Montana Outdoors

February 27, 2009

A changing scene

Filed under: Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures — montucky @ 12:29 am

One of the many wonders of the great outdoors is the way the same scene will change completely from one visit to the next, often dramatically, in only a short period of time.

Early this morning we received four inches of new snow and I decided to visit a trail that I was on just last Saturday and one of the scenes had changed so much I had difficulty even finding it. I re-shot it as closely as I could.

On Saturday, February 21st, it looked like this:

On the horizon

On Thursday, February 26th, it had an entirely different look:

On the horizon



  1. And that is “life” I have come to learn,…always a changing scene. There is one thing about late winter snow, it melts quickly with warming temps. I think you may be hiking before we here in the Adirondacks are.


    Comment by Cedar — February 27, 2009 @ 5:01 am

    • Our valley snows this time of year don’t stay long, but the snow pack up high keeps building up through April. It was late May last year before it was possible to hike the higher trails, and when I visited Penrose Peak in early July there was still deep snow on the north slopes. Between now and then we travel the lower ends of the Forest Service trails and follow deer trail on a few open southern slopes.


      Comment by montucky — February 27, 2009 @ 9:05 am

  2. Just what I’m thinking of these days, as the snow is starting to melt, slowly.. But we still have some meters with snow..


    Comment by Camilla — February 27, 2009 @ 7:43 am

    • As it melts and the green plants begin to show, it’s a great time of year! I like the sudden changes, all with the future promise of spring!


      Comment by montucky — February 27, 2009 @ 9:09 am

  3. I love the snow and shadows. Such a beautiful photo. The first is also beautiful but the second just seems to have more character.


    Comment by SuzieQ — February 27, 2009 @ 10:07 am

    • The snow and cloudy sky seemed to emphasize the rocks and brought out their character. I was a little surprised at the shift.


      Comment by montucky — February 27, 2009 @ 10:27 am

  4. Great comparison pictures. What a stark difference…


    Comment by Preston Surface — February 27, 2009 @ 1:16 pm

    • “Stark” is a good word for it. I think the cause is mostly the light because of the sky difference.


      Comment by montucky — February 27, 2009 @ 7:22 pm

  5. Montucky, the same thing happened to us when we camped at the Wise River. Check out my blog entry for September 1st. I love those comparison photos. Do you have any that span time?


    Comment by Maureen — February 27, 2009 @ 1:33 pm

    • That Aug. 31 to Sept. 1 is actually scary! That’s the kind of change that gets folks in trouble if they’re not prepared!

      I ran into a situation very similar to that in the area of Arivaipa Canyon while Javelina hunting and there over 20 people stranded in the back country then.

      I really don’t have any time comparisons. I started one but for several reasons didn’t follow through.


      Comment by montucky — February 27, 2009 @ 7:45 pm

  6. The comparison between the scenes is like hard and soft. I really like the composition of both. With the first one, I especially like the rugged and bold view. Beautiful. 🙂


    Comment by Anna Surface — February 27, 2009 @ 1:44 pm

    • That is a very rugged country and the ridge is far above where I was standing. The scene is about at the limit of my zoom.


      Comment by montucky — February 27, 2009 @ 7:24 pm

  7. Whoa! I leave for a little bit and the whole getup is different. I like it though.


    Comment by scienceguy288 — February 27, 2009 @ 9:43 pm

    • Thanks! I wanted to have photos a little larger and tried the “threaded” style comments as well. I hope it’s p[rogress!


      Comment by montucky — February 27, 2009 @ 9:50 pm

  8. Wow!! What a tremendous contrast between those pictures!

    I bet the buttercups are all closed up again.

    But OMG, did you go all the way to the top with the snow on the ground? EEp!

    (I hope you like the threaded comments–I find those much easier to follow personally. And I love that you can have the photos larger with this layou!)


    Comment by gradschoolsara — February 28, 2009 @ 8:09 pm

    • I found the contrast to be fascinating. I learned a lot about photography from the comparison.

      The buttercups up there were under a good four inches of snow which also made the footing a little tricky. We went up on the first rocky ridge, but not to the top of the grassy slope. Today, there are some new buttercups in bloom just down the road from the house, so I guess now Spring is official.


      Comment by montucky — February 28, 2009 @ 8:19 pm

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