Montana Outdoors

November 20, 2014

Blending of the seasons

Filed under: Autumn, Munson Creek, Winter — Tags: , , , , — montucky @ 10:17 pm

Photo taken from the bottom of Munson Creek canyon, elevation 2,400 feet. In the background is Eddy peak and the lookout at its top is at 6,957 feet.

Merging of the seasons

Trail bridge ~ Munson Creek


  1. Even in winter, the pics are beautiful. I can feel the cold refreshing air!


    Comment by wordsfromanneli — November 20, 2014 @ 11:56 pm

    • Thanks Anneli. The prettiest part of winter is still to come. We’re again going into the freezing rain phase, although there’s a chance for some snow. Lookout Pass is supposed to get 6 – 10 inches of snow tonight.


      Comment by montucky — November 21, 2014 @ 8:21 pm

      • Oh!!! Am I ever glad I’m not driving through there now! And freezing rain is very bad too. We once ran into an ice storm on I-5 near Portland. It was terrifying. But if you don’t have to travel far and can just go out to take photos, it’s a beautiful time.


        Comment by wordsfromanneli — November 22, 2014 @ 12:18 pm

        • Your timing on your visit here was excellent! We’re in the time now that I really don’t like, freezing rain and black ice. It’s so dangerous for those who have to drive in it. The passes are actually better because they have snow up there and it isn’t as slick.

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          Comment by montucky — November 22, 2014 @ 10:35 pm

  2. Looking at that photo, I can almost hear the ice crackle, and feel the cold. Your mountains (first photo) are so different from our Blue Ridge beauties. Aint’ Nature grand?


    Comment by orples — November 20, 2014 @ 11:59 pm

    • We are fortunate that there is natural beauty all across America, and what diversity!

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      Comment by montucky — November 21, 2014 @ 8:24 pm

  3. Oh, so beautiful! You have REAL mountains. 🙂


    Comment by Jane — November 21, 2014 @ 2:34 am

  4. How gorgeous! The Earth is magnificent in all seasons.


    Comment by Jo Woolf — November 21, 2014 @ 4:55 am

    • It sure is. I lived for many years in the Sonoran Desert in the southwest and loved that too, but having four distinct seasons can’t be beat!


      Comment by montucky — November 21, 2014 @ 8:27 pm

  5. I’m guessing most of the animals have come down from the high country by now. Those poplars don’t seem to want to let go!


    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — November 21, 2014 @ 7:28 am

    • The animals haven’t come down yet, but in the mountains tonight a heavy snow is expected and that will make them think about moving down. We should get a couple inches in the valley too and that will bring down most of the leaves finally. It’s warm now, so it should be heavy, wet snow.


      Comment by montucky — November 21, 2014 @ 8:29 pm

  6. Hi Montucky, Nice pictures of the differences in micro climates. Have a great coming week!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — November 21, 2014 @ 1:35 pm

    • The first photo is a little unusual even for here, but it does show a little of the temperature diversity of the mountains and the valley.


      Comment by montucky — November 21, 2014 @ 8:30 pm

  7. Interesting that you talk about the animals coming down. I’d not really thought about that. Just today, I saw the first coots here. They’re usually “the” sign of impending weather, but the teal, mallards and white pelicans showed up first this year. In the second photo, what’s that little white “mountain” in the stream? Just something that’s caught the ice and snow and formed a cone shape?


    Comment by shoreacres — November 21, 2014 @ 9:25 pm

    • As the snow builds up in the high country, deer, elk and moose move down to lower elevations where there is less snow and finding food is much easier. Bears, or course, stay up there because they hibernate beneath the snow (and it provides good insulation for them). Lynx, on the other hand depend on the deep snow for hunting snowshoe rabbits and grouse, and so they thrive in deep snow areas. To a certain extent, mountain lions do too, although they will also follow the movements of the deer.

      That white mound is just a rock and I think the white is the coloration of the rock itself. It’s not snow, nor is it a coating of ice. Stands out in the photo, doesn’t it!


