Montana Outdoors

April 18, 2011

April showers…

Filed under: Spring — montucky @ 8:29 pm

snow showers that is. All day today the temperature stayed in the 30’s and off and on there were periods of very heavy snow showers. Spring is very indecisive this year.

Snowstorm on the pond

Puzzled whitetail

Johnny Jump-ups



  1. Terry:

    Not, Spring — Sprinter!



    Comment by Chad — April 18, 2011 @ 8:35 pm

  2. Nothing like a bit of white stuff to keep you on your toes – looks like you put it to good use.


    Comment by DaveABirding — April 18, 2011 @ 9:16 pm

  3. April showers… A late goodbye from Winter ? The pictures are so beautiful !


    Comment by isathreadsoflife — April 19, 2011 @ 12:14 am

    • I hope a late goodbye! The cold weather pattern seems to have been staying around a long time this year. Yes, it was a beautiful day.


      Comment by montucky — April 19, 2011 @ 12:24 am

  4. That’s what we refer to as “April weather” in Sweden. It wasn’t long since we had snow showers too – and then it was time to put the summer tires back on…


    Comment by Staffan H — April 19, 2011 @ 1:53 am

    • I’ve been expecting the weather to change quickly too, but it still isn’t ready this year.


      Comment by montucky — April 19, 2011 @ 8:39 am

  5. It won’t warm up here in Boston either. But so far no more snow. Although there are still huge piles of it in places, which is quite unusual for this time of year.


    Comment by Roberta Warshaw — April 19, 2011 @ 5:56 am

    • We are used to April snow, but usually there is a good mix of warm days also. Not this year.


      Comment by montucky — April 19, 2011 @ 8:40 am

  6. Yes, spring is being very indecisive this year! We got a few inches of snow yesterday as well, but it was all melted by the time I got home from work. I really like the photo of the deer and the one one of the snow on the pansies. Spring just isn’t right without a little snow on flowers at least once.


    Comment by kateri — April 19, 2011 @ 6:09 am

    • You are right about having a little snow on flowers. I always like that. This year though we have had very few sunny days.


      Comment by montucky — April 19, 2011 @ 8:42 am

  7. Beautiful. Your photos convey the cold and moodiness of the day. I’ll bet today the sun is shining and what little snow accumulation you had is melting back into the earth, feeding the flowers that are springing forth in preparation of their short life cycles.


    Comment by anniespickns — April 19, 2011 @ 8:09 am

    • Yesterday’s snow melted quickly and it looks as though we will get a little sun today, but we woke this morning to a new coat of snow on everything. The moisture is very welcome: I wish it could have fallen on Texas though.


      Comment by montucky — April 19, 2011 @ 8:44 am

      • I know how you feel. I would love to send our late rains their way.


        Comment by Ann — April 19, 2011 @ 8:13 pm

  8. Oh my goodness… SNOW? YiKeS =0

    Love the deer shot!!! =)


    Comment by Tricia — April 19, 2011 @ 10:05 am

    • Although snow is getting a little tiresome, I have to admit it was really pretty coming down.


      Comment by montucky — April 19, 2011 @ 11:00 am

      • Oh definitely beautiful… falling snow is, but I just never want it to stick around long… especially when it’s suppose to be SPRING! =) LoL!


        Comment by Tricia — April 20, 2011 @ 8:57 am

        • I got up into snow today at a higher elevation, but even there there are signs that spring is overcoming the snow.


          Comment by montucky — April 20, 2011 @ 9:18 pm

  9. Oh, how beautiful each of these images are! Very pretty spring snow. Love the deer, and those flowers are gorgeous with their colors in contrast to the snow!


    Comment by Anna — April 19, 2011 @ 10:20 am

  10. Hi Montucky, I so enjoy reading and looking at your excellent blog! I agree that the weather patterns are changing this year. We in TN have had big temperature swings and the South in general has had more violent weather. So happy to see your pictures of the Johnny Jump-up Violas. Gorgeous! Have a super nice Tuesday!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — April 19, 2011 @ 11:17 am

    • I was concerned for you with all of those storms, but I’m glad it appears they did not affect your area! Our area has just been cold and wet: I will rest very content with that!


      Comment by montucky — April 19, 2011 @ 9:20 pm

  11. Beautiful shots, Terry. Maybe, this will be the last of your snow.
    Yes, we need rain badly here in Texas. We had 2 days of very light snow in January and nothing since of any kind of moisture. The grass and fields are yellow or brown. The trees are leafing out with some green but that’s about it.


    Comment by Barbara — April 19, 2011 @ 11:40 am

    • I have been following the news of the drought and Texas fires with a great deal of concern. Jack Matthews, author of the Sage to Meadow blog from his ranch in Mingus in north Erath County has been giving excellent first-hand accounts of the situation there.


      Comment by montucky — April 19, 2011 @ 11:15 pm

  12. I love flowers in the snow! And the deer was wonderful.

    Whoever said sprinters above was sure right!

    Don’t worry spring/summer is on its way.


    Comment by Wild_Bill — April 19, 2011 @ 2:21 pm

    • Thanks Bill. This kind of weather behavior is typical in spring here. It has just been drawn out a long time this year. I am glad for the precipitation though after ten years of drought in this area!


