Montana Outdoors

December 14, 2008

Season changes

Filed under: Beaver, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures — montucky @ 11:47 pm

Not far upstream from here, a small stream meanders through the low land just off the river and in that small channel some beavers have erected several small dams and a couple of small lodges.

It’s a pleasant place, and I’ve taken to moseying through it fairly often and have taken a few photos of the seasonal changes.

October fifth.

Beaver dam - October 5

December first.

Beaver dam - December 1

December thirteenth.

Beaver dam December 13

I’m already looking forward to the changes that spring will bring.


  1. Oh, those are gorgeous pics. I mean each of them individually is beautiful, but the sequence of them is just wonderful.

    I want to walk around and explore in each of them separately and kind of envious of you because you get to see that beautiful little spot all through the year and know it as it changes.

    I suspect I’m not making much sense.


    Comment by gradschoolsara — December 15, 2008 @ 9:44 am

  2. Next time you’re up this way, Sara, we’ll walk around through there. It’s actually prettier outside of winter though.


    Comment by montucky — December 15, 2008 @ 9:57 am

  3. Oh, I’d love to walk around through there!! There might be cool critter tracks in the snow, right? I’d love to see tracks.

    I’m totally in love with the idea of getting to see some place so pretty (and with beavers!) whenever I want, so I can see the little wildflowers in the spring and the dragonflies in summer and the golden grasses in fall and the snow and ice in winter…

    Someplace that I can really sink into and *know* the way you do the area around you–the watersheds and mountains and little beaver ponds.


    Comment by gradschoolsara — December 15, 2008 @ 10:59 am

  4. I like these kinds of photo series that either show the changing of seasons or the changes certain streetcorners go through over time in a town.

    Winter, here, actually looks the most inviting to me.



    Comment by knightofswords — December 15, 2008 @ 3:22 pm

  5. Sara,

    You’ve hit on a point that I’ve found very important in really enjoying nature and the outdoors: getting to know an area intimately so you can notice all of the changes and enjoy the nuances of the seasons as they come and go. I just love to visit familiar places, especially in winter and read all of the little stories written in the snow. You are approaching a bit of that in your visits to the Bison Range.


    Comment by montucky — December 15, 2008 @ 5:01 pm

  6. Series are interesting, although I’ve found them often hard to do. I started one with a scene down by the river and found the next spring the place from where I took the first photos was under about 10 feet of water.

    That’s one scene where winter looks better than it is: the beavers leave all kinds of burrows in all of that tall grass, and while it isn’t pleasant to fall into one of them and get wet in the summer, it’s even more unpleasant at 2°. Still a great place to visit and worth taking extra care during cold weather.


    Comment by montucky — December 15, 2008 @ 5:06 pm

  7. I love the photojournalism of these photos…it makes you appreciate the different seasons and the feelings they embrace.


    Comment by olsenweb — December 15, 2008 @ 8:00 pm

  8. Each season is special to itself, isn’t it! This is maybe as close as I can come to showing what the small critters see as the seasons change. I do love having four seasons!

    Thanks for the visit, olsenweb!


    Comment by montucky — December 15, 2008 @ 8:36 pm

  9. very nice progression 🙂


    Comment by Tabbie — December 16, 2008 @ 3:32 am

  10. You have just given me an idea for a series of framed photos for my wall. I want to find a special spot here and take a series like this. Outstanding photos!


    Comment by Cedar — December 16, 2008 @ 5:42 am

  11. Thanks, Tabbie.


    Comment by montucky — December 16, 2008 @ 9:45 am

  12. It can be interesting. I didn’t set out to do it, but the second photo reminded me of the first, then when it snowed I went bak to catch it again. If I can remember, next spring I’ll try again.

    I’ll look forward to yours, Cedar!


    Comment by montucky — December 16, 2008 @ 9:47 am

  13. Beautiful pictures! I love seasonal series ….


    Comment by Patia — December 17, 2008 @ 1:35 pm

  14. I like them too, Patia. This next year I’ll try to get my act together better and do a better job of showing them!


    Comment by montucky — December 17, 2008 @ 4:28 pm

  15. ooh, nice. I like seeing the changes to one particular spot.


    Comment by silken — December 19, 2008 @ 2:10 pm

  16. Silken,

    As Sara said, it’s nice to have an area with which you can become familiar and visit often. Then the changes are visible to you.


    Comment by montucky — December 19, 2008 @ 2:51 pm

  17. …exquisite…


    Comment by Taryn — May 12, 2010 @ 12:38 am

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