The rain is finally here. Our first measurable rainfall came yesterday, and hasn’t stopped since. The mountains are getting snow, too, above 5,000 feet. The summer of 2017 is now officially the driest and hottest in recorded history for Montana. Good riddance.
I had to get out into the woods. On my way to the mountains, this bison blocked me on a narrow, dangerous road. Eventually he let me pass.
Two days ago, we had an amazing smoke-free evening in Montana. So I went out into the woods and encountered this majestic buck, along with some of his friends.
Earlier in the summer, well before the smoke and fires, I was fortunate to spend a glorious day in the Bitterroot National Forest. This 1.587 million acre national forest straddles the Montana/Idaho border, culminating in the spectacular 10,157 foot Trapper Peak.
Most people visit Montana because of Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park. But I find the Bitterroots to be just as scenic. It’s likely the range would be a national park, if not for the other two.
Last fall I was lucky to film this bull moose feeding on aquatic vegetation in Glacier National Park. Here’s hoping for cooler times once more in Montana, which is currently being hammered by widespread fires and poor air quality.
Every so often Montana will give you a jaw-dropping scene. I had to wait this bear out, but eventually the bear’s hunger took over as it dug up rocks for grubs.