Montana Outdoors

November 27, 2013

Cold waterfall

Filed under: ice art, Waterfall — Tags: , , — montucky @ 8:11 pm

Cold waterfall

This waterfall is found on the Flathead Indian Reservation near Rainbow Lake. In three seasons its roar can easily be heard at some distance: now it is nearly silent, its water runs behind the ice.


  1. Stunning image. Frozen waterfalls are just as attractive as running water.
    I must say, you did very well to capture all the details on the surrounding rock face. Looks like it might have been a hard scene to shoot.


    Comment by Vicki (from Victoria A Photography) — November 27, 2013 @ 8:14 pm

    • Thanks Vicki. I’ve always found ice difficult to shoot. It’s hard to get the right exposure that doesn’t blow out the light spots. This one was tricky because I was standing on icy rocks in the middle of the stream from the falls. The waterfall though is mesmerizing and there is an ice-covered wall just to the left of the photo too.


      Comment by montucky — November 27, 2013 @ 10:07 pm

  2. All I can say is: “BRRRrrrrrrrr” Happy Thanksgiving!


    Comment by twoscamps — November 27, 2013 @ 8:17 pm

    • “BRRRrrrrrrrr” is right. It didn’t get that way because of warm sunny days!


      Comment by montucky — November 27, 2013 @ 10:08 pm

  3. It’s like a little room at the top. What a spectacle this is!


    Comment by wordsfromanneli — November 28, 2013 @ 12:16 am

    • I have always liked the configuration of that waterfall, and it’s close enough to home that I can visit it several times each year. The winter before last I visited on snowshoes.


      Comment by montucky — November 28, 2013 @ 10:47 pm

  4. And I just noticed the frost on the trees up above. So beautiful.


    Comment by wordsfromanneli — November 28, 2013 @ 12:17 am

    • The fog was very dense just before I got on the trail to the waterfall and cleared just as I arrived. The forest around it was white with the frost.


      Comment by montucky — November 28, 2013 @ 10:48 pm

  5. you sure did honor it with your photograph, gorgeous
    loved hearing how the sound changes
    i was listening to a creek tonight and noticing how quiet it is as it runs through the ice covered pond….


    Comment by Tammie — November 28, 2013 @ 12:51 am

    • When I started on the trail to the waterfall I was concerned because it was so quiet, then relieved to find that the ice was there muffling the sound of the water.


      Comment by montucky — November 28, 2013 @ 10:50 pm

  6. Wow beautiful, love your description of it too and where it is, Flathead Indian Reservation….I can’t think of anything more exciting! You captured the ice really well 🙂


    Comment by Mike Howe — November 28, 2013 @ 2:37 am

    • The Flathead Reservation is an interesting place. It covers 1,938 square miles and quite a bit of it is forest including a major wilderness area. Each year I buy a reservation conservation license which allow me to explore most parts of the reservation. It is close to my home and so I am able to take advantage of the license.


      Comment by montucky — November 28, 2013 @ 10:54 pm

      • Is the forest managed or is it left largely as a natural ecosystem? A conservation license sounds like a good idea as long as it isn’t too expensive!


        Comment by Mike Howe — November 29, 2013 @ 2:15 am

        • The Reservation is a very diverse place. Some of their forests are managed to the extent that they do log in some areas. Some is prairie and half of one of Montana’s largest lakes in there and the tribes participate in the management of it. The most exciting thing to me is that they were the first of all Indian tribes to form an area on their reservation with wilderness designation and rules and the tribes manage that. It of of 94,000 acres of some of the most beautiful mountains I’ve ever seen, many in the 11.000 foot range. It also contains nearly all of the wildlife that naturally occurred here. They do an excellent job of maintaining and protecting it. I’ve seen it many times but never actually hiked up into it. I hope to do that next summer.

          The conservation license costs only $20 and so I buy one every year. A small price for access and it does help the tribes too.


