Montana Outdoors

December 9, 2018

Munson Creek Ice

Filed under: ice art, Munson Creek — Tags: , , , — montucky @ 4:48 pm

Munson Creek Ice

Munson Creek Ice

Munson Creek Ice

Munson Creek Ice

Munson Creek Ice

Munson Creek Ice

Munson Creek Ice

Munson Creek Ice

Munson Creek Ice

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Just foolin’ around at Munson creek on a cold winter day.

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  1. Enjoyed your pics of the ice on Munson Creek. I checked the map out to see exactly where the creek is located. I drove along Highway 200 years ago, but I really didn’t venture off the road. my travels took me to Plains and Thompson Falls when I was coaching high school basketball in the early 1980s.

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    Comment by bigskybuckeye — December 9, 2018 @ 5:40 pm

    • Munson flows into the Clark Fork river at about the mid point between Plains and Thompson Falls and originates about 7 miles up in the Tepee-Spring Creek Roadless Area. One of my favorite places.

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      Comment by montucky — December 9, 2018 @ 10:50 pm

  2. Beautifully captured!

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    Comment by Pit — December 9, 2018 @ 5:47 pm

  3. So many lovely abstracts! Ice is definitely a fun subject!!

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    Comment by bayphotosbydonna — December 9, 2018 @ 6:45 pm

    • Yes. This small stream is very well decorated with ice in winter and bordered with wildflowers in spring and summer.

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      Comment by montucky — December 9, 2018 @ 10:51 pm

  4. Nice ice! Thanks.

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    Comment by Harold Rhenisch — December 9, 2018 @ 7:37 pm

  5. The only problem is, I can’t tell which one of these I like the best! Not only are they beautiful–you capture the beauty of the smallest things in nature–but also, the contrast between the moving water and lacy still ice is wonderful and must be difficult to capture photographically.

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    Comment by jessicagurevitch — December 9, 2018 @ 8:08 pm

    • Thank you Jessica. There is so much beauty out there in the wild country that is just waiting for someone to photograph it. This is one of the places that I especially love.

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      Comment by montucky — December 9, 2018 @ 10:55 pm

      • The first and most important thing is *seeing* that beauty. The gorgeous photos allow us to share your perception/vision. Thanks!

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        Comment by jessicagurevitch — December 10, 2018 @ 8:38 am

        • It’s interesting to see different people’s perceptions of beauty, and gratifying when someone shares mine.

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          Comment by montucky — December 10, 2018 @ 10:34 am

  6. The variety is splendid. The clarity of some of the ice testifies to the clarity of the water, and it really is beautiful. The vibrant reds and greens are appealing, too. Where the water has frozen over algae (lichens? moss?) the effect’s especially pleasing. If I were forced to choose only one, I think it would be third from the bottom, with the ice-encased branches. I must say — as cold as I’ve been today after our frontal passage, I’m feeling even a little chillier now!

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    Comment by shoreacres — December 9, 2018 @ 8:37 pm

    • The water in that stream is about as pure as it gets, and I like thinking about all of the variety of the wildlife that drinks from it over its seven mile journey through a roadless area. Chilly is the word for it now. The photo that you liked I took with one foot in the stream and my other knee on an icy boulder (I’m thankful for a pair of waterproof hiking boots).

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      Comment by montucky — December 9, 2018 @ 10:59 pm

  7. Beautiful. Like a walk through a jewelry shop.

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — December 9, 2018 @ 8:44 pm

  8. Beautiful. . .and bracing.

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    Comment by Malcolm R. Campbell — December 9, 2018 @ 11:10 pm

    • Yes, a bit chilly. We’ve had a few nights in the single digits and some days that didn’t get out of the 20’s, but no severe cold yet.

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      Comment by montucky — December 9, 2018 @ 11:29 pm

  9. I like to see on your images the formation of the ice on this river which will soon be covered

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    Comment by Yoshimiparis Photographie — December 10, 2018 @ 1:52 am

    • It hasn’t really gotten cold enough yet for ice to form on the larger rivers, but I saw in the news this morning that in the Missoula area the outdoor ice skating rinks are in good shape already. I loved those when I was a kid.

