Montana Outdoors

October 13, 2017

Odds and ends

Filed under: Autumn — Tags: , — montucky @ 2:16 pm

Some fall colors are showing in this part of western Montana as it quickly turns toward winter. It is surprising that any flowers still remain and that so many leaves are still green after many frosts and freezes. Perhaps it is because of the many rainy days in the past several weeks. The fires here are finally out: I will post some photos of the fire area when I get a chance to visit the burned areas.

Maple leaves just turning color

Fall colrs

Maple

Black Hawthorn

Aster

Spotted Knapweed

Fall colors

Aster

Lichen

Box Elder

Fall colors

Rural Nursery

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October 7, 2017

Weeksville Creek Rainbow

Filed under: Autumn, Weeksville Creek — Tags: , , — montucky @ 4:11 pm

Weeksville Creek Rainbow

It often pays to go for a walk in the rain.

September 20, 2017

One of our Autumn colors here is, well… white.

Filed under: Autumn — Tags: , , — montucky @ 10:02 pm

There was fog this morning, filling the valley, and I had decided to just rest up and finish getting over a cold that I’ve had for several days, but just after noon the clouds started to thin out and I could see fresh snow on the peaks to the west. I accepted the invitation, and the trail to Big Hole Lookout seemed just right.

Big Hole Lookout Trail 368

Big Hole Lookout Trail 368

Big Hole Lookout Trail 368

The fresh snow looked good enough to eat. So how do you do that?

You scoop some up with your nose, then stick your tongue wayyy out and…

Buster

And while Buster was having a wonderful time eating snow and getting wet and muddy I couldn’t resist recording scenes of the not-quite-ready-to-leave-summer vegetation meeting about 4 inches of new snow.

Thimbleberry leaf

Thimbleberry leaf

Fireweed leaf

Alder leaf

Fern leaves

Leaf

September 19, 2017

An abrupt change

Filed under: wildfire — Tags: , , — montucky @ 10:04 am

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This is pretty much the same way that this scene has looked since around the end of August, but this morning there is a huge difference. The haze today is fog and water vapor, not smoke from the fires. What a relief! There is still much work to be done on the fires, but the threat is very much less.

September 11, 2017

Sheep Gap Fire, September 11, 2017 ~ Day 14

Filed under: wildfire — Tags: , , — montucky @ 8:46 pm

This afternoon the sun came out for a while and much of the fire activity shifted toward the west so I went down there to get a visual fire update from that end.

Sheep Gap Fire

Sheep Gap Fire

Sheep Gap Fire

Sheep Gap Fire

Sheep Gap Fire

Sheep Gap Fire

Sheep Gap Fire

Sheep Gap Fire

Sheep Gap Fire

Denizen of the log deck

Filed under: Animals — Tags: , — montucky @ 11:20 am

Cottontail

This little Cottontail has been hanging out right next to the log deck lately. After I have cut all of the wood that I will need for this winter there will still be a lot of logs left. I will cover them to keep the snow off and that will create a wonderfully safe, dry shelter where he will most likely live all winter.

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