Montana Outdoors

February 1, 2011

Cold and clear

Filed under: Weeksville Creek, Winter — Tags: — montucky @ 11:39 pm

In the canyon today the forest blocked the wind and although the snow squeaked under foot, hiking was pleasant. Above, on the ridges, the trees were cold.

The trees were cold


  1. It’s my favorite time of winter – when it’s cold and clear. However, I have a feeling I’d prefer it being NOT quite AS cold as you have it there!! ;o)


    Comment by Stacey Dawn — February 2, 2011 @ 12:31 am

    • The clear days are nice, especially if they come right after a snowfall, but I’m just as happy if they come only a few at a time. The sub-zero cold is very dangerous for folks who are not equipped to deal with it or who make mistakes. A mistake when it’s that cold can become fatal very quickly.


      Comment by montucky — February 2, 2011 @ 12:50 am

  2. Ohhh all those snow covered trees & the shot is very nicely framed! =)


    Comment by Tricia — February 2, 2011 @ 12:38 am

  3. PS Great blue sky! =)


    Comment by Tricia — February 2, 2011 @ 12:38 am

    • That’s a different kind of snow from the softer, wetter and warmer kind, but pretty in its own way. The blue sky in winter is a real treat and the sun is just beginning to have a little warmth.


      Comment by montucky — February 2, 2011 @ 12:54 am

  4. I know this, when saying: “Fantastic photo”, but it is really.


    Comment by Sartenada — February 2, 2011 @ 4:48 am

  5. Great shot the weather here is cold and clear this morning also.


    Comment by Jim Young — February 2, 2011 @ 5:49 am

    • I think you are having deeper cold than we have here. The clear skies are nice though, aren’t they!


      Comment by montucky — February 2, 2011 @ 11:43 am

  6. Those snow covered trees look amazing. What a beautiful shot. Glad you had such a great hiking day!


    Comment by farmhouse stories — February 2, 2011 @ 6:54 am

    • I haven’t gotten into the higher areas yet. The trees there look to be really loaded with snow.


      Comment by montucky — February 2, 2011 @ 11:44 am

  7. Love the shades of silver and blue framed by the black of the evergreens. If it weren’t for the uncomfortable and dangerous temps I think it would be really hard to leave a scene like this.


    Comment by kateri — February 2, 2011 @ 7:42 am

    • Yes, it’s a pretty place to hike. I walk a lot just for conditioning, and places like that make it very pleasant. The hiking keeps me warm and the views are relaxing.


      Comment by montucky — February 2, 2011 @ 11:49 am

  8. Hi Montucky, Your pictures really tell the story! Have a nice day today and enjoy your frosty weather but stay safe and warm!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — February 2, 2011 @ 7:43 am

  9. Love it when conifers are snow covered, all pointy and textured!


    Comment by Bo Mackison — February 2, 2011 @ 8:14 am

    • When they are snow covered, it is pretty clear why they have chosen the shapes they have, to better shed the snow. Some, where they grow close together in the canyon bottom sustain damage from the snow, but the ones on the ridges are just fine.


      Comment by montucky — February 2, 2011 @ 11:52 am

      • Ours are usually OK, even with heavy snowfalls. It;s the combination of ice and heavy winds that send them splitting in two and crashing. We lost a lot in the area last year, not so much recently. I always hate to see the older, taller evergreens sustain severe damage. I think they are such sacred trees.


        Comment by Bo Mackison — February 3, 2011 @ 2:28 pm

  10. really, all I can say is fascinating…


    Comment by burstmode — February 2, 2011 @ 9:02 am

    • Even though those are all evergreens, their appearance changes a lot as they go through the various seasons; more than one would think.


      Comment by montucky — February 2, 2011 @ 11:54 am

  11. Quite a contrast here! Lovely!


    Comment by Barbara — February 2, 2011 @ 11:45 am

    • There are lots of contrasts in the back country. The other day I walked a few miles on a forest road and at the mouth of the canyon there was a brisk wind producing a chill factor of just below zero. Farther up the canyon the trees and mountainsides blocked the wind. At one turn it felt as though I had stepped into a warm room (about a 20 degree temperature change in the wind chill).


