Montana Outdoors

December 12, 2017

Islands in a sea of clouds ~ Another visit to Corona Divide

Filed under: Cabinet Mountains, Winter — Tags: , , , — montucky @ 11:36 pm

Today a friend and I visited the Corona Divide one last time before the weather conditions that create these scenes subsides and found that today there were islands in the sea of clouds.

Corona Divide

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Corona Divide

Corona Divide

Corona Divide

Corona Divide

Wolf track in the snow

Ice crystals formed in the track of a wolf.

Corona Divide

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December 10, 2017

A visit to Corona Divide

Filed under: Cabinet Mountains, Winter — Tags: , , — montucky @ 11:38 pm

High pressure has been in place over western Montana for what has seemed like an eternity, trapping low stratus clouds and freezing fog over the Clark Fork River. Viewed from the valley, the clouds dim the light and obscure the mountain tops (and sometimes the mountains themselves) that surround it. Sometimes however, that can bring an opportunity for seeing some very pretty scenery if you can get above the clouds. On a hunch today I took a forest road for fifteen miles to the Corona Divide about three thousand feet above the valley and it turned out to be just above the low dense clouds. The following are some of the ninety photos I brought back from the Divide today.

Corona Divide

Corona Divide

Corona Divide

Corona Divide

Corona Divide

Corona Divide

Corona Divide

Corona Divide

Corona Divide

Corona Divide

Corona Divide

Corona Divide

June 24, 2017

Think cool!

Spring Creek

Spring Creek

Two miles up the Spring Creek trail on a hot summer day. Crystal clear, ice cold water cascading down a deep canyon under the canopy of tall, old-growth cedars…

June 17, 2017

More of USFS trail 345

Trail 345 is about 15 miles long. Extending from Baldy Mountain on the east to Big Hole Peak on the west, it follows the crest of a small divide called different names in various places: Loneman Divide, Weeksville Divide or, on old maps, Buffalo Bill Divide. These photos were taken on June 16, 2017 in the rain along Loneman Divide, about 5 miles east of those in the previous post and a thousand feet lower in elevation.

Red Clover

Red Clover ~ Trifolium pratense

Small-flowered Penstemon

Small-flowered Penstemon ~ Penstemon procerus

Pointedtip Mariposa Lily

Pointedtip Mariposa Lily ~ Calochortus apiculatus

Trail 345

Trail 345

Pointedtip Mariposa Lily

Trail 345

Trail 345

Trail 345

Trail 345

Trail 345

Yellow Indian paintrush

Yellow Indian Paintbrush

Stonecrop

Stonecrop ~ Sedum rupicola

June 16, 2017

USFS trail 345

Trail 345 is always a most pleasant trail, but every five years or so it becomes a trail of the big flowers. These are photos taken along about a mile of the trail as it starts its climb from Weeksville Divide up toward Big Hole Peak.

Trail 345

Trail 345

Trail 345

Trail 345

Trail 345

Trail 345

Trail 345

Trail 345

Trail 345

Thimbleberry

Thimbleberry ~ Rubus parviflorus

Dwarf rose, Wood rose

Dwarf rose, Wood rose ~ Rosa gymnocarpa

June 10, 2017

Toward the northwest

Filed under: Baldy Mountain roadless area — Tags: , — montucky @ 8:32 pm

To the northwest

Photo taken from the Baldy Mountain roadless area in the Cabinet Mountains of western Montana.

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