We woke up to a bit of snow again yesterday morning.
It wasn't much of a surprise to us, since we'd been having blowing snow almost every day lately. It just decided to stick this time.
Spring is predictable in Montana, said no one ever. ;)
We enjoyed a bit of sunshine here and there along the way, but the clouds continued to move about on the mountain and over the valley below.
We often find a bit of brass at various shooting spots along the way.
A nice view of the ridge to the south (on the other side of Big Creek).
We took an off-trail trek to get up there from the other side a few years ago.
A close up view of our off-trail destination. (We did it without snow.)
You can see down into Big Creek Canyon from up there.
The snow is quickly moving in.
As the snow approaches, it creates an interesting layered look in the trees above us.
With snow in the air and on the ground, along with the lowering temps,
our spring day quickly turned back to winter for a bit.
The snow continued as we hit bare ground again coming back down.
A bit of warmth returned as the snow let up and the sun peeked through the clouds again. From spring to winter to spring. Our mountain weather is always changing.
We finished with a few glimpses of the Sapphire Mountains on the east side of the valley while the clouds continued to shift around in the skies above.
Nothing unusual or dramatic today, just an ordinary early spring walk on Montana's backroads with a little sunshine, wind, and nice views. :)
The Bass Creek Crags can be seen in the distance from here,
while a rustic barbwire fence borders a cattle ranch in the foreground.
I'm hoping to make it up to the Bass Creek Crags this year. :)
I'm definitely looking forward to hiking to the top of Little St. Joe again this year.
Such amazing views from up there ... definitely worth the effort! :)
A gorgeous place on the hillside to enjoy a little break with views and sunshine!
We enjoyed a longer break up and away from the trail at our turnaround point.
More views and sunshine. What a wonderful day for a hike in the mountains!
A couple of couloirs filled with snow stand out on the southern canyon wall.
Good times in the mountains!
It's always hard to leave to go back, but time was up and supper was calling.
As the afternoon turned into evening on our way out, the sun slipped behind the southern canyon wall. The dramatic contrast of the resulting shade below against the sun shining onto the northern canyon wall up high is always a sight to behold. :)
See you in the next post. Enjoy! :)
While our current weather forecast predicts winter returning for a bit this coming weekend, signs of spring are upon us. Horses and ants are active, buttercups are blooming, trees are budding, robins and butterflies have made an appearance, and geese have returned to our pond. :)
We also got out for our first "spring" hike of the year today. Pics to come soon...
There's always some kind of beauty to behold on our backroad walks.
Welcome to my "neighborhood". :)
It was a lovely spring day with a temp of 67 in the valley. But when we got to the trailhead, it was noticeably cooler at 57 degrees with the snow and increased elevation. As we hiked into the canyon, the temperature grew colder, dropping to somewhere in the 40's. We went from spring to winter in just a matter of minutes. But the beauty is there regardless of the weather. And we enjoyed every bit of it. That's Montana! :)
A beautiful February day at the refuge!
After crummy weather, being sick, and working on taxes, it sure felt glorious! :)
I love this view of Mill Point and Mill Point West!
Who knows, maybe I'll manage to get to the top of them someday? :)
My three musketeers. :)
A little fun at the refuge with a quick race or two. :)
Always taking pictures. It's what I do! :)
A fabulous view of St. Mary's with plenty of snow on top. I love our mountains! :)
For some unknown reason, I've always had a fondness for interesting trees. :)
The geese seem to be enjoying the sunshine, too. :)
The ridge between Kootenai and Bass. I'm hoping to get up to the crags this year. :)
Whatever you choose to do, take time to enjoy life!
See you in the next post. :)
It was still a little nippy outside with the wind, but I enjoyed these views and more on an early spring walk today along our Montana backroads. :)
We enjoyed watching the swans on our mid-winter, rainy day walk at the Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge today. There's always something to see ... and take photos of. :)
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