Montana Outdoors

June 1, 2013

Idaho sunset

Filed under: Sunsets — Tags: , , — montucky @ 8:27 pm

Idaho sunset

Idaho sunset

Idaho sunset

Idaho sunset

More often of late I have been spending the night before a hike at the trail head. That way I can get an early start on the trail (around daylight) but also there is frequently a pretty sunset to be seen from those locations. These were taken a little after 9:30 last night from a trail at the Montana/Idaho border. (As the sunset began to develop I hiked up the trail a ways to get a better setting.)

July 25, 2012

Pear Lake, Blossom Lakes ~ Evan’s Gulch Roadless Area (2)

Filed under: Montana, Sunsets — Tags: , , — montucky @ 8:33 pm

When the sun was setting that night there was quite a change in colors, from the gold (the first photo in this group was the first shot I took) to the pinks and blues and purples as it progressed. And right in the middle of the whole thing, the sky to the north, under a thunderstorm that had begun to gather, the sky was different yet, as seen in the third photo. I don’t claim to understand all of it, just to admire.





November 20, 2011

Winter variety

Filed under: Winter — Tags: , — montucky @ 11:48 pm

Fresh snow

Through the lodgepoles

Snowy ranch road

Icicle time

One of the delights of winter in northwestern Montana is that the face of the outdoors is constantly changing.

March 8, 2011

Cool weather blooms

Filed under: Flowers — Tags: , , — montucky @ 9:33 pm

Off and on throughout the winter small flashes of color were visible through the snow in one of our flower beds. Now that most of the snow has melted in the flower bed in the rock wall, it is clear that the color came from some pansies. Bought about four years ago as “annuals”, they have happily blossomed every year since, and very early at that. Some, as these must have been, are bred to stand up to the cold, but these are incredible. A little over a week ago, our night temperature was -8°F: we have since had highs in the low 40’s and nights in the teens or lower 20’s. Today there were blossoms on about a dozen of the plants:

Winter pansy

Winter pansy Winter pansy

Winter pansy Winter pansy

February 9, 2011

Winter Big Horns

Filed under: Animals, Bighorn sheep, Winter — Tags: , , — montucky @ 8:32 pm

It was a cold, snowy day today but with their heavy winter coats the Big Horns didn’t mind.

Big Horn ram

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

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