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      Comment by montucky — December 10, 2018 @ 10:27 am

  10. Amazing, these white or clear icy forms with the colours of the creek’s bed.

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    Comment by puzzleblume — December 10, 2018 @ 1:54 am

    • Yes, the subtle colors from the rocks and moss are beautiful. The deciduous trees are now bare and brown, but the colors of the rocks stand out.

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      Comment by montucky — December 10, 2018 @ 10:29 am

  11. Lots of ‘cool’ photos!

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    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — December 10, 2018 @ 9:51 am

    • “Cool” they are. Have to take breaks from taking pictures to warm up the fingers.

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      Comment by montucky — December 10, 2018 @ 10:31 am

  12. So much red with that ice: how nice! As you know, in Austin we almost never get that kind of ice.

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    Comment by Steve Schwartzman — December 10, 2018 @ 10:36 am

    • Ice can be very pretty, but not necessarily when it is on the windshield and the roads. I love seeing it on the streams but don’t enjoy it when responding to crash scenes on the highways.

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      Comment by montucky — December 10, 2018 @ 10:47 am

      • That’s true. I can remember in New York State in the early 1970s hitting an icy patch of road and spinning 180°.

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        Comment by Steve Schwartzman — December 10, 2018 @ 10:58 am

        • That’s not fun!

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          Comment by montucky — December 10, 2018 @ 11:16 am

          • Fortunately the car ended up in a snowbank and there was no damage or harm at all.

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            Comment by Steve Schwartzman — December 12, 2018 @ 10:40 am

            • That’s the kind I don’t mind responding to. You were lucky! There were two like that this morning about 30 miles west of here: one was a roll-over, but there were only minor injuries. A couple weeks ago I responded to a slide-off about 10 miles away. The car was totaled but the driver had only a broken arm and collar bone. She was saved by her seat belt and airbag.

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              Comment by montucky — December 12, 2018 @ 11:52 am

  13. This is beautiful art from nature and you. Love the scenery ❤

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    Comment by Hanna — December 10, 2018 @ 11:09 am

    • Nature has a way of displaying beauty in all seasons, even in weather that we term “inclement” and it’s always worth the effort to get out and see it.

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      Comment by montucky — December 10, 2018 @ 11:19 am

  14. So it’s cold there too!
    I always take time to look at ice because it’s usually beautiful. I love the shots of the mosses under ice. It won’t hurt them at all!

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    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — December 10, 2018 @ 4:17 pm

  15. What a wonderful series of images of the ice. I never imagined it would outline the branches like that and then……the interesting shapes and swirls the ice becomes.

    I’ve skied in Austria and Australia, but that was Winter, (not Autumn or Spring), and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a stream or river as it actually starts to freeze (or melt) with some water visible.

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    Comment by Vicki — December 10, 2018 @ 9:12 pm

    • Ica can be fascinating and there’s an infinite amount of variety even from day to day. I tend to get carried away with the camera when around the streams this time of year.

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      Comment by montucky — December 10, 2018 @ 11:03 pm

      • I hope you’ll share some more ‘ice’ images – I find them so interesting as I never get to see them (living in a temperate climate).

        I must say they’re also very refreshing as its so hot DownUnder this week 🙂 A very hot summer day is the day I get my Alaskan, Everest or Antarctic DVD’s off the bookshelf 🙂

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        Comment by Vicki — December 11, 2018 @ 6:16 pm

        • I will certainly post more ice images as the winter progresses. It is so hot down your way and here we are expecting 4 inches of snow tonight.

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          Comment by montucky — December 11, 2018 @ 7:33 pm

  16. Beautiful photos! If only winter was always so pleasant looking. We just finished the 3 day dash from Alberta to Arizona and saw winter in all it’s drabness. Mile after mile of dirty road snow – though even that can’t tarnish the beauty of Montana!

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    Comment by Margy — December 10, 2018 @ 10:11 pm

    • Thanks Margy! According to the current forecasts we will have a pretty good new layer of snow in a few days. It’s about time.

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      Comment by montucky — December 10, 2018 @ 11:05 pm

  17. Great photos. So unusual to see the shapes that the ice makes (well for me anyway…)

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    Comment by learningtolovewinterblog — December 11, 2018 @ 1:39 am

  18. creek ice looks like a glass layer on stones.

