Montana Outdoors

December 30, 2014

Winter morning at the river

Filed under: Winter — Tags: , , — montucky @ 2:54 pm

Winter morning at the river

Winter morning at the river

Winter morning at the river

Winter morning at the river

Winter morning at the river

When there is fresh snow on the ground and clear, cold skies, a walk down by the river is a must before the gray clouds of winter return.

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  1. Absolutely breathtaking…Love your images.

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    Comment by Charlie@Seattle Trekker.com — December 30, 2014 @ 3:04 pm

  2. Wow! Such crisp colours!

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — December 30, 2014 @ 3:07 pm

  3. You can tell it was cold by that mist on the river and I love following rivers when that happens. I can’t imagine a sky bluer than that one!

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    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — December 30, 2014 @ 3:26 pm

    • If the cold stays around a bit I’ll try to get better photos of the steam rising from the water, maybe a little earlier in the morning before the sun gets too bright. It’s really pretty.

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      Comment by montucky — December 30, 2014 @ 5:10 pm

  4. This is so pretty it should be a post card.

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    Comment by Wandering Iris — December 30, 2014 @ 3:45 pm

  5. Beautiful! But it does look cold.

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    Comment by centralohionature — December 30, 2014 @ 4:47 pm

    • It had just risen above zero when these were taken, but there was no wind. No warmth in the sun though.

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      Comment by montucky — December 30, 2014 @ 5:12 pm

  6. Simply beautiful!!! The Montana sky is stunning in the 2 pictures.

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    Comment by Ron Mangels — December 30, 2014 @ 6:07 pm

    • Thanks Ron. That’s why I look forward to the several times each winter when we get an influx of arctic air.

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      Comment by montucky — December 30, 2014 @ 7:57 pm

  7. Absolutely gorgeous Terry, happy new year πŸ™‚

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    Comment by Mike Howe — December 30, 2014 @ 6:27 pm

  8. Hi Montucky, Such a lovely scene! Have an outstanding New Year!

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    Comment by wildlifewatcher — December 30, 2014 @ 6:57 pm

  9. As cold as it looks, I would love to see Montana. Your photos are simply beautiful. πŸ™‚

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    Comment by orples — December 30, 2014 @ 7:43 pm

    • Well, it’s kind of pretty here other (warmer) times of the year too.

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      Comment by montucky — December 30, 2014 @ 7:58 pm

      • I have noticed. I love your mountains under white or green.

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        Comment by orples — December 30, 2014 @ 7:59 pm

        • I like them slightly better green because that means I can have access to them!

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          Comment by montucky — December 30, 2014 @ 8:06 pm

  10. Brrrr – but, from GA where it’s warm, the pictures look nice.

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    Comment by Malcolm R. Campbell — December 30, 2014 @ 7:48 pm

  11. Beautiful and pure, I bet it was really cold being co clear. You captured the coldness with the vapors rising off the ice.

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    Comment by Candace — December 30, 2014 @ 9:17 pm

    • It was indeed cold, but so crisp and clear that I had to go out and be in it. Compared to the air, that cold river was warm.

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      Comment by montucky — December 30, 2014 @ 9:30 pm

  12. Glorious photos! That blue sky is so intense.

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    Comment by Jo Woolf — December 31, 2014 @ 2:24 am

    • That Arctic air is cold and pure and about as blue as it can get. The cost of that beauty is sub-zero temperatures, but that’s OK.

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      Comment by montucky — December 31, 2014 @ 8:34 pm

  13. Just beautiful, makes winter all worth while when you getting such blue sky and stunning light.

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    Comment by Vicki — December 31, 2014 @ 5:03 am

    • There are many good things about our winters here including those cold clear days.

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      Comment by montucky — December 31, 2014 @ 8:35 pm

  14. So beautiful. Happy New Year!

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    Comment by bentehaarstad — December 31, 2014 @ 9:03 am

  15. Looked like a glorious day. May you be blessed with more such lovely hikes in 2015!

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    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — December 31, 2014 @ 9:13 am

    • Thank you! I’m very much looking forward to the coming year.

