Montana Outdoors

February 10, 2012

More ice

Filed under: Waterfall, Winter — Tags: — montucky @ 11:44 pm

Waterfall ice

Waterfall ice

Waterfall ice

Waterfall ice

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February 9, 2012

A wider view

Filed under: Waterfall, Winter — Tags: , — montucky @ 11:46 pm

Waterfall at Rainbow Lake

February 8, 2012

A profile

Filed under: Waterfall, Winter — Tags: , — montucky @ 10:13 pm

Waterfall at Rainbow Lake

Sun and ice

Filed under: Waterfall, Winter — Tags: , , — montucky @ 12:37 am

Finally a sunny day. Sunny, not warm; cold, guaranteed by a brisk wind off the ice.

For some time now I’ve been promising myself a trek to an un-named and seldom visited waterfall just above a small lake on the Flathead Reservation a dozen or so miles from my house and a mile or so off the highway. Today I strapped a tripod on my pack just in case the falls were thawed and snowshoes in case the snow was deep and headed for the falls. I didn’t need the tripod. It felt so good to be walking over the deep snow and following wolf tracks besides!

Amazing and wonderful how a falls will change over the seasons. Late in March of 2010 this one looked like this:

Waterfall at Dog (Rainbow) Lake

Today, this is how it was, the normally clear, clean falls blocked in many places by built-up ice dams:

Waterfall at Dog (Rainbow) Lake

Some water was still flowing beneath or behind the ice, visible just below the fringe area about in the center of the falls; not easy to get to for a close-up, but intriguing.

Waterfall at Dog (Rainbow) Lake

Waterfall at Dog (Rainbow) Lake

I will post more photos of the ice over the next few days.

February 5, 2012

Snow-coated trees

Filed under: Trees, Winter — Tags: , — montucky @ 11:59 pm

When I was considering the snow-covered trees at the top of Baldy Mountain (in the previous post), I recalled one day toward the end of September of 2008 when I was fortunate enough to have hiked to the top of that mountain after Mother Nature had decorated the trees up there with wind-driven snow during the previous night.

Snow covered trees on Baldy Mountain

Baldy Mountain

Baldy Mountain

Baldy Mountain

(Photos taken at the top of Baldy Mountain in the Baldy Mountain roadless area in western Montana)

Mountain snow

Filed under: Winter — Tags: — montucky @ 10:53 am

Baldy Mountain

Baldy Mountain

While the strange winter weather this year has provided a relatively small amount of snow in our valley, the high country around here has received near-normal amounts. A rare clear afternoon a couple of days ago opened a window through which to see a nearby peak where the snow is abundant.

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