Montana Outdoors

November 18, 2012

Portrait of a squirrel

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Red Squirrel, Pine Squirrel

Red Squirrel, Pine SquirrelPine squirrel, Red squirrel, Tamiasciurus hudsonicus

Upon making his careful decision to take up residency here with us (at least until the sunflower seeds run out), this little fellow insisted on sitting for a portrait to be added to the family album.

August 15, 2010

Luncheon guest

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Actually I think I was the guest: we were dining in his dining room. The cone that he was eating looked better than my trail mix, but I don’t know…

Pine squirrel

(This little guy lives in a beautiful basin about 800 feet below the top of Cube Iron Mountain in the Cube Iron – Silcox roadless area of western Montana.)

March 16, 2008

Springtime in the Rockies

Filed under: Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures, Spring — Tags: , , — montucky @ 8:10 pm

When I was a small boy, a song was popular with the older folks in my family, especially my Grandfather and two of my uncles. It was titled “Springtime in the Rockies”, was recorded by none other than Gene Autry, and remained popular in this area for many years. Although I’ve long ago forgotten the lyrics, I can still remember the tune, but most of all I remember those old folks and the springtime they always loved so much here in this part of the west.

Those old folks have been gone for many, many years now and so many other things have changed over the passage of time since the mid 40’s,  yet there are some things that so far have stayed the same.

The buttercups remain the first blossoms to open in spring along the edge of the meadow above the house.

Buttercup

There’s still a pine squirrel or two foraging on pine cones on the steep hillsides that lead up from the river.

Pine squirrel

And bright colored lichens still decorate the rocks on that little pine covered shelf just above the river.

Lichens along the Clark Fork

If we have any wisdom left with us at all, we won’t ever let those things change.

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