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 16, 2016

A new Fall wardrobe…

Even though Fall isn’t officially here yet, the south-facing hillsides of Baldy Mountain are beginning to show off the new season’s colors, making a hike on one of my favorite trails (USFS trail 340 in the Baldy Mountain Roadless Area) an especially pleasant way to spend an afternoon.

Baldy Mountain trail 340

Baldy Mountain trail 340

Baldy Mountain trail 340

Baldy Mountain trail 340

Baldy Mountain trail 340

Baldy Mountain trail 340

Fir tree resin/sap

A few drops of sap from a Fir next to the trail.

Baldy Mountain trail 340

Baldy Mountain trail 340

October 21, 2015

Graves Creek Road

Filed under: Autumn — Tags: , , , — montucky @ 7:36 pm

Along Graves Creek road/Along Graves Creek road

Along Graves Creek road

The light was good on the Graves Creek Road the other day. This road connects from the Blue Slide Road west of the town of Thompson Falls Montana to Vermilion Pass and the trail head to Mount Headley.

October 20, 2015

Big Hole Lookout

Big Hole Lookout

Photo taken on October 16, 2015

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