Friday, April 30, 2010

More Spring Snow

We woke this morning to about six inches of snow.  The big beautiful flakes were falling softly to the ground due to the lack of wind.

The birds are out in force now.  I have already filled the feeders and it is not even 9:00 a.m.

Temperatures are in the mid-thirties and might make it into the forties.  Yellowstone had to close due to the snowfall from this storm.

In some parts of the state they received twenty-four inches of snow. 

Did someone say it is springtime?

Monday, April 19, 2010

Dining Osprey

Photo by Ken W. Hall

Photo by Ken W. Hall

Photo by Ken W. Hall

Photo by Ken W. Hall

Saturday afternoon we took a break and headed for Bear Trap Canyon so I could search for driftwood. One of my new galleries liked some I created in the past and requested new ones.

As we were collecting treasures it began to rain so we headed out around the lake toward Jeffers.  We were blessed to encounter several osprey two of which were dining on trout they just caught.

Baby calves posed for photos.  We even sat for quite a while watching a badger watching us until a passing truck sent him underground.

It was a delightful afternoon.  Even with the wind it felt warm with a light jacket.  Later in the day the sun came out.  

Sunday afternoon it was in the low seventies.  I think everyone on our block was outdoors sprucing up their lawns.  The bright sunshine and lack of wind made it a perfect day to be outdoors.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Campground Adventure

Saturday morning was spectacular.  No wind and warmer temperatures drew us out to explore the damage to our beloved campground just over the bridge past downtown Ennis.

Here are some photos of what we found.  The first is the entrance to the boat ramp area.  The second is on the way out.  You can see where Ken is standing is where the road was before the river gorged this winter. The last is on the way out.  The river is a powerful force.

We saw our first osprey and blue heron.  In some places the ice was still about six feet deep.  It was strange walking to the river over ice.  Ken returned in the afternoon to join several other fishermen on the Madison River.

Today it was snowing when we woke.  It snowed until mid afternoon.  When I shoveled the deck it appeared to be between six and seven inches of snow.  They are predicting temperatures in the mid sixties by this weekend.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Six Inches of Snow

Sunday we drove to Bear Creek Campground.  The first photo shows you what a beautiful day it was.  It was twenty-seven degrees.  The sun was shining and we had lots of blue sky.  Red tail hawks, meadowlarks, deer and antelope were among the animal friends that greeted us.

Tuesday morning we woke to a steady snowfall that lasted all day.  By noon we had what looked like six inches.  Ken shoveled a path from the car to the front door.

Today the wind blew in another storm and it is snowing as I write this.  We are grateful for the moisture.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Breakfast at the Hall's

It was snowing when we woke this morning.  We could hear the birds singing and discovered they were here for breakfast.  I have filled the feeders twice already today.

The sun eventually came out for a while and the temperature rose to the mid forties.  It is still partly cloudy with a steady breeze.  Looks like about three to four inches of snow fell.  We are grateful for the moisture.