Montana Outdoors

March 7, 2018

Eddy Mountain ice falls

Filed under: ice art, Winter — Tags: , — montucky @ 2:46 pm

Large ice falls at the base of Eddy Mountain. The tree at the base of the falls provides some size perspective.

Eddy ice falls

The original post has been edited to show this photo of the falls in a more complete landscape:

Eddy ice falls


  1. This reminds me of the first time I saw a frozen waterfall. I wondered for a long time how it could freeze when the water was moving in mid-air.

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — March 7, 2018 @ 2:55 pm

  2. Great photo

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    Comment by thelonelyauthorblog — March 7, 2018 @ 3:15 pm

  3. Wow! I wouldn’t want to be standing near those in June!
    They’re an ice climber’s paradise. I wonder if anyone climbs them.

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    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — March 7, 2018 @ 4:11 pm

  4. Amazing.
    Do any of the ice spikes drop off or do they gradually melt? (excuse my ignorance, but living in such a moderate climate myself, I really can’t imagine).

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    Comment by Vicki — March 7, 2018 @ 4:55 pm

    • I really don’t know what these will do, but I imagine they will do some of both. I sure wouldn’t want to be very close when they came down!

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      Comment by montucky — March 7, 2018 @ 5:21 pm

  5. Love it, Ice falls are so great. , I just did post on Hay Falls NB. Cheers

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    Comment by Kelly MacKay — March 7, 2018 @ 6:13 pm

  6. Ice and snow is wholly unfamiliar to most of us in sunny South Africa, so the mind boggles at seeing images like these – how cold must it be to freeze a waterfall, and one that size!?!?!?

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    Comment by de Wets Wild — March 7, 2018 @ 7:55 pm

    • The top part of this one is just huge icicles, some I would estimate are 50 feet long, and those form as ordinary icicles, when a film of ice trickles down over the original icicle and then grows as the drop at the end freezes. The rest, the part that is over an actual waterfall forms much the same was, only it grows in front of the waterfall. The water is still running beneath or behind it. It takes many weeks of freezing weather to form. This one is located in an area that gets no sun because it is always in the shade of the mountain.

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      Comment by montucky — March 7, 2018 @ 8:12 pm

  7. The scale of that ice is astounding. Occasionally we’ll get to see ice forming from seeps in the limestone rock, especially in road cuts, but of course there’s nothing like this. The best icicles I saw this year were about eight inches long at the edge of a fountain. I do remember being warned again and again as a child not to stand or walk under the icicles that formed at the rooflines of buildings. Some of those could be several feet long, and when melting commenced, they sometimes just dropped.

    The second photo looks rather like a cake that someone has drizzled icing over. I guess in a way that’s true — it’s just a different form of icing!

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    Comment by shoreacres — March 7, 2018 @ 8:02 pm

    • The first photo is actually a telephoto of the ice section at the right side of the second photo. The two photos were taken from the same location: the second with a 35mm lens and the first one with a 70-300mm telephoto lens. The ice was about a mile away. I estimate the longer of the icicles are over 50 feet long.


      Comment by montucky — March 7, 2018 @ 8:31 pm

  8. Wow, look at that ice!😀

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    Comment by heartandsoul974 — March 7, 2018 @ 8:38 pm

  9. I am fascinated by frozen waterfalls and this one is spectacular. I even enjoy seeing the small ones frozen down rocky hillsides here but of course they aren’t as huge as that one!

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    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — March 8, 2018 @ 7:57 am

    • They are plentiful here every winter, some winters more than others, but this is one of the largest. As far as I know though it isn’t readily approachable up close and so the huge size of it is difficult to grasp. These photos were from about a mile away.


      Comment by montucky — March 8, 2018 @ 9:07 am

  10. Wow, that’s amazing! I’ve never seen anything like that, what a huge scale!

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    Comment by Candace — March 9, 2018 @ 7:07 pm

    • Yes, “huge” is a good word for it. At a glance from a long distance they don’t look so big, but with the trees for perspective, those icicles are huge!

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      Comment by montucky — March 9, 2018 @ 8:51 pm

  11. Wow, spectacular!

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    Comment by Jo Woolf — March 10, 2018 @ 1:15 am

  12. Those ice falls must be massive .. that tree gives wonderful perspective

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    Comment by Julie@frogpondfarm — March 11, 2018 @ 3:18 pm

  13. Really gorgeous photos. I have never seen anything similar in my life. Thank You.

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    Comment by Sartenada — March 13, 2018 @ 1:15 am

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