Montana Outdoors

December 22, 2011

Beaver pond in winter

Filed under: Beaver, Winter — Tags: — montucky @ 5:04 pm

Beaver pond in winter

Well, sort of winter; technically it is winter even though it doesn’t look like it. This pond was made by some beavers who put together a dam across the mouth of a little stream just before it enters the river. It has been cold enough to create some fairly substantial ice on the spillway from the dam (but not substantial enough to keep my boot from breaking through it when I walked across on it). Brrrr!


  1. Nice reflection on the pond. I also like the colors (brown never looked as good).


    Comment by jomegat — December 22, 2011 @ 5:36 pm

    • With the snow clouds overhead, the diffused light was pretty good for a photo, bringing our what color there is this time of year..


      Comment by montucky — December 22, 2011 @ 10:54 pm

  2. Happy Solstice Terry! It’s amazing these creatures don’t hibernate! I am hoping to see one of their closest cousins, the capybara! I really like this photo…


    Comment by Maureen — December 22, 2011 @ 6:36 pm

    • I’ve always wanted to see a capybara in person. I hope you get the chance to see one! Yes, one would think that beavers would hibernate, but they do really well here in winter when there is always open water on the Clark Fork and plenty of willows along the banks. Actually I think the lodges they build along the river might be even warmer for them with a good blanket of snow over the top.


      Comment by montucky — December 22, 2011 @ 11:01 pm

  3. Nice reflections. And I love that golden color. Where’s the snow? — So weird, no snow this time of year.


    Comment by Bo Mackison — December 22, 2011 @ 9:36 pm

    • We haven’t had much snow yet at the valley level. There is some up higher, but only about 60% of normal so far.


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

  4. Nice! It does look cold…


    Comment by Roberta — December 22, 2011 @ 11:41 pm

    • It was cold, especially after getting quite wet, but most winters at this time the pond would have ice on it ten inches thick.


      Comment by montucky — December 23, 2011 @ 1:25 am

  5. Beautiful photo. I also admired reflections in the water. Although it is winter, there are so many colors in Your photo. I love this photo.

    About snow. We have here in the South “odd situation”. Snow, no in Helsinki, in my home less than one inch. Last year at the same time we had plenty of snow. The only place where there is snow is beyond the Arctic Circle.

    Merry Christmas!


    Comment by sartenada — December 23, 2011 @ 12:34 am

    • I find it interesting that we have the same weather conditions here this year that you do. We are looking forward to and hoping for heavy snowfalls in January and February for the sake of the trees and the plants and to replenish the watershed.


      Comment by montucky — December 23, 2011 @ 1:32 am

  6. I love the rich depth of colour that you always get in your images. Lovely!


    Comment by Jo Woolf — December 23, 2011 @ 1:36 am

    • Thank you Jo. I use a “vivid” custom setting on my Nikon and spot metering with (usually) about -3 EV to slightly under expose the images. It works fairly well to meet my goal of presenting an image from the camera that looks exactly the way it did to my eye.


      Comment by montucky — December 23, 2011 @ 1:49 am

  7. Gorgeous winter reflections and light. Lovely!! Wishing you and yours a happy happy holiday!


    Comment by Marcie — December 23, 2011 @ 7:10 am

  8. It is amazing how mild the season has been… it is supposed to be sixty degrees here next week. It was down to 22 last night, but that’s about as cold as it has been 45 today. I’m definitely not complaining about it!!! Nice photo and I did look twice to see if that ice had frozen that clear!


    Comment by kcjewel — December 23, 2011 @ 7:38 am

    • It has been mild here too. Last night it got down to 10, but next week we expect temperatures in the 40’s. I know there will be plenty of winter still to come here though.


      Comment by montucky — December 23, 2011 @ 10:59 pm

  9. Yup…looks cold and there is nothing better than wet boots in the winter. Brrr is right. Super photo Monttucky…I love the colors!


    Comment by dhphotosite — December 23, 2011 @ 9:18 am

    • I remember walking on that pond a few winters ago when the temperature was at -10 and the ice was 10 inches thick. We really have variety!


      Comment by montucky — December 23, 2011 @ 11:01 pm

  10. We are having the same sort of winter season, too.
    Oh well, the photo is wonderfull, without ice, or snow.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family.


    Comment by sandy — December 23, 2011 @ 1:25 pm

  11. It looks like winter to me, comparatively speaking. Beavers are fun animals. I’ve seen a capybara in person…at The Phoenix Zoo.


    Comment by Candace — December 23, 2011 @ 2:05 pm

    • I remember the Phoenix zoo. We visited there often when our kids were small. I still remember the Phoenix winters too!


      Comment by montucky — December 23, 2011 @ 11:02 pm

      • The Phoenix Zoo has drastically improved over the last several years. I remember what it was like 30 years or so ago, now it’s a big-time zoo and very nice. They also have Zoo Lights every year during the holidays and it is really lovely.


        Comment by Candace — December 24, 2011 @ 10:14 am

  12. Hi Montucky, What a lovely scene. Yes, the Beavers are useful busy animals if they are building in an appropriate spot. Beavers are cool animals! I sure am glad you did not get too wet when you were walking. Have a really nice evening tonight and a great day tomorrow!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — December 23, 2011 @ 4:34 pm

    • I enjoy the beavers, but they do get themselves in trouble many times. They do pretty well in the big river, although there are still a few trappers around, sadly. Have a great Holiday!


      Comment by montucky — December 23, 2011 @ 11:04 pm

  13. Great reflections, and I love the soft focus on the stringy things hanging down in the upper foreground.


    Comment by Kim — December 24, 2011 @ 9:04 am

    • Thanks Kim. I think those are lichens hanging down, probably horsehair lichens.


      Comment by montucky — December 24, 2011 @ 10:16 am

  14. How beautiful! I love the reflections on the pond and the winter feel.

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and yours!


    Comment by Anna — December 24, 2011 @ 2:48 pm

  15. The reflection is beauiful and love the muted tones of the grasses and bushes on the banks.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family.


    Comment by kateri — December 24, 2011 @ 7:09 pm

  16. Lovely lines, colors and reflections!


    Comment by Victoria — December 28, 2011 @ 12:40 pm

    • The open water there is highly unusual this time of year. Most years that would be frozen across until into March at least.


      Comment by montucky — December 29, 2011 @ 12:38 am

  17. Love the colours in this, they remind me of the river by my cabin. Beavers are so industrious, it amazes me what they can accomplish! Hopefully, winter will come in earnest soon and you won’t get anymore wet feet.


    Comment by farmhouse stories — December 30, 2011 @ 11:08 pm

    • Yes, beavers are amazing. There are several living on the river below my house now and I visited one of their lodges today. Pretty nice place for the winter and a big supply of food anchored right outside the entrance! There is another (or more) living about a mile down stream and I got very close to a very large one a few days ago. He had some damage to his huge tail, but I couldn’t determine what caused it. Looked like he would be OK though.


      Comment by montucky — December 31, 2011 @ 10:46 pm

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