Nature

Winter Beauty

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I was going to start this post with a rant about how I’ve had enough of winter and never want to see another one for the rest of my life. It’s cold, it’s windy, and I hate driving on slick roads.  But while shoveling snow gets awfully tiresome, I must admit winter has a certain beauty; plus, those seemingly endless storms brought us much-needed snowpack.

 

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Last week after putting down about two feet of the white stuff, Mother Nature brought us a night of howling winds which left some sizable drifts across my freshly-plowed driveway.  I went out early the next morning to clear off the sidewalk–AGAIN.  Amid my grumbling and grousing, however, I couldn’t help noticing how beautifully the wind had arranged the snowy field.  After clearing off the concrete I put the shovel away and grabbed my camera.

 

 

 

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These pictures reminded me of the sand formations at Bruneau Dunes:

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The snow sparkled like diamonds, but in this picture looks like black sand:

 

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Yes, the snow is pretty–but I’ll still be glad to see green grass again!

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Big Sky

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This past week saw Montana’s big skies arrayed in glorious colors and changing moods.

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Photo Fun:Wikiup

 

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Here’s a scene right out of a fairy tale, complete with the rustic dwelling of a forest gnome.  Actually, it’s a wikiup someone built around a tree in the Sapphire Mountains.  I had never seen one before so I went over for a closer look.

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At first I thought the opening too small to get through, but I got in with no trouble.  And the interior afforded enough space for two people to lie down in.  Not my idea of a Motel 6, but I’ll bet it beats sleeping outside in the rain!  Overall, very neat!

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Photo Fun: Douglas Fir with a Tutu

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We chanced upon this odd-looking fellow on a recent trek in the Sapphire Mountains: a stately Douglas fir sporting a ruffled skirt.  At first we thought it was mistletoe, but a closer inspection revealed a low cluster of branches.

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Sweet Company

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When you live in Montana, wildlife–especially deer–just comes with the territory.  These characters were part of a herd of eight that made the rounds in our neighborhood yesterday, staying anywhere from twenty minutes to an hour in each yard before moving on to the next.  Five of them checked out my soon-to-be rock garden while the other three lazed under the aspens along my fence.  They seemed almost tame, simply watching as I went about my business.  After about forty minutes they meandered to my south fence, which they effortlessly jumped, and moseyed into a neighboring field.

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