80 miles southeast of Kalispell. I hope you will enjoy seeing more of this part of the state!


      Comment by montucky — May 2, 2011 @ 7:59 pm

  91. I finally decided to click on your link on another blog, and folow it over here… WOW! I have been missing out! Beautiful photos… and Montana just moved up quite a few notches on my list of vacation destinations.


    Comment by thedailyclick — June 11, 2011 @ 6:35 am

    • Thanks for visiting! I’m happy to know that you enjoy some of the beauty of this part of the country!


      Comment by montucky — June 11, 2011 @ 10:10 am

  92. So gorgeous. I need to get back out there and watch the sunsets again.


    Comment by Leesa — August 23, 2011 @ 6:23 pm

    • Yes, you owe it to yourself! Thanks for stopping by, Leesa.


      Comment by Montucky — August 23, 2011 @ 8:34 pm

  93. I agree completely with your philosophy – we are in danger of taking the natural world for granted, or ignoring it completely. I’m enjoying your blog, and the awe that you have for wildlife and the landscape is evident in your photos.
    Looking forward to future posts!


    Comment by Jo Woolf — September 12, 2011 @ 12:49 am

    • Thank you Jo. I’m glad to know that you feel the same way that I do about the natural world and have the same respect for it!


      Comment by montucky — September 12, 2011 @ 6:48 pm

  94. Hi! I’ve been reading your website for a long time now and finally got the bravery to go ahead and give you a shout out from Porter Texas! Just wanted to mention keep up the great job!


    Comment by Monet Wogan — October 8, 2011 @ 5:32 am

  95. Sources…

    […]here are some links to sites that we link to because we think they are worth visiting[…]…


    Trackback by Inspired By Nature — October 11, 2011 @ 10:40 pm

  96. I need to say, youve got 1 with the finest blogs Ive observed in a long time. What I wouldnt give to be able to build a blog thats as fascinating as this. I guess Ill just have to maintain reading yours and hope that 1 day I can write on a subject with as much information as youve got on this 1!


    Comment by Marlin Panasci — October 13, 2011 @ 11:50 pm

  97. I discovered your web site on bing and check out the number of your earlier posts. Continue the superb work. Could you propose any kind of sources that are linked to your posting and people like me may possibly discover intriguing? Best wishes.


    Comment by Troy Mollenkopf — October 21, 2011 @ 5:23 pm

  98. Just discovered this site through Yahoo, what a pleasant surprise!


    Comment by myp2p eu worldcup2014 — November 2, 2011 @ 2:20 am

  99. Montucky – I finally came over to your place. It is great to know your eye and dedication to documenting, AND your mission to get us to see how important wild places are!
    cc aka cirrelda in Albuquerque


    Comment by C.C. — December 1, 2011 @ 6:05 pm

    • Thanks for visiting and commenting C.C.! I’m glad that you are interested in the wild places too!


      Comment by montucky — December 1, 2011 @ 10:25 pm

  100. Hi Glad someone appreciates and enjoys the creatures and plants we share the world with. Sounds like a great place to live. I have driven through Montana and it is beautiful.


    Comment by Anonymous — December 20, 2011 @ 5:36 pm

    • Yes, Montana has a lot of beauty remaining. Thanks for visiting!


      Comment by montucky — December 22, 2011 @ 12:10 am

  101. Hello Montucky – I just found you on someone else’s blog nominating you for a versatile blogger award…and my god, what beautiful photography! My in-laws hail from Montana, and while my kids made it up there, I’ve never visited…so I will have to follow you now, so I can cherish your visual offerings of your gorgeous natural surroundings. Thank you for sharing your world. 🙂


    Comment by seekraz — January 31, 2012 @ 10:35 pm

    • Thank you for visiting, Scott! I have a sense that you and I might enjoy many of the same things in nature. It’s a beautiful world out there!


      Comment by montucky — February 1, 2012 @ 10:49 pm

  102. Hello Montucky, I really enjoy reading your blog and seeing the photographs of your part of the world and to show appreciation I’d like to extend the ‘Very Inspiring Blogger’ award to you.

