Montana Outdoors

November 1, 2018

Thompson River

Filed under: Autumn, Trees — Tags: , , , — montucky @ 8:05 pm

Thompson River

Thompson River

Thompson River

These photos were taken about a week ago along Thompson River in northwest Montana and are the last of the best of this season’s fall colors. It has rained ever since, the larch have lost most of their golden needles and the cottonwoods have shed a large part of their leaves. The rain is now providing a good drink for the trees before the ground freezes and they enter the desert-like conditions (from their perspective) of winter.

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October 30, 2017

Autumn colors

Filed under: Autumn — Tags: , , , — montucky @ 11:07 am

The last of our trees to turn color are the Black Cottonwoods and the Western Larch. I hope they hold their color for another week so I can get a few more photos before all of the color here is white.

Black Cottonwood

Western Larch

Western Larch

Western Larch

Western Larch

Western Larch

Western Larch

Western Larch

Western Larch

Western Larch

Western Larch

Western Larch

Black Cottonwood

Black Cottonwood

October 19, 2017

Morning mist and Autumn colors

Filed under: Autumn — Tags: , — montucky @ 3:50 pm

Many of our trees are showing nice Autumn colors in the misty mornings, but the needles of the Western Larch are just beginning to turn gold.

Autumn colors

Mistly morning

Autumn colors

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

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

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