          Comment by montucky — November 29, 2013 @ 9:14 am

          • Fascinating stuff, sounds like a fantastic and wonderful place and it’s brilliant that the tribes are managing parts of it – if you ever hear of them needing a conservation management plan let me know so I can tender for the work, that would be a dream come true! 🙂


            Comment by Mike Howe — November 29, 2013 @ 12:39 pm

  7. That’s spectacular! I love all the icy trees as well.


    Comment by Jo Woolf — November 28, 2013 @ 6:34 am

    • I think it has a very attractive configuration to it. I’ve been meaning to visit during the peak of the spring snow melt but never remember to do that.


      Comment by montucky — November 28, 2013 @ 10:55 pm

  8. I plan on looking for waterfalls today too since we had a lot of rain recently. This one is a beauty!


    Comment by New Hampshire Gardener — November 28, 2013 @ 6:46 am

    • The water volume here now is quite low. We have not had much volume of rain lately and not enough snow in that locality to produce much stream flow. Some winters there is enough water flow to create a huge mass of ice which doesn’t have the visual appeal that this volume has.


      Comment by montucky — November 28, 2013 @ 10:58 pm

  9. Love it!


    Comment by Dana S. Hugh — November 28, 2013 @ 9:42 am

  10. Wow! Awesome image! Happy Thanksgiving!


    Comment by TheDailyClick — November 28, 2013 @ 5:26 pm

  11. It’s just as majestic, though, this way. And thought-provoking.


    Comment by Candace — November 28, 2013 @ 7:18 pm

    • It certainly makes you think. I often wonder exactly how they form. Wish I lived close to one where I could see it every morning.


      Comment by montucky — November 29, 2013 @ 8:59 am

  12. Very interesting. I have not seen frozen water fall in my life.


    Comment by Sartenada — November 29, 2013 @ 12:39 am

    • Hello Matti! Good to see you out again! I hope you are doing better! I think of you often and wish you well.


      Comment by montucky — November 29, 2013 @ 9:00 am

  13. Hi Montucky, While it is much cooler here in my area of FL now in the low 60’s, I still love that frosty view of the frozen waterfall! By the way, we did have a bit of frost yesterday morning at dawn. Surprised me but no plants damaged. Have a pleasant weekend!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — November 29, 2013 @ 1:48 pm

    • It has been very cold here. The smaller lakes are frozen over and my son tells me that the ground is frozen down a foot and a half already. The frozen ground made hiking today sound loud and crunchy! Have a great weekend!


      Comment by montucky — November 29, 2013 @ 8:33 pm

  14. The “granularity” of the dark rocks is a good counterbalance to the frozen flowing of the ice.


    Comment by Steve Schwartzman — November 29, 2013 @ 9:49 pm

    • Yes, there are many different textures and patterns present. Nature seems to know how to make a picture from it all.


      Comment by montucky — November 29, 2013 @ 10:48 pm

  15. I have never seen a frozen waterfall before.
    I would have thought that the movement of falling would have kept the water from freezing.
    Guess I was wrong about that.
    It is a very beautiful coldness that you have captured!
    Which is quite different from catching a cold. 🙂


    Comment by Mary Strong-Spaid — November 29, 2013 @ 10:27 pm

    • I suspect that it forms in much the same way as an icicle does, but it forms a shell or casing behind which the main stream of water still falls. Through some of the clear ice you can see the water falling behind it, and the sound of gurgling water can be heard clearly. By the end of winter, there will be a huge pile of ice at the bottom of the falls and water will be still flowing beneath it.


      Comment by montucky — November 29, 2013 @ 10:53 pm

  16. Such crisp, beautiful detail, Terry…and it’s strange and wonderful how it can be so quiet there during the winter season after it was so loud for the rest of the year.


    Comment by seekraz — November 30, 2013 @ 11:39 am

    • Outside of once in awhile when the wind howls, winter here is a quiet season, snow muffling much of the noise. Quite enjoyable! We are getting some sub-zero weather later this week though and I don’t especially care for that.


      Comment by montucky — December 2, 2013 @ 8:29 pm

  17. Oh, that’s so pretty but I must admit just looking at it kind of makes me shiver. Brrr.


    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — November 30, 2013 @ 3:37 pm

    • Later, toward the end of winter, there will be huge piles of ice there and it is a very cold place then. If th snow gets deep though I will want to visit it then. It’s so pleasant to visit there on snowshoes.


      Comment by montucky — December 2, 2013 @ 8:31 pm

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