Montana Outdoors

February 18, 2012

Winter pond

Filed under: Winter — montucky @ 9:05 pm

Winter pond



  1. My pond (Sandogardy Pond) is too thin now for traffic of any kind. It has just been too warm here this winter. They have been delaying and canceling all kinds of events from hockey tournaments to fishing derbies. Maybe we’ll do better next year.


    Comment by jomegat — February 18, 2012 @ 9:42 pm

    • Our ponds in the lower elevations have not done very well this winter, but the higher lakes are frozen quite nicely.


      Comment by montucky — February 18, 2012 @ 10:46 pm

  2. Your winter browns are prettier than our winter browns. Ours have much more gray in them. And the textures here are wonderful – the hills in the background look like velour. I tried, but couldn’t figure out who’s been out prowling on the ice. Rabbits? It doesn’t look quite like dogs or coyotes. Raccoons, maybe? What fun it must be to identify your “neighbors” by their tracks in the snow.


    Comment by shoreacres — February 18, 2012 @ 9:43 pm

    • The more prominent ones are deer, and I did notice some coyote tracks as well although I didn’t really study them. The tracks are all old and what shows up now are frozen into the snow. I do enjoy reading the stories written in a new snowfall though and I go out to do just that when I can, especially when the snow fell during the night. My favorite time is when we get a couple of inches of snow in an evening, followed by a clear night. At such times all kinds of critters are out leaving trails.

      One evening a few years ago we had about four inches of snow early in the evening and I went out about 10 o’clock to check on it. I had just that day installed some extra driving lights on my truck and I decided that was a great time to try them out on the unbroken snow. About a half mile up the road I intercepted a cougar track and was able to follow it for about four miles before he finally left the road and headed up the mountain.


      Comment by montucky — February 18, 2012 @ 11:14 pm

      • What an experience that would be! Have you ever tried photographing animal tracks? I’ll bet that’s a challenge.


        Comment by Anonymous — February 19, 2012 @ 9:32 pm

        • I have tried many times. Some turn out fairly well, but they are very difficult in the snow.


          Comment by montucky — February 21, 2012 @ 11:50 pm

      • Now that’s smart cat to follow the road. I have seen a large coyote do the same out on our county road. When it saw me looking at him, he stopped, looked for about fifteen seconds, then sauntered on down the road.


        Comment by Jack Matthews — February 20, 2012 @ 6:21 pm

        • He was smart, all right. There is a ranch house a couple of miles up the road and they have several dogs. About a quarter of a mile before that house, the tracks left the road and re-appeared a quarter of a mile past the house. He knew the territory!


          Comment by montucky — February 20, 2012 @ 9:32 pm

  3. Absolutely beautiful scene. I love the hills and the ice.


    Comment by Ratty — February 18, 2012 @ 11:14 pm

    • This was taken on the valley floor on some ranch land. The angle of the short hills hides the mountains beyond. This pond has bass in it, and it’s a great place for the kids to fish. It is also the host of dozens of pairs of Canadian geese in their nesting season as well as the home to several families of muskrats.


      Comment by montucky — February 18, 2012 @ 11:17 pm

  4. this is quite gorgeous
    a beautiful portrait of winter!


    Comment by Tammie — February 18, 2012 @ 11:33 pm

  5. That’s a really, peaceful, pretty winter scene.


    Comment by Candace — February 18, 2012 @ 11:50 pm

  6. That’s a lovely landscape, I really like the 3 ‘layers’ of colour, the sky, the and the ice. Is it as cold as it looks?


    Comment by Finn Holding — February 19, 2012 @ 1:56 am

    • Not severely cold, but the ice is thick on the pond and the ground is frozen hard. Our winters here in the valleys are quite mild for this far north.


      Comment by montucky — February 19, 2012 @ 11:59 pm

  7. Nice scene. The western open sky adds so much to photographs. This lovely place would be cold as the ice should the wind be blowing on that treeless plain. Ponds are wonderful places to check regardless of the season.


    Comment by Grampy — February 19, 2012 @ 2:53 am

    • Oh yes, when the wind comes up it is cold! Ponds always have something interesting in or around them, don’t they!


      Comment by montucky — February 20, 2012 @ 12:00 am

  8. It looks like this would be a good place to just sit and contemplate the beauty of nature for awhile. If kids were fishing nearby, that would make it even better.


    Comment by New Hampshire Gardener — February 19, 2012 @ 6:20 am

    • Yes, kids still enjoy these ponds and I spend some time around them too just exploring.


      Comment by montucky — February 20, 2012 @ 12:01 am

  9. Would you still walk on it?
    I like seeing the trails and tracks of life in the winter.


    Comment by sandy — February 19, 2012 @ 7:10 am

    • I would check it pretty well before getting on the ice, but I think it is still pretty thick. The lakes up higher still have good ice on them.


      Comment by montucky — February 20, 2012 @ 12:02 am

  10. Very peaceful and serene–the colors are lovely between the golden brown of the grass, the blue of the sky and the silver ice.


