Montana Outdoors

February 22, 2018

Cold River

Filed under: Flathead river, Winter — Tags: , — montucky @ 2:51 pm

Every winter after an extended period of sub-zero weather brought by an influx of cold air down from the Arctic, ice builds up on the Flathead River in this location which is about 150 miles south and west of Glacier National Park, a few miles from where it flows into the Clark Fork of the Columbia River. It’s always worth a visit.

Flathead River

Flathead River

Flathead River

Flathead River

Flathead River

The ice cakes form over an area of several miles upstream where the river is smooth and slower moving. When it reaches this canyon, the river narrows and becomes quite deep and fast flowing and the ice cakes that have formed above collect and pile up on the river surface in the canyon. In many parts of Montana ice dams similar to this can cause problems with flooding, but this one causes no trouble.

 

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February 21, 2018

Frost creations

Filed under: Frost, Winter — Tags: — montucky @ 1:38 pm

Some of my windows were nicely decorated during the night. Might as well enjoy winter while it’s still here!

Frost crystals

Frost crystals

Frost crystals

Frost crystals

Frost crystals

Frost crystals

Frost crystals

Frost crystals

Frost crystals

Frost crystals

Frost crystals

Frost crystals

February 20, 2018

Morning walk at -11º

Filed under: Winter — montucky @ 11:39 am

Morning walk at -11º

February 10, 2018

It’s not spring… yet

Filed under: Winter — Tags: , , , — montucky @ 1:23 pm

In contrast to two days ago on a sunny ridge where the buttercups were in bloom and a temperature of 50º, this morning’s landscape looks quite different with a temperature of 11º (F) and a blanket of new snow.

Sacajawea Peak and Coeur d'Alene Mountains

Sacajawea Peak in the Coeur d’Alene Mountains to the southwest.

Baldy Mountain

Baldy Mountain in the Cabinet Mountains to the north.

February 9, 2018

Pixi-Cups

Filed under: Lichens — Tags: — montucky @ 12:50 pm

Mixed in among the buttercups yesterday there were a few (just a few) Pixie-cup lichens in their fruiting stage.

Pixie Cup Lichen

Pixie Cup Lichen

Pixie Cup Lichen

February 8, 2018

A second visit to Buttercup Ridge

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , — montucky @ 7:39 pm

There was a little sun this afternoon so I took advantage of it to re-visit Buttercup Ridge and found quite a number of buttercups in bloom in the customary 20’ X 50’ place on the ridge; none anywhere else around for miles.

Sagebrush Buttercup

Sagebrush Buttercup

Sagebrush Buttercup

Sagebrush Buttercup
 

I took two pictures of the following pair with different settings and couldn’t decide which I liked best.

Sagebrush Buttercup

Sagebrush Buttercup

Sagebrush Buttercups ~ Ranunculus glaberrimus

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