Montana Outdoors

May 22, 2014

Old cabin with a view

Old house ~ Mission mountains

An old cabin on the Flathead Indian Reservation near Arlee Montana with the Mission Mountains as a backdrop.

December 15, 2013

Flathead frost garden

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Flathead frost garden

Scene of the Flathead River on the Flathead Indian Reservation. Photo taken on 12/18/2009.

December 3, 2013

Rainbow Lake; frozen

Filed under: Winter — Tags: , , — montucky @ 10:24 pm

Rainbow Lake; frozen

This is the lake that was so blue in the photos posted a few days ago. Now it is completely frozen over and that surface you see is clear ice. I thought the picture might look good with the WordPress snowflakes

November 15, 2012

Waterfall at Rainbow Lake

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Waterfall at Rainbow Lake

This small waterfall on the Flathead Indian Reservation here in western Montana gets only a few visitors every year. It is on no maps, it has no name, there is not a sign anywhere advertising its existence and even the trail that leads up to it is unmarked. Yet it is not without its own quiet beauty.

Waterfall at Rainbow Lake

January 24, 2011

A visit to an old painting

Filed under: Pictographs — Tags: , , , , — montucky @ 12:29 pm

In winter, when ice blocks the forest roads that lead up into the high country, it is pleasant sometimes to visit some of the lower valley areas on the Flathead Indian Reservation where there is interesting scenery

Old ranch road

Old ranch road

Spring-fed duck pond

Spring-fed pond above the river

and a large variety of wildlife.

Whistling swan

Whistling swans (the American race of the Tundra swan)

Big horn sheep

Big horn sheep

(The previous two photos are of interest, not because they are particularly good photos, but because they were taken only one minute apart, 180 degrees from each other.)

Last winter on one of those treks I came across a haunting piece of artwork on a very large rock along the river. (Some background can be found in a story I posted then, Pictograph, or Ancient Art…. I initially thought it was an old pictograph because there are some pictographs in the same general area (even though this one was quite different from the others and in a separate location). I contacted some of the authorities of the Tribe and told them of it and took one of their Wardens to see it. To my surprise, they had been unaware of it, but thought it was not an ancient pictograph but a much more recent creation than the others and seemed quite unconcerned about it. While I am certainly not an expert in that subject, I am still convinced that it was painted centuries ago.

A few days ago I made a hike into the same area to enjoy the landscape and revisit the painting, hopeful that it had survived the year without sustaining damage. (It is located in a place that does receive some traffic and its only protection comes from the fact that it is very small and easily overlooked by visitors.) I was happy to see that it has not been disturbed.

The artwork is small, about the size of a credit card. Here is a close-up photo:

Rock art

Here is a photo of the painting in it’s location on the rock (at the lower right) above the river, where the pair of rams perpetually gaze over the river toward the peaks beyond.

Rock art

December 21, 2010

For the first day of Winter:

Filed under: Winter — Tags: , , — montucky @ 8:06 pm

Frozen waterfall

Frozen waterfall at Rainbow Lake 


Having failed to remember to visit this place during winter the last two years, I remembered today and loaded my camera gear and snowshoes (which I didn’t need) into the Jeep and headed out. The lake is only about a dozen miles from home, and there is a short walk of a half mile or so from the highway to the fall. I naively tied a tripod to my pack (for a long exposure), thinking that most of the fall would still be running: it was, but behind the ice! I was very pleased to see a few rays of sun filtering through the trees onto the ice.



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