Montana Outdoors

May 25, 2017

Firewood season

Filed under: Summer — Tags: , — montucky @ 9:19 pm

Last Tuesday I made a trip into a higher region of the back country scouting for a place to start cutting firewood for next winter. I found that an access gate that the Forest Service said was open wasn’t open: fortunately I was just scouting and hadn’t planned to do some serious cutting. At least I brought back a few photos. The gate sits at an elevation of about 5,600 feet and the peaks in the photos are 7,000 to 7,400 feet. This is in what was about the center of the Chippy Creek fire in 2007 that consumed 150 square miles of the Lolo National Forest. The fire-killed trees will make excellent firewood but the real good news is all of the new tree growth that is already taking place. It will be 200 years before it gets back to what it once was, but Nature has plenty of time. It’s too bad that mankind doesn’t.

Little Thompson Peak (7,000 ft)

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Little Thompson Peak

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Thompson Peak (7,400 ft)

Thompson Peak

Little Thompson Peak

Across Thompson River valley

July 23, 2013

…and the livin’ is easy…

Filed under: Butterflies, Summer — Tags: , — montucky @ 2:09 pm

Butterflies and thistle

July 8, 2013

It’s getting along toward that time of the season

Last Saturday there some shrubs along the trail with pairs of red berries; Utah Honeysuckle. Then today as I was enjoying some Serviceberries (my favorite wild fruit) I noticed the seed head of a Goat’s Beard, and I realized that it is already getting into the mature time of the season.

Utah honeysuckle, Rocky Mountain honeysuckle

Utah Honeysuckle

Utah Honeysuckle, Lonicera utahensis

Yellow Salsify, Goat's Beard

Yellow Salsify, Goat's Beard,

Yellow Salsify, Goat’s Beard, Tragopogon dubius

Saskatoon, Serviceberry

Saskatoon, Serviceberry

Saskatoon, Serviceberry, Amelanchier alnifolia

November 29, 2012

Late afternoon on the river

Filed under: Summer — Tags: — montucky @ 11:53 pm

Reflections

There are ways to judge the success of a fishing trip other than the number and size of the fish that are caught. (June of 2011)

July 4, 2012

Moon and river

Filed under: Summer — montucky @ 12:23 am

Moon on the river

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