Montana Outdoors

December 21, 2010

For the first day of Winter:

Filed under: Winter — Tags: , , — montucky @ 8:06 pm

Frozen waterfall

Frozen waterfall at Rainbow Lake 


Having failed to remember to visit this place during winter the last two years, I remembered today and loaded my camera gear and snowshoes (which I didn’t need) into the Jeep and headed out. The lake is only about a dozen miles from home, and there is a short walk of a half mile or so from the highway to the fall. I naively tied a tripod to my pack (for a long exposure), thinking that most of the fall would still be running: it was, but behind the ice! I was very pleased to see a few rays of sun filtering through the trees onto the ice.




  1. Outstanding! I will post pics of what was happening in our part of the world…


    Comment by Roberta Gould — December 21, 2010 @ 8:21 pm

    • Thanks Roberta! I just visited your blog: that’s a lot of water in that stream!


      Comment by montucky — December 21, 2010 @ 10:54 pm

  2. Glorious shot. The taste of that cool, pure water must be incredible.


    Comment by Robin — December 22, 2010 @ 7:25 am

    • I’ve not drank from this particular stream, but I have from many remote streams when I hike in summer. Yes, cold and pure. When I was a kid there were small springs and streams along the highways through the National Forests at which there were turnouts for people to stop. There were signs of “Drinking water” and usually a water pipe with running water available for the traveller. Sadly, nearly all no longer exist. I still trust the water in most places in the back country though.


      Comment by montucky — December 22, 2010 @ 11:41 am

  3. You are such a dedicated photographer. Snowshoes? Tripods on your pack? Your photos show your commitment.


    Comment by Roberta Warshaw — December 22, 2010 @ 7:30 am

    • This was an unusual occasion, when I specifically went after some photos, and if I had not had a camera I would have gone there anyway. I usually go where I do simply to be out there and started carrying a camera a few years ago to bring back pictures of what I saw for my wife to see. I know I probably should concentrate more on my photography to enhance the technical quality of the photos.


      Comment by montucky — December 22, 2010 @ 11:48 am

  4. Nice wintry feel, looks like the water and cold have been busy.


    Comment by DaveABirding — December 22, 2010 @ 7:43 am

    • The weather conditions must have been just right for quite a period of time to produce the definition of the waterfall. Often they become just one hue solid sheet of ice.


      Comment by montucky — December 22, 2010 @ 11:49 am

  5. Your world is so different from mine. So very beautiful. There is a purity in this photo.


    Comment by burstmode — December 22, 2010 @ 9:39 am

    • Yes, so very different. I know that I could not exist again in an urban environment. Many years ago when we lived in the Phoenix area, my folks were getting up there in age and we wanted them to come join us there. Now I understand my Dad’s comment when they decided not to: “We just cannot leave these mountains”.


      Comment by montucky — December 22, 2010 @ 11:59 am

  6. Hi Montucky, The waterfall being frozen is a sight I have never seen in person so I am glad you digitally captured the image and shared it here. Have a really nice day today and stay warm!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — December 22, 2010 @ 10:23 am

    • This is just the top 10 – 15 feet of the waterfall. I zoomed in on it because there was a little sunlight playing on it. A little later I will post a few more photos of it and one that was taken last summer of the same waterfall. It’s a rather difficult place for photography because the bottom is surrounded by very thick and unruly brush.


      Comment by montucky — December 22, 2010 @ 12:02 pm

  7. I love this! I’ve never seen such a sight! The water was still running underneath the ice? Amazing!


    Comment by Barbara — December 22, 2010 @ 11:05 am

    • I thought when I started out that the fall would be running with ice along the edges and therefore took a tripod so I could use a long exposure time to smooth the water. When I got closer and was unable to hear the water I was concerned that perhaps there wasn’t enough water to sustain the waterfall. It was nice to see the ice and see that the water was falling as usual, but behind the ice. There must have been just the right weather conditions for quite some time to create that. There are lots of places where there exist what looks like frozen waterfalls, but they are really simply accumulations of ice from very small seeps and trickles of water where small drops build up over time, but those are very different than this one which is a true waterfall.


