Montana Outdoors

April 19, 2008

Bighorns and Dog-toothed Violets

With a severe spring snow storm moving in, the temperature sitting steady at 34 degrees and a light drizzle going on outside, today looked like a great day to sit in the living room by the fire.

So, as I placed my camera and pack in the Jeep, I wondered what Mother Nature would show me today in Her back country in the snow: I was sure that whatever it was would be infinitely better than whatever would be on TV. I chose an old familiar trail that started out just a few miles from home, drove to the trailhead and started hiking.

After about an hour and a half on the trail I had climbed above the rain and into the snow zone and took this photo. Most folks would say it is a terrible photo, and perhaps they’re right. It’s nearly monotone, one can barely make out the subject, and there are white spots in front of everything; just terrible. But there’s also the matter of how you look at it. Now if what you really wanted was a photo of a full-curl Rocky Mountain Bighorn ram standing in a heavy spring snowstorm on a cliff 300 feet above you looking down and watching you photograph Glacier Lilies, then it becomes a very beautiful photo indeed!

Bighorn ram in a spring snowstorm

Oh, and the Glacier Lilies (AKA Dog-toothed Violets)? Well, here’s how they looked today with a few melted snowflakes adorning their petals:

Glacier Lily

Glacier Lily

Glacier Lily

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