      Comment by montucky — February 2, 2011 @ 11:58 am

  12. I can’t get over how different your trees look out there in the west. There doesn’t seem to be any place here with one kind like that. Beautiful, as always.


    Comment by sandy — February 2, 2011 @ 3:35 pm

    • There are actually quite a few species represented there, but predominately firs, making the whole look uniform beneath the snow.


      Comment by montucky — February 2, 2011 @ 8:13 pm

  13. Wow, the snow covered Popsicle looking trees give such good perspective on how huge the mountain is and the distance from where you stood.


    Comment by Preston — February 2, 2011 @ 4:32 pm

    • That is a very deep canyon and the mountainsides there are very steep. Sometimes I climb to the ridges, but it’s a lot of work, impossible in the snow.


      Comment by montucky — February 2, 2011 @ 8:14 pm

  14. holey moley… that is gorgeous!!! snowy, cold and blue just like here today. 🙂


    Comment by kcjewel — February 2, 2011 @ 7:59 pm

    • Yes, we got the weather system a few days before it got to you. It’s starting to warm a bit here now.


      Comment by montucky — February 2, 2011 @ 8:15 pm

  15. Nice contrasts here of shadow and light.


    Comment by knightofswords — February 3, 2011 @ 12:20 pm

  16. That was late afternoon and the sun was setting quickly in the deep canyon. I saw that ridge through some thick forest and hustled up the road a half mile to have a break in the trees for a shot. Broke a sweat at a temp of 10 degrees.


    Comment by montucky — February 3, 2011 @ 12:36 pm

  17. To think those trees can survive that snow and cold and be green in the Spring is a marvel to me.


    Comment by Jack Matthews — February 3, 2011 @ 1:22 pm

    • One of the many reasons why I admire and respect trees so much. It is difficult to be anything but humble when considering all that they go through to live here.


      Comment by montucky — February 3, 2011 @ 9:31 pm

  18. A clear blue sky and perfect snow painted trees on a high hill. I bet it smelled good too.


    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — February 3, 2011 @ 1:40 pm

    • It probably did, Scott, but at that moment there was so much ice on my mustache I wouldn’t have known.


      Comment by montucky — February 3, 2011 @ 9:32 pm

  19. Amazing! The photo looks almost infrared with the whites and blue.


    Comment by Anna — February 3, 2011 @ 4:50 pm

    • The sunlight on that pure snow just took over the whole photo. It was already getting dark in the canyon bottom.


      Comment by montucky — February 3, 2011 @ 9:39 pm

  20. The dark “frame” and the snowy sunlit trees is a combination that works well here. It’s a piece of art if you ask me and I just love that photo.


    Comment by Staffan H — February 3, 2011 @ 4:55 pm

    • I love scenes like that too, Steffan. It’s one of the big reasons why I spend so much time in the mountains.


      Comment by montucky — February 3, 2011 @ 9:41 pm

  21. oh wow! your photos make cold and clear look inviting!


    Comment by silken — February 3, 2011 @ 8:42 pm

    • I guess you’ve had your own cold lately, haven’t you? Good thing you became accustomed to it on your Montana trip!


      Comment by montucky — February 3, 2011 @ 9:42 pm

  22. Oh, brrr, they look cold. I’ve never seen so many snow-covered trees in person.


    Comment by Candace — February 4, 2011 @ 12:12 am

    • Those go on for miles, and they are cold. The temps now will be going above freezing for awhile, so most of that snow will melt, where the sun can get to it any way.


      Comment by montucky — February 4, 2011 @ 12:31 am

  23. Gorgeous… love the light on the snowy trees on the ridge and how spectacular they look against the blue sky… the framing of the foreground branches is nice too!


    Comment by Victoria — February 6, 2011 @ 9:42 pm

    • That was the last light of the day. It’s a pretty time in the mountains in any season.


      Comment by montucky — February 6, 2011 @ 10:42 pm

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