Montana Outdoors

January 1, 2013

Buffalo Bill Creek cliff icicles 2012 (1)

Filed under: ice art, Winter — Tags: — montucky @ 7:25 pm

There is a logging road that goes up through the canyon of a small stream called Buffalo Bill Creek. The first two miles are open to traffic and because there are homes in the area it is maintained year-long. Two miles past the maintained road the sides of the canyon are composed of steep cliffs about 500 feet high and on those to the west side a variety of icicles form every winter.

The hike up to the cliff area begins along a large meadow on a piece of private land after which it enters land owned by a timber company which allows hiking and hunting access.

Buffalo Bill Creek road

Nearly two miles up the road after a climb of around 900 feet the road levels out and enters the cliff area.

Buffalo Bill Creek road

I have never been able to get a good photo of the whole of the cliffs themselves because of the thick, heavy brush along the stream. The following two photos show a little of it.

Buffalo Bill Creek cliffs

Buffalo Bill Creek cliffs

Following are pictures of some of the icicle formations. I wish there were some way to show size perspective, but there isn’t. The longest ones I would guess are over 20 feet in length. I will do a second post with more photos of the icicle formations.

Buffalo Bill Creek icicles

Buffalo Bill Creek icicles

Buffalo Bill Creek icicles

Buffalo Bill Creek icicles

Buffalo Bill Creek icicles


February 16, 2012

The icicles of Buffalo Bill Canyon

Filed under: ice art, Winter — Tags: , , , , — montucky @ 10:15 pm

Buffalo Bill Canyon icicles

Although this may look something like a series of fountains, it is really a display of naturally formed ice on the side of a cliff about three hundred feet above the bottom of a small canyon. They are formed by water from small seeps through the rock, aided to some extent by snow-melt, which drip and trickle down, freezing over months of cold nights into icicles. I would estimate that the taller ones are six to ten feet tall.

December 29, 2010

The icicles in Buffalo Bill canyon (2)

Filed under: ice art, Winter — Tags: , , — montucky @ 11:32 pm

Cliff icicles

Cliff icicles

Cliff icicles

Cliff icicles

Perhaps the art that hangs on the cliff walls of this lonely little canyon in winter is one of nature’s ways of providing a metaphysical balance between the reality of our planet and the artificial world that men have superimposed upon it.

February 18, 2009

Munson Creek in winter (2)

Filed under: ice art, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures, Winter — Tags: — montucky @ 7:23 pm

Water and ice

Winter window

Water and ice

February 12, 2009

In search of a trail

Today I spent a few hours searching for the lower end of the Fourteen Mile trail (USFS trail 1714), with little luck except to find several great locations where it isn’t.

This icefall along the highway was rather pretty though


and I enjoyed seeing an eagle soaring above a sharp ridge in the Patrick’s Knob roadless area,


jumping a dozen head of elk on this rocky hillside above the river,

Rocky ridge

and admiring the winter-green water of the Clark Fork flowing between its ice-caked banks.

 Clark Fork River

I’ll find that trail yet before spring: it’s still going to be a long winter.

January 23, 2009

River ornaments (2)

Filed under: ice art, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures, Winter — montucky @ 7:51 pm

It has now been 9 days under the inversion clouds, with only a very few moments of clear sky. The temperature early this morning was 22°; late this afternoon 23°, with a wind that would chill a witch’s heart. Not a great day for photography. However…

Investigating the shallow waters right at the river’s edge, I found that nature not only decorates willow twigs with crystal, but shoreline rocks with milk glass. There are always small places of beauty somewhere!

River ornaments

River ornaments

River ornaments

(The first photos from a new camera for which I have high expectations!)

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