Montana Outdoors

March 1, 2011

In like a lion…

Filed under: Winter — Tags: — montucky @ 8:56 pm

or maybe a polar bear! Morning, March first:

March snow

March snow

March snow



  1. Yes, it’s a polar bear. Very pretty and it is moisture. We need it down here.


    Comment by Jack Matthews — March 2, 2011 @ 5:17 am

    • We need it here too. The snowpack in the high elevations supports the water supply here all year long. It is an amazing system to witness, especially the cold springs of water that still flow even in late summer when we have a wet winter.


      Comment by montucky — March 2, 2011 @ 12:05 pm

  2. I have always had an itching to live in Montana or Wyoming. It looks so beautiful. Of course, right now, with the spring bug crawling all through me, visiting in summer time looks appealing as well.


    Comment by timkeen40 — March 2, 2011 @ 6:22 am

    • Winter here is beautiful, but summer is usually the best time to visit the northwest unless you are a skier or winter sports enthusiast. Spring is a wonderful time too, but full of weather surprises.


      Comment by montucky — March 2, 2011 @ 12:08 pm

  3. Argh. No more snow I tell you! We are not melting here by any means but we haven’t had any snow in a week. Hopefully the glaciers will melt soon…..


    Comment by Roberta Warshaw — March 2, 2011 @ 7:51 am

    • I think your winter has been more harsh than ours for the most part, with the exception of the visits we have had from Arctic air. We are now approaching our normal temperatures for this time of year, which means daytime highs around 40 and nights in the 20’s.


      Comment by montucky — March 2, 2011 @ 12:10 pm

  4. In like a lion, out like a lamb. Spring is just around the corner! Meanwhile there is still time for snowshoeing in beautiful scenery. It’s a great time of the year.


    Comment by anniespickns — March 2, 2011 @ 7:57 am

    • Spring here is one of the nicest times of year for me. It’s good to have a little warmer weather, but still be able to get into deep snow higher up through April. I’s always exciting to see wildflowers begin to bloom right at the edge of snow banks.


      Comment by montucky — March 2, 2011 @ 12:12 pm

  5. mercy sakes alive… ya’ll got a ton of snow!!! heheheee but it’s so beautiful… i love to see a winter wonderland… makes everything so pretty! =)


    Comment by Tricia — March 2, 2011 @ 8:21 am

    • A “ton” is right. This recent snow was only about 8 inches but it was very wet and made any unplowed road nearly impassable. Yesterday I had to pull a car out of a ditch and it took the Jeep’s four wheel drive plus chains on the rear tires to do it.


      Comment by montucky — March 2, 2011 @ 12:15 pm

  6. What a roar whether lion or polar bear! Wow, what a lot of heavy snow and sure looks wet! I really like the top photo—gorgeous winter wonder land. 🙂


    Comment by Anna — March 2, 2011 @ 9:29 am

    • There is an old song “Springtime in the Rockies” that was my grandfather’s favorite song. The weather swings are wonderful to witness this time of year. the snow is so much more enjoyable, knowing that it will not last all that long, and the world will turn green again.


      Comment by montucky — March 2, 2011 @ 12:17 pm

  7. We might as well appreciate it while it’s here. So, so beautiful. This particular storm looks WET!

    Spring not too far off? We’ll see!


    Comment by Bill — March 2, 2011 @ 10:54 am

    • Sounds like you will have more snow to melt than we will, except in the high country. This recent snow was very beautiful and very wet. This is perfect weather for the high country, with the cycles of snow, a little melt and freezing temperatures at night. It forms a deep snow pack that releases water slowly deep into summer. At 7,000 feet we will have big snow banks in July.


      Comment by montucky — March 2, 2011 @ 12:19 pm

  8. Wonderful wintry shots! The first is my fave! Lovely to look at but I wouldn’t want to feel the cold it portrays!


    Comment by Barbara — March 2, 2011 @ 11:40 am

    • That is the road that is in front of our house. I walk on it every day. Right now it isn’t as cold as it looks, hovering just below freezing at night and up to 40 daytime.


      Comment by montucky — March 2, 2011 @ 12:21 pm

  9. Definitely agree with other commenters on the snowy road shot – thats a keeper for sure. After seeing the blog post title on the rss feed I was kind of hoping you had stashed a secret Mountain Lion shot for the first of March. Maybe next year, eh?


    Comment by Daveabirding — March 2, 2011 @ 11:51 am

    • I wish! I see lots of lion tracks, but few lions and have never had a chance to get a photo of one. I’ve tracked them for miles without seeing them, but there’s always hope. I look forward to it!


