Montana Outdoors

December 21, 2008

White potpourri

Filed under: Humor, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures, Winter — Tags: — montucky @ 11:23 am

When the snow comes, I’m one of the folks who can’t keep from documenting its foibles.

Sunflower Snowflower.

Cold sunflower

The problem with wind power.

The problem with wind power



Green Whitehouse.

Green house

They were hardy folks back then!

Out house

“Now I know I should have gone south with the others!”

Winter hummer

If I’m reincarnated and come back as a bird, I sure hope it will be in a species that migrates south for the winter!

Cold ducks

Cold ducks


  1. Holy Cow Montucky! That is one beautiful “stack” of firewood!

    And I’m grateful for indoor plumbing also…


    Comment by Ann from Montana — December 21, 2008 @ 1:22 pm

  2. Snow on the hummer. Not something one sees very often.


    Comment by scienceguy288 — December 21, 2008 @ 2:35 pm

  3. Even if I didn’t migrate south for the winter, I’d like to think I’d be a bird that didn’t swim around in icy water all winter long. 😀

    Though those are some super pretty pictures. 😀

    I love the look of the outhouse, but man would that be cold getting out there. When I visited Japan many years ago, I stayed with a family that had a very traditional home, which is many small buildings connected by wooden walkways. So you had to go outside to get to the bathroom which, though it was plumbed and modern, didn’t have heat. It was a very very chilly experience in January.


    Comment by gradschoolsara — December 21, 2008 @ 2:42 pm

  4. Ann,

    The way this winter has been going, it reinforces the desire to have a good woodpile, especially if there’s a threat of power outages!


    Comment by montucky — December 21, 2008 @ 3:10 pm

  5. Scienceguy,

    Yes, we’ll have to take him in before he gets all iced up and breaks.


    Comment by montucky — December 21, 2008 @ 3:12 pm

  6. Sara,

    I think I could take the water, if I were a duck, but when they stand around on the ice, it blows me away. It’s bad enough on the ice with Sorrels on, ice fishing, but barefoot?!

    Back in the 40’s and even into the 50’s that old outhouse was still in use. I don’t think anyone sat in there and read a paper in the winter!


    Comment by montucky — December 21, 2008 @ 3:15 pm

  7. I guess you’re not going to run out of wood. Now THAT is security.



    Comment by knightofswords — December 21, 2008 @ 9:19 pm

  8. You bet it is, Malcolm! Tonight the temp is 7°, we have just over a foot of snow on the ground and it has been snowing heavily for a couple of hours and probably will the rest of the night. Knowing that the wood stove isn’t affected by power outages (which are a real possibility in these conditions) and that we have plenty of wood to keep it going makes for a very secure feeling!


    Comment by montucky — December 21, 2008 @ 9:53 pm

  9. Awesome wood pile! Is that yours?


    Comment by Cedar — December 22, 2008 @ 7:29 am

  10. Yep! All fire-killed Lodgepole Pine from a forest fire in 2000 that was about 25 miles from here. We cut most of that back in May. The stacks are 7 ft tall.


    Comment by montucky — December 22, 2008 @ 9:10 am

  11. cute! I like this little series of photos! I am glad we don’t deal w/ that kind of snow regularly!! That is a lot of wood you have chopped! how long will that supply last you? do you use all that in one winter??


    Comment by silken — December 22, 2008 @ 2:22 pm

  12. Silken,

    We’ve gotten another 6 inches or so since those photos. This is reminding me of the ’96 – ’97 winter, when every morning there would be another 4 inches of white stuff!

    That wood is for one winter, but with a pretty comfortable cushion for an extra long winter of if someone else needs some. I hope to collect even more next year! It’s not that it will spoil!


    Comment by montucky — December 22, 2008 @ 4:36 pm

  13. This is a great montage! What’s growing in the greenhouse?


    Comment by Tabbie — December 23, 2008 @ 2:24 am

  14. We just use it for storage in winter. There’s no practical way to keep it heated. Maybe some day I can build one with glass sides and a heat source.


    Comment by montucky — December 23, 2008 @ 9:41 am

  15. Nice hat on that sunflower.


    Comment by Pinhole — December 24, 2008 @ 9:55 am

  16. The hat has gotten even taller now and has bowed the sunflower down nearly to the ground, Pinhole. I suppose that is nature’s way to gently plant the seeds.


    Comment by montucky — December 24, 2008 @ 10:50 am

  17. Hey, Wisconsin and Montana look a bit similar when they are all gussied up in white. We’re at 32 inches, going to make a head start at breaking last year’s snowfall record. I love the yellow of the windmill. Though, you are right, not all that effective as it stands there.


    Comment by Bo — December 26, 2008 @ 6:12 am

  18. Wow, Bo, you have lots more snow than we do! Here there is a little over a foot and the weather has warmed up into the 20’s. Still beautiful though!


    Comment by montucky — December 26, 2008 @ 11:41 am

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