      Comment by montucky — April 19, 2011 @ 11:21 pm

  13. We are having sprinter, too! You sure got some good photos of it! Love the deer and the pansies.


    Comment by sandy — April 19, 2011 @ 3:31 pm

    • Chad named it well, didn’t he! It has a lot of beauty: might as well enjoy it!


      Comment by montucky — April 19, 2011 @ 11:22 pm

  14. I’m not sure if it is that spring is being indecisive, or that winter is just being a big bully!!! 🙂

    Sweet deer, though. Doesn’t seem to mind the showers.


    Comment by Bo Mackison — April 19, 2011 @ 8:24 pm

    • That little Whitetail is just a yearling. This is her first spring and she doesn’t know any different. I don’t really mind them either, although I am looking forward to some warmer weather.


      Comment by montucky — April 19, 2011 @ 11:24 pm

  15. Some of those beautiful photographs look more like December than April!! Love the Johnny Jump Ups!


    Comment by kcjewel — April 19, 2011 @ 8:42 pm

    • The Johnny Jump Ups are right in their element. Some of them have had blossoms all winter, under the snow. THey have been growing here for many years now and must have adapted to this. Our nights are still more like December: it is 28 right now and will get colder before morning.


      Comment by montucky — April 19, 2011 @ 11:27 pm

  16. My niece had this to say about winter:
    I broke up with you. I’m dating someone else now, and Spring doesn’t feel comfortable with you calling me all the time and waiting outside my door for me. If this doesn’t stop, I’m getting a restraining order. I thought you had moved on and had your eye on an Aussie. Please go away.”
    I have to agree with her.


    Comment by Kim — April 19, 2011 @ 9:58 pm

    • Well, I did get the snow blower ready for summer storage, but the snow shoes haven’t been put away just yet.


      Comment by montucky — April 19, 2011 @ 11:29 pm

  17. I know that once it’s April and it snows that you know it can’t last much longer but still, it must be a little discouraging when everything was looking so beautiful there to have this minor setback.


    Comment by Candace — April 19, 2011 @ 10:32 pm

    • All of the grasses are bright green and seem to be enjoying the weather and many of the wildflowers are blooming just about on schedule. It can turn to spring again in a day. The nice thing is that the snow just lasts a few hours this time of year. Just north of here about a hundred miles thought they had 4 inches of snow yesterday.


      Comment by montucky — April 19, 2011 @ 11:33 pm

  18. Note: I was pleased to see that the local CBS TV affiliate used the last three of these photos during the weather segment of their news program this evening.


    Comment by montucky — April 20, 2011 @ 12:10 am

  19. Pictures are terrific. Not sure what is worse .. my snow which still has not melted or having snow cover up Spring again. I hope the tender young flowers survived.


    Comment by bearyweather — April 21, 2011 @ 6:10 am

    • I prefer the short-lived late season snows. The plants here have already made adjustments for them in their survival strategies. Still, I’m looking forward to the warmer part of spring.


      Comment by montucky — April 21, 2011 @ 8:26 am

  20. Lovely, Terry. And that top one looks like a painting!
    🙂 But I bet you’ll be glad when the weather starts to settle down. When do the seasons usually find a balance there?


    Comment by Val Erde — April 21, 2011 @ 4:54 pm

    • Having snow showers in April or May is not uncommon here. What is unusual it that this year we have had very few warm days mixed in. I enjoy the normal diversity though and look forward to some warmer weather. We haven’t yet had a day in the 60’s I don’t believe.


      Comment by montucky — April 21, 2011 @ 9:27 pm

  21. bbbrrrr!!!! and everything looks so pretty! we once got sleet at a church retreat in April. that was unusual!!!


    Comment by silken — April 21, 2011 @ 8:23 pm

    • I won’t complain a bit about this weather after reading about the heat and winds and fires in much of Texas! I think of how wonderful this little snow would have been there on those fires!


      Comment by montucky — April 21, 2011 @ 9:29 pm

  22. Holy cow, what photos.

    Our winter was hard with plenty of snow. Now in two weeks snow has melted nearly, but not all.

    Yesterday there was news that next week on Southern-Western area farmers can go ploughing and that is about one or two weeks ahead of time.

    Those photos from Bambi and heather are really to my mind.


    Comment by sartenada — April 22, 2011 @ 1:12 am

    • Your spring is a little early and ours is late. I was able to till our small garden, but many nights are still below freezing and so we can’t plant much yet.


      Comment by montucky — April 22, 2011 @ 11:04 pm

  23. Oh my… a marvelous series of images… I like them all! Beautifully captured and presented! (snow in April doesn’t surprise me in Montana)


    Comment by Victoria — April 23, 2011 @ 3:26 pm

  24. These are all so beautiful, montucky, but my favourites are the first one and the violets. The landscape with snow falling looks so much like a painting. Hopefully, it’s feeling more like spring now!


    Comment by farmhouse stories — April 26, 2011 @ 7:38 pm

    • Thanks Cait. Spring this year has been inching up and falling back, a warm day or two, then a few nights in the mid twenties. Today on a trail the sun came out for just a few minutes and I worked up a sweat, only to top a steep part of the trail and meet a stiff wind blowing down off the snow pack above that made me dig my jacket out of my pack as quickly as I could.


      Comment by montucky — April 26, 2011 @ 9:53 pm

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