Saturday, March 26, 2011

Photo by Penny Hall

Photo by Penny Hall
The ice on the pond at Lions Park is melting.  The Madison River is flowing and the fields of ice are slowly showing signs of the land beneath.

It was difficult to take a photo today without getting my hair in the shot.  The wind was already blowing when I got up.

It was about thirty degrees then and although we have had a few moments of sun it remains mostly cloudy.  It is about forty degrees now but the wind makes it feel much colder.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Flying Eagles

Photo by Ken W. Hall    Title:  Flying with My Brother

"Today I flew with my brother, he with wind and wing and I in my mind."
--- Ken W. Hall

We saw our first robin on the way to the lake yesterday.  The day before Ken captured the above photo of an eagle in Jeffers.

The lake is slowly thawing.  We could see open water in a few spots.

As we traveled into bear trap canyon we passed several fishermen getting in some time on the Madison river before the run off begins.  It was windier in the canyon than in town but by the time we returned home the storm was creating heavy winds in town.

Temperatures were close to forty when we left for the lake.  Once at home temperatures began to drop and the snow fell.  It was a beautiful snow fall that looked to be about one or two inches.

It feels so good to see signs of spring after a long winter.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Gallatin River

Photo by Ken W. Hall    Title: Drinkin' From The River
The sun was out on Sunday when we took a quick trip to Big Sky to visit the gallery that represents my work there.  Temperatures were in the high thirties.

Ken stopped along the Gallatin River and captured this bolder.  Many of them still had snow on them that was beginning to melt.

We wanted to stop for lunch in our favorite camping spot but the snow was too deep.  We pulled over at one of the turn offs and shared lunch in the car.

Today it is forty degrees.  It was raining when we got up but stopped about 7:00 AM.  It is cloudy outside and looks like it snowed in the mountains.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Madison River Opens Up

Photo by Penny Hall  Madison River at Lions Park
i could hear the geese flying over as I stepped over what remained of the ice that covered this area not too many days earlier.  It was good to be able to walk to this spot in Lions Park again and watch the river flowing freely.

Temperatures have been in the forties during the day all week long.  The wind blew all week long so hard it was not pleasant to be out of doors.

The weather man says temperatures will be colder next week.  I am so ready for spring.

Friday, March 4, 2011

The Swan Family

Photo by Ken W. Hall     The Swan Family

Phtoto by Ken W. Hall    Storm From The North - Jeffers, Montana
Ken just sent me these photos from his trip around the lake yesterday.  What a rare sight to see a pair of trumpeter swans and their offspring in the same location.  They were swimming in the river just below the bridge.

Yesterday is the first day in several that the wind was down to a slight breeze.  Just as Ken was arriving home from his trip around the lake a snow shower feel leaving less than an inch of fresh pellets.

Temperatures remain lower than normal for this time of year.  We are excited when they get into the mid thirties and reach up to forty.  Today the sun is shining and it is a little windier than yesterday.