Today was a pleasure, although there was still 6 inches of ice on the road in the shady part of the canyon. It will be cold again by mid week next week and (I hope) some snow. Maybe I can get in another brief outing before then.
I especially like the last photo, but I agree about the painterly quality of the second. It looks like something that one of those traveling landscape artists of the West would have done in the 1800s. I hope you do get more snow, but I’m sure you’re enjoying this little respite, and your firm footing!
This is very unusual for February, and there will be more winter. The forecast for next week calls for our more normal freezing temperatures again. It has been a rather nice period though and I’ll try for another hike before winter returns.
Now that looks a little more like my country now – some dirt! It must be easier to walk on than snow! I love the misty atmosphere and the majesty of the tall pines. I’m looking forward to following your change of seasons throughout the year. Lovely shots. 🙂
It was so satisfying to walk on dirt and rock again! (Doesn’t take much to make me happy!)
I’m starting to really look forward to the change of seasons too, especially when I review the previous year photos taken at the start of spring and the birth of the new wildflowers.
It would be a pleasure to walk on dirt again but what strange weather for Montana. Those cliff faces look like they’re covered with lichens. It looks like they’d be fun to explore but probably a real bear to climb up to.
Those cliffs are indeed covered with lichen. I’ll post some photos taken from a mile past those cliffs on a higher ridge on a south-facing slope. I can’t identify all of them, but you might enjoy seeing them. It will be interesting to see which ones are also present in your area.
It has been a very warm winter, after the sub-zero spell we had early. The watershed in which I live has had only about 80% of its normal snow so far. In other areas of the state they have had 120% plus.
It was always nice to walk on dirt again after the long winters of snow in the mountains….but I did 15 miles on dirt trails yesterday and would still have traded them for snowy ones! Love that last image, Terry….nice positioning of the sun at the tree-top…and the photo above it with the clouds moving into the trees….very nice.