Montana Outdoors

December 27, 2010

The exuberance of snow

Filed under: Winter — Tags: , — montucky @ 6:26 pm

The exuberance of snow

The exuberance of snow

The exuberance of snow

The exuberance of snow

On a brief trek today while enjoying the fresh snow on the Spring Creek trail, as I passed the exact place where I encountered a bear and her cub this past summer, I was filled with wonder at the thought that somewhere, probably not too far from the trail, they are now in the midst of their long winter’s sleep in their cozy den beneath the snow.



  1. Beautiful photos. What a snowfall. You have exciting trails to follow in Montana.


    Comment by Jack Matthews — December 27, 2010 @ 6:57 pm

    • Thanks Jack. Yes, there are some great trails here. It’s tough to get up out of the valley to the trail heads though in winter. This one however is easy to get to, but a very tough trail to travel in winter. It starts at about 2600 feet and arrives at an old lookout about 7 miles later at 7,000 ft, traveling up through a deep canyon for the first 5.6 miles. I hike in the lower part a lot during winter.


      Comment by montucky — December 27, 2010 @ 9:20 pm

  2. We got a ton of snow here yesterday and today. Tomorrow it will all be brown and black from the city. You are lucky that your snow stays so clean and pristine!


    Comment by Roberta warshaw — December 27, 2010 @ 7:09 pm

    • I’ve been following the progress of that storm on the news. That’s a lot of snow! Yes, our snow stays very clean: there are just no population centers anywhere close. We miss out on the good things that can be found in a city but also miss most of the not-so-good things.


      Comment by montucky — December 27, 2010 @ 9:25 pm

  3. so so pretty!! what a neat thought about mama and baby bear….


    Comment by silken — December 27, 2010 @ 8:26 pm

    • The adaptations of the animals to this kind of environment are amazing to me. We know a lot about them, but I wonder how much we understand.


      Comment by montucky — December 27, 2010 @ 9:28 pm

  4. These scenes talk of how incredible it is to walk surrounded by winter’s silent, pristine beauty. Thank you for reminding me of why the mountains call to me on winter days.


    Comment by anniespickns — December 27, 2010 @ 10:38 pm

    • If I were empowered to bestow gifts upon mankind, Annie, one certainly would be the ability to visit, with a reasonable frequency, the back country in the mountains of the American West in winter; and the level of knowledge and familiarity with it that provides confidence and comfort in being there.


      Comment by montucky — December 27, 2010 @ 11:38 pm

  5. Exuberant and beautiful, with a life of its own, one you can see and one you can guess or feel. Great images of snow.


    Comment by isathreadsoflife — December 28, 2010 @ 4:25 am

    • Snow does have a life of its own, doesn’t it! And it lends to the forest a new kind of beauty on the trees and bushes that are so green and beautiful in summer.


      Comment by montucky — December 28, 2010 @ 10:18 am

  6. Wow! Look at all that snow and beautiful! I look fresh, heavy snow like that and the absolute quiet. That is a heck of a trail. Do you wear snowshoes?


    Comment by Anna — December 28, 2010 @ 8:35 am

    • Nothing like fresh snow! I do use snowshoes, but at the lower elevations there isn’t yet enough snow for them. More is coming today, followed by some rain (?!) tonight then another 6 inches of snow tomorrow. It will be interestin.


      Comment by montucky — December 28, 2010 @ 10:20 am

  7. Hi Montucky, Amazing pictures! You really nailed it with your title! I think snow is such a happy thing if it does not inconvenience anyone. Thanks for telling about the bear family. Have a super nice day!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — December 28, 2010 @ 11:12 am

    • Perhaps we are better off here, knowing that snow is bound to be a big part of our winter. We’re ready for it and we play in it, and after the first couple of snows, folks even begin to remember how to drive in it. If the forecast for the next couple of days is correct, I will have a chance to use snowshoes on this trail again.


      Comment by montucky — December 28, 2010 @ 8:21 pm

  8. *GASP* Bears!!! They’re resting peacefully, I’m sure… thank GOD for your sake!!!
    Beautiful shots, especially the 2nd & last one =)


    Comment by Tricia — December 28, 2010 @ 12:38 pm

  9. I can see why you chose that place to walk. It is so beautiful. Let’s hope the rain stays away.


    Comment by sandy — December 28, 2010 @ 3:25 pm

    • If the rain does stay away, and if more snow comes, I will go another mile up that trail and see the ice decorations on the stream. I really look forward to that!


      Comment by montucky — December 28, 2010 @ 8:23 pm

  10. It looks quiet….what I call snow quiet. Your snow is white and soft looking, Terry.


    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — December 28, 2010 @ 3:30 pm

    • Yes Scott, it settles in an piles up among the trees which shelter it from the winds. There is nothing here to discolor it. It will remain in the upper parts of this canyon until July.


      Comment by montucky — December 28, 2010 @ 8:26 pm

  11. I love looking at the snow in your photos, Terry. I just don’t enjoy snow here, where we are,as I don’t tolerate extremes of temperature.
    I keep meaning to ask you – how do you cope with the cold weather there? Loads and loads of layered clothes or are you just well adjusted to it?


    Comment by Val Erde — December 28, 2010 @ 4:26 pm

    • All of the above, Val. One gets used to dressing for the weather. When the temps are above zero (°F) it’s good to wear layers, or when you are exercising. When it’s below zero a dawn parka feels good. By spring, we are used to the feel of the cold, and I really miss the feel of a cold breeze on my face after it warms up in spring.


      Comment by montucky — December 28, 2010 @ 8:32 pm

  12. Absolutely lovely (as long as you don’t have to drive) ; )

    Your photographs are beautiful. I especially like the last one.


    Comment by kcjewel — December 28, 2010 @ 6:23 pm

    • There isn’t much traffic here, Jewel and if folks don’t drive too fast the snow isn’t much of a problem. I much prefer driving on snow to driving on ice and greatly enjoy driving on snow-covered back roads.


      Comment by montucky — December 28, 2010 @ 8:28 pm

  13. Beautiful…so quiet and peaceful looking.


    Comment by kateri — December 29, 2010 @ 7:44 pm

    • It is very quiet on that trail in winter. Since the snow I haven’t yet been up the trail far enough to get to the stream. It surely will be running though and the cascades would be pleasant to hear as well as see.


      Comment by montucky — December 29, 2010 @ 9:28 pm

  14. Too pretty. Funny to think of the bears all cuddled up right around you.


    Comment by Candace — December 30, 2010 @ 4:57 pm

  15. How wonderful photos. I love to see those snowy trees and the path. In a way it is a little bit similar than we have here.


    Comment by sartenada — December 31, 2010 @ 12:55 am

    • I think that snow, no matter where it is, is always pretty and welcomed by those who live in it. I really do love having distinct seasons.


      Comment by montucky — December 31, 2010 @ 4:49 pm

  16. Wouldn’t mind walking there – definitely a peaceful place!


    Comment by Stacey Dawn — December 31, 2010 @ 2:02 pm

    • I think you would like that trail Stacey, winter and summer both!


      Comment by montucky — December 31, 2010 @ 4:50 pm

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