Montana Outdoors

December 29, 2010

The icicles in Buffalo Bill canyon (2)

Filed under: ice art, Winter — Tags: , , — montucky @ 11:32 pm

Cliff icicles

Cliff icicles

Cliff icicles

Cliff icicles

Perhaps the art that hangs on the cliff walls of this lonely little canyon in winter is one of nature’s ways of providing a metaphysical balance between the reality of our planet and the artificial world that men have superimposed upon it.


  1. I don’t know about all that, but it reminds me of Rocky Falls just west of where I live here in Mo! Great shots!!!


    Comment by Tricia — December 30, 2010 @ 12:04 am

    • I would like to see Rocky Falls. It’s a beautiful waterfall. These icicles form over time from small seeps on the cliff’s face and are not waterfalls at all. In fact, the seeps are not noticeable in summer.


      Comment by montucky — December 30, 2010 @ 12:56 am

  2. Hi Montucky, I sure do like icicles! Your photographs show the fairyland look that the icicles have sometimes. Have a great day today!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — December 30, 2010 @ 9:27 am

    • I like icicles too. These didn’t happen at all last year at all and I missed them!


      Comment by montucky — December 30, 2010 @ 7:41 pm

  3. So the water seeps over the rocks? It doesn’t fall? WoW!
    I posted a pic of Rocky Falls a while back… It’s really beautiful up there!


    Comment by Tricia — December 30, 2010 @ 12:20 pm

    • I remember your photo with the fall colors. It’s a beautiful falls. Except in winter there is no trace of these icicle falls and since very few folks go there in winter, they are seldom seen.


      Comment by montucky — December 30, 2010 @ 7:48 pm

  4. Not only do I love the ice, the colors in the background are perfect winter shades.

    I couldn’t find how to answer your last post on my blog, so I just hoped over here.

    The redpolls are small finches, about the size of a goldfinch (do you have them?) Some are barely red, but some are really rosy colored. I don’t seem them every year, but when I do, they are usually in flocks.


    Comment by sandy — December 30, 2010 @ 12:47 pm

    • Our bird book has photos and I will now have to get a close look at them


      Comment by montucky — December 30, 2010 @ 7:49 pm

  5. Wow!! They look fantastic! 🙂


    Comment by Barbara — December 30, 2010 @ 1:29 pm

    • It’s difficult to get a perspective shot of these because of thick brush in the canyon bottom. The icicles are high on the cliffs above.


      Comment by montucky — December 30, 2010 @ 7:50 pm

  6. That is sure a stunning sight. We had snow in south Scottsdale today while I was at work! It doesn’t usually happen that far into town.


    Comment by Candace — December 30, 2010 @ 4:50 pm

    • In all of the years we lived there I can remember only two years when we saw snow in the low desert.


      Comment by montucky — December 30, 2010 @ 7:50 pm

  7. I’m not sure,
    But i do know these photos captured something in great detail something that takes my breath away


    Comment by Artswebshow — December 30, 2010 @ 7:16 pm

  8. The fact that they are formed from seeping water rather than a waterfall is pretty amazing. They are so dramatic and they start with just drops of water.


    Comment by kateri — December 30, 2010 @ 9:25 pm

    • There are a couple of areas near one of the highways that have tall ice walls that are formed the same way. I will try to get a photo or two of them later because there you can see the perspective.


      Comment by montucky — December 30, 2010 @ 9:55 pm

  9. Mother Nature is truly one grand artist!


    Comment by Bo Mackison — December 30, 2010 @ 10:33 pm

  10. They are so mighty. I love them, because they are best art that Mother Nature can create!

    I wish to You all the best in 2011. Happy New Year!


    Comment by sartenada — December 31, 2010 @ 12:48 am

  11. We have some tiny little icicles this morning… please keep yours ok. I love looking at your photos, but don’t want those puppies anywhere near me. : ) Very beautiful shots.


    Comment by kcjewel — December 31, 2010 @ 9:30 am

    • They are safe. One can’t get close to them or under them.


      Comment by montucky — December 31, 2010 @ 4:58 pm

  12. Definitely winter art! These are outstanding captures. I haven’t seen icicles like these and in such a rugged terrain. Awesome!

    Happy New Year! May your New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day be blessed, safe, and filled with joy.


    Comment by Anna — December 31, 2010 @ 11:22 am

  13. Spectacular! Happy New Year Terry!


    Comment by Stacey Dawn — December 31, 2010 @ 1:47 pm

  14. They are so beautifully sculptural. WOW! And – to you and yours – a happy new year!


    Comment by Marcie — December 31, 2010 @ 4:07 pm

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