Montana Outdoors

February 23, 2010

Flathead River

Flathead River

The swans seemed to be enjoying this last of a short stretch of rare sunny days. The forecast for the next week is for snow and/or rain.

(To see a larger size of the photo, click here.)



  1. Wow, I’d enjoy it, too. Beautiful. At least you know spring will come again.


    Comment by Candace — February 23, 2010 @ 8:43 pm

    • I enjoyed the sun just as much as the swans did, I think. It was very nice for hiking, with the sun, a little breeze off and on and temps in the high 30’s.


      Comment by montucky — February 23, 2010 @ 10:37 pm

  2. Soak it up – just like they are!


    Comment by daveabirding — February 23, 2010 @ 10:05 pm

    • I did! At about noon I quietly got into a position on a bank above a remote lagoon, put on a camo jacket and ate lunch, hoping to catch a flight of swans coming in, but they were smarter than I was. Oh well…


      Comment by montucky — February 23, 2010 @ 10:40 pm

  3. Wow! you don’t have snow at all, Terry! That is terrible!! Perhaps the snow that you said was due this evening will bring enough that it will make a difference. This scene is too beautiful for words. I love how the swans are just lazing along enjoying the good weather, I expect. Nice composition, contrasts and colors. Lovely.


    Comment by Iona — February 23, 2010 @ 10:25 pm

    • There’s about 4 feet of snow at around the 7,000 foot level, but hardly anything at all below 4,000. The only good news on the weather is that the forecasters are now predicting a wet June and July, which will certainly help with the fire season.

      Pretty place, isn’t it! This was just below the old bridge at Perma on the Flathead Reservation. I hiked about 4 miles downriver and the scenery was all like this.


      Comment by montucky — February 23, 2010 @ 10:43 pm

  4. I was going to ask where the snow was. We are buried here and now the forecast just went up for 1 to 2 feet tonight through Friday morning. I’ve had enough! Very peaceful, tranquil photo, Terry.


    Comment by edvatza — February 24, 2010 @ 5:24 am

    • El Nino is not being kind to either of our areas this winter, Ed. Our whole weather pattern has been strange. Lately we’ve been dry and the daytime temps have been in the 40’s. South of us has been very wet and to the east, just over the Continental Divide many temps have been below zero. I don’t mind the warm temps especially, but we desperately need the water.


      Comment by montucky — February 24, 2010 @ 8:30 pm

  5. Looks like it’s April, not February. Though I hope it doesn’t all come at once and then melt at once, a good snow storm or two before mid-March would do your area a whole lot of good.

    This is is a well thought out shot or, at least, your trained mind saw it with the tree framing and shapes building upon themselves…very pleasing to look and makes me smile.


    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — February 24, 2010 @ 10:01 am

    • Thanks, Scott. There are lots of pretty scenes in that area to choose from.

      This is indeed late April weather. We can, and often do, have heavy snow in March and into April in the high country but it is not expected this year.


      Comment by montucky — February 24, 2010 @ 8:32 pm

  6. Beautiful scene!


    Comment by Barbara — February 24, 2010 @ 12:45 pm

  7. How fantastic looking place. It invites to visit and to enjoy life.


    Comment by sartenada — February 26, 2010 @ 12:28 am

    • Yes, that area is inviting! Thank you for visiting!


      Comment by montucky — February 26, 2010 @ 9:40 pm

  8. It must be nice to see the ground this time of year. : ) that is some beautiful scenery!!


    Comment by kcjewel — February 26, 2010 @ 6:50 pm

    • It is nice to have bare ground and yet it really shouldn’t be that way here this time of year. Missoula, for example gets 44 inches a season normally: they’ve had only 16 this year so far.

      That is a wonderful winter hiking area because it gets much less snow than the rest of western Montana, and it’s one of the only hiking areas around that is relatively flat.


      Comment by montucky — February 26, 2010 @ 9:42 pm

  9. this shot is gorgeous! the swans provide a graceful contrast to the rugged scene behind/above them


    Comment by silken — March 9, 2010 @ 3:37 pm

    • You are right, silken. The swans do change the mood of the entire setting. I hadn’t thought of it that way.


      Comment by montucky — March 9, 2010 @ 8:46 pm

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