Montana Outdoors

November 14, 2014

Cold day at Munson Creek

Munson Creek


  1. I wouldn’t want to be a trout.


    Comment by wordsfromanneli — November 14, 2014 @ 10:20 pm

  2. Just beautiful, in a very quiet way. Love the colors. Again, I feel as though I’m standing right there. What a treat.


    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — November 14, 2014 @ 10:25 pm

    • That’s a stream that I love very much. There are wildflowers all along it in the spring and it is used by deer, elk and Bighorns and plenty of bears about 5 miles up the trail.


      Comment by montucky — November 14, 2014 @ 11:23 pm

  3. Fall is so over, we are truly on our way to winter…Great shot of the stream starting to freeze over.


    Comment by Charlie@Seattle Trekker — November 14, 2014 @ 10:43 pm

    • It has been cold here for about a week, but I was still a little surprised at how much ice there was on the stream. The seasons have indeed changed.


      Comment by montucky — November 14, 2014 @ 11:25 pm

  4. This is so beautiful. I wondered how you got the effects with the water and then I realized it was the surface of the water freezing over. I’ve never seen that here before! Lovely colours as well. Such a tranquil view.


    Comment by Jane — November 14, 2014 @ 10:49 pm

    • I visit this section of the stream every winter to photograph the ice that forms there. It creates some interesting art pieces. The temperature when this photo was taken was about 15ΒΊ (F).

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      Comment by montucky — November 14, 2014 @ 11:35 pm

      • It’s currently 43C (109.4F) outside in the shade here and I have just tweeted a link to your ice crystals post to cool my Queensland friends down. I live near Brisbane and the G20 is being held in the city now. Thus your president is being given an extra “warm” welcome to the city. πŸ™‚


        Comment by Jane — November 14, 2014 @ 11:47 pm

        • I’ve seen those high temperatures when I lived in Arizona, but that was long ago. It’s interesting now to think that the difference in our temps at the moment is about 100ΒΊ (F)!

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          Comment by montucky — November 14, 2014 @ 11:58 pm

  5. Oh, that’s beautiful! I love the contrast of the crisp branches and the blurry water between the ice.


    Comment by Jo Woolf — November 15, 2014 @ 2:47 am

    • I had difficulty photographing the stream because of the cold. It made me hurry. This was not exactly the shot that I wanted, but I liked it anyway. The ice near the bank was thick enough to support one leg of my tripod.

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      Comment by montucky — November 15, 2014 @ 9:10 am

  6. It almost looks like it was flash frozen. It got down to about 20 degrees here last nigh so I expect I’ll see some of that for myself today. I love what ice can do-like crystal sculptures.


    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — November 15, 2014 @ 8:08 am

    • We have had some chilly nights. At the moment it is 4ΒΊ. The cascades were completely frozen over and the ice in the area that appears white was about a foot thick. Our night temps have been in the single digits for a whole week now. Interestingly, little ice appears on the big river so far, although I suspect there is some about 20 miles upstream where the current is slower.


      Comment by montucky — November 15, 2014 @ 9:16 am

  7. Nice! I like it when the streams and lakes start freezing, great photo opportunities!


    Comment by Reed Andariese — November 15, 2014 @ 5:32 pm

    • Yes, ice and frost always create something nice to see. I like streams especially.


      Comment by montucky — November 15, 2014 @ 8:33 pm

  8. My friend living in the houseboat on Great Slave Lake in Yellow Knife is frozen in now. When the freeze came, it was in hours, and it was a struggle to keep the houseboat level as it froze. Now, the ice is six inches thick or more, and people are skating. Soon, they’ll be driving on it, too, and having every sort of fun. It’s so interesting how the ice comes, in different places. Despite your hurry-up-ness, I really like this photo, and the two “hands” of ice reaching out to one another.


    Comment by shoreacres — November 15, 2014 @ 9:39 pm

    • I had never thought about it before, but maybe the houseboat would be warmer frozen in the ice than it would be on land. The water underneath is certainly warmer than the air above. Most of our lakes freeze like that here too during a cold winter. Lots of ice fishing going on and there is vehicle traffic on some lakes. I imagine that people living in areas where there is a real winter react to it in a similar fashion, especially those who have been born and raised there. I remember, when I was a kid there was no such thing as a too-cold winter!


      Comment by montucky — November 15, 2014 @ 10:22 pm

  9. Beautiful shot! Winter is on its way πŸ™‚


    Comment by Lucy — November 16, 2014 @ 4:43 am

    • It is, but as usual in this area, winter will not really come to stay until late January or February. After the current cold spell, we expect rain coming up again mid-week. I would greatly prefer snow.

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      Comment by montucky — November 16, 2014 @ 8:53 pm

  10. Looks freezing already. How strange to see the ice on the river (when it’s starting to really warm up here during the day time. Rained 12 hours non-stop last night though).


    Comment by Vicki — November 16, 2014 @ 5:28 am

    • I’d trade you some of this cold clear air for a day of your summer rain! The ice that has accumulated on the streams that flow through shaded canyons will likely remain, but I think the ice on the main fivers will leave only to come back in about two months when winter will be at its coldest.


      Comment by montucky — November 16, 2014 @ 8:56 pm

  11. Beautiful, Terry…and so familiar, somehow, too. πŸ™‚


    Comment by seekraz — November 16, 2014 @ 10:26 am

    • Mountain streams do have similar characteristics. I know you have fond memories of the Utah high country streams.


      Comment by montucky — November 16, 2014 @ 8:57 pm

  12. There was so much to see in Your photo. I love it.


    Comment by Sartenada — November 20, 2014 @ 3:25 am

    • Yes, there is a lot there. In summer the area is dotted with a large variety of wildflowers and frequented by a variety of wildlife.


      Comment by montucky — November 20, 2014 @ 9:12 am

  13. Beautiful but definitely cold. Interesting how the little “Like” buttons now appear by the comments on your blog.


    Comment by Candace — November 20, 2014 @ 7:28 pm

    • It was very cold. Warming up now though, nearly up to freezing this afternoon!
      I just turned off the “likes” on the comments. I didn’t really “like”them.


      Comment by montucky — November 20, 2014 @ 7:54 pm

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