Montana Outdoors

April 29, 2010

Springtime variety

Filed under: Montana, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures, Spring — Tags: — montucky @ 7:00 pm


Spring snow

These two photos were taken this afternoon, only 45 minutes and 9 miles apart.


  1. At first, I thought you were exploring your January stash and had found a winner. You DID find a winner, but only a few miles away, hmmm! What a range in habitat you have.


    Comment by Bo Mackison — April 30, 2010 @ 8:02 am

    • The location of the second photo was about 2400 feet higher than the first, but still 2000 feet below the top of the mountain, where I’m sure the snow was much deeper. The terrain at this level was pretty well covered by clouds and so I doubt that the folks living in the valley were unaware of conditions up there.

      The range of climate conditions is certainly one of the things that make this an exciting place to be.


      Comment by montucky — April 30, 2010 @ 8:22 am

  2. Oh wow! What a difference in altitude and time makes with climate! I really like the red-wing blackbird on what looks like a lily pad on the pond. The snow is beautiful… even if it is spring!


    Comment by Anna Surface — April 30, 2010 @ 10:30 am

    • Spring through fall, we have lots of options when it comes to climate. I enjoy following the bloom of wildflowers from their start in the valley to their bloom months later at the high elevations.


      Comment by montucky — April 30, 2010 @ 2:15 pm

  3. Wow! What a difference! It’s like Mother Nature can’t make up her mind.


    Comment by Barbara — April 30, 2010 @ 11:06 am

    • Some times it seems that way. This is not all that unusual for spring here. I’ve always liked that.


      Comment by montucky — April 30, 2010 @ 2:16 pm

  4. Temperament-wise I prefer the top photo… Snow is beautiful, but I don’t miss ours now it’s gone (and I hope it will stay gone!)

    Nice to see a redwing blackbird.



    Comment by absurdoldbird — April 30, 2010 @ 11:40 am

    • This time of year I like to have the option to visit snow again. In the winter, not so much. The redwings came for the summer about a month ago. I like having them too.


      Comment by montucky — April 30, 2010 @ 2:18 pm

  5. The more snow the better even at this late stage. Mountain living sure looks like fun.


    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — April 30, 2010 @ 12:54 pm

    • The high mountains near Glacier had nearly 4 feet the other day. That will sure help later in the summer. Having easy access to different elevations can sure add variety.


      Comment by montucky — April 30, 2010 @ 2:20 pm

  6. The snow is pretty, but I love the shot of the redwing on the lily pad.

    There is a lot to be said for elevation.


    Comment by sandy — April 30, 2010 @ 2:12 pm

    • We saw some redwings on those lily pads earlier in the day and I just had to go back for a photo. That pond is also the home of a pair of Canadian Geese who are raising 18 goslings this year.

      I really enjoy the options that elevation can provide. One has to always be prepared for the variety of climate, but it’s worth it as far as I’m concerned. Many times I’ve hiked in snow and a cold breeze in the high country when the valley was sweltering in heat, and some times walked up there in nice warm sunshine when the valley was under drizzly clouds.


      Comment by montucky — April 30, 2010 @ 2:28 pm

  7. what?! I thought it was an old photo reposted or something. ugh…I have to say that I would not like spring time like that! though it’s been windy here, at least it’s warm!


    Comment by silken — April 30, 2010 @ 8:35 pm

    • Actually, I enjoy having the option to have several different climate zones relatively close. It was refreshing to see the snow after several weeks of clouds here in the valley, and fun to drive on an untracked road for a bit. Also nice to be at home in the evening and out of the snow again!


      Comment by montucky — April 30, 2010 @ 8:54 pm

  8. The bird on the lily pad is quite a capture. 18 gosling, isn’t that a lot for one pair to have?


    Comment by Candace — April 30, 2010 @ 9:11 pm

    • The redwing is a fairly large bird and I found it a little surprising at first that the pad would support it, but I have seen it many times.

      18 is a very big number: the normal clutch size is from 2 to 8 eggs. There are other nesting pairs in the area and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology does say that sometimes several broods will travel together. I plan to keep track of these a bit anyway because I would like to get some photos of them in the water.


      Comment by montucky — April 30, 2010 @ 9:33 pm

  9. Very good example of the impact of ground level. I loved the second photo, because it is just from here. You have there very interesting landsacape when You can see the variety of seasons.

    But back to elevation. Here when in autumn cold is coming we have many times snow, but those living about 165 feet below to us, they do not have.


    Comment by sartenada — May 2, 2010 @ 10:36 pm

    • We have that too. The weather forecast for tonight predicts the snow level to be about 2400 feet and that’s about the elevation of our valley. Right now there is heavy snow about a thousand feet above us, and if the clouds permit, we will see it descend down to our level.


      Comment by montucky — May 3, 2010 @ 9:14 am

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