Montana Outdoors

December 1, 2012

November 2010

Filed under: Coeur d'Alene Mountains — Tags: , — montucky @ 12:25 am

November 2010

Today I walked for a few miles up the canyon of a nearby creek in a light rain and much to my satisfaction found the beaver colony there to be active and flourishing. It was unusual to walk in the rain at the end of November. The above photo was taken on November 26, 2010; a more normal year.



  1. I heard that was a winter of very heavy snowfalls and blizzards. Good to hear that it’s milder this year.


    Comment by wordsfromanneli — December 1, 2012 @ 1:40 am

    • It was a good winter here. I prefer heavy snowfalls, for the moisture that will carry over to the following summer. Of course, the area in which I live is well protected by mountains and has a climate much milder than most of Montana.


      Comment by montucky — December 1, 2012 @ 10:46 pm

      • That’s good. I think it’s much harsher on the prairie part of the state. Very windy and nothing to break it.


        Comment by wordsfromanneli — December 1, 2012 @ 11:47 pm

        • I used to hunt Antelope on land owned by a Hutterite Colony just outside of Harlowton and got to know many of them quite well and listened to their stories. In that flat, always windy place, winter can be just brutal. It would be difficult for me to tolerate it, but they have plenty of things that have to be done and seem to do well with it.


          Comment by montucky — December 2, 2012 @ 12:51 am

          • I wouldn’t want to live there year round, but the prairies have a beauty of their own in any season that isn’t winter.


            Comment by wordsfromanneli — December 2, 2012 @ 11:55 am

  2. So different this year isn’t it? What we wouldn’t give for some rain…our drought continues 😦


    Comment by zannyro — December 1, 2012 @ 5:58 am

    • We had drought conditions for the last two months of summer (and the wildfires that go along with it) and I’m glad that it has been broken. The rain has been beautiful, but rather cold: I love the warm summer rains! Rain is still in the forecast for the next couple of weeks. I wish it would turn to snow and let real winter settle in.


      Comment by montucky — December 1, 2012 @ 10:49 pm

  3. My God it is beautiful where you live!


    Comment by Wild_Bill — December 1, 2012 @ 6:09 am

    • Yes, it is. When my folks got up in years my sister and I were living in Arizona and we wanted them to come down there so we could all be together. THey wanted to for that, but my Dad said he just could never leave these mountains. I understood and know exactly how he felt.


      Comment by montucky — December 1, 2012 @ 10:52 pm

  4. Thats a beautiful shot. We’re getting some snow here this morning, but then it’s expected to be 60 degrees by Monday. I guess I’d better get out there with the camera.


    Comment by New Hampshire Gardener — December 1, 2012 @ 7:26 am

    • The forecast here is for some heavy snow above 4500 feet. I can see higher than that on the mountains and if it starts to really pile up maybe I can get up and enjoy some of it.


      Comment by montucky — December 1, 2012 @ 10:54 pm

  5. Gorgeous. Hope to see this kind of scenery soon. It is interesting to look at scenes from year to year and see the differences. We are so funny in our need to have everything remain constant.

    More rain here in Northern CA today and snow in the Sierra above 7000, which is pretty high. But it’s moisture and we will happily take all that mother nature offers.


    Comment by anniespickns — December 1, 2012 @ 8:37 am

    • I follow the weather in northern California (our daughter lives in Santa Rosa) and I know you have been getting some good heavy rain. I’m not all that fond of that much rain, but those heavy snows in the high mountains are wonderful for the country!


      Comment by montucky — December 1, 2012 @ 10:55 pm

  6. I love the hues of grey. Great photo!


    Comment by twoscamps — December 1, 2012 @ 11:32 am

    • Just a little sun coming through the clouds on a snowy day creates some beautiful scenes, doesn’t it!


      Comment by montucky — December 1, 2012 @ 10:57 pm

  7. We’re having unseasonably warm weather here. Just had one day of a dusting of snow, no more yet.


    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — December 1, 2012 @ 12:08 pm

    • It has been staying mostly above normal temperatures here too. Usually we have snow on the ground by this time of the year. I remember though one year when I was a child when there was no snow until Christmas Eve when we got 4 inches. All of the kids were worried that Santa wouldn’t come!


