Montana Outdoors

February 3, 2011

The scenic route

Filed under: Winter — montucky @ 11:07 pm

While it’s quite clear that water will always flow down hill, sometimes with a small stream and a meadow “down” isn’t a completely visual thing.

Meandering stream


  1. Neat shot. It’s hard to get the right perspective, I can’t tell how big it is.


    Comment by Candace — February 4, 2011 @ 12:10 am

    • I know: it is a strange shot. The meadow between the tree and the grass is about a hundred yards across.


      Comment by montucky — February 4, 2011 @ 12:33 am

  2. This is interesting as well as kinda nice.
    Where is it?


    Comment by Frances Schenck — February 4, 2011 @ 1:15 am

    • That is the meadow at the upper end of the ranch at the mouth of Weeksville Creek.


      Comment by montucky — February 4, 2011 @ 10:31 pm

  3. There is always so much going on in your photos. Yet nothing.



    Comment by Roberta Warshaw — February 4, 2011 @ 6:32 am

    • What goes on there this time of year does so mostly at night when the critters go there for water and can get a little grass through the snow.


      Comment by montucky — February 4, 2011 @ 10:33 pm

  4. My sister’s lab would love to find this meadow. She loves the snow and of course being a lab loves the water. Her idea of heaven is romping through the snow interspersed with a refreshing dip in the frigid water of a creek or stream. We on the other hand prefer a nice walk on snowshoes enjoying the scenery and her antics.


    Comment by anniespickns — February 4, 2011 @ 8:42 am

    • My dog is a pointer and she also loves a snowy meadow for a good long run. She doesn’t mind water, but doesn’t like it as much as a Lab.


      Comment by montucky — February 4, 2011 @ 10:35 pm

  5. Hi Montucky, Great photography and a sense of humor, too! Have a really nice day today and stay warm!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — February 4, 2011 @ 1:22 pm

    • Thanks wildlifewatcher. Tonight we are above freezing and having a fairly heavy rain. Rather ugly for the highways but at least a little warmer that the past few weeks.


      Comment by montucky — February 4, 2011 @ 10:36 pm

  6. Great shot. Are they Montana winters as harsh as people say?


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

    • There is a lot of variety in Montana weather. East of the Continental Divide they have a lot of severe cold with snow and wind. The higher elevation places along the Canadian border also have a lot of very cold weather. I happen to live in a little rather sheltered area in western Montana that is usually quite a bit milder. When Arctic air comes in though it gets very cold, which is for a week or so during most winters. This winter has been very unusual. We have now had four bouts with the sub-zero temps and they have been separated by periods above freezing. Little snow in the valleys but extra heavy snow at high elevations.


      Comment by montucky — February 4, 2011 @ 10:41 pm

  7. I like the way the water meanders along. That looks like a popular wildlife sight, going by all those tracks.


    Comment by sandy — February 4, 2011 @ 3:27 pm

    • That stream provides water for the wildlife for several miles to the north and a big area west way above the river. The tracks there are mostly deer and elk, but also coyotes, Big Horn sheep and I think I saw a set of moose prints the other day. For sure there are deer in the meadow every night.


      Comment by montucky — February 4, 2011 @ 10:44 pm

  8. There are occasions when “true or false” is less important and you managed to find one of those occasions and got a wonderful shot with a dash of humour in it.


    Comment by Staffan H — February 5, 2011 @ 4:46 pm

    • I enjoyed seeing the little stream going the only ways it could and seeming to enjoy the whimsy of it.


      Comment by montucky — February 5, 2011 @ 10:15 pm

  9. I really like this one – in fact, it’s my favorite of yours that I’ve seen so far. The perspective is interesting and I can’t tell if it’s a stream or a little ditch but it’s meandering nonetheless. Seems like it needs a Ted Koosier poem to go along side it.


    Comment by Tammy McLeod — February 5, 2011 @ 8:09 pm

    • It’s a small stream through the upper end of a large meadow. In the spring and early summer it will pause a little further down to become a pond for awhile and then flow into the big river down below.


      Comment by montucky — February 5, 2011 @ 10:16 pm

  10. fun photo and interesting point


    Comment by silken — February 6, 2011 @ 1:20 pm

    • I thought so: for some reason it caught my attention.


      Comment by montucky — February 6, 2011 @ 4:32 pm

  11. Very nice… the winding stream makes the image!


    Comment by Victoria — February 6, 2011 @ 9:43 pm

  12. It is like a snake, that unfrozen river I mean. Great nature shot.


    Comment by sartenada — February 7, 2011 @ 12:08 am

    • Yes, a very cold snake. It made such a nice contrast in the snow field I thought.


      Comment by montucky — February 7, 2011 @ 12:43 am

  13. Trick photography! heheheee


    Comment by Tricia — February 7, 2011 @ 1:20 pm

    • This is a small stream, but I have seen so many larger ones much like it. They always make me wonder.


      Comment by montucky — February 7, 2011 @ 8:25 pm

  14. Stream and creek meanders kind of make things interesting.


    Comment by knightofswords — February 7, 2011 @ 2:14 pm

    • Especially the larger ones that are fishable. I’ve seen many and they all were enjoyable.


      Comment by montucky — February 7, 2011 @ 8:26 pm

  15. Beautiful winter scene with the snaking stream through the snow.


    Comment by Anna — February 7, 2011 @ 3:46 pm

    • I visited there again today, and with the snow that came in last night, the little stream is no longer visible.


      Comment by montucky — February 7, 2011 @ 8:27 pm

  16. Great shot. Love the composition. Simple and effective.


    Comment by Mike — February 7, 2011 @ 9:46 pm

  17. It looks like an abstract painting of sorts. I always like the pure, white snow and the yellow pale of tall winter grass together. Always, you have such great shots of nature.


    Comment by Jack Matthews — February 9, 2011 @ 6:31 am

    • I like that combination too. It’s special here too because the snow is always clear, so the contrasts are sharp.


      Comment by montucky — February 9, 2011 @ 10:59 am

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