    If you feel you don’t want to accept that’s absolutely fine, but if you do, the award requests that you nominate your favourite seven blogs and notify them of the nomination, share seven facts about yourself, and lastly display the award logo on your website (a copy of the logo can be lifted from here:


    Comment by Finn Holding — March 16, 2012 @ 4:00 pm

    • Thank you so much for thinking of me: I am honored! I enjoy your blog and appreciate your visits to mine!

      For a number of reasons though, I do not feel comfortable with accepting awards for my blog. My reward for maintaining Montana Outdoors is simply that wonderful people like yourself read and enjoy it and I appreciate your readership, your comments and your thoughts. My blog is not about me, but about the wild country of the west that not everyone can experience first hand.

      My hope is that folks from all over enjoy seeing some of the beauty of Nature and the outdoors and that they will respect and help support the preservation of these places at a time when all of our natural resources are under extreme attack by those who want only to make a profit from exploiting them. I try to show as much as I can of the unspoiled areas. They are being destroyed and once gone there will be nothing to replace them.


      Comment by montucky — March 18, 2012 @ 9:20 pm

  103. Maravilhosas suas fotos!
    Onde você mora? quem é voce e o que faz?
    Who are you?
    Where´s you live?


    Comment by Jaqueline Matos - terapeuta floral — March 25, 2012 @ 7:00 am

    • Thank you for visiting, Jaqueline! I am just a man who loves the outdoors. I live in Montana, in the northwestern part of the United States near the Canadian border.


      Comment by montucky — April 15, 2012 @ 10:28 pm

  104. Because I enjoy and admire your blog so much, I have nominated you for the ABC Award. Please do not feel any pressure to accept this award, I understand if you do not wish to participate. But know your site is appreciated! Have a great weekend! Donna


    Comment by bayphotosbydonna — April 13, 2012 @ 9:14 pm

    • Thank you for thinking of me and for the kind words, Donna. I have chosen to not accept awards though: I just do not feel comfortable doing so. I hope you have had a great weekend!


      Comment by montucky — April 15, 2012 @ 10:30 pm

  105. I’ve nominated you for a Versatile Blogger Award.


    Comment by Cornel Apostol — May 1, 2012 @ 3:34 pm

    • Thank you for thinking of me for the award Cornel! I am honored! I just do not feel comfortable accepting awards though and have chosen to not accept them.


      Comment by montucky — May 1, 2012 @ 11:38 pm

  106. I, too, discovered your blog through someone else’s post. Your flower pictures are really exceptional in their clarity and detail (especially the great depth of field that you get with those close-ups). I am a biologist and beginning photographer and would like to invest in some better equipment. Would you describe your camera equipment for me in a reply to this comment? For example, are you using a particular kind of macro lens for the flower images, and do you use a flash with that lens to get such great depth of field?


    Comment by Sue — May 14, 2012 @ 6:55 am

    • Hello, Sue! Thank you for visiting my blog!

      The equipment that I use is rather simple for a couple of reasons; the cost of equipment and the fact that I shoot nearly everything while hiking in Montana’s back country trails where the weight that I carry is very important and therefore limits my amount of equipment to what I consider the essentials of camera and lenses.

      My camera is a Nikon D80 and I love it, although when I am able to afford it I plan to upgrade to the D90 because it has far superior ability to use high ISO’s which is a big advantage in low-light conditions. Weight 1.75 lbs.

      I have only three lenses. For landscapes and general photos I use a AF-S Nikkor 18 – 135mm 1:3.5 – 5.6, that I guess is called a “kit” lens, part of the camera package. Weight, 1 lb.

      For close-ups I use an AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm f/2.8D lens. It was expensive (for me at least) but I consider it well worth the cost. It does a great job on close-ups and at longer ranges performs like a regular 60mm lens. Weight, 1 lb. I have found that I get very good results with it using only the on-camera flash and the camera lets me compensate the flash strength, which I usually set at -.3 or-.7 so it doesn’t blow out the light colors.

      My third lens is an AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED. It too was expensive but again well worth it. I would love a stronger one except for the cost and the additional bulk and weight. This one weighs 2 lbs. I’ve made shots of small things with it at its minimum focal distance of about 5 feet that look like macro shots.

      I always have a filter on each lens to protect the lens glass. These are just UV filers, although on the 18-135mm I usually use a polarized one.

