Montana Outdoors

January 26, 2010

On a calm day

Filed under: Flathead river — Tags: , , — montucky @ 10:35 pm

The Flathead River on a calm day

The Flathead River on a calm winter day.



  1. That is some smooth water!!!!!


    Comment by Candace — January 26, 2010 @ 11:03 pm

    • The photo was taken just before noon. The water was very calm for that time of day; very unusual.


      Comment by montucky — January 27, 2010 @ 12:11 am

  2. Just like glass – love the reflection.


    Comment by Stacey Dawn — January 26, 2010 @ 11:34 pm

    • That is a smooth section of the river. There is actually a pretty good current running there but it still stays smooth looking. I wish I had a better day, but had it been sunny, I would have been shooting directly into the sun: that would work in mid summer, but this time of year the sun is pretty low in the sky still.


      Comment by montucky — January 27, 2010 @ 12:13 am

  3. Terry! I’ve photos of some of this glassy effect on the Clark Fork with generous reflections. This is great. Love the reflections. That chunk of snow in the right corner is almost a shock after looking at the hillside. Great colors and depth.


    Comment by Iona — January 27, 2010 @ 2:08 am

    • That’s the story of our winter this year, Iona. We’ve had cold weather off and on, dark gray skies and spitting snow but nothing on the ground. The snowpack up high is very small and it looks like a very bad summer coming up. I’m sad for the trees, but I’m sure they’ve enduring similar conditions before.


      Comment by montucky — January 27, 2010 @ 10:56 am

  4. I notice that there isn’t any snow cover on the opposite banks/fields!


    Comment by Cedar — January 27, 2010 @ 7:59 am

    • Snow we haven’t had this year, Cedar. Our snowpack up high is only about half of normal this year. The storms from the Pacific that have hit California have all gone across the south through Arizona instead of coming up here.


      Comment by montucky — January 27, 2010 @ 10:58 am

  5. And a very calm day, too. Finding water like that is a real photographer’s treat. 🙂


    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — January 27, 2010 @ 11:27 am

    • It sure is: seeing flat water always demands a few shots.


      Comment by montucky — January 27, 2010 @ 10:29 pm

  6. Beautiful and serene. Love the reflections in the still water with the snow chunks in front adding contrast. 🙂


    Comment by Anna Surface — January 27, 2010 @ 11:48 am

    • The snow and ice along the shoreline creates a nice definition for the water, doesn’t it. That’s one reason why I have way too many pictures of that river in my files.


      Comment by montucky — January 27, 2010 @ 10:31 pm

  7. really lovely! still awfully cold though with that ice/snow still there!


    Comment by silken — January 27, 2010 @ 2:18 pm

    • Cold by Texas standards, for sure, Silken. The temp was in the high 20’s that day, so not too bad for here.


      Comment by montucky — January 27, 2010 @ 10:32 pm

  8. Perfectly clear lake. Is it glacially fed?


    Comment by scienceguy288 — January 27, 2010 @ 7:02 pm

  9. It’s actually a wide, smooth section of the Flathead River, somewhere around a hundred miles down stream from Glacier Park.


    Comment by montucky — January 27, 2010 @ 10:33 pm

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