Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Low Clouds

I took this photo on Monday as I traveled back to the ranch. It was raining. Two magnificent Elk struggled to jump the fence when they heard my car. I slowed down trying to get a picture but they escaped.

As you can tell it was dark. The days are getting shorter. It is dark when I leave in the morning and dark when I return home in the evenings. Winter is just around the corner.

Last week it snowed then rained. We had a couple of spectacular days of clear weather in the sixties with no wind. Then more rain followed. Tomorrow we are supposed to get some sunshine.

The birds are migrating. It is fun to see which kind will show up each morning. They devoured twenty pounds of seed this week.

Monday, October 12, 2009

It's Really Cold

It was 14 degrees when we left for Bozeman on Friday. The roads were snow packed and icy. Trucks and RVs lined up at the bottom of Norris Hill putting on chains. Here is a shot of the Madison River as we passed through the canyon.

It was 13 degrees yesterday morning when I left for work. Small snow flakes were falling as the the wind blew them across the road. The closer I got to Jack Creek the deeper the snow.

This morning it is 17 degrees but the skies are clear. Sunshine is a wonderful thing.

Is it really only October?

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Is It Winter Already?

Saturday night our first winter storm came rushing through the valley. On my way to the ranch the car slid on an icy road. It happened right after I took this photo and rounded the curve. I took the low road home that night.

This guy was helping himself to bird seed in our yard yesterday.

Today it is snowing again. We are headed for even colder weather in the next few days. Right now it is 34 degrees outside.

Normal for this time of year is in the low sixties. What happened to fall?