Montana Outdoors

January 15, 2013

Stream ice

Filed under: Munson Creek, Winter — Tags: , — montucky @ 11:37 pm

Each winter “ice art” forms along the edges of forest streams as these did along Munson Creek on January 1.

Ice on Munson Creek

Ice on Munson Creek

Ice on Munson Creek

Ice on Munson Creek

Ice on Munson Creek

Ice on Munson Creek


  1. Always enjoy the intriguing shapes ice takes. The first one in this post my favorite. One of a kind art to be appreciated by those who venture out in the cold. Thanks for sharing.

    Comment by Grampy — January 16, 2013 @ 1:07 am

    • I enjoy it too and although I see it every year, the shapes are always new and different.

      Comment by montucky — January 16, 2013 @ 9:40 pm

  2. LOve these…. :)

    Comment by janina — January 16, 2013 @ 3:03 am

    • Thanks janina. I’m glad that you liked them!

      Comment by montucky — January 16, 2013 @ 9:41 pm

  3. Beautiful ice sculptures, and wonderfully photographed!

    Comment by Jo Woolf — January 16, 2013 @ 4:08 am

    • Thanks Jo. Photographing in that particular area can be very challenging, but it’s usually worth the effort.

      Comment by montucky — January 16, 2013 @ 9:42 pm

  4. So very beautiful–your photos and each season!

    Comment by Ellen Grace Olinger — January 16, 2013 @ 5:10 am

    • Thanks Ellen! Isn’t it amazing that there is so much pure beauty in nature, even at its harsh times!

      Comment by montucky — January 16, 2013 @ 9:43 pm

  5. All that splashing, dripping, and freezing creates some pretty scenes.

    Comment by New Hampshire Gardener — January 16, 2013 @ 5:37 am

    • Yes, there’s always something very pretty when water and/or ice are involved.

      Comment by montucky — January 16, 2013 @ 9:44 pm

  6. Some of th ice shapes look like many footed creatures. All of the are so fascinating. What a beautiful place you roam.

    Comment by Bo Mackison (@bo_mackison) — January 16, 2013 @ 6:15 am

    • I also saw the forms of feet in some of the formations and that seemed unusual to me. I wonder exactly what the conditions were that caused them. I remember years when the stream through that area was nearly covered over by ice and I suppose it will be in another month.

      Comment by montucky — January 16, 2013 @ 9:47 pm

  7. So pretty even though it is cold. Brrrrrrrr.

    Comment by roberta — January 16, 2013 @ 6:16 am

    • It was cold in that narrow canyon, but that’s a part of winter and those of us who go out in it are prepared for the cold. Some like it, others, don’t.

      Comment by montucky — January 16, 2013 @ 9:49 pm

  8. I’ve always enjoyed seeing the frozen streams – yes, art!

    Comment by Debby — January 16, 2013 @ 6:39 am

    • I enjoy them very much too. I feel a little sorry for those who will not or cannot get out to see the beauty of winter.

      Comment by montucky — January 16, 2013 @ 9:56 pm

  9. I think stream ice compares favorably with chandeliers and diamond earrings.

    Comment by jomegat — January 16, 2013 @ 9:25 am

    • I’ve always had the notion that natural ice formations were the inspiration for crystal and jewelry.

      Comment by montucky — January 16, 2013 @ 9:58 pm

  10. Fascinating and beautiful…very nice, Terry…and very familiar, too. :)

    Comment by seekraz — January 16, 2013 @ 9:35 am

  11. The third photo down reminds me of the marvelous pastry called a “bear claw”. If I’d ever seen a bear up close, it might remind me of that, too! Wonderful, evocative photos.

    Comment by shoreacres — January 16, 2013 @ 10:06 am

    • I also like bear claws and that formation reminds me of them too. It does resemble the foot of a bear or even a cougar perhaps.

      Comment by montucky — January 16, 2013 @ 10:03 pm

  12. Great photos as always. At least the stream isn’t frozen solid.

    Comment by wordsfromanneli — January 16, 2013 @ 11:25 am

    • Thanks Anneli. That water moves too fast to freeze solid, but if the cold continues long enough in many places it will form a tunnel to flow through.

      Comment by montucky — January 16, 2013 @ 10:04 pm

      • Interesting. The frozen parts sure make beautiful patterns.

        Comment by wordsfromanneli — January 17, 2013 @ 12:07 am

        • Before the winter is over I will post more photos of this or another small stream and also of a waterfall that has formed a lot of ice.

          Comment by montucky — January 17, 2013 @ 12:31 am

  13. Natural beauty can’t be beat..Beautiful!

    Comment by Roberta — January 16, 2013 @ 2:05 pm

    • I don’t think it can be beat either Roberta.

      Comment by montucky — January 16, 2013 @ 10:05 pm

  14. So many ways Nature–or God–has of making art. Really gorgeous, and I agree, some look like the feet of unknown creatures.

    Comment by Candace — January 16, 2013 @ 8:26 pm

    • Yes, there are so many ways. Some are very tiny, some dainty and fragile, some hard, some of immense size. What a world we live in!

      Comment by montucky — January 16, 2013 @ 10:07 pm

  15. Such intriguing photos! I just wanted to keep looking them over to see all the different facets and shapes formed in them. I saw feet and toes in them too. Very fascinating. Thanks for taking the trouble to shoot these for us; I’m sure these photos weren’t easy to take. :-)

    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — January 17, 2013 @ 9:33 am

    • It is easy to get carried away with all of the pleasant shapes along a stream like that. I could follow them for miles. Cold fingers though limit the number of photos that can be taken without a warm-up break!

      Comment by montucky — January 17, 2013 @ 9:44 pm

  16. Just lovely! The thrid one down does look like a crystal foot. We are having a rather warm winter far, just a bit of snow, and not much ice so far.

    Comment by kateri — January 17, 2013 @ 6:31 pm

    • Our temperatures and weather patterns have been all over the place this year. This week we are into freezing fog.

      Comment by montucky — January 17, 2013 @ 9:45 pm

  17. I saw the first one as some kind of creature with lots of forelegs.

    Comment by Steve Schwartzman — January 17, 2013 @ 7:22 pm

    • It’s easy to let your imagination play with these figures. So many possibilities!

      Comment by montucky — January 17, 2013 @ 9:46 pm

  18. Again You surprised me with You series of photos – they are great. My favorite is the third one from the top. It’s like giant’s glove.

    Comment by Sartenada — January 18, 2013 @ 4:12 am

    • That photo is the one I like the best too although I don’t quite know what unique element there is in it to make it so.

      Comment by montucky — January 18, 2013 @ 8:18 pm

  19. Neat shots love all the intricate details in ice as as it grows and melts !!

    Comment by Bernie Kasper — January 18, 2013 @ 10:11 am

    • I love to see what ice creates; always something very pretty.

      Comment by montucky — January 18, 2013 @ 8:19 pm

  20. Such exquisite..magical detail in those ice formations. Beautiful!!

    Comment by Marcie — January 19, 2013 @ 11:25 am

    • Created by an imagination beyond all others.

      Comment by montucky — January 19, 2013 @ 8:10 pm

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