On Jan 5 & 6, I made a couple more trips to add more birds to my year list – and enjoy whatever other sights were encountered along the way. This doe sure kept a close eye on me as I walked one of the trails at the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge.
I got started a little later than I had planned on Jan 1 to get my 2013 year bird list started. Darn champagne!
Nonetheless, it was a great day. I saw 37 species, to get my list off to a good start. I was surprised to find 4 western meadowlarks in falling snow on Airport [...]
For several years I’ve wanted to do the Lewis & Clark Caverns Candlelight Tour. This year it worked out. I’m so glad it did! It had been many years since last I visited the caverns, and I had forgotten how fantastic that subterranean wonderland is!
More photos from that [...]
Today my sister and I met a truck driver friend at the rest area near Opportunity, MT to show him around the Deer Lodge Valley. We were sure, just sure, that we’d be able to find some good raptors along the East River Road in the Deer Lodge Valley, or bighorn sheep in the valley [...]
Winter solstice is a couple weeks away, but winter has arrived in Western Montana. From me, winter gets a friendly “Welcome!”
The sub-alpine fir trees up on Lolo Pass are one good storm away from turning into snow ghosts.
Also welcome was a visit from a flock of pine grosbeaks to the [...]
I enjoy the changes of seasons, not just that we have season in MT, all of which I enjoy, but I enjoy the transition from one season to another.
As autumn “falls” into winter, there are so many beautiful sights to enjoy.
Fly fishermen enjoying the fine fall day in the Clark Fork River near [...]
The family and I enjoyed a four day fall weekend in Yellowstone National Park October 18-21, 2012.
The Park was relatively quiet. The fires of September weren’t kicking up smoke, the elk rut was winding down, migratory birds had largely departed, the bears were playing hard to find… But, of course, there was still plenty [...]
On this day I would have to head home — but not before having some more fun in the Park.
I pulled up my tent stakes and packed up, then headed south from the Norris Campground as far as the Gibbon Meadows. I caught a quick glimpse of a grizzly bear through the morning fog, [...]
Last full day in the Park(s) for this trip.
I started the day by heading east over the Norris-Canyon Road. I took the Virginia Cascades drive and stopped for another morning photo from the meadow above the cascades. On this morning, fog and smoke from the Cygnet Complex fires combined for a surreal sunrise.
After a night of very poor sleep, having spent it in the car where it was parked at White Dome Geyser, even though my tent was pitched at Norris Campground, because I was too tired to drive back to camp, I got in motion again before sunrise.
I figured, since I was in the neighborhood, [...]