Hiking Ousel Falls Trail | Big Sky, Montana
My friend Sonia, her sister Sarah, and I went for a beautiful hike last week. Sonia took all of the amazing pictures of me. She is amazing and we have collaborated before. She actually came to visit me in Reno - it was the first time we met in person. We were Snapchat friends before that. Anyways, she can be found by clicking the links below and I will link our collaborations below too!
Where: Ousel Falls Trail, Big Sky, Montana
When: January 2018
Trail Distance: 1.6 miles
Distance from Bozeman: ~1 hours
Directions & Parking
Since I am not the best at giving directions use the handy map below. There is plenty of parking, it's easy to find - just right off the road - and there are plenty of sgns along the trail so you don't get lost!
I love the candid photos of me and Sarah. I also love the bridges found along the path. I would say the path is easy to moderate - there is a little bit of a climb at the beginning. It's 1.6 miles total and I've read that it's dog and kid-friendly!
The snow on the trees has to be one of my favorite things about winter. The frosted trees are my absolutely favorite but snow covered is beautiful too. If you have been living under a rock - sorry! - Whitefish, Montana right now is seriously gorgeous with the snow crusted trees -> click here
I also love the sheer amount of snow in Montana right now. There has been a snow drought everywhere else, Tahoe, Colorado, but Montana has plenty and I love it. I never considered myself to be a huge fan of winter... until I lived in the desert for ~3 years (yes Boise you were like a desert because it never snowed in town). Now that I've experienced heat, I will never live in another area that doesn't get snow.
The frosted moss on these rocks were one of my favorite parts of the hike. I've never seen moss like this, although, to be honest, I never did much winter hiking before this year. This is one of the reasons I am so happy to be home. I have gone on 5 hikes already this winter, in the month that I have been home, and with each one, I learn a little more about myself.
Instagram has been my mortal enemy lately. I scroll through my feed and I follow either amazing photographers who make me feel bad about my own work (yes I need to step back and realize they weren't good when they started either) or I see adds for filtered, dark, boring photos. I'm so sick of the Instaperfect. I'm funny. I used to laugh all the time. I've always been known for having a smile on my face. So I decided on this walk I would spoof some perfect photos. It's so hard to come with unique ideas. So here I am "reacting" some perfect yoga pose - I am not flexible.
I am also a fan of different photography platforms. Boomerangs, videos, photos, Polaroids... so last year (who did it hit anyone else that 2017 is "last year"?1) I bought a Polaroid camera. Note to self.. check the batteries first!
Again with a fun photo... I climbed up on a picnic bench, went to jump, then realized I still had my camera in my hand, and decided not to jump with it. I love how much "air" I got, thank you picnic bench! PS this was right when Sonia's camera died. I, as much as I try, cannot be type A, which is why by trade I am a pharmacist - when I travel with my cameras I have 1 charged battery in each, 1 fully charged backup battery, and at least 1-2 extra memory cards!
Of all the things I learned on this hike a few stuck out.
- I need to start practicing photography more and improving my technique. I took ~500 pictures on this less than 2 mile hike. It was exhausting going through all of them. I understand with digital it's easier to take a bunch and capture a good moment than be picky and miss something but I need to start seeing, really seeing, so I can capture those "wow" photos. That being said 2018 is the year of the light. I LOVE light and I hate all those stupid dark filteredd phtoos. I need to get out into the light.
- I love being outdoors but more importantly this year I need to challenge myself. Challenge myelf to go backpacking, challenge myself physically, mentally, artistically... I have the rest of my life to work; I love pharmacy, more than anything, I honestly and wholeheartedly love what I do and I miss it, but this year 2018 is going to be the year of challenging myself in every other way.