Montana Outdoors

January 31, 2011

Cool, clear, water

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

After a week of light rain and temperatures in the low thirties, early this morning an Arctic air mass moved into our area shaking hands with the moist air that remained in place, slowly floating snow down through the now frigid air and leaving a fresh white blanket on the ice-coated ground. I’m glad to see the snow but not quite as pleased about the sub-zero temperatures that will prevail for the next several nights. However, cool, clear water like this (reminding me of the song “Cool Water” made popular by Marty Robbins)

Weeksville Creek in winter

would have looked awfully good on some of those blistering hot and dry summer days far back in the Arizona desert.


  1. Beautiful picture and yes, water is refreshing to a hot and thirsty soul..and thirsty horse too..


    Comment by mitambien — January 31, 2011 @ 12:57 am

    • When the subject is water I’m afraid I’m like the artist who plays his music on a one-string banjo; the same tune all of the time… but I have a deep reverence for it and the life that it makes possible.


      Comment by montucky — January 31, 2011 @ 1:27 am

  2. This is beautiful. I’d like to have this in my back yard.


    Comment by Frances Schenck — January 31, 2011 @ 1:58 am

    • I would too, Frances! It’s only a few miles away though.


      Comment by montucky — January 31, 2011 @ 11:02 am

  3. What a pretty little stream. We are due for a bunch of snow and much lower temps later this week. The chickadees who were singing their “spring is here” song yesterday (it was was sunny and just barely above freezing)will be disapointed!


    Comment by kateri — January 31, 2011 @ 5:50 am

    • I heard that Chickadee song the day before yesterday too, Kateri. They will be disappointed here too: our forecast is for -10 tonight. I saw your forecast in the news this morning. At least you should get some real snow before the cold: we got just a little. I like to have an extra foot of insulation on the roof when that sub-zero cold hits.


      Comment by montucky — January 31, 2011 @ 11:04 am

  4. it looks so quiet and peaceful. Lovely photograph.


    Comment by Roberta Warshaw — January 31, 2011 @ 7:37 am

    • The ice and cold and snow really help keep the traffic down, making the quiet, peaceful places much closer than in summer!


      Comment by montucky — January 31, 2011 @ 11:06 am

  5. That’s beautiful… great perspective… I feel like I could jump thru the computer screen & hop across the creek & just run thru all that snow thru the woods…

    but, I promise I won’t actually try it! heheheee! =)


    Comment by Tricia — January 31, 2011 @ 9:12 am

    • At the mouth of that canyon there was a brisk wind blowing, dropping the chill factor to below zero. Those woods which blocked the wind, by comparison, were a warm place to be and a pleasant place to walk!


      Comment by montucky — January 31, 2011 @ 11:08 am

  6. that is so pretty!!!


    Comment by silken — January 31, 2011 @ 1:56 pm

    • Yes, it’s a great little stream all times of the year.


      Comment by montucky — January 31, 2011 @ 2:50 pm

  7. Great shot and a beautiful little spot. I’m enjoying your winter shots from the comfort of warm & sunny Texas but you’ve got to quit sending those cold fronts down this way. The high Wed – Sat in Houston is projected to be below 32F and we might even get some snow. šŸ™‚



    Comment by Jeff Lynch — January 31, 2011 @ 2:09 pm

    • You’re getting just a slight taste of this weather front. We will be well below zero for the next few nights. I’d trade!


      Comment by montucky — January 31, 2011 @ 2:52 pm

  8. Beautiful winter scene and serene! Well, we are about the get blasted with snow after ice then the sub-zero temps. Guess we are to brace ourselves and know spring will come. šŸ™‚


    Comment by Anna — January 31, 2011 @ 2:26 pm

    • I’ve seen your weather forecast on the news. You are getting it worse than we have. We’ve had a few inches of snow and the cold is just beginning to hit here with -9 to -12 forecast for the next few nights. I think we have been spared the high winds though. I’d trade those low temps for a couple feet of snow!


      Comment by montucky — January 31, 2011 @ 2:54 pm

  9. You must have been there right just after the snow ended. I don’t see any tracks. Just another beautiful scene from your wilderness.

    I remember that song very well.


    Comment by sandy — January 31, 2011 @ 3:50 pm

    • It was the day after the snow fell. I hiked that day on a forest road for four miles on unbroken snow. What a pleasure!