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      Comment by montucky — December 31, 2014 @ 8:36 pm

  16. I just never thought about the rivers steaming like that. It can happen on the bays here, but it takes a strong front and a sudden drop in temperature to make it happen. We call it “sea smoke,” and it’s fabulous. I’ve seen really significant instances four times in the past twenty years. The first time, we got a couple of inches of ice to go with it — not so nice!

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    Comment by shoreacres — December 31, 2014 @ 5:02 pm

    • I wasn’t aware of the steam off the bays. That would be dramatic. We see the steam off the river when the temp gets down near or below zero which usually happens when the Arctic air fronts move through. This morning it was complemented by big cakes of ice floating down the river.

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      Comment by montucky — December 31, 2014 @ 8:42 pm

  17. Oh these are just stunning!! They took my breath away (as would the cold I expect). I can’t express how beautiful these images are in words. Thank you. πŸ™‚ I love my own country but I would still love to see your magical winter landscapes in person one day.

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    Comment by Jane — December 31, 2014 @ 9:56 pm

    • In a more perfect world, we might be able to trade places for a short time and each enjoy the places and scenes that the other holds dear.

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      Comment by montucky — January 1, 2015 @ 12:09 am

  18. Wonderful photos. The first one is my favorite.

    Happy New Year to You and Yours!

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    Comment by Sartenada — January 1, 2015 @ 1:07 am

  19. Love that mist rising from the river … beautiful photos … Happy New Year!

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    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — January 1, 2015 @ 7:23 am

    • I love that mist too, Teresa. It drifts and sways and dances and is very pleasant overall.

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      Comment by montucky — January 1, 2015 @ 8:17 pm

  20. Nobody captures the raw beauty of the natural world as good as you do! Happy New Years and hopes you will have many adventures in the wilds of Montana!

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    Comment by WildBill — January 1, 2015 @ 7:49 am

    • Thank you Bill! Happy New Year to you and your family!

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      Comment by montucky — January 1, 2015 @ 8:18 pm

  21. Every day must be like a holiday for you!

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    Comment by 2ndhalfolife — January 2, 2015 @ 11:14 am

    • Well, not every day. I just post about the good ones.

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      Comment by montucky — January 2, 2015 @ 8:27 pm

  22. Very nice! Beautiful photos!

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    Comment by Reed Andariese — January 2, 2015 @ 1:27 pm

  23. You’re breaking my heart, Terry! Wow….gorgeous. πŸ™‚

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    Comment by seekraz — January 2, 2015 @ 8:58 pm

    • Thanks Scott. I’m hoping for a snowy winter like last year. I kinda missed out on that one.

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      Comment by montucky — January 2, 2015 @ 11:00 pm

  24. Hi Montucky, Wonderful to see that Winter scenery! Good job taking these beautiful photographs! I so enjoy your photography. It was very warm here in North-central Florida the last two days – up in the mid-80’s! Have a tremendously good coming week!

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    Comment by wildlifewatcher — January 4, 2015 @ 5:22 pm

    • I’m glad that you enjoy the photos!
      Mid-80’s! We aren’t even in the mid 20’s now and the snow is pouring down tonight.

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      Comment by montucky — January 4, 2015 @ 9:04 pm

  25. I hope the first bit of 2015 is looking as good for you as this last bit of 2014 was.

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    Comment by Steve Schwartzman — January 4, 2015 @ 7:44 pm

    • Thanks Steve! We are getting some real snow finally and it is just beautiful! Supposed to get up to 10 inches tonight and I plan a hike for tomorrow once I get the house area plowed out. I’m hoping to enjoy the winter that I missed last year!

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      Comment by montucky — January 4, 2015 @ 9:06 pm

      • Yes, and that means more photographs, too. We’ll be waiting.

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        Comment by Steve Schwartzman — January 4, 2015 @ 10:20 pm

        • You bet. We now have 6 inches on the ground and its snowing steadily. Should be a pretty day tomorrow!

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          Comment by montucky — January 4, 2015 @ 11:43 pm

  26. Gorgeous winter scenery!

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    Comment by Watching Seasons — January 14, 2015 @ 8:19 pm

    • Yes, the few clear days that we have in winter are usually very pretty!

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      Comment by montucky — January 14, 2015 @ 8:35 pm


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