      My lenses cost far more than the camera, but I think they are the most important piece of a camera system and the huge advantage that an SLR has is the ability to use a variety of lenses.

      I hope this helps and that you have a great time with your photography!


      Comment by montucky — May 14, 2012 @ 9:07 am

      • thanks so much “montucky” — yes, the information is extremely helpful. I really appreciate the specific details. Good quality (expensive) lenses make the difference in high quality photos, and you definitely have those.


        Comment by Sue — May 14, 2012 @ 11:30 am

  107. It’s my first visit. What a find! So happy to have found your blog – I live in Colorado at the edge of the Pike National Forest and love being close to nature. I credit my parents. Just posted about the forest so felt fortuitous to have dropped in here. Your photography takes one away. Just subscribed and looking forward to more.


    Comment by Barb — July 8, 2012 @ 8:03 pm

    • Thanks for visiting and leaving a nice comment, Barb! I feel a kinship with anyone who enjoys the forests and the natural world!


      Comment by montucky — July 9, 2012 @ 8:58 pm

  108. Are you the Terry Glase that lived on 11th. street in Missoula? Ron Meaney


    Comment by Ron Meaney — July 24, 2012 @ 7:10 am

    • I am, Ron! I just sent you an email. It has been awhile, my friend!


      Comment by montucky — July 24, 2012 @ 8:36 am

  109. I just found your blog through another post from someone who admires your work. I am more than impressed; you are a true artist. I shall be back and will link your blog on my sidebar if that’s okay with you. I also sent your url to a friend whose photos I also admire. My photos are pretty pedestrian since I don’t know too much yet about manual settings. Difficult for me. It will be a joy returning often to see what you have posted.


    Comment by Kate Mura — September 28, 2012 @ 12:19 am

    • Hello Kate! Thank you for visiting and for your kind words! My photos are a result of my treks into the back country and forests of western Montana, and they are of the things large and small that I encounter there. To the extent that they accurately show what I see I am happy with them and I’m still learning what those who engineered my camera thought. (It never ends!)


      Comment by montucky — September 29, 2012 @ 11:02 pm

  110. […] Montana Outdoors is about the beauty of western Montana. […]


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  111. Beautiful pictures! If you’re ever in Yellowstone Photo say ‘hi’ to Rhonda for me and tell her Paul Rentz from IPI says hi! I live in Corvallis, OR. Not as ‘wild’ as your area but I sure do enjoy not having to go far to see elk, eagles and the rest. Paul


    Comment by Paul — January 5, 2013 @ 11:03 pm

    • I’ll do that Paul, but I rarely get to Missoula these days and even more rarely do I get down town. Corvallis was one of the places that I was interested in moving to many years ago. I love that area. Couldn’t find a job in the area though.


      Comment by montucky — January 7, 2013 @ 9:06 pm

  112. I was in Montana last August going to Glacier national. It is truly great country. I stayed in whitefish and drove around but need more time. I will return again, maybe you can give me some locations for photography.


    Comment by Solitary Man Photography — March 26, 2013 @ 7:21 am

  113. Thanks


    Comment by Solitary Man Photography — March 28, 2013 @ 9:04 am

  114. It is definitely beautiful out there in your wild country.
    I always enjoy seeing your photographs.


    Comment by Mary Strong-Spaid — April 26, 2013 @ 9:53 am

    • Thanks Mary. We are fortunate to have many places that have not yet been touched by “civilization”. I wish I could say I think they will stay that way.


      Comment by montucky — April 26, 2013 @ 8:56 pm

  115. Hello – fantastic photos! I am making an educational video on the Western Trillium and I would love to use some of your photos – would that be ok?


    Comment by Anica Williams — August 28, 2013 @ 10:28 am

  116. Your website and blog is absolutely beautiful! I came across your website and your stunning photography – I’m actually looking for a photo of Wild Bill Lake (I believe near Red Lodge, MT). It’s for a special project for a friend…I was wondering if you might have visited there before and taken some photos. I would be sincerely grateful if you could email me if you have a moment. If not, thank you anyways for reading – you capture the untouched beauty of MT so well! Take care


    Comment by Anonymous — September 9, 2013 @ 7:23 pm

  117. Found you at Maria’s – you have the same ideas about nature and mankind as I have, but more fantastic photos. I will visit again. Montana is enigmatic and so are your pictures.


