Montana Outdoors

January 3, 2013

Buffalo Bill Creek cliff icicles 2012 (2)

Filed under: Winter — montucky @ 9:45 pm

Here is the rest of the assortment that I was able to photograph that day. The last photo is a rather cold but wistful look back down the road to the valley.

Buffalo Bill Creek icicles

Buffalo Bill Creek icicles

Buffalo Bill Creek icicles

Buffalo Bill Creek icicles

Buffalo Bill Creek icicles

Buffalo Bill Creek icicles

Buffalo Bill Creek icicles

Buffalo Bill Creek icicles

Buffalo Bill Creek road


  1. Oh, my. There’s so much to see. I’m especially fond of the mosses and the colors of the rocks. And in the third picture especially, I can see some of that “building up” you mentioned. Not only that, where some of the smaller, finer icicles have formed, I can hear the tinkling sound that would result if some kid just couldn’t contain herself and ran her hand down a row or two!

    Comment by shoreacres — January 3, 2013 @ 9:54 pm

    • Yes, there is a lot to see. I always get carried away taking pictures of this display. Wouldn’t children have fun with these if they were at ground level? The cliffs are still pretty in summer too with all of their colors.

      Comment by montucky — January 3, 2013 @ 10:32 pm

  2. Great shots of the cliffs and icicles. I can almost hear how quiet it is in the woods there.

    Comment by wordsfromanneli — January 3, 2013 @ 9:57 pm

    • Yes, the silence can be deafening at times. I don’t really take that for granted, but I do get used to it. Lately I have lost nearly all of my tolerance for the city and all of it’s noise and man-made activity, so much of which seems completely unnecessary.

      Comment by montucky — January 3, 2013 @ 10:37 pm

  3. That last photo could almost define wistful, I would think. Beautiful.

    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — January 3, 2013 @ 10:42 pm

    • I am so much at home and at peace in the back country, I don’t always want to go back down toward the more inhabited places in the world.

      Comment by montucky — January 3, 2013 @ 11:08 pm

  4. As much as I love those icicle shots, I love that last one even better.

    Comment by jomegat — January 3, 2013 @ 10:49 pm

    • I like that shot too because it lends a little perspective to the experience of the back country. I hope there will be many more such scenes this coming summer when I will explore some of the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness.

      Comment by montucky — January 3, 2013 @ 11:11 pm

  5. They’re amazing, aren’t they? Excuse me while I go crank up the heat. That last one is very wistful, as your other commenter said.

    Comment by Candace — January 3, 2013 @ 10:56 pm

    • You would have to adjust to the cooler weather, Candace, and different clothing. We do get acclimatized to it, you know. By spring, temperatures above freezing will feel very much on the warm side.

      Comment by montucky — January 3, 2013 @ 11:14 pm

  6. That is so huge amount of icicle photos that I have never seen so many in my life. Also it was interesting to see rocks with moss at background of them. Great.

    Comment by Sartenada — January 4, 2013 @ 12:29 am

    • I find it interesting too because of the large cliff area and that it has such a variety of icicle displays.

      Comment by montucky — January 4, 2013 @ 4:06 pm

  7. I wonder what it’s like there in the spring when it warms enough to loosen the icicle’s grip on the stone. There must be a lot of falling ice.

    Comment by New Hampshire Gardener — January 4, 2013 @ 5:15 am

    • Perhaps I can remember to visit the area when it starts to thaw. I don’t usually visit between deep winter and when wildflowers begin to bloom in spring.

      Comment by montucky — January 4, 2013 @ 4:07 pm

  8. When I see icicles, I wonder how long it took them to form. These are nice ones.


    Comment by Malcolm R. Campbell — January 4, 2013 @ 7:00 am

    • Most of these formed over just a few weeks once the temperatures got just right. These pictures were taken on December 30. I had visited there on November 30 and there were no icicles at all. Next week we are supposed to have a few days where the temperature will go just above freezing in the afternoons and then they will grow some more again.

      Comment by montucky — January 4, 2013 @ 4:14 pm

  9. Just amazing! I get excited about a six inch icicle on the roof! What a thrill to see these beauties. Thanks for posting photos of your part of the world. I have enjoyed all the seasons with you.

