Montana Outdoors

November 20, 2011

Winter variety

Filed under: Winter — Tags: , — montucky @ 11:48 pm

Fresh snow

Through the lodgepoles

Snowy ranch road

Icicle time

One of the delights of winter in northwestern Montana is that the face of the outdoors is constantly changing.


  1. So pretty, especially with the blue sky on the first one. Awesome icicle shots! But brrrr,


    Comment by Candace — November 21, 2011 @ 12:51 am

    • The blue skies lasted about an hour, but they were sure nice to see. Those icicles had to be knocked down later in the day: they had gotten very heavy.


      Comment by montucky — November 21, 2011 @ 9:25 am

  2. Snowy landscapes are even prettier when the snow sticks to the trees.
    How different this is from here, where we made it to almost 80 degrees yesterday.


    Comment by TheDailyClick — November 21, 2011 @ 5:49 am

    • Well, we were only about 70 degrees colder! Now it is forecast to get into the low 40’s by Wednesday: that will be a mess.


      Comment by montucky — November 21, 2011 @ 9:27 am

  3. Do you really have icicles already?????????


    Comment by Roberta — November 21, 2011 @ 6:52 am

    • It was a little early for them to get that big. That usually happens much later in the winter.


      Comment by montucky — November 21, 2011 @ 9:28 am

  4. How did you talk the icicles into keeping their distance from one another?
    That translucent leaf left me wondering what’s sustaining it. At first I thought it was hanging from an iced-over string, but now I’m assuming it’s on the glass of a window that you’re shooting through.
    Here in Austin the temperature reached the low 80s yesterday.

    Steve Schwartzman


    Comment by Steve Schwartzman — November 21, 2011 @ 6:56 am

    • The separation of the icicles probably happens because of the channels in the steel roofing. The leaf is a static-cling decal on the outside of the window designed to help keep birds from flying into the window. It contains a component which brilliantly reflects ultraviolet sunlight. This ultraviolet light is invisible to humans, but glows like a stoplight for birds. They are sold under the name WindowAlert. We’ve found them to be about 90% effective, which saves a lot of bird deaths and headaches.


      Comment by montucky — November 21, 2011 @ 9:36 am

  5. I miss Montana. The icicles almost look like they are coated with a glittery metal of some sort. Beautiful pictures.


    Comment by pam — November 21, 2011 @ 7:33 am

    • I know what it is to miss Montana. I lived away from here for many years. That look to the icicles must be caused by the light coming through them from the other side. I noticed it too. Thank you for visiting!


      Comment by montucky — November 21, 2011 @ 9:41 am

  6. Snow really decorates the place up, doesn’t it! =)


    Comment by Tricia — November 21, 2011 @ 8:20 am

    • It does, especially new snow followed by clear skies! Now if folks would only learn how to drive on it.


      Comment by montucky — November 21, 2011 @ 9:42 am

      • Oh my goodness, you’re not lying! People have to SLLLLOOOOW down – always a ton of wrecks when it snows!


        Comment by Tricia — November 23, 2011 @ 8:58 am

  7. Absolutely beautiful photos!!!


    Comment by Barbara — November 21, 2011 @ 11:08 am

    • Thanks Barbara! A new snow makes so many pretty scenes. The tall Ponderosa pines in the first photo are in our front yard. (Actually, our house is in their yard: they are over 200 years old now and will outlive my by another century.)


      Comment by montucky — November 21, 2011 @ 9:46 pm

  8. Love them all, especially the icicles – outstanding shot.
    (Blue skies sure look nice with snowy conifers, don’t they?)


    Comment by Kim — November 21, 2011 @ 2:51 pm

    • Yes, isn’t it beautiful here with a clear day and a new snow!


      Comment by montucky — November 21, 2011 @ 9:48 pm

  9. Love the first image… snowy trees in contrast to the gorgeous blue sky… WOW! The others are nice too… the icicles make me cold though. (I’m going to Red Lodge over New Year’s… maybe I’ll have an opportunity to capture some snowy Montana scenes myself while I’m out there.)


