Montana Outdoors

January 21, 2009

River ornaments

Filed under: ice art, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures, Winter — montucky @ 7:36 pm

Question: Who, in his right mind, would wander along on the ice at a river’s edge in a wind that would make an icicle shiver, kneeling down and taking snapshots of ice forming on small willow shoots growing out of the water?

River ornaments

River ornaments

River ornaments

River ornaments

River ornaments

River ornaments

Answer: No one.


  1. Correction…I would!!


    Comment by SuzieQ — January 21, 2009 @ 8:26 pm

  2. Makes me think of the looking glass whereby Alice looks and is able to go to the alternate world. I think you are looking for signs of SPRING! Love your photos.


    Comment by Maureen — January 21, 2009 @ 8:31 pm

  3. And then there were two. Thanks for visiting, SuzieQ!


    Comment by montucky — January 21, 2009 @ 9:22 pm

  4. Maureen,

    I think you’re right: I am looking forward to spring and yet… there’s snow in the forecast for the next couple of days and that appeals to me too while it’s still cold.

    Sometimes this winter world is indeed like Alice’s looking glass. It’s fun to duck in and out of it!


    Comment by montucky — January 21, 2009 @ 9:33 pm

  5. Guess there might be a crowd gathering at the river bank,.. I would do that too! There is no better artist than Mother Nature. Beautiful and interesting shots!


    Comment by Cedar — January 22, 2009 @ 5:16 am

  6. Wrong answer, Montucky. There are many of us who would wit in line to capture a shot of those beauties.

    Somehow I prefer the cold and the snow when I have to get down on the ground to take a photo, compared to the mud that will come in a few months.

    If I’m dressed properly. Less mess.


    Comment by Bo — January 22, 2009 @ 6:42 am

  7. Too bad these beautiful bulbs would not do well on my tree.


    Comment by scienceguy288 — January 22, 2009 @ 9:24 am

  8. Stunning photos! – I especially like the first with the view to the river bottom. They look like fine, blown, glass – river ornaments as you say.


    Comment by Ann from Montana — January 22, 2009 @ 9:25 am

  9. Cedar,

    Nature’s art is always somewhere around, and in some strange places, too.


    Comment by montucky — January 22, 2009 @ 10:06 am

  10. True, it’s a little more tidy, Bo. I remember last spring when I took a lot of pictures from under an umbrella, although after all of these days of inversion, that is beginning to appeal to me!


    Comment by montucky — January 22, 2009 @ 10:08 am

  11. Scienceguy,

    Yes, they would make terrific tree ornament, albeit brief ones.


    Comment by montucky — January 22, 2009 @ 10:09 am

  12. Ann,

    They do remind me of glass. I could see folks using those shapes as glass ornaments!


    Comment by montucky — January 22, 2009 @ 10:11 am

  13. Oooooh these are so crystal clear and beautiful! Your photos far surpass mine. I think I hate the cold so much that I just did not take the time to get it right.


    Comment by Tabbie — January 22, 2009 @ 11:07 am

  14. Tabbie,

    There’s nothing at all wrong with your photos: they are excellent! We simply ran across different subjects. Taking pictures in the cold can be a real challenge though. Many times my fingers become hard to control, especially if I need to set up a tripod.


    Comment by montucky — January 22, 2009 @ 11:39 am

  15. Lovely!


    Comment by Patia — January 22, 2009 @ 12:20 pm

  16. Thanks, Patia!


    Comment by montucky — January 22, 2009 @ 1:02 pm

  17. Water takes so many beautiful forms, you could take a pic a day and not exhaust the well of possibility…


    Comment by EcoRover — January 22, 2009 @ 2:19 pm

  18. That’s sure true, EcoRover. As in so much of nature, change is nearly constant.


    Comment by montucky — January 22, 2009 @ 6:43 pm

  19. Simply Fantabulous!!

    I’m glad you’re willing to find these gems, so I don’t have to.

    Thank you.


    Comment by Pinhole — January 23, 2009 @ 12:22 pm

  20. Thanks, Pinhole! Sometimes it’s a cold business!


    Comment by montucky — January 23, 2009 @ 4:48 pm

  21. wow, these are amazing! very interesting!


    Comment by silken — January 25, 2009 @ 9:58 pm

  22. As you already know, Silken, I’m fascinated by the quiet, small beautiful things in nature.


    Comment by montucky — January 25, 2009 @ 10:29 pm

  23. So cool!! I love the last one particularly because of the lensing effect. Gorgeous!!

    I appreciate your fortitude in going out in the cold to get those pictures for us!


    Comment by gradschoolsara — February 2, 2009 @ 8:36 pm

  24. Sara,

    That’s just one more benefit from being outside a lot in winter. The light just happened to be right and made these catch my eye. They’re only about the size of golf balls, but they sure show up nice in a photo.


    Comment by montucky — February 2, 2009 @ 8:46 pm

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