Montana Outdoors

January 10, 2015

Big icicle

Filed under: Winter — Tags: , , — montucky @ 1:13 pm

Although this may look like a “frozen waterfall”, it is really only a very large icicle, formed where a small trickle of water from a cliff top provides, over time, enough volume to freeze and create this 60-foot column. The tiny stream that produces it is not even large enough to be noticeable in summer. In winter it makes a statement of its own.

Waterfall of ice

Waterfall of ice

Waterfall of ice

Waterfall of ice

January 9, 2015

The cold, snowy life of a Snowman…

Filed under: Winter — Tags: , , — montucky @ 8:55 pm

For the first time in over 40 years of living in western Montana I experienced a Christmas without snow in the valley until … On Christmas day our son and his wife climbed into his truck, drove a little higher into the mountains and returned with a load of fresh, new snow and built a Christmas snowman for us.

Christmas snow man

After Christmas the weather stayed cold and the snowman seemed to enjoy his home in the yard until… On Sunday, January 4th it began to snow and at midnight when I checked on the snowman he looked like this:

Post Christmas snow man

And at 8 AM after it snowed all night, leaving us about 9 inches of the white stuff, the snowman had become this snowman/snow cone:

Post Christmas snow man

For perspective, he is about 4 feet tall (and his feet are cold).

December 30, 2014

Winter morning at the river

Filed under: Winter — Tags: , , — montucky @ 2:54 pm

Winter morning at the river

Winter morning at the river

Winter morning at the river

Winter morning at the river

Winter morning at the river

When there is fresh snow on the ground and clear, cold skies, a walk down by the river is a must before the gray clouds of winter return.

December 29, 2014

Cold spell

Filed under: Winter — Tags: , , , — montucky @ 4:56 pm

Mt Baldy ~ December 2014

You can tell by the color of the sky that tonight’s forecast of -10º F will be about right.

December 28, 2014

Midnight snowstorm

Filed under: Winter — Tags: , , — montucky @ 2:01 am

Midnight snowstorm

(At 1/25 sec)

Midnight snowstorm

(At 1/2 sec)

Midnight snowstorm

Just some old outbuildings: brought to you from the Center for the Easily Amused.

December 26, 2014

Large and small

Filed under: Trees, Winter — Tags: , , , , , — montucky @ 9:11 pm

Baby fir

Very young fir

Adult Douglas Fir

Mature Douglas Fir

Baby pine

Young Ponderosa Pine

Adult Larch

Mature Larch, sleeping through the winter

(Thought I’d get these out of my system before the real snow comes later in the week.)

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