    Comment by Victoria — November 21, 2011 @ 5:42 pm

    • You should get some good snow scenes in Red Lodge! I hope the weather will be good for it! I suspect there will be plenty of snow then.


      Comment by montucky — November 21, 2011 @ 9:50 pm

  10. Great shots! It will be here very soon and I’m NOT ready, but I guess there isn’t much I can do about it except move and that’s not gonna happen.


    Comment by kcjewel — November 21, 2011 @ 8:34 pm

    • This year I seemed to be ready on time and that was good too. I’ve used the snow blower three times already. It just occurred to me that I would probably be much less enthusiastic about the arrival of winter and the snow and cold if I lived in town. Out here the beauty far overcomes the downsides of the season.


      Comment by montucky — November 21, 2011 @ 9:59 pm

  11. Nice images. I like the snowy road best because it looks like the kind of place I’d want to walk.



    Comment by knightofswords — November 21, 2011 @ 9:12 pm

    • You would like that road. I hike it every day or so in the winter with The Pointer to give her some exercise: I’ll hike 2 or 3 miles and she will cover 6 or so. It’s somewhat open country with lots of deer and usually quite pretty. On really stormy days the trees give shelter and a wind break.


      Comment by montucky — November 21, 2011 @ 10:18 pm

  12. Oh yes, you do have snow! I like the variety and the size of your pictures. I can feel the cold. (It’s probably the same cold we have outside our front door…)


    Comment by Kathy — November 22, 2011 @ 11:21 am

    • Thanks Kathy. Yes, I suspect our climates are similar, although you probably get more snow than we do, at least here in the valley. It’s sure nice to have the four distinct season, isn’t it!


      Comment by montucky — November 22, 2011 @ 12:21 pm

  13. You have shown exactly what makes winter beautiful.


    Comment by Ratty — November 22, 2011 @ 6:50 pm

    • Thanks Ratty. There’s nearly always a beautiful world out there, isn’t there.


      Comment by montucky — November 22, 2011 @ 10:22 pm

  14. The porch with its curtain of icicles is so pretty! Also love the snow coated pine trees against the blue sky. We’ve only had one snow so far and it only lasted overnight…but I am sure more is coming!


    Comment by kateri — November 22, 2011 @ 8:20 pm

    • Thanks Kateri. Yes, winter is just flirting with us here too. Today it rained.


      Comment by montucky — November 22, 2011 @ 10:23 pm

  15. Nothing tastes better than a fresh, cold icicle! Do you ever make snow ice cream? That was one of our treats, too. By spring melt the icicles weren’t so good for eating – too much this and that clouding them up. But the new crop? Just like tender baby carrots, there for the picking!


    Comment by shoreacres — November 22, 2011 @ 10:36 pm

    • I agree about the fresh icicles tasting good! We have practically no pollution here and they are very clean. Once in awhile I have one from a pine or fir tree too. I’ve never made snow ice cream; perhaps I should try!


      Comment by montucky — November 22, 2011 @ 11:27 pm

  16. When I comment the last time I didn’t see the frosty leaf shape in the last shot… how’d you do that or what is it?


    Comment by Tricia — November 23, 2011 @ 8:56 am

    • The leaf is a decal that is designed to be very visible to birds to keep them from flying into the window. The decals work very well!


      Comment by montucky — November 23, 2011 @ 9:45 pm

  17. I am mute. Lovely photos, so beautiful – all of them. Photo from icicles was terrific. Here where I live I see very seldom icicles. Those are really awesome.


    Comment by sartenada — November 25, 2011 @ 3:32 am

    • Thank you sartenada. Since these photos were taken we have had warm weather, and all of the snow and ice are gone. Oh well, there will be more!


      Comment by montucky — November 25, 2011 @ 7:54 pm

  18. Brrr….now that looks cold! But also beautiful. I’d love to visit Montana some day.


    Comment by stuaato — December 2, 2011 @ 2:55 am

    • It’s surprising how quickly you become accustomed to the colder winter weather and start to enjoy the beauty of winter. One of the things that I miss, come spring, is the feel of the cold air on my face.


      Comment by montucky — December 2, 2011 @ 10:21 am

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