Through the post-fire forest of Blue Mountain

The Blue Mountain fire raged along the steep slopes a few years ago, and that apparent destruction has turned into a flourish of life. Mountain and Western Bluebirds patrol the naked spires of Douglas-fir and Ponderosa pine as Orange-crowned Warblers and Dark-eyed Juncos haunt the lower reaches. A warm May hike through this area is an act of totality, realizing the extant of nature in our minds.

Blue Mountain Trail 3.01 Route

Blue Mountain Trail 3.01 Route

Blue Mountain Trail 3.01

Blue Mountain Trail 3.01

Brown Elfin

Brown Elfin

Missoula from Blue Mountain

Missoula from Blue Mountain

Variegated Meadowhawk - Sympetrum corruptum

Variegated Meadowhawk – Sympetrum corruptum

Wooley Groundsel

Wooley Groundsel

Written by Radd Icenoggle

I am a native Montanan, who has spent a lifetime as an outdoors and wildlife enthusiast. I earned a degree in biology with an emphasis on habitat relations. During my studies, I had the great fortune to research and compose a thesis that explored the effects of slope aspect on...
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