Montana Outdoors

October 26, 2012

On the threshold of winter

Filed under: Autumn, Cabinet Mountains — Tags: , — montucky @ 10:50 pm

On the threshold of winter

This time of year in western Montana as the weather changes, the mood also changes, often from day to day. Today it appeared to be on the threshold of winter.


  1. I am so taken with this. The clarity of the reflections, the subdued palette, the delicacy of the frost are simply breathtaking. Tonight I get to enjoy truly freezing temperatures. By next week, I’ll have the chance to see a full moon on a cold prairie – I’m so happy to be able to experience just a little of this turning toward winter.


    Comment by shoreacres — October 26, 2012 @ 10:58 pm

    • I’m glad that you will get to enjoy some of the changing of the seasons. A full moon shining on a cold prairie is an experience to be savored. I love the transitions, still enjoying the one that we are leaving yet looking forward to the new one coming up. Our highs for the past few days have been in the 30’s which seems cold after the hot summer, but I know that in a few months a day in the 30’s will be a warm one providing the first snow melt of the new year.


      Comment by montucky — October 26, 2012 @ 11:13 pm

  2. Incredible photo!


    Comment by The Lonely Dogs — October 26, 2012 @ 11:58 pm

    • Thanks! I think it really does show the mood there on a cool cloudy day.


      Comment by montucky — October 27, 2012 @ 10:13 pm

  3. What a beautiful photo. You’ve captured the silence and the expectation!


    Comment by Jo Woolf — October 27, 2012 @ 12:30 am

    • Thank you. At first I didn’t like the photo, but it does show, (your word for it is a good one), the expectation of what will come soon.


      Comment by montucky — October 27, 2012 @ 10:18 pm

  4. What stark beauty. The reflections on the still water are so…present. Just beautiful.


    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — October 27, 2012 @ 5:16 am

    • It does have its own kind of beauty, doesn’t it. It says “come, visit, but be prepared”.


      Comment by montucky — October 27, 2012 @ 10:22 pm

  5. It looks so peaceful and serene, just what this reader needs a dose of. Thank you for sharing.


    Comment by Homestead Ramblings — October 27, 2012 @ 6:09 am

    • It is that. Later in winter there will be no visitors there.


      Comment by montucky — October 27, 2012 @ 10:23 pm

  6. I’ve been hearing on weather forecasts that Montana had gotten some snow, but they made it sound like a blizzard instead of a dusting.


    Comment by New Hampshire Gardener — October 27, 2012 @ 6:23 am

    • At my house at 2400 feet elevation, there was just a little. To get to this place I crosses a small divide of about 5000 feet and there was about 8 inches there. The mountains got a foot or two in many places. As far as I know there was nothing like a blizzard though in western Montana.


      Comment by montucky — October 27, 2012 @ 10:27 pm

  7. nice


    Comment by anniespickns — October 27, 2012 @ 6:56 am

  8. The muted colors are still beautiful, Terry…I’d love to see this stretch of river when everything is really covered with snow….


    Comment by seekraz — October 27, 2012 @ 7:14 am

    • Yes, it’s beautiful then especially when a foot or two of snow falls before the water freezes completely over.


      Comment by montucky — October 27, 2012 @ 10:28 pm

  9. Your photos are fantastic. My first reaction is always, “Oh, WOW!”


    Comment by wordsfromanneli — October 27, 2012 @ 8:43 am

  10. Beautiful! I could camp there and watch the winter roll in! Thank you for sharing this magnificent land.


    Comment by Elizabeth — October 27, 2012 @ 8:57 am

    • Thank you for visiting, Elizabeth! When I was a kid a relative owned a small cabin not too far from there and I spent a little time there during winter when the snow was deep. It was a wonderful place!


      Comment by montucky — October 27, 2012 @ 10:40 pm

  11. Hi Montucky, Wonderful picture. Yes, Old Man Winter is coming soon. We are rumored to get a couple of flakes of snow (maybe!!!) on Tuesday night when it dips to around 30 degrees here in my area of the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee. You live in a beautiful place, that’s for sure! Have a super day today and a nice Sunday, too!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — October 27, 2012 @ 9:01 am

    • Tuesday then, it will be colder there than it will be here! We will be getting back to more seasonal temperatures next week, at least for a little while. Have a great day tomorrow!


