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

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January 13, 2013

Asleep beneath the snow

When I left home this morning the temperature was a balmy 15ยบ and ten degrees lower than that in Weeksville canyon. Half a mile up the road to the trail head, as I walked past an area that I know well for its wildflowers which are sleeping now beneath the warm blanket of snow it occurred to me to match a few scenes with the flower species that are found in each.

Road to Spring Creek trail head

Scarlet Gilia, Skyrocket

Scarlet Gilia, Skyrocket ~ Ipomopsis aggregate

Road to Spring Creek trail head

Sulphur Penstemons

Sulphur Penstemons ~ Penstemon attenuatus

Road to Spring Creek trail head

Lance-leaved Stonecrop

Lance-leaved Stonecrop ~ Sedum Lanceolatum

January 11, 2013

Clear day, cold night

Filed under: Winter — montucky @ 9:41 pm

Sunny January day

After a couple of weeks of clouds, snow and rain, the sky cleared today and the sun came out. This time of year that means a cold night. The temperature has dropped 15 degrees in the last two hours but the stars are so bright it almost hurts to look at them.

January 8, 2013

Umbrella weather

Filed under: Winter — Tags: — montucky @ 1:04 am

Like many (most?) people, by the end of the year I had begun to labor under the sluggishness brought on by all of the holiday feasting, and so when the month changed back to one it became time to start to work on that. Today my hiking total for the new year reached forty seven miles, the last few of which were on a snowy road during a snowy day.

A moderate amount of snow was falling when I left the Jeep, the woods were quiet and I was hiking on snowmobile tracks which often can be like a path with a thick carpet; very pleasant walking. Rather unexpectedly, after a just couple of miles, the falling snow turned to falling snow mixed with falling rain and the small umbrella that I had stuffed into a compartment of my pack became a very important item because I was still an hour from the Jeep.

Weeksville road

Weeksville Creek

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

January 1, 2013

Buffalo Bill Creek cliff icicles 2012 (1)

Filed under: ice art, Winter — Tags: — montucky @ 7:25 pm

There is a logging road that goes up through the canyon of a small stream called Buffalo Bill Creek. The first two miles are open to traffic and because there are homes in the area it is maintained year-long. Two miles past the maintained road the sides of the canyon are composed of steep cliffs about 500 feet high and on those to the west side a variety of icicles form every winter.

The hike up to the cliff area begins along a large meadow on a piece of private land after which it enters land owned by a timber company which allows hiking and hunting access.

Buffalo Bill Creek road

Nearly two miles up the road after a climb of around 900 feet the road levels out and enters the cliff area.

Buffalo Bill Creek road

I have never been able to get a good photo of the whole of the cliffs themselves because of the thick, heavy brush along the stream. The following two photos show a little of it.

Buffalo Bill Creek cliffs

Buffalo Bill Creek cliffs

Following are pictures of some of the icicle formations. I wish there were some way to show size perspective, but there isn’t. The longest ones I would guess are over 20 feet in length. I will do a second post with more photos of the icicle formations.

Buffalo Bill Creek icicles

Buffalo Bill Creek icicles

Buffalo Bill Creek icicles

Buffalo Bill Creek icicles

Buffalo Bill Creek icicles

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