January 31, 2016
January 26, 2016
The brightest things in the forest today were cup lichens ~ Cladonia pleurota. They are tiny but their fruit is bright red.
January 15, 2016
Today a friend and I found that the road was open to Loneman Divide, about 15 miles from home and made a short “tune up” snowshoe hike from there up to the ridge above the pass and found it very refreshing. Another half dozen of those short hikes and we will be ready for something more serious.
We took “the trail less traveled”.
The stump must have been hollow because the top looked like a doughnut.
To the east side of the divide.
To the west side.
Frost covered trees along the top.
January 8, 2016
Behind the local Ranger Station there is a half-section of land that rises for a mile up a fairly open south-facing slope that is used as a summer pasture for the Forest Service pack horses and mules and also as a protected winter range for a sizable herd of mule deer. Yesterday A friend called to tell me that she had recently hiked through the area and found that the deer spending the winter there were fairly mellow and could be approached to within camera range, and so today we went back to get a few photos. Here are some that I brought back, all taken with a 70-300mm lens.
Mule deer doe feeding
There’s a sound in the wind
Ears above the grass
Sounds coming from two places
Let’s talk this over
Don’t bother to get up
Aware but not concerned
Should I jump, or…
Part of the herd
January 7, 2016
Today on a trip to get supplies, I encountered a section on the hills to the south of Flathead Lake where the trees were covered with a combination of snow and hoarfrost. The trees were white, the ground was white and the sky was white so there wasn’t much contrast, but the trees were beautiful and so I tried a few photos along a little road that left the highway and headed back into the reservation. I couldn’t drive the road today so I just hiked back in a ways. The road is very inviting and so on a sunny day I’ll go back in further with the Jeep and perhaps do better.
January 5, 2016
My son had my Jeep so…
Beyond here there were 4 X 4 tracks, snowmobile tracks, deer tracks, elk tracks and one set of boot tracks.
Snow on the firs.
With the slightest breeze the trees were shedding snow.
The tiny Fir was the star of the show.