    Comment by kateri — February 19, 2012 @ 8:22 am

    • Yes, simple, earthy colors. Still months away from the bright, vivid ones.


      Comment by montucky — February 20, 2012 @ 12:03 am

  11. That looks stark and cold. In my youth, I used to walk to school across a pond like that.


    Comment by Tammy — February 19, 2012 @ 9:54 am

    • I used to skate in onds like this when I was a kid, but this one doesn’t seem to attract skaters. Others in the area do though.


      Comment by montucky — February 20, 2012 @ 12:05 am

  12. Very nice!


    Comment by Cornel Apostol — February 19, 2012 @ 11:10 am

  13. This looks so stark for Montana! Most of your photos include mountains and lots of color. Winter can sure bleach out the landscape.


    Comment by Barbara — February 19, 2012 @ 12:10 pm

    • The mountains are just beyond the horizon in this photo. I take more photos in the mountains and on the trails. We are in the gray part of winter right now, but it won’t be all that much longer until the big roller coaster of spring.


      Comment by montucky — February 20, 2012 @ 12:08 am

  14. Beautiful. Thanks very much. I enjoy your site. I skated on ponds like this. Loved it There is beauty in all seasons. Georgiaday


    Comment by Anonymous — February 19, 2012 @ 3:29 pm

    • thanks for your visits and comments! Yes, there is beauty in all seasons, each one holding different pleasures.


      Comment by montucky — February 20, 2012 @ 12:09 am

  15. In summer, what a great fishing hole this ought to be.


    Comment by knightofswords — February 19, 2012 @ 8:42 pm

    • There are several ponds like this in the area and some hold pretty good sized bass. Kids fish them, but most adults are on the rivers.


      Comment by montucky — February 20, 2012 @ 12:11 am

  16. Perfect composition… just beautiful!


    Comment by kcjewel — February 19, 2012 @ 10:17 pm

    • Thanks! I see this pond quite often. Sometimes it seems to pose for a photo!


      Comment by montucky — February 20, 2012 @ 12:12 am

  17. What a lovely..peaceful..winter scene and image.


    Comment by Marcie — February 20, 2012 @ 7:12 am

  18. Hi Montucky, Really lovely! I can relate. The farmer who manages the little pond here, cut the rushes and cattails down. I am sure that we will see some later this coming spring and summer. Have an excellent evening tonight and a great day tomorrow!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — February 20, 2012 @ 3:30 pm

    • I’m sure they will come back up. I wonder why he cut them all down.


      Comment by montucky — February 20, 2012 @ 9:35 pm

  19. You always take the best-composed pics of any blogger. I’ve always liked the color yellow and the white of snow.


    Comment by Jack Matthews — February 20, 2012 @ 6:22 pm

    • Thank you, Jack! I think it’s just that I’m outside so much that I run across scenes when the light is just right.


      Comment by montucky — February 20, 2012 @ 9:49 pm

  20. Lovely. Once upon a time, I spent hours and hours by a pond in Illinois. Fell in love with the herons and red-wings there.


    Comment by Ellen Grace Olinger — February 21, 2012 @ 5:48 am

    • I can’t resist them. There’s a small, spring-fed pond next to the river, presided over by a very large frog. I’ve tried for several years now to get a good photo of him, but he always outsmarts me.


      Comment by montucky — February 21, 2012 @ 11:52 pm

  21. Gorgeous!!!


    Comment by dhphotosite — February 22, 2012 @ 7:45 am

  22. Just stunning. Blue, blue sky, yellow grass and a white frozen pond. Quite a photograph Montucky!


    Comment by WildBill — February 22, 2012 @ 5:59 pm

    • Thanks Bill! The pond is white again tonight and it’ll have new tracks on it in the morning!


      Comment by montucky — February 22, 2012 @ 11:19 pm

  23. Outstandingly stunning. What a gorgeous winter scene! Wow, Montucky!


    Comment by Anna — February 23, 2012 @ 9:41 am

  24. So beautiful, although missing snow. Aquatic plants are also great. There are some tracks on ice, are they yours?

    Love the photo.


    Comment by Sartenada — February 24, 2012 @ 12:05 am

    • I would like more snow here in the valley. It’s very deep in the higher mountains now, but little down here. The tracks are all wildlife, mostly deer and coyotes. The tracks of the very small animals are no longer showing up.


      Comment by montucky — February 25, 2012 @ 8:44 pm

  25. Winter is right, I think I see trails of paw prints in the ice… Beautiful blue sky! =)


    Comment by Tricia — February 29, 2012 @ 8:31 am

    • I haven’t visited that pond lately: I wonder what tracks are there tonight on the new snow.


      Comment by montucky — February 29, 2012 @ 8:32 pm

  26. Wonderful. The sky, the grasses, the pond — what a great combination.


    Comment by Bo Mackison — March 7, 2012 @ 12:23 pm

    • That’s what I thought too. The blue sky (rare here in winter) was what made it for me.


      Comment by montucky — March 7, 2012 @ 10:49 pm

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