Montana Outdoors

December 20, 2009

Ranch pond

Filed under: Fog, Montana, Nature, Outdoors — Tags: , , , — montucky @ 11:08 pm

On a short hike today the fog began to close in rapidly causing me to cut the hike short. As I returned to where I had parked, I was drawn to the colors of a willow tree (to the left in the first photo) that grows beside a pond on a ranch at the bottom of the canyon, and I decided to venture down near it for a photo.

Weeksville

Upon taking that photo, I was drawn to the tree in about the center of the photo and framed it for another shot which I liked even better than the first. Something about the fog…

Weeksville

There is always a beautiful scene (or one that I consider so) awaiting those who pass by.

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December 19, 2009

They wouldn’t sit for a portrait…

Filed under: Montana, Outdoors — Tags: — montucky @ 8:25 pm

Burlington Northern Santa Fe

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Rail Link

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Burlington Northern Santa Fe

but I got ’em anyway.

December 18, 2009

Frost garden

Filed under: Frost, Montana, Nature, Outdoors — Tags: , — montucky @ 8:40 pm

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Frost garden

(Along the lower Flathead river in western Montana.)

December 17, 2009

New friends

Filed under: Animals, Beaver, Montana, Nature, Outdoors — Tags: — montucky @ 9:33 pm

Wrong lens; toward the light… well, that’s the world outdoors. Wish I could have had the longer lens though (and that I hadn’t had to shoot through willow branches).

Looking for a good angle for a landscape shot of the river, I spotted something familiar in the water just over the bank 50 yards ahead . A beaver was sitting in the water near shore eating the bark of a willow that he had just cut. As I stalked nearer, being as quiet as I could, his wife appeared from under the river ice (I assumed she was his wife: they’re quite traditional critters you know) and began to feed with him. I was finally able to get these shots from about twenty yards.

The first three photos are the male who is larger and his fur had somewhat dried off from being out of the water for awhile. The last three are of his wife who was still quite wet. I enjoyed the piece of ice on her head in the fourth photo (she didn’t seem to even notice it) and included the fifth photo because it shows her big webbed rear feet as well as the fingers on her hands.

Beaver

Beaver

Beaver

Beaver

Beaver

Beaver

His wife is a cute little thing, isn’t she!

(These photos are part of 46 that I took over a period of 22 minutes while standing on the snowy river bank in a light rain, totally fascinated by my new friends.)

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December 16, 2009

Redecorated

Filed under: Montana, Nature, Outdoors — Tags: — montucky @ 8:01 pm

A week ago I posted a photo of the old swimming hole. I visited there again today and found it had been redecorated.

The old swimming hole

Just down stream a bit the scene looked like this:

Clark Fork

and when I wandered down there, I met a couple of new friends with whom I will acquaint you tomorrow after I decide which photos to use.

December 15, 2009

Flocked trees

Filed under: Trees — montucky @ 9:29 am

Flocked trees

That must have been a lot of work!

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