Montana Outdoors

January 1, 2011

January 1

Filed under: Winter — Tags: , , — montucky @ 7:44 pm

Cold Arctic air

A new beginning.



  1. OH wow. This is awesome!!!!! You and Montana make a great team.


    Comment by J. P. Cabit — January 1, 2011 @ 7:46 pm

  2. Breathtaking.


    Comment by Roberta Warshaw — January 1, 2011 @ 8:39 pm

  3. now THAT is a gorgeous shot! what a great photo for the beginning of the new year!


    Comment by silken — January 1, 2011 @ 8:47 pm

    • The year started with a pretty day, but a cold one. It was 5° when I hiked up the hill and saw this scene.


      Comment by montucky — January 1, 2011 @ 9:21 pm

  4. Montucky, that shot ROCKS! WoW! I l♥ve l♥ve l♥ve it… the snow, the mountain, the sky, being high up, the lake, snow covered trees… it’s all so very beautiful!!! =)


    Comment by Tricia — January 1, 2011 @ 9:43 pm

    • Thanks Tricia. It is easy to love this country. In all seasons.


      Comment by montucky — January 1, 2011 @ 10:33 pm

  5. And what a way to start the New Year! Love the cloud “cross!” Happy New Year Terry!


    Comment by Stacey Dawn — January 2, 2011 @ 12:16 am

    • The vertical part of the “cross” is a contrail from a military aircraft headed toward your way, Stacey. The horizontal part, it it’s also a contrail is very unusual.


      Comment by montucky — January 2, 2011 @ 11:10 am

  6. Gorgeous.I might have to replace my current desktop photo of yours with this one–hard choice. I like those contrails, if that is what they are. And I’m going to miss the WordPress snow, just a couple more days of it.


    Comment by Candace — January 2, 2011 @ 12:50 am

    • I’ve been thinking about using this for my desktop too, but I’m still stuck on the pheasant. I will miss the WordPress snow too. The real stuff will be with us here though until into April.


      Comment by montucky — January 2, 2011 @ 11:12 am

  7. Landscape photography is the most difficult to do well. You have an incredibly good eye and a wonderful setting. Just beautiful!

    Big sky country indeed!


    Comment by Bill — January 2, 2011 @ 6:16 am

    • Thank you Bill! We live in a very beautiful world, don’t we!


      Comment by montucky — January 2, 2011 @ 11:14 am

  8. Wow! I agree with Bill above. Beyond beautiful!


    Comment by Anna — January 2, 2011 @ 9:18 am

    • Thanks Anna. Blue sky is not all that common here in mid-winter and when it comes we really enjoy it.


      Comment by montucky — January 2, 2011 @ 11:15 am

  9. Absolutely stunning scene! Wow!


    Comment by Barbara — January 2, 2011 @ 11:03 am

  10. And, a perfect one! Looks like you got more new snow.


    Comment by sandy — January 2, 2011 @ 12:58 pm

    • We’ve had at least a little snow every night for a week and it has been cold enough to keep most of it in powder form.


      Comment by montucky — January 2, 2011 @ 11:17 pm

  11. Hi Montucky, I love looking at this photograph! The vista is so lovely! Have a very nice afternoon!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — January 2, 2011 @ 2:31 pm

    • It’s a scene I like too. The mountains in the background are the Coeur d’Alenes. Each summer I visit the tops of several of those peaks which are within the Cherry Peak Roadless area.


      Comment by montucky — January 2, 2011 @ 11:22 pm

      • What a tremendous climb it must be! How fortunate to be so close to the wild like that. Yes, it looks like a new beginning.


        Comment by Jack Matthews — January 3, 2011 @ 4:42 pm

        • That roadless are is about 60 square miles in size and there are several trails into it and roads to the trail heads. Last summer I hiked to within a thousand feet or so of the tallest peak from the bottom. Quite a climb and I did it at the wrong time of year. Early next summer I will go there again but plan to spend a night on the peak. It’s a very pretty peak and was the site of a fire lookout back in the 1930’s.

          Yes, I am very fortunate to live here. I have hiked and hunted and fished in these mountains off and on for over 60 years and love them even more each year.


          Comment by montucky — January 3, 2011 @ 10:36 pm

  12. Such an absolutely stunning winter landscape. WOW!


    Comment by Marcie — January 2, 2011 @ 3:24 pm

    • The photo was taken about a half mile from my home. I hike up there and visit the scene quite often.


      Comment by montucky — January 2, 2011 @ 11:25 pm

  13. Inspirational…


    Comment by kcjewel — January 2, 2011 @ 6:11 pm

  14. A direct contrast to the steel gray skies I experienced on the rainy northern California coast yesterday. It was still beautiful just a different palette of colors. Thanks for sharing your beautiful scenery.


    Comment by anniespickns — January 2, 2011 @ 6:42 pm

    • I would enjoy seeing that beautiful coast again, Annie. It has been many years since I was there.


      Comment by montucky — January 2, 2011 @ 11:29 pm

  15. I can’t think of a better way to start the New Year! Looking forward a year of wonderful photos from you!


    Comment by Robin — January 3, 2011 @ 7:07 am

    • Thanks Robin! So far we’ve had just a couple sunny days: the rest of the time it has been a cold, black and white world. I’m itching to get out and will pretty soon.


      Comment by montucky — January 3, 2011 @ 12:56 pm

  16. Stunningly beautiful!


    Comment by kateri — January 3, 2011 @ 7:40 pm

    • I’m glad I was able to get a few photos during those cold clear days. I will go out tomorrow, but under snowy skies and the light won’t be the same.


      Comment by montucky — January 3, 2011 @ 10:42 pm

  17. A wonderful photo for a new beginning. Sigh


    Comment by Tammy McLeod — January 5, 2011 @ 6:39 am

  18. What a beautiful place to have just a short walk from you home. A great new beginning!


    Comment by farmhouse stories — January 5, 2011 @ 7:49 pm

    • It’s a tantalizing scene in winter, Cait. I love those mountains in the background, yet won’t be able to get up into them again until spring.


      Comment by montucky — January 5, 2011 @ 11:25 pm

  19. I am wordless, because it is so beautiful.

    Am I seeing correct, if there is some kind of construction or is it a broken tree?

    I love this photo, it is sure!


    Comment by sartenada — January 6, 2011 @ 11:19 pm

    • Thank you Sartenada! That is the trunk of a dead tree that has fallen there.


      Comment by montucky — January 6, 2011 @ 11:57 pm

  20. So beautiful snow and… Montana, of course.


    Comment by Joseph — January 7, 2011 @ 1:56 am

  21. The previous one is my favorite by a very slim margin… this too is gorgeous!


    Comment by Victoria — January 7, 2011 @ 5:40 pm

    • For a few days we had a photogenic combination of fresh powdery snow and cold Arctic air that was absolutely clear.


      Comment by montucky — January 7, 2011 @ 11:07 pm

  22. Quite a sight to greet you on the first day of the new year – how did I miss this one?


    Comment by Val Erde — January 8, 2011 @ 5:59 pm

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