Montana Outdoors

December 28, 2007

Winter waterfall

Every winter we look forward to seeing “winter waterfalls”, which are fairly common in this area. This one is beside a minor highway which runs next to the Clark Fork River where it cuts through the Coeur d’Alene mountain range. The vertical bars in the rock are from holes that were drilled so that explosives could be placed to blast through solid rock. This small fall is about 40 feet high.

Winter waterfall 1

Winter waterfall 2


  1. We get those here, too. They’re very popular with ice climbers, even though they’re right alongside the highway.


    Comment by wolf — December 28, 2007 @ 11:58 pm

  2. I suppose they form anywhere there are steep mountains and cold weather. About the last thing I’d be interested in doing would be to climb one though.


    Comment by montucky — December 29, 2007 @ 12:07 am

  3. Nice shots. Like your site. Thanks. c


    Comment by canadada — December 29, 2007 @ 9:40 am

  4. Thanks, canadada, and thanks for stopping by!


    Comment by montucky — December 29, 2007 @ 10:09 am

  5. I won’t even begin to try and recount the array of images I find in the rocks and ice in these photographs. At once disturbing and wondrous.

    Thank you.


    Comment by Pinhole — December 29, 2007 @ 11:51 am

  6. I have a fascination with them and have had all my life. That’s why I always look forward to seeing them when it gets cold enough. This one has added mystique for me too because behind and above it is the Siegel Creek roadless area. I’ll post some photos from there soon.


    Comment by montucky — December 29, 2007 @ 12:01 pm

  7. I gotta come to these mountains someday. It is always a treat for me to come to your blog. There is always a totally different image and one that absorbs the viewer. I never click away and hurry on to another post or blog when I am looking at your work.


    Comment by nouveaufauves — December 30, 2007 @ 1:57 am

  8. Thanks, nouveaufaves!

    I have great difficulty staying inside, and it seems that when I’m outside something interesting always pops up, changing with the seasons. I’m very glad you like to see them! I know you would learn to love these mountains as I have!


    Comment by montucky — December 30, 2007 @ 9:04 am

  9. I love that you captured a shot of one of these – we have them too. There is a lot of rock faces on hwy travel and many of these “waterfalls” and they just captivate me so much! In the spring and summer it only shows as a wet spot (most of the time) but in winter the build up is so amazingly cool. Great shots Montucky. Beautiful!


    Comment by aullori — December 30, 2007 @ 12:22 pm

  10. Lori,

    Yes, most of these are just small, spring-fed seeps most of the year, but become very visible in winter. There are some around here that are several hundred feet high. I can see them from a distance, but there isn’t access so I can’t really get any photos. Just another facet of the changing face of nature through the seasons. Even in winter I hate to go back indoors for fear I’ll miss some of it.


    Comment by montucky — December 30, 2007 @ 2:46 pm

  11. Looks sort of like dripping cake icing.

    Happy New Year,



    Comment by knightofswords — December 30, 2007 @ 5:11 pm

  12. Never thought of that! Happy New Year to you too, Malcolm!


    Comment by montucky — December 30, 2007 @ 6:46 pm

  13. I came to wish you many happy trail in 2008, Montucky. That would mean I get to continue to see things not available to me here, like the shots of the ice water falls, and that you are well and happy.


    Comment by FF&F — December 31, 2007 @ 7:27 am

  14. Happy New year to you and your family, FF&F!


    Comment by montucky — December 31, 2007 @ 9:32 am

  15. very cool!!
    we never get those here! 😉


    Comment by silken — December 31, 2007 @ 11:02 pm

  16. I know, silken. You can share ours!


    Comment by montucky — December 31, 2007 @ 11:57 pm

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