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    Comment by Manisha Makvana — December 12, 2018 @ 3:22 am

  19. It sounds (and looks) like a pretty nice way to spend the day, “just foolin’ around at Munson Creek.” 🙂

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    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — December 12, 2018 @ 3:34 pm

  20. Wow, spectacular – ice is just so beautiful! Love the ice-coated twigs!

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    Comment by Jo Woolf — December 15, 2018 @ 4:21 am

    • Winter and the ice and snow that comes with it are often called “inclement weather”, but it still produces scenes of great beauty doesn’t it!

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      Comment by montucky — December 15, 2018 @ 10:11 am

  21. Sure does look cold but very pretty. I just remembered…where is the WordPress snow? I don’t have it either and it used to just start automatically. I’ll have to see if I can find out why it isn’t there…

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    Comment by Candace — December 15, 2018 @ 8:58 pm

    • I just found out..,.it’s not available this year. “However, for WordPress.com sites the reason is simply that our developers have been extremely busy with a number of large projects the past few months and we were unable to get the falling snow options set up for WordPress.com sites this year.” That’s too bad, I liked it.

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      Comment by Candace — December 15, 2018 @ 9:01 pm

      • It’s sad that the WordPress snow will not be on this year. Lots of folks (including me) liked it. Thanks for checking: I was about to check myself.

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        Comment by montucky — December 15, 2018 @ 9:47 pm

    • Cold it was, but it has now warmed up. I miss having snow this time of year but at least the highways are good.

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      Comment by montucky — December 15, 2018 @ 9:45 pm

  22. Great just ‘fooling around’ pics …. 🙂

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    Comment by Julie@frogpondfarm — December 16, 2018 @ 11:32 am

  23. The ice forms are beautiful! We’re back to rain and mid 40s here for the most part.

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    Comment by Lavinia Ross — December 16, 2018 @ 6:03 pm

    • Yes, and I enjoy the ice. Our weather is now unseasonable warm and dry although the snow is deep higher up in the mountains. I know we will still see some very cold weather and lots of snow in the next two months though.

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      Comment by montucky — December 16, 2018 @ 11:16 pm

  24. Nature’s art at its best. Thank You.

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    Comment by Sartenada — December 18, 2018 @ 1:24 am

  25. so beautiful
    each image
    jewels of our natural world
    who needs diamonds
    lovely holidays to you Terry

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    Comment by Tammie — December 19, 2018 @ 11:51 am

    • So true. I wish you and yours a wonderful holiday too!

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      Comment by montucky — December 19, 2018 @ 5:20 pm

  26. Hi Montucky, I think it is fun to look and closely observe naturally frozen bodies of water. I used to marvel at the frozen lake and pond where I lived in TN. Here in FL, well, I never have seen anything other than frost. Have a wonderful day tomorrow.

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    Comment by wildlifewatcher — December 25, 2018 @ 9:35 pm

    • The weather down there sounds appealing today. Winter moved in yesterday with snow and icy roads. Pretty, but cold and hazardous for travelers. Enjoy your good weather!

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      Comment by montucky — December 26, 2018 @ 10:52 am

  27. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing all the various shapes of ice, the many colors of the creek, and the action-packed activity of the flowing water. Beautiful series, montucky. Happy new year to you~

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    Comment by Jet Eliot — December 26, 2018 @ 1:57 pm

    • Thanks Jet! I’m happy that you liked the photos. Happy New Year to you too! I hope your new year will be an excellent one!

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      Comment by montucky — December 26, 2018 @ 6:48 pm

  28. Amazing! I’ve enjoyed watching Your photos.

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    Comment by Knjigoljupci — December 28, 2018 @ 2:46 am

    • Thanks! I’m glad that you enjoy the photos. Winter is a beautiful time here for those who are properly equipped to deal with it. Now that winter has begun in earnest I will get out more to photograph some of it. We have about 6 feet of snow in the higher areas and it’s starting to get really pretty.

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      Comment by montucky — December 28, 2018 @ 12:29 pm


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