Montana Outdoors

December 3, 2013

Rainbow Lake; frozen

Filed under: Winter — Tags: , , — montucky @ 10:24 pm

Rainbow Lake; frozen

This is the lake that was so blue in the photos posted a few days ago. Now it is completely frozen over and that surface you see is clear ice. I thought the picture might look good with the WordPress snowflakes


  1. Does it ever get frozen enough to skate or walk on this lake,
    or would that be unwise to ever try….


    Comment by Mary Strong-Spaid — December 3, 2013 @ 11:08 pm

    • This lake is at a little over 4000 feet in elevation. Once the cold of winter hits it freezes and soon thereafter the ice is thick enough to support ice fishing (and skating if the snow doesn’t cover the ice too much). I’m glad that you mentioned skating. Our weather forecast is for clear, very cold weather, and if that holds, the ice should be clear and smooth and great for skating. I will remember to get my skates out and plan for a visit there in the next week.

      When I took the photo the ice was thick enough to support my weight, although I stayed close to the shore) and after the next week of sub-zero night-time temperatures there will be ice fishermen on it. The cold waterfall in the previous post is only a few hundred yards from the lake itself.


      Comment by montucky — December 3, 2013 @ 11:24 pm

      • I would have to have some heated clothes before I would consider going ice fishing or skating.
        Although I think it would be great fun…
        Snowy, icy winter weather is so beautiful, but too cold for me to experience (except through a window of a warm house)!


        Comment by Mary Strong-Spaid — December 3, 2013 @ 11:31 pm

        • I was born here and grew up with the attitude of ; “It’s bitter cold and icy and snowy outside, so let’s go play in it”. I wish, just once, that you could experience that. Of course, sitting by the wood stove in the living room and looking outside at the snow and ice and the beauty of winter isn’t all that bad either!


          Comment by montucky — December 3, 2013 @ 11:49 pm

  2. Those WordPress snowflakes add to the ambiance.


    Comment by knightofswords — December 3, 2013 @ 11:38 pm

  3. Wonderful – and yes, the snowflakes add another dimension! Must find this setting myself!


    Comment by Jo Woolf — December 4, 2013 @ 1:46 am

    • The snowflakes are under “settings”. I enjoy them.


      Comment by montucky — December 4, 2013 @ 7:30 pm

  4. It’s amazing how, once it gets started, a lake can freeze over so fast. I saw ice fishermen here yesterday on a local pond, but no snow yet. it might be a great year for skating.


    Comment by New Hampshire Gardener — December 4, 2013 @ 5:50 am

    • Yes, it’s amazing how quickly lakes can freeze. We are getting some very cold weather now and there will be some ice forming on the river edges too in the next few nights.


      Comment by montucky — December 4, 2013 @ 7:31 pm

  5. I follow the blog of a woman who lives on a houseboat in Yellow Knife. She recently posted about the “flash freeze” of their lake. There are some amazing photos here of her skating on the smooth, snow-free ice. It looks like you’ve been blessed with the same thing – although from what I see of the weather, you may have some real snowflakes heading your way. I especially like the combination of frosty trees and muted sky with the lake. It’s not as dramatic as some of your snow photos, but my gosh, it’s beautiful.

    I even turned on my snow to see how it looks – it looks great! I wish I could turn on snow in Houston so easily!


    Comment by shoreacres — December 4, 2013 @ 6:49 am

    • My, that’s some beautiful ice! We rarely see it that clean here, but perhaps in the upcoming cold spell we will. It’s supposed to be -9 tonight and -13 for the next two nights with no snow. I’ve got a knee problem at the moment or I’d have my skates out!


      Comment by montucky — December 4, 2013 @ 7:34 pm

  6. Oh I love this photo, it is so beautiful !


    Comment by Inspired and pretty — December 4, 2013 @ 8:18 am

  7. WOW, that’s just gorgeous. Looks as though winter has finally come, even here in sunny CA where we have gone from a high of 70 to 50 in a matter of days. Hard freezes the next few nights. Definitely cold for us and hard on many of the crops. Stay warm and keep ramblin there’s so much beauty out there.


    Comment by anniespickns — December 4, 2013 @ 8:38 am

    • Winter has come here too. For the next week, night temps will be below zero and days in the single digits.


