Montana Outdoors

January 5, 2011

Snowy day on the Clark Fork

Filed under: Winter — Tags: , — montucky @ 12:42 am

Winter on the Clark Fork

Yup, it was just as cold as it looks.

I ventured down near the river on that day to attempt to ambush a Golden Eagle that a friend had seen and called me about. (The Golden was too smart for me though, and I still don’t have a good photo of his species.) The tree, however, was easier quarry and the river looked as it typically does after a stretch of very cold weather.


  1. It looks very much like winter there.We had sunny day and some of our mountain ranges are covered with snow,so makes for a pretty sight.


    Comment by Roberta Gould — January 5, 2011 @ 1:12 am

    • I know it’s nice in your area to live in a warm climate yet see the snow in the mountains and go there when you wish.


      Comment by montucky — January 5, 2011 @ 11:40 pm

  2. It does look cold. Time to hibernate. I would not call it lifeless, but the blood is not flowing swiftly. I hope you get a photo of the eagle.


    Comment by Jack Matthews — January 5, 2011 @ 7:15 am

    • It was cold when I took that photo. It has warmed a bit now, but there is another visit from the Arctic air coming in a few days. I’ve seen that Golden around many times but have never been able to get close enough for a shot. I may have to try some sort of white camo. I’d also like to get a few shots a little later of a pair of Bald eagles who nest a couple of miles up river. Their nest is in a tall tree and the trick there will be to somehow approach the area without disturbing them.


      Comment by montucky — January 5, 2011 @ 11:43 pm

  3. Beautiful and so so icy!


    Comment by Anna — January 5, 2011 @ 7:34 am

    • That’s a big river, Anna but when it gets very cold for a week or so, the floating ice will eventually stick together and cover the whole channel. When it does that, we know it has been a cold winter.


      Comment by montucky — January 5, 2011 @ 11:45 pm

  4. Oh yeah. Those pesky birds. Doesn’t matter what size they are, as soon as they see you with your camera..bam! They are off in a minute!


    Comment by Roberta Warshaw — January 5, 2011 @ 7:42 am

    • They sure do that! I wish I had an eagle’s eyesight just for a time to see what it must be like.


      Comment by montucky — January 5, 2011 @ 11:46 pm

  5. Beautiful picture. Good luck on that eagle!


    Comment by songofthewolf — January 5, 2011 @ 9:21 am

    • Thanks! I won’t give up. I remember seeing one when I was a kid on a fishing trip. It was sitting on an old rail fence with a rattlesnake in its talons. Didn’t have a camera in those days.


      Comment by montucky — January 5, 2011 @ 11:47 pm

  6. Br-r-r-r-r-r-r!! Very much a cold winter scene! 🙂


    Comment by Barbara — January 5, 2011 @ 11:57 am

    • Yes, it takes a lot of cold days to get those ice cakes floating down the river.


      Comment by montucky — January 5, 2011 @ 11:49 pm

  7. Hi Montucky, Very pretty! We had a surprise snow storm of sorts here this afternoon. Wet huge flakes but nothing is sticking. It is about 35 degrees here so that is the reason for the snow not to stick. Have a wonderful day!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — January 5, 2011 @ 2:14 pm

    • We also had a little snow today, but the temp went into the upper 20’s! We may even see above freezing for a day, then sub-zeros after it.


      Comment by montucky — January 5, 2011 @ 11:50 pm

  8. We had a few flurries today, but the temperature was close to 40º, so it didn’t amount to anything.

    Love the ice in the river. Good luck capturing the eagle. I have never seen a Golden.


    Comment by sandy — January 5, 2011 @ 3:32 pm

    • We don’t have a lot of Goldens around, but there must be several pairs nesting not too far away because we do see them. They are huge and beautiful, but very hard to approach.


      Comment by montucky — January 5, 2011 @ 11:52 pm

  9. brrrr!


    Comment by silken — January 5, 2011 @ 6:34 pm

  10. I’ve got a heater blowing on me right now – but this image just showered me with the chills!!!! Pretty though!


    Comment by Stacey Dawn — January 5, 2011 @ 11:18 pm

    • That was the kind of day and the kind of place that made a down jacket feel very nice.


      Comment by montucky — January 5, 2011 @ 11:53 pm

  11. That is one might pretty river shot. Looks like it’s cold enough for your exploring. Shivers!


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

    • As I recall, it was about 5 degrees when that photo was taken.


      Comment by montucky — January 5, 2011 @ 11:56 pm

  12. Cold but lovely. Hope you get the photo of the eagle next time!


    Comment by kateri — January 6, 2011 @ 8:42 am

    • Very cold! I will keep trying for the eagle. Sooner or later!


      Comment by montucky — January 6, 2011 @ 11:58 pm

  13. Still very pretty but it would look extra nice with a golden eagle in it.


    Comment by Candace — January 6, 2011 @ 10:36 pm

    • It would, Candace. He is still around but I don’t know just where he lives.


      Comment by montucky — January 6, 2011 @ 11:59 pm

  14. Icy river and snowy landscape – excellent elements for Your lovely photo.

    The tree in foreground strikes to my eyes. It seems not to be high, but very strong. That kind od trees, mainly pines, we have in our most Northern part.


    Comment by sartenada — January 6, 2011 @ 11:12 pm

    • The tree is a fairly young pine, perhaps 50 years old. I believe it’s a Ponderosa. It will groe to be twice that height.


      Comment by montucky — January 7, 2011 @ 12:00 am

  15. I always find it a wonder that birds of prey (we have buzzards and the occasional pair of Red Kite, here) can get any food in snowy weather – their prey can see (and probably hear) them coming from miles around.

    I look forward to seeing the photo when you fool it into thinking you’re a snowman and take it’s pic!


    Comment by Val Erde — January 8, 2011 @ 5:57 pm

    • THey seem to do OK in winter though. The eagles are very good fishers.


      Comment by montucky — January 11, 2011 @ 12:36 am

  16. I look forward to your photo of the Golden, too, but this is also beautiful!


    Comment by farmhouse stories — January 9, 2011 @ 12:05 pm

    • I don’t really have high hopes, but sooner or later I’ll get a chance.


      Comment by montucky — January 11, 2011 @ 12:37 am

  17. So typically winter. Love it! And – wishing you luck capturing that eagle…:-)


    Comment by Marcie — January 9, 2011 @ 3:58 pm

    • It will be that cold again tonight. I’m a little surprised that there is so little ice on the river now.


      Comment by montucky — January 11, 2011 @ 12:39 am

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