      Comment by montucky — October 27, 2012 @ 10:43 pm

  12. Oh there’s a definite change in the weather there! You’ve captured the mood perfectly.


    Comment by twoscamps — October 27, 2012 @ 11:23 am

    • That’s a little higher elevation than here at the house, so it may stay wintery until real winter arrives. Here I think we are about to get into a brief season that I don’t really like, the time of nightly freezing rains. It doesn’t bother us especially but it is always so hard on travelers.


      Comment by montucky — October 27, 2012 @ 10:47 pm

  13. I’m not big on winter, but it sure is beautiful in Montana!!! =)


    Comment by Tricia — October 27, 2012 @ 11:54 am

    • Winter does have its own beauty. Those of who live here are used to it and are well prepared for it. For some it is the best of the seasons; others, not so much.


      Comment by montucky — October 27, 2012 @ 10:50 pm

  14. it must smell nice out there with all those pines


    Comment by under the skies of arkansas — October 28, 2012 @ 4:57 am

    • It sure does. Clear air and the scents of the forest!


      Comment by montucky — October 29, 2012 @ 9:47 pm

  15. indeed the two seasons are mingling
    if it were not for the golden larch …. it would be hard to tell
    lovely image


    Comment by Tammie — October 28, 2012 @ 3:23 pm

    • I haven’t figured it out this year yet. Now we’re back into the 50’s with rain and the snow is gone except up really high. Sure good to have the precipitation though!


      Comment by montucky — October 29, 2012 @ 10:05 pm

  16. It sure does look like winter, such a difference from your previous post. The reflection is so clear, just beautiful. Another Christmas card contender, I would think.


    Comment by Candace — October 28, 2012 @ 9:17 pm

    • This photo was taken two days after the previous one but about a thousand feet higher. That’s a beautiful section of the country through there.


      Comment by montucky — October 29, 2012 @ 10:06 pm

  17. Winter is fast approaching, isn’t it? Here it’s been crazy — 80 degrees one day, 50 the next, and now we’re getting rain, rain, rain from the hurricane that’s hitting the eastern seaboard. We are supposed to get wind effects and some flooding over on our side of the state too. I’m a little nervous as this is our oldest daughter’s wedding weekend coming up. Hoping we have power! Yikes!


    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — October 29, 2012 @ 1:33 pm

  18. picture perfect!


    Comment by skouba — October 29, 2012 @ 9:04 pm

    • Thanks Stacey. It looked a little plain but somehow I kind of liked it.


      Comment by montucky — October 29, 2012 @ 10:09 pm

  19. Yes, the threshold of winter. It seems that West Virginia is temporarily beating you to it, thanks to a hurricane.


    Comment by Steve Schwartzman — October 30, 2012 @ 3:18 pm

    • I’d welcome that snow after the summer we had. We have been getting some rain though the last two weeks and snow off and on.


      Comment by montucky — October 30, 2012 @ 8:22 pm

  20. Hi Montucky, The virtual views of your snow are as close as I’ll be getting to the white stuff for awhile. No snow here in my area of TN for several more weeks I think. Have a happy Halloween!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — October 31, 2012 @ 11:12 am

    • Happy Halloween to you too! We are getting a stretch of warmer weather now too.


      Comment by montucky — October 31, 2012 @ 8:14 pm

  21. It looks very still, but very cold. The refelections in the mirror of the water are beautifully framed. Great shot terry.


    Comment by Finn Holding — October 31, 2012 @ 12:28 pm

    • Thanks! It will be much colder, but not for a couple more months I hope.


      Comment by montucky — October 31, 2012 @ 8:18 pm

  22. Beautiful!


    Comment by kateri — October 31, 2012 @ 9:45 pm

  23. Great photo as the scenery also. I could imagine hearing some sounds of some animal although the nature seems to be so quiet. This photo is something which one cannot ignore quickly, but it must be studied very carefully.


    Comment by Sartenada — November 1, 2012 @ 11:34 pm

    • Thank you Matti! There are lots of wildlife around there, but they are fairly quiet mostly. At times though the wind sings.


      Comment by montucky — November 3, 2012 @ 10:33 pm

  24. A beautiful scene! Snow comes much earlier in the mountains 🙂


    Comment by Watching Seasons — November 5, 2012 @ 5:17 pm

    • It does come earlier here, and we are supposed to get some again this coming weekend. Today it got up to 68°, but Sunday night is supposed to get down to 8°, with snow.


      Comment by montucky — November 5, 2012 @ 8:56 pm

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