Montana Outdoors

January 13, 2017

Winter scene on the Clark Fork River

Filed under: Winter — Tags: , — montucky @ 8:23 pm

Clark Fork River

There have been many sub-zero nights in the last couple weeks and the water is very cold. There are a few ice cakes floating on this part of the river, but there is a large ice dam further up stream that is keeping them to a minimum for the moment.

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  1. Good day for a swim–a brief swim.

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    Comment by Malcolm R. Campbell — January 13, 2017 @ 8:37 pm

    • I have been in that river under like circumstances, but I don’t remember liking it.

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      Comment by montucky — January 13, 2017 @ 8:41 pm

  2. Woo hoo snow and ice!

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    Comment by Steve Schwartzman — January 13, 2017 @ 8:46 pm

    • This year we have plenty of both. This is the coldest winter here in about 20 years.

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      Comment by montucky — January 13, 2017 @ 8:55 pm

  3. It gives me goosebumps to look at this picture. It’s clean and beautiful but it looks so cold.

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — January 13, 2017 @ 8:47 pm

    • It was about 10 F when that picture was taken but it has dropped back down to zero again now. I just came back in from my last short walk of the day and, as usual, found the 72 degree difference between outdoors and indoors interesting.

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      Comment by montucky — January 13, 2017 @ 9:07 pm

  4. Those ice cakes make for a rather interesting river scene, Terry.

    I don’t believe I’ve see a photo of them before (on any blog or even in some of my nature books).

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    Comment by Vicki — January 13, 2017 @ 9:06 pm

    • I will post later a few photos also taken today of an area about 5 miles upstream from this where the ice cakes have jammed together and cover the entire span across the river.

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      Comment by montucky — January 13, 2017 @ 9:14 pm

      • Thanks Terry.
        I certainly would like to see some more.
        (Isn’t it strange how something so simple can be so interesting to someone on the other side of the world – I guess you see them every winter).

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        Comment by Vicki — January 13, 2017 @ 9:23 pm

        • I will remember now to take more photos of river ice. When it starts to break up the river is full of it and the current is very fast as it goes past my house. Through there the sound of the ice cakes crashing against each other is a unique and haunting sound that is hard to describe. It combines a sound like water roaring through a rapids with a hiss and squeal of the ice cakes abrading one another.

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          Comment by montucky — January 13, 2017 @ 9:34 pm

  5. So many blues! And such crystal clear light. I’d love to be there — I can feel my lungs hurting right now, but it certainly would be worth it. I noticed your mention that you were in this river in similar conditions — that stopped me. I presume you weren’t in it on purpose — unless there are winter sports I’m not aware of!

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    Comment by shoreacres — January 13, 2017 @ 9:57 pm

    • Twice, in my teen age years. Once when a friend and I went down to an isolated section of river, built a respectable fire up on the shore and stripped down and went for a brief swim just to see what it was like: it was -10F. The other time a big ice cake that I had judged to be sea-worthy wasn’t and as I was poling it across a backwater of the river it split in two. Fortunately I always carried some matches in a waterproof container in my jacket pocket and was pretty good a building a fire quickly so it was nothing more than just another close call. (My early years were rather full of close calls.)

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      Comment by montucky — January 13, 2017 @ 10:23 pm

  6. I seriously love to look at photos like this from the warmth of my cozy AZ house. There is a photographer in St. Joseph, Michigan who goes out almost everyday and captures what’s happening on Lake Michigan by the lighthouse there. I’m from close to that area and love Lake Michigan so it’s fun to see. I’m always amazed that a huge body of water like that gets ice cakes and totally freezes over quite a ways out. Back when I lived there we never went to the lake in the winter so I’ve never personally seen it that way. It’s also amazing the way the lighthouses look covered in ice. His name is Joshua Nowicki. He’s on Facebook and also here: https://joshuanowicki.smugmug.com/New-Photos/

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    Comment by Candace — January 13, 2017 @ 11:49 pm

  7. Beautiful photo framed by the pines. The colors are wonderful, too–the water is so still! I liked the stories, brrrr!

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    Comment by jpostol — January 14, 2017 @ 6:31 am

    • It’s interesting and pleasant to see that much color in such an icy and snowy world. The clear sky brings it out. That deep blue is the arctic air that has been visiting us often this year. Very pretty, but also very cold.

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      Comment by montucky — January 14, 2017 @ 11:35 am

  8. Absolutely gorgeous!

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    Comment by seekraz — January 14, 2017 @ 10:22 am

    • The severe cold that comes with the Arctic air can be a little unpleasant, but with it comes a lot of winter beauty too. This is the fifth influx of it this winter, which is highly unusual.

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      Comment by montucky — January 14, 2017 @ 11:38 am

      • Goodness…I think I’d still love it! 😉

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        Comment by seekraz — January 14, 2017 @ 2:43 pm

      • This extreme cold apparently is related to the extremely warm temperatures in the arctic, which is somehow messing with the northern jet stream and pushing cold air south. I admit I don’t really understand it, but I think we are really fooling with the jet stream with unpredictable consequences. I once got to see the southern jet stream, flying over Antarctica between Australia and South Africa in their winter–it really did look and sound like a roaring river of air, amazing sight and sound. I took a video of it–it was totally thrilling.

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        Comment by jpostol — January 14, 2017 @ 3:52 pm

        • That must have been an amazing experience! I don’t completely understand the phenomena either.

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          Comment by montucky — January 14, 2017 @ 8:47 pm

  9. Beautiful and cold. Love it

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    Comment by John Purdy — January 14, 2017 @ 1:06 pm

  10. WOW what a capture, Terry!

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    Comment by bayphotosbydonna — January 14, 2017 @ 1:22 pm

  11. Breathtakingly beautiful!

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    Comment by de Wets Wild — January 14, 2017 @ 7:50 pm

    • I look forward to some of the beautiful scenery each winter even knowing how cold it will be.

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      Comment by montucky — January 14, 2017 @ 8:49 pm

  12. Wow… another gorgeous view!

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    Comment by Mother Hen — January 16, 2017 @ 1:04 am

  13. We had cold days and nights followed by a warm-up with rain and a temp near 60. All of that caused ice to break off and jam up going down our river. Caused a few anxious moments for those who live along it.

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    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — January 17, 2017 @ 9:39 am

    • We are supposed to be getting into a rather abrupt warming too in the next few days. After several weeks of sub-zero temps it will be interesting to see what happens. Fortunately no damage affects this local area from the break-up of the river ice.

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      Comment by montucky — January 17, 2017 @ 9:33 pm


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