      Comment by montucky — December 4, 2013 @ 7:36 pm

  8. Yes, perfect choice! Your comment above about growing up there and just going outside to play in the cold, ice, and snow reminds me of my childhood growing up here in PA. I spent a lot of time outside playing in winter because snow was just so much fun. And coming inside after getting red-cheeked and chilled to the bone for a nice hot cup of hot chocolate was like icing on the cake!


    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — December 4, 2013 @ 8:59 am

    • Yes, hot chocolate or a bowl of hot chili!
      I get most of the local news from a TV station website. Today there was a story by a meteorologist about the dangers of cold, especially wind chill, advising peoplle to stay inside to avoid hypothermia. The next story was about snowmobile trails.


      Comment by montucky — December 4, 2013 @ 7:39 pm

      • Oh gosh, Montucky, don’t get me started! I just love how the weather people/media try to scare the pants off of us about impending winter storms. Good grief! What did people do before TV warned us to go gobble up all the milk, bread and toilet paper at the grocery store? People survived and dealt with it, that’s how. We’ve become a nation of pansies. Sorry for the rant, but I just listened to all the dire warnings about a winter storm coming our way this morning with possible icy conditions. Oh surprise, it’s winter in western PA [sarcasm].


        Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — December 5, 2013 @ 8:42 am

        • The media just has to sensationalize most everything lately, don’t they. If they would simply publish accurate, true and thoughtful tories, now that would be sensational!


          Comment by montucky — December 5, 2013 @ 7:40 pm

  9. It does look great with the snowflakes. Would make a perfect Christmas card!


    Comment by wordsfromanneli — December 4, 2013 @ 11:14 am

    • It would at that. I was lazy this year and didn’t print our Christmas cards. Maybe next year again.


      Comment by montucky — December 4, 2013 @ 7:40 pm

      • Make a note by this one, to use it next year. It’s really great. I’ve used it for my desktop background for the wintertime, since you’ve said you don’t mind. I really enjoy looking at it several times a day.


        Comment by wordsfromanneli — December 4, 2013 @ 8:22 pm

        • I’m very pleased that you like it, Anneli! I’m flattered that you use it on your desktop!


          Comment by montucky — December 4, 2013 @ 8:45 pm

  10. Hi Montucky, Excellent photograph of the frozen body of water. I recall watching Lake St. George where I used to live, freeze over slowly in the depths of the TN Winter. Interesting to see. Glad I live in 76 degree weather now (wore shorts and a tee shirt today here). Have a great Thursday tomorrow!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — December 4, 2013 @ 4:04 pm

    • Right about now your weather is starting to look pretty good. The temp here right now is 7 and it’s dropping rapidly.


      Comment by montucky — December 4, 2013 @ 7:42 pm

  11. What a beautiful scene and photo. I love that silvery blue color.


    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — December 4, 2013 @ 8:00 pm

    • It’s sure a different color scheme from the other seasons, isn’t it! Next time I see that lake it will be all white I think.


      Comment by montucky — December 4, 2013 @ 8:46 pm

  12. such a joy to see


    Comment by Tammie — December 4, 2013 @ 8:27 pm

    • I’ve loved seeing that lake in all of its different dresses for over 60 years now. Never get tired of it!


      Comment by montucky — December 4, 2013 @ 8:48 pm

  13. It changed so much in such a short time. But it looks great with snowflakes!


    Comment by Candace — December 4, 2013 @ 9:46 pm

    • I was surprised to see the thickness of the ice. It’s amazing how quickly water can freeze. A week ago I was hunting and drove an old road in my Jeep. I had been over it the week before and splashed through a pool about a foot and a half deep. This time the pool was frozen clear to the bottom.


      Comment by montucky — December 4, 2013 @ 10:01 pm

  14. I can see that winter is coming … we have -5 C here today … // Maria


    Comment by mariayarri — December 5, 2013 @ 2:09 am

    • We are cold today too, in about the same range. Friday night is supposed to be -27C, our coldest night in about 10 years.


      Comment by montucky — December 5, 2013 @ 7:42 pm

  15. So beautiful, Terry. The ice looks like calm water.


    Comment by seekraz — December 5, 2013 @ 8:50 pm

  16. I love these colours. beautiful landscape, Montucky.


    Comment by bentehaarstad — December 6, 2013 @ 11:00 am

  17. Beautiful and so painting like ! I love those soft grey blue shades. A great picture.


    Comment by isathreadsoflife — December 10, 2013 @ 6:51 am

    • Thanks! I wouldn’t be surprised if there were paintings made from that spot.


      Comment by montucky — December 10, 2013 @ 9:26 am

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