      Comment by montucky — January 31, 2011 @ 8:57 pm

  10. I heard about your temps this morning as my daughter’s hair froze on her as she was clearing the snow off her car in North Dakota. First time that ever happened to her.

    This sure looks inviting in with the cold which created it. Stay warm and put an extra log on the fire tonight!


    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — January 31, 2011 @ 3:53 pm

    • I sometimes think of your daughter in N.D. The weather is even colder there than it is here. Tonight and tomorrow night will be below zero here though.


      Comment by montucky — January 31, 2011 @ 8:59 pm

  11. The trees in this photo are gorgeous, Terry.
    Our pond has frozen over again and the birds don’t know if they’re coming or going with this weird weather we’ve been having. It’s supposed to be about seven degrees warmer in the next few days, I hope so as we still haven’t had an oil delivery for our heating system!


    Comment by Val Erde — January 31, 2011 @ 7:04 pm

    • I hope you can stay warm! It’s tough to be without a good heater when it’s cold. We are at 5Ā°F at the moment, headed for -11Ā°F before the night is over. We have a wood stove however, that keeps us quite warm. If you were a thousand miles or so closer, you would be welcome to share!


      Comment by montucky — January 31, 2011 @ 9:04 pm

  12. There is a warmness in the photograph that takes away the coldness of the scene. It is beautiful!


    Comment by kcjewel — January 31, 2011 @ 7:08 pm

    • That’s the magic of the forest, Jewel! Those trees are happy in their element which at times seems a little harsh to us, but I sure enjoy the beauty!


      Comment by montucky — January 31, 2011 @ 9:06 pm

  13. Hi Montucky, You sure do take nice pictures! I love these winter scenes just as much as those colorful trail shots in spring and summer you have previously posted. Have a super good Tues. tomorrow! Stay warm!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — January 31, 2011 @ 8:53 pm

    • Thanks wildlifewatcher! I hope you have a wonderful day too!


      Comment by montucky — January 31, 2011 @ 9:07 pm

  14. Wonderful photograph! Now we wouldn’t really be able to appreciate summer without winter would we? Congrats on the super cold weather, its storm after storm after storm here. Let me know if you want me to mail you some of our snow!


    Comment by Bill — February 1, 2011 @ 5:56 pm

    • I’d love some more snow! We had only a couple of inches before the sky cleared and the cold took over.

      It’s sure true that winter does make spring and summer even sweeter than they would be without it. We lived in Arizona for many years and are very happy now for the four seasons again.


      Comment by montucky — February 1, 2011 @ 9:25 pm

  15. Yes, that would look good here around July but your arctic air mass is cooling things off here, too, right now. The high tomorrow is going to be 47! It’s cold and windy out there right now. I’m not wishing for summer by any means but it’s pretty nippy right now.


    Comment by Candace — February 1, 2011 @ 8:55 pm

    • Nippy? You will be about 30 degrees warmer tomorrow than we will.


      Comment by montucky — February 1, 2011 @ 9:28 pm

  16. I love it.

    Especially I like the way with which snow cover firs. Beautiful.


    Comment by Sartenada — February 2, 2011 @ 4:51 am

    • I like that too. This was a very light snow that was very decorative.


      Comment by montucky — February 2, 2011 @ 10:40 am

  17. Love how the creek cuts a swath through he snow. Beautiful, as always.


    Comment by Bo Mackison — February 2, 2011 @ 12:01 pm

    • That little stream is vital for the wildlife in the area, and it never fails. A place that’s always nice to visit.


      Comment by montucky — February 2, 2011 @ 8:10 pm

  18. I think we’ve made a swap. We got the mild weather and have had rain and temperatures above the freezing point for a couple of days now. Snow can be very decorative though – particularly when you held the camera. šŸ˜‰


    Comment by Staffan H — February 3, 2011 @ 4:51 pm

    • Well, now our weather is taking another turn. Tomorrow it will be above freezing for the first time in weeks, but the down side is that we will likely have freezing rain. Then I’m concerned for those who must be out driving in it.


      Comment by montucky — February 3, 2011 @ 9:27 pm

  19. This one, and your previous post… two more gorgeous images… šŸ™‚ (thanks for stopping by and visiting my squirrel slide show)


    Comment by Victoria — February 6, 2011 @ 9:55 pm

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