Montana Outdoors

February 6, 2009

Not all winter days are without color.

Filed under: Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures, Winter — Tags: , — montucky @ 11:16 am

Lower Flathead River

(The Lower Flathead River on the Flathead Indian Reservation)


  1. Wonderful, colorful, beautiful. Sometimes you have to look harder for color, but the payoff is huge.


    Comment by myphotoscout — February 6, 2009 @ 11:51 am

  2. Someone got low and close to the river again – Beautiful!

    Hey, Montucky, do you know what kind of trees those are that keep have the reddish brown color to their bare branches?

    People keep asking me from photos.


    Comment by Ann from Montana — February 6, 2009 @ 12:39 pm

  3. Thanks, myphotoscout!

    You’re so right and even harder in winter, but if the light is right and you’re out there often enough it can be found. Thanks for visiting!


    Comment by montucky — February 6, 2009 @ 1:04 pm

  4. Ann,

    I had to work to get down among the ice cakes, but it paid off. I’m not really sure what produces the reddish colors. There are several types of brush that have reddish colors, one of which is the narrowleaf willow, and there could be more willow species with similar colors. I see them most often quite near the water along streams.


    Comment by montucky — February 6, 2009 @ 1:20 pm

  5. I love these river shots no matter what the season. No matter where you are, a river runs through it.



    Comment by knightofswords — February 6, 2009 @ 2:37 pm

  6. Malcolm,

    I’ve always loved the rivers and after spending so many years in the desert, Montana’s rivers are extra special and I spend a lot of time near them. As water becomes more precious, they also increase in importance.


    Comment by montucky — February 6, 2009 @ 4:12 pm

  7. Love that”Big Sky”with a little pop of red!
    A beautiful winter’s day!


    Comment by Sandy — February 6, 2009 @ 11:32 pm

  8. Sandy,

    A sunny day here in winter changes the whole look and feel of winter.


    Comment by montucky — February 6, 2009 @ 11:40 pm

  9. Not kind, just truthful. Your photography is awesome. I always appreciate amazing nature shots like yours.


    Comment by myphotoscout — February 7, 2009 @ 12:00 am

  10. How very beautiful…breathtaking, and I could very well imagine what it would be like to stand there in silence and absorb it all. You are very fortunate, montucky, to be able to witness such beauty and be in it. 🙂


    Comment by Anna Surface — February 7, 2009 @ 10:08 am

  11. Thanks again, myphotoscout!

    There is so much beauty in nature and I’m surpised that more folks don’t get out to see it.


    Comment by montucky — February 7, 2009 @ 11:07 am

  12. Anna,

    It is indeed awesome to be in and with the beauty of this country. It’s interesting that you mentioned silence. I’m so used to silence here that I don’t too often think about it. While taking these photos, some crashes of ice cakes colliding made me realize that the sound did indeed break the silence.


    Comment by montucky — February 7, 2009 @ 11:15 am

  13. Good golly, Miss Molly!! What a beautiful shot!


    Comment by SuzieQ — February 7, 2009 @ 11:42 pm

  14. It’s a pretty place on clear days in winter, SuzieQ, but by mid summer outside of the emerald green of the river, it’s all brown. I still like it there though. The mountains behind me where I took the photo are in the Reservation Divide roadless area and it’s very nice forest up there.


    Comment by montucky — February 7, 2009 @ 11:53 pm

  15. Lovely shot; I find myself out in the field looking for color at this time also… Sometimes it’s a difficult find. Great shot! Lately I’m adoring your landscapes!


    Comment by aullori — February 8, 2009 @ 1:21 am

  16. Thanks, Lori! It won’t be long until we have a lot of color again! With all of the snow you’ve had, the late spring and summer should be beautiful indeed! We still need more snow in this area especially in the high country.


    Comment by montucky — February 8, 2009 @ 9:55 am

  17. It’s been many years since I did a solo canoe trip from Dixon to Perma. It won’t be too long before the ice is gone…. Lovely shot.


    Comment by Maureen — February 8, 2009 @ 10:03 am

  18. Maureen,

    In that area, nothing much has changed I’m happy to say. There are several places along that stretch, or a little west of it, where I wouldn’t mind living were it not on the reservation. One in particular on the south side of the river where yo could raise a few cattle, horses and hay along the river, yet be at the base of the mountains where you could just saddle up and ride into the high country for a hunt.


    Comment by montucky — February 8, 2009 @ 10:31 am

  19. Montucky,

    It’s nice to know that some places haven’t changed much. Esp in that area. I had a friend that owned a cabin on the south side (near McDonald). What a special place that was!


    Comment by Maureen — February 8, 2009 @ 11:03 am

  20. another beautiful shot!


    Comment by silken — February 8, 2009 @ 3:08 pm

  21. Thanks, Silken! That’s one I especially like myself.


    Comment by montucky — February 8, 2009 @ 7:46 pm

  22. Nobody decorates like Mother Nature!


    Comment by Tabbie — February 8, 2009 @ 9:36 pm

  23. Beautiful color Terry, what an incredible scene to witness, well done !!


    Comment by Bernie Kasper — February 8, 2009 @ 9:44 pm

  24. Tabbie,

    That’s for sure! Not even close.


    Comment by montucky — February 8, 2009 @ 10:48 pm

  25. Bernie,

    It is that. I had to work at it to get down to the river at that spot, but when I got there I was so happy I did!


    Comment by montucky — February 8, 2009 @ 10:50 pm

  26. Looks like a thousand piece picture puzzle. No, more like a fifteen hundred piece puzzle. A very expensive puzzle at that. Wonderful color.


    Comment by Preston Surface — February 9, 2009 @ 11:19 pm

  27. Preston,

    I hadn’t thought of that, but it would make a decent puzzle. We work on quite a few puzzles in mid-winter, and that could be a pleasant one at that.


    Comment by montucky — February 9, 2009 @ 11:29 pm

  28. That’s a gorgeous gorgeous shot! I love the blue of the sky echoed in the ice and the little spot of red that highlights everything! Just gorgeous!


    Comment by gradschoolsara — February 11, 2009 @ 12:06 am

  29. Thanks. Sara! I started with an attempt to get some of the ice cakes and when I reached them the scene was there.


    Comment by montucky — February 11, 2009 @ 12:50 am

  30. Amazing landscape!


    Comment by scienceguy288 — February 11, 2009 @ 2:42 pm

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