      Comment by montucky — November 21, 2014 @ 10:02 pm

  8. I almost saw this same thing on a small scale the other day on my way to Chattanooga driving through a little falling snow. Beautiful image!


    Comment by Boyd Greene Fine Art — November 21, 2014 @ 10:26 pm

    • We are getting a freezing rain tonight, but if the roads aren’t too bad tomorrow I may try to re-shoot the scene. The snow at the top of the mountain should be deep by then!

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      Comment by montucky — November 21, 2014 @ 11:17 pm

  9. Love the photos, the sweeping view in the first image is absolutely stunning.


    Comment by Charlie@Seattle Trekker — November 22, 2014 @ 1:28 am

    • That’s an interesting place where all of that elevation fits into one photo. I liked the perspective!


      Comment by montucky — November 22, 2014 @ 9:51 am

  10. Love the contrast in the 2 images – the sweeping view of the mountain and then the icy river at ground level. I do so love the snow in winter. There’s something about snow around Christmas that makes it such an amazing visual treat.
    The only time I’ve really experienced it was the winter in London in 1978 when it snowed in inner London and stayed on the ground for quite some days at Christmas – very rare indeed).


    Comment by Vicki — November 22, 2014 @ 5:35 pm

    • I’ve always loved the snow around Christmas time too. When I was a kid it was a real concern some times that we wouldn’t have snow for Christmas, but I don’t remember ever not having it. On year, when I was 5 or 6 there was no snow clear up to Christmas Eve, but when we awoke Christmas morning there was a new 4 inches on the ground, plenty enough for Santa and his reindeer!


      Comment by montucky — November 22, 2014 @ 10:38 pm

  11. That is interesting that all that fits into the top photo! When I was little in the midwest, I would worry, too, if there was no snow on Christmas Eve but, even here in AZ, Santa and the reindeer somehow get the presents delivered.


    Comment by Candace — November 23, 2014 @ 7:43 pm

    • When my kids were little we lived in Arizona and I don’t even remember how we dodged that whole issue.


      Comment by montucky — November 23, 2014 @ 10:01 pm

  12. Lovely photos.


    Comment by kathydoremus — November 26, 2014 @ 5:16 pm

  13. What kind of tree has the leaves that have turned yellow-orange?


    Comment by Steve Schwartzman — November 29, 2014 @ 10:19 am

    • Those are rather young black cottonwoods. They hold on to their leaves longer than nearly all of our deciduous trees.


      Comment by montucky — November 30, 2014 @ 10:11 pm

  14. Your country is very beautiful. You just proved it thru Your photos.


    Comment by Sartenada — December 4, 2014 @ 2:55 am

    • Thank you. There is always beauty to be found in the natural world, be it here or nearly any place in the world. I am happy when people appreciate it and enjoy seeing photos of it.


      Comment by montucky — December 4, 2014 @ 9:03 am

  15. That’s an interesting perspective on that lookout cabin … 🙂


    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — December 4, 2014 @ 6:36 pm

    • It’s nearly a mile higher than the valley. One of the few places around where one can get that perspective!


      Comment by montucky — December 4, 2014 @ 8:26 pm

  16. You live in a postcard state, Montucky! It’s wonderful!


    Comment by Watching Seasons — December 11, 2014 @ 2:55 pm

    • Yes, there’s beauty just about everywhere, and yet there are still folks around who don’t get out into the back country and enjoy it. Those are folks who I can’t understand.


      Comment by montucky — December 11, 2014 @ 8:13 pm

  17. I love this, the vastness of the landscape and the lovely detail of the wooden bridge. Gorgeous colors too.


    Comment by isathreadsoflife — December 19, 2014 @ 11:47 pm

    • I love that old bridge. Someone in the Forest Service made it by sawing lengthwise through a pine tree then making hash marks with the was for traction.


      Comment by montucky — December 20, 2014 @ 12:06 pm

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