      Comment by montucky — December 1, 2012 @ 10:58 pm

  8. What a superb photo! Lovely dramatic sky, promising more snow. I’m glad to hear the beaver colony is prospering.


    Comment by Jo Woolf — December 1, 2012 @ 3:54 pm

    • I was very pleased to see the health of the beaver community. There is a small logging road that runs for a ways through that canyon and a few years ago the beavers flooded it and got themselves into big trouble. This time I was overjoyed to see that along the edge of their ponds nearest the road had been re-engineered to accommodate a ditch several hundred yards long that protected the road from the ponds and the ponds from the road and everybody seems to be happy with the new arrangement.


      Comment by montucky — December 1, 2012 @ 11:03 pm

  9. I love those mountains peaking over the mountains. Very nice.


    Comment by jomegat — December 1, 2012 @ 6:26 pm

    • On the left side of the photo is the Cherry Peak roadless area which contains 5 peaks that are over 7000 feet high. On clear days they make their presence known!


      Comment by montucky — December 1, 2012 @ 11:05 pm

  10. A picture of beauty!


    Comment by Roberta — December 1, 2012 @ 7:27 pm

  11. Such beauty. Bet it’s a pretty hike, even under rain clouds. 🙂


    Comment by Bo Mackison (@bo_mackison) — December 1, 2012 @ 11:43 pm

  12. That looks like another beautiful photo to use for a desktop picture…for me, since I won’t be seeing the real thing. Hope you get your snow soon.


    Comment by Candace — December 2, 2012 @ 1:39 pm

    • We are getting some pretty good snow now at the higher elevations, and now it should stay for the winter. I got up into some of it today and it’s nice to see!


      Comment by montucky — December 3, 2012 @ 12:12 am

  13. What a stunning winter landscape!! I do wonder about the changing world climate. Nothing seems ‘normal’ anymore..does it??


    Comment by Marcie — December 2, 2012 @ 3:17 pm

    • It’s hard to focus on the overall world climate situation with all of the local fluctuations. Over the years I have seen many cold wet winters and also many warmer, dryer ones. Some of the scientific studies are a bit scary though.


      Comment by montucky — December 3, 2012 @ 12:15 am

  14. Absolutely breathtaking… Although, I do hope the more “normal” weather patterns may continue. With our help, of course?


    Comment by FeyGirl — December 2, 2012 @ 9:13 pm

    • I wish, but quite frankly I don’t expect any climate help from our species.


      Comment by montucky — December 3, 2012 @ 12:18 am

  15. I’m hoping for “at least” normal winter here…has been in the high 50s and low 60s here….


    Comment by seekraz — December 3, 2012 @ 8:18 am

    • It will happen. Our home is at about 2400 feet and strictly from here it looks like a warm but wet season with off-and-on cold fronts moving through. 3000 feet higher however, it’s a different story. In cloudy conditions, that’s normally about a 10 degree difference. So far this year we are just on the edge but wait until January!


      Comment by montucky — December 3, 2012 @ 9:47 am

      • I shall be waiting for January…for us too…hoping, hoping.


        Comment by seekraz — December 5, 2012 @ 7:40 am

        • I doubt that it will amount to much, but tonight there are huge snowflakes coming down.


          Comment by montucky — December 5, 2012 @ 10:32 pm

          • And we’ve had light showers all day…should get 6-12″ in the mountains above 7,000 feet tonight…. Enjoy your snow, Terry. 🙂


            Comment by seekraz — December 5, 2012 @ 10:53 pm

  16. This is so lovely! I hear you on needing more snow though. We had the driest summer and fall on record. It seems the drought is contining. Would love to get some snow to build the water table back up.


    Comment by kateri — December 3, 2012 @ 7:55 pm

    • We had a very dry summer too, then suddenly it started to rain nearly every day. The trees should have gotten a good drink by now just in time for winter. THere’s cold temps and snow in our forecast for the weekend. Out high country has done well so far for snowpack.


      Comment by montucky — December 3, 2012 @ 11:41 pm

  17. Glad to hear the beaver are doing well! They’re quite adaptable creatures.


    Comment by Watching Seasons — December 4, 2012 @ 12:25 pm

    • I was very pleased to see all of the new beaver activity there. I think it is a place that is protected from the trappers too!


      Comment by montucky — December 4, 2012 @ 9:24 pm

  18. So beautiful Your snowy landscape.


    Comment by Sartenada — December 10, 2012 @ 1:46 am

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