      Comment by montucky — March 2, 2011 @ 12:24 pm

  10. Makes me want to strap on my skiis and head down the driveway! Wish I was there so I could! Looks like you’re getting in snow what we have in rain. Love you!


    Comment by Juls — March 2, 2011 @ 3:29 pm

    • I wish you could too, Hon! You would like Lookout this year. They have 175 inches at the top. Tonight we’re getting rain.

      Love you!


      Comment by montucky — March 2, 2011 @ 10:58 pm

  11. I guess you are still getting snow!
    It is that sticky spring stuff, too.
    What wonderful scenes it makes, though.


    Comment by sandy — March 2, 2011 @ 4:23 pm

    • Sticky it is. It’s raining now though so much of it will melt. Up high though it will freeze tonight and add to the snow pack.


      Comment by montucky — March 2, 2011 @ 10:59 pm

  12. Hi Montucky, Yup, pretty & frosty! We here in TN have had a glorious two days with blue skies and warm weather! I am sooo glad! Have a super great Thursday tomorrow!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — March 2, 2011 @ 7:02 pm

    • There was a break in the clouds for about half an hour today, the first in weeks. You will be enjoying warmer weather long before we do. The birds are wise: our summer ones haven’t begun to show up yet. Perhaps they have read about La Nino.


      Comment by montucky — March 2, 2011 @ 11:01 pm

  13. That is some lion…or bear. I’ll be anxious to see the lamb in 4 weeks.


    Comment by Candace — March 2, 2011 @ 8:33 pm

    • I’m anxious too, Candace. Those first wildflowers will look so good!


      Comment by montucky — March 2, 2011 @ 11:02 pm

  14. Definitely a polar bear! Those wet snows sure are pretty. I wouldn’t exactly say March came in like a lamb here, but at least it didn’t start with more snow. Tuesday started with low temps, clouds, and icy roads, but the sun came out later in the day. I think we’ve had clearer skies the past month or so than any winter I remember.


    Comment by kateri — March 2, 2011 @ 10:04 pm

    • That must have been where our clear skies went. We have had more cloudy days than any recent winter. I’m so grateful for all of the snow though.


      Comment by montucky — March 2, 2011 @ 11:03 pm

  15. wow!! looks like winter whiteness! when I think of march coming in like a lion, I think of gusty winds (which I hope we don’t have on our bike ride this weekend!)


    Comment by silken — March 3, 2011 @ 2:08 pm

    • I remember the March winds we had when I was a kid because then every kid in town was flying his favorite kite (and making them too). It this area now we don’t get much wind usually.


      Comment by montucky — March 3, 2011 @ 10:44 pm

  16. Lovely winter photos! I like the landscape in Your photos, it is so inviting to make a visit.

    We have still snow too here. Here in the Southern part where I live, we have from 50 to 65 centimeters or from 1 ‘ and 7.68 ” to 2 ‘ and 1.59 “.


    Comment by sartenada — March 4, 2011 @ 12:08 am

    • That’s more snow than we had in the valleys, but the mountains have more. I read i on the local news yesterday that at the top of the ski lift at the nearest ski area to here they have 173 inches (439 centimeters).


      Comment by montucky — March 4, 2011 @ 9:06 pm

  17. Wow, with so much white, it’s incredible how you acheived such clarity


    Comment by Artswebshow — March 4, 2011 @ 6:53 am

    • The light was fairly good even though it was snowing heavily when these photos were taken. Pretty good contrast against the bare bark of the trees.


      Comment by montucky — March 4, 2011 @ 9:07 pm

  18. Oh wow, Terry! Much as I dislike snow when it arrives here and outstays its welcome, these photos are just beautiful.

    I can’t help wishing that snow was warm…!


    Comment by Val Erde — March 4, 2011 @ 7:22 pm

    • Warm is relative, Val. I think of snow as being warm, myself. It acts as a very good insulation on the roof and if it comes to that, a fairly warm shelter if you’re stranded. At times it does get too cold to snow here.


      Comment by montucky — March 4, 2011 @ 9:12 pm

  19. All of these wintry images are wonderful… I’m so glad spring is just around the corner! The top image especially called to mind a song lyric from a Cat Stevens tune… “everything emptying into White.” from Into White (thanks for visiting my raptor… I’m pretty sure it’s a Cooper’s Hawk and he was very cooperative today)


    Comment by Victoria — March 4, 2011 @ 10:33 pm

    • I think he’s a Coopers too. Your description of size would distinguish him from a Sharp Shinned I think.

      I do like the fresh snows in late winter, when they are so pretty and warm in contrast to the periods of sub-zero temperatures… and knowing that soon the wild country will begin celebrating spring!


      Comment by montucky — March 4, 2011 @ 10:50 pm

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