    Comment by lagottocattleya — September 15, 2013 @ 3:56 pm

  118. Have you always lived there? Are you retired, work FT or have a job that allows you to capture these amazing photos? I dream about going ‘out west’ having lived on the east coast my whole life. Doubt it will happen now, but it sure is lovely.


    Comment by 2ndhalfolife — October 16, 2014 @ 9:45 am

    • I have been retired for about 10 years now and plan to spend the time I have left near to and in the wilderness and wild country of the northwest. I spent the first 20 years of my life in Missoula, Montana, left after high school to attend college, entered the military after a few years of school and after that lived and worked in Arizona. About 20 years ago I was able to return here to the place that I love most and will never again leave. It has been wonderful to be able to experience the wilderness, something I wish everyone could do. It would make such a huge difference in the world were they able to.


      Comment by montucky — October 16, 2014 @ 8:35 pm

  119. beautiful pics. I saw your site at alltop and when i clicked to your site i was stunned. absolutely breathtaking.


    Comment by Alex — November 17, 2014 @ 3:48 pm

  120. Just stumbled on your site; fantastic photos from places and wildlife so different. Looking forward for more.


    Comment by — November 18, 2014 @ 1:44 am

    • Thank you for visiting and taking the time to comment, Maurice!


      Comment by montucky — November 18, 2014 @ 9:42 pm

  121. I’ve been reading a lot lately about how we are just destroying the world. I guess I’m just an old hippie at heart…not that I’m not contributing in my way too…we all are I suppose. But I find I’m just getting particularly depressed by it lately (the older I get). I hope someday I can stop the grind and life more in tune with everything. I’ve done as best I can: been a vegetarian for close to 38 years (now a vegan); have recycled for as long as I can remember; composted; etc. But still…it’s never enough. 😦


    Comment by 2ndhalfolife — December 3, 2014 @ 2:31 pm

    • Once, many of our species knew how to preserve the earth and practiced it and taught our children that concern and knowledge and it was part of our culture.

      I have long liked the words of Chief Seattle (a chief of the Duwamish tribe who died about a hundred and fifty years ago) when he said: “You must teach your children that the ground beneath their feet is the ashes of your grandfathers.  So that they will respect the land, tell your children that the earth is rich with the lives of our kin.  Teach your children what we have taught our children, that the earth is our mother.  Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth.  If men spit upon the ground, they spit upon themselves.”

      So-called “civilization” seems to have spawned selfishness and greed and the idea that our technology and arrogance have become supreme on our planet, ignoring the earth itself, and the culture in most countries has changed. Personally, I think that unless we fairly soon recognize the problem here and begin to protect this fragile natural world that provides everything for us, it will be the end of our species. Ironically, the earth will remain and in time correct the destruction that we have created and continue on, but our species will no longer be represented.


      Comment by montucky — December 3, 2014 @ 8:36 pm

  122. We came visiting on recommendation of Maurice at I AM Safari, and loved what we found! Beautiful blog, we’ll certainly be back!


    Comment by de Wets Wild — February 26, 2015 @ 8:20 pm

    • Thank you! I hope you will enjoy seeing photos of some of this part of the world and I’m sure that I will enjoy seeing some from your area too!

      Liked by 1 person

      Comment by montucky — February 26, 2015 @ 9:28 pm

  123. Hello! So glad I stumbled upon your blog, my family is from Noxon and I grew up playing in the Cabinets and the reservoir around Noxon and Trout Creek. My husband and I are backpackers and our favorite place is the Cabinets. I’d love to talk further with you (trail beta etc), but I can’t find your email address. Mine is Planning trips now, and would love to discuss! Aimee


    Comment by Aimee — May 11, 2015 @ 7:56 am

    • Hi Aimee,
      I just sent you an email so you can have my address. Good to hear from you and hope we can talk. We seem to love the same area!


      Comment by montucky — May 11, 2015 @ 8:31 pm

  124. Wow, what beautiful photos! Stumbled upon your site while researching 3-nite backpacking options in the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness. So many of the lakes you’ve shot are breathtaking. Hoping I can find the right trip for myself and my buddy to experience, too. Thanks for the visual encouragement.