    Comment by Elizabeth — January 4, 2013 @ 8:44 am

    • I’m glad that you enjoy seeing it, Elizabeth! I have found so many interesting and beautiful things out in Montana’s back country. It would be a shame if no one could see them and so I bring back photos.

      Comment by montucky — January 4, 2013 @ 4:16 pm

  10. Oh, it looks very cold. I would like to hear the little sound of dripping when the heat comes back.

    Comment by Giiid — January 4, 2013 @ 9:20 am

    • Yes, it is very cold there. I don’t know if one could hear them drip; it is impossible to approach very closely to them.

      Comment by montucky — January 4, 2013 @ 4:17 pm

  11. What stunning images! Beautiful colours in the mosses and lichens, too – as you said before, it’s a natural work of art.

    Comment by Jo Woolf — January 4, 2013 @ 1:29 pm

    • That cliff is very colorful at all times of the year because to the moss and lichens and the color in the rocks. If we get some heavier snowfall I will go back there to see what that does. It is easier this year to hike there because the old road is not as icy as it usually is; just snowy and therefore not as slippery.

      Comment by montucky — January 4, 2013 @ 4:21 pm

  12. those icicles are pretty amazing! I just don’t know if I could handle a hike in that kind of weather…though it would definitely warm you up while walking

    Comment by skouba — January 4, 2013 @ 4:46 pm

    • You would certainly have to dress for the weather if you were going to enjoy it. You are right too, you get quite warm when hiking up hill, one of my main problems. That’s really something to be reckoned with; you don’t want to get wet from sweat when it’s really cold. I use several layers of clothing which allows me to add or remove articles of clothing to maintain a comfortable temperature without overheating. Sounds easier than it is.

      Comment by montucky — January 4, 2013 @ 5:08 pm

  13. Actually starting to get the big icicles here at Clifty Park..great images Terry !!

    Comment by Bernie Kasper — January 4, 2013 @ 7:40 pm

    • Come to think of it, there are some other areas where icicles grow around here too. I’d like to see some of Clifty in the winter.

      Comment by montucky — January 4, 2013 @ 9:20 pm

  14. From Austin with its many bicycles
    Come greetings to the land of icicles.

    Comment by Steve Schwartzman — January 4, 2013 @ 11:02 pm

    • You know, they do ride bicycles here in the winter using studded tires. Sounds tempting, but I suspect it also involves excessive use of helmets too.

      Comment by montucky — January 5, 2013 @ 9:25 am

  15. That last shot does feel wistful (and cold). Nice series. -Maureen

    Comment by twoscamps — January 5, 2013 @ 10:46 am

    • Thanks Maureen. Looking down or across from the high country is special to me because now I know the landmarks and can see places far away that I have visited. That brings back nice images and memories.

      Comment by montucky — January 7, 2013 @ 8:56 pm

      • I really like that you can look out across the landscape and recognize those places that hold memories. Nobody else can lay claim to your vistas.

        Comment by twoscamps — January 7, 2013 @ 9:03 pm

  16. Gorgeous…and I love that last photo, too…such a view….

    Comment by seekraz — January 6, 2013 @ 10:04 pm

    • One of the disadvantages in living in a valley as I do is that there is a lot of “up” to every trail. But once at the top of that trail, the advantages come into play. I’m sure you know what I mean!

      Comment by montucky — January 7, 2013 @ 8:58 pm

      • I do know what you mean, very well…but what a reward we get at the top! :)

        Comment by seekraz — January 7, 2013 @ 9:08 pm

  17. These are wonderful photographs! Brings you right into the cold environs!

    Comment by WildBill — January 7, 2013 @ 3:15 pm

    • It’s the beauty of winter, isn’t it. I know that many of those who live in warm places enjoy seeing winter scenes, but I think those who live in winter country appreciate them even more.

      Comment by montucky — January 7, 2013 @ 9:01 pm

  18. Every time I see your photos of Montana, I am amazed by the beauty of your state!

    Comment by Mary Strong-Spaid — January 12, 2013 @ 11:00 pm

    • Yes, there is much beauty here. The very large areas in the National Forests let one see nature that has been relatively unspoiled.

      Comment by montucky — January 12, 2013 @ 11:25 pm

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