      Comment by montucky — December 22, 2010 @ 12:07 pm

  8. What a wonderful sight that is! Gorgeous! Merry Christmas!


    Comment by Stacey Dawn — December 22, 2010 @ 1:19 pm

  9. It’s been cold out your way, hasn’t it? Truly, nature has it’s own way of freezing the action.


    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — December 22, 2010 @ 1:51 pm

    • It has finally been about normal for winter. Or I’ve gotten used to it.


      Comment by montucky — December 22, 2010 @ 10:49 pm

  10. I am glad you went this year. The frozen is just beautiful.

    You are way ahead of us in the winter weather department. Our ground isn’t even covered, and most of the lakes are still open.


    Comment by sandy — December 22, 2010 @ 1:52 pm

    • We haven’t gotten the amounts of snow that were forecasted, but enough for a white Christmas. We’re having some cold nights for awhile, but that’s OK.


      Comment by montucky — December 22, 2010 @ 10:51 pm

  11. This is magnificent! I would love to see a frozen waterfall like this! Awesome capture.


    Comment by Anna — December 22, 2010 @ 6:39 pm

    • You would have fun photographing it Anna. I’m not sure you would like getting to it though. Today I visited some cliff icicles that you would have enjoyed too.


      Comment by montucky — December 22, 2010 @ 10:52 pm

  12. gorgeous winter wonderland!!


    Comment by silken — December 22, 2010 @ 7:20 pm

    • This area was beautiful that day, with fresh snow and a little sun. Temps though were in the 20’s.


      Comment by montucky — December 22, 2010 @ 10:54 pm

      • we were here that day. and you know what, with all our layers (and hard work of skiing) we handled the temps surprisingly well!


        Comment by silken — December 24, 2010 @ 5:23 am

        • I’m glad you came when the temperature wasn’t too cold!


          Comment by montucky — December 24, 2010 @ 8:05 pm

  13. You have the most amazing sights up there! Another beauty.


    Comment by Candace — December 22, 2010 @ 8:10 pm

    • Yes, there are some pretty scenes here if you know where they are. This waterfall has no sign to identify it, only a very poor trail leading to it and doesn’t even have a name. One of my cousins mentioned one time that there was one in that general area and I went looking for it.


      Comment by montucky — December 22, 2010 @ 10:56 pm

  14. Oooooo!! That’s just gorgeous!! I’d gotten out of the habit of coming around to your blog, for some reason, but your lovely lady reminded me a bit ago. This was an ample reward.



    Comment by Sara — December 23, 2010 @ 1:01 pm

    • Thanks Sara! That old waterfall changes character in winter, doesn’t it!


      Comment by montucky — December 23, 2010 @ 8:23 pm

  15. So lovely wintry photo in the wilderness. The variety of color tones is great. I can imagine that to reach here is not so easily task. I love this photo.


    Comment by sartenada — December 24, 2010 @ 12:32 am

    • Thank you sartenada! It is a very pretty yet lonesome place in winter. That makes it rather special to me.


      Comment by montucky — December 24, 2010 @ 8:03 pm

  16. WOW! Love the light in this one. beautiful!!!


    Comment by Marcie — December 24, 2010 @ 7:28 am

    • Nature has many beautiful creations, doesn’t She!


      Comment by montucky — December 24, 2010 @ 8:03 pm

  17. Stunning!


    Comment by kateri — December 24, 2010 @ 10:25 pm

    • I thought so too, kateri. Seeing it was worth the trek.


      Comment by montucky — December 24, 2010 @ 11:17 pm

  18. Spectacular! Like something out of a fairy world. Where are the goblins, I wonder?

    Another than would make a good framed picture.


    Comment by Val Erde — December 25, 2010 @ 11:29 am

    • Thanks Val. That is one that I might one day have printed and framed.


      Comment by montucky — December 25, 2010 @ 7:23 pm

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