    Comment by YzPlayr — July 28, 2015 @ 2:12 pm

  125. I found your blog via a Google search for a place I want to hike to but I can’t find an email address for you so I can ask you some questions about the hike. My email address is: I was wondering if you could contact me there so I can ask you some questions about a trail head location. Thank you!


    Comment by Andy Canfield — June 29, 2016 @ 9:34 am

  126. I enjoyed your words so much. Thank you!!!
    When I miss the mountains I travel to Sweden or Norway. That’s the closest wilderness for me.
    All the best,
    Copenhagen, Denmark

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by Hanna — January 4, 2017 @ 4:00 pm

  127. Wonderful photos!

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by keebslac1234 — January 4, 2017 @ 5:27 pm

  128. Thanks for following my blog! You’ve got some great content here. I look forward to reading more of it!

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by Laura Elizabeth — August 27, 2017 @ 4:50 pm

    • I’ve been wandering through your blog a bit and I love it. I really like your attitude and approach to things: it’s very refreshing!


      Comment by montucky — August 27, 2017 @ 7:31 pm

      • Just saw this now – Thank you! I do hope it is refreshing – It is so easy to get caught up in the busyness and bustle of living in the 21st century, and the thing is, so much of what we do doesn’t even matter. We spend our time on things that are not lasting at all, and that don’t refresh our souls in the slightest.

        Liked by 1 person

        Comment by Laura Elizabeth — September 9, 2017 @ 7:58 pm

  129. Hello,

    We are a group of citizens in the area of the Cube Iron who want to educate local folks on stewardship and back country opportunities in the CIS, would you be willing to let us use some of your photos on our website and Facebook?


    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by cubeironcataractcoalition — April 2, 2018 @ 10:19 am

  130. Wow, awesome blog, full of wildlife pictures, indeed Montana must be a small paradise, where humans and nature can live side by side, in harmony! Hope to visit Yellowstone soon! Thanks for sharing your pictures and experiences and stay in touch, following your blog!

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by wildlife-reporter — July 20, 2018 @ 12:34 am

    • Thanks. There are still wild areas in Montana, but like everywhere else the profit motive from big companies and politicians are putting pressure on them. The remaining wild areas and their inhabitants best protection at the moment is the ruggedness of the terrain.

      Liked by 1 person

      Comment by montucky — July 20, 2018 @ 4:26 pm

      • Unfortunately this is so true! Even the very reason of Yellowstone’s existence is because no permanent human settlements can be built there, due to proximity of volcano to the surface…and pressure just builds up on other wild places, as human population grows, modern agriculture depletes soil and everything is viewed from pure short term material perspective…very sad! However, I think you do a great service for advertising on your blog the beauty of nature and wildlife, people need to be aware of what is at stake…thanks, and stay in touch!

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        Comment by wildlife-reporter — July 21, 2018 @ 5:48 am

  131. Awesome blog! How long do burned trees need to be left until they are “seasoned” and ready to be cut?

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by tommyfrank — August 15, 2018 @ 1:22 pm

    • The burned trees can be cut right away if for lumber. For firewood, they need to season at least a year, better two depending on their size.


      Comment by montucky — August 16, 2018 @ 8:07 am

  132. Beautiful pictures on your site. I will follow you. What kind of ‘Theme” are you using for your site?

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by ronaldpoels — March 12, 2019 @ 3:49 am

    • Thank you Ronald! The theme I use is “Silver is the New Black”. I chose it because it allows me a good amount of space on a page for photos.


      Comment by montucky — March 12, 2019 @ 9:06 pm

  133. Hi! I found your blog while looking for information on the CC Divide Trail. I live in Boise, and I’m starting a non-profit backcountry route organization and was wondering if I could use some of your pictures for the website and Instagram, with credit of course. Thanks so much for the great photos and information!


    Comment by Steven Palmer — March 26, 2019 @ 4:46 pm

  134. Wonderful photos!! I miss our walks in nature looking at wild flowers and wild life.


    Comment by Ann Fear — August 25, 2022 @ 11:32 am

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