2019 "Snaps" Around Gracier National Park...plus

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Re: 2019 "Snaps" Around Gracier National Park...plus

Postby PeteE » Sun Mar 10, 2019 9:44 pm

Sue Z wrote:
PeteE wrote:Clyde all fluffed up to keep warm. Makes me crazy how he peers down at me like that.
He followed me over to the pit toilet where I took this pic after I came out.


Sounds like Clyde's a bit of a creeper. :D


Hehehee :)
Lots of folks say that about ravens and crows. I think it's because they're very intelligent and intensely curious animals.


Thought you might enjoy this gif: Ever Seen a Raven's Ear?
NO!!! and I loved that clip. Thanks Sue.
That's a VERY trusting bird to let it's owner/handler do that to his/her ear.
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Re: 2019 "Snaps" Around Gracier National Park...plus

Postby PeteE » Sun Mar 10, 2019 10:06 pm

Snaps from the North Fork Road to Polebridge.

Plus more from my ski trip up the Inside road to Round Prairie from the Polebridge Ranger Station.


I've only been cross country skiing since January 12th this year--excluding my weak attempt at it back in 2012?
The day was gorgeous and snow conditions could not have been better.
Surprisingly, I was all alone skiing the 3 miles out to Round Prairie---suited me just fine though. 8)
I expected more people on such a nice day.


Here's three I liked for starters. I have video coming too when I get time.
Busy tomorrow and working in Missoula Tuesday


Great Northern Flats on the North Fork Road. Apgar Mountains on the other side of the North Fork.
I liked the way the sun made that "star" effect.

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I made this panographic just off the North Fork Road not far from the turn to Polebridge . I like fence lines and "angles" 8)
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Multi frame panographic taken at Round Priarie where I stopped and turned back. Stupendous view of a part of the Livingston Range.
Near total silence save for the gentle breeze at times. I love being alone out here on a day like this.
Private land holdings behind me have an incredible view don't they?

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More when I get some time tomorrow evening.

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Re: 2019 "Snaps" Around Gracier National Park...plus

Postby PeteE » Mon Mar 11, 2019 8:19 am

These are a few "snaps" made with my little Sony P&S camera.

The "trail" on the Inside road was ideal for my old Alpina classic xcountry skis. Fresh powder on a firm base. Perfect imo.
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There was a old snowshoe track on the right part of the way out. I was following the animal tracks 8)
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North Fork in the background was frozen over. I didn't sink but about 6 inches skiing over to the river for this shot
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The last snowshoer had turned around at this point.
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This "cabin" with solar panels and a cupola has a pretty nice view wouldn't you say?
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Later. Gotta go work.

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Re: 2019 "Snaps" Around Gracier National Park...plus

Postby tibber » Mon Mar 11, 2019 9:52 am

look how deep that snow is around that cabin. Great photos and looks like a great day for you skiing too.
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Re: 2019 "Snaps" Around Gracier National Park...plus

Postby teapot57 » Mon Mar 11, 2019 11:23 am

Wow, looks like you had a gorgeous day for a ski. Thanks for sharing!
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Re: 2019 "Snaps" Around Gracier National Park...plus

Postby Jay w » Mon Mar 11, 2019 7:27 pm

That first shot with the sun and the back lit trees is great, if you could get rid of the snow bank. Even with it, I like it. Better than the stuff I shot down south...all in one shot.

Ok, back to my Manhattan.

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Re: 2019 "Snaps" Around Gracier National Park...plus

Postby Pizza Bob » Mon Mar 11, 2019 8:47 pm

Pete,

Would have liked to join you up in Polebridge instead of spending the day removing ice dams on the roof.
Priorities y’know.

The photos are spectacular as always, but then again the North Fork really is a special place.
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Re: 2019 "Snaps" Around Gracier National Park...plus

Postby PeteE » Tue Mar 12, 2019 6:28 am

Here's some video of the drive along the North Fork.
Nothing dramatic, I just thought some of the new folks here who haven't been to GNP might like seeing it.
The North Fork of the Flathead is a National Scenic River. Many see it during the summer months; few see it in the dead of winter.
As usual, none of that nice uplifting video music, just an old geezer droning on about one of his favorite places
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https://photos.smugmug.com/NorthFork-an ... 9-1920.mp4


tibber wrote:look how deep that snow is around that cabin. Great photos and looks like a great day for you skiing too.


Hi Angela! :) Yeah, there is still tons of snow out in the North Fork area. Probably 2-3 feet of settled snow on the ground in most places.
I doubt anyone could have asked for a nicer day to be out. COLD in the am but warmed up by 10-11AM.


teapot57 wrote:Wow, looks like you had a gorgeous day for a ski. Thanks for sharing!


Yup, thanks Tina! As days go, it was one of the best in weeks. Glad I went.

Jay w wrote:That first shot with the sun and the back lit trees is great, if you could get rid of the snow bank. Even with it, I like it. Better than the stuff I shot down south...all in one shot.

Ok, back to my Manhattan.

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Hi Jay. I wish I had looked at that image "on camera" while I was there. I may have spent more time shooting that scene. I did try to get up on the snow bank there and other places to shoot over it. It was like 4 feet high ad still kind of soft. I kept sinking into the snow up to my thighs half the time. That and my hands were freezing. Next time 8)
I 'll try cropping some of that snow bank out and see how it looks.
And I doubt it was better than your NC photos 8)


Pizza Bob wrote:Pete,

Would have liked to join you up in Polebridge instead of spending the day removing ice dams on the roof.
Priorities y’know.

The photos are spectacular as always, but then again the North Fork really is a special place.


Thanks!!
The North Fork really is a special place isn't it Jim? :) I've been waiting weeks for a decent day and finally got a great one to go out.
The snow was perfect for skiing or snowshoeing. I'm sure you and Sandy would have loved it, but I know you needed to get your roof cleaned off.

Looks like we'll get a few inches of new snow tonight. You and Sandy should try and get out there Thursday. I'm sure the skiing will still be great.
The Inside Road is packed down and the new snow will make it nice.
I'd love to take off and go again, but I doubt I can get away from work.


Later, I'm off to Missoula for the day.
I have a little video from skiing out to Round Prairie. Camera died going out there :(
I'll see if I can get more up tonight if I get back in time.


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Re: 2019 "Snaps" Around Gracier National Park...plus

Postby MarxMN » Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:22 am

Pete,

More great pictures.

It is neat to see the North Fork in the winter.

I do like the mostly buried fence. It is a good contrast to the mountains in the background.

We have a lot of snow like that too - and the snow piles. However, our forecast is for warmer temperatures and rain the next few days - and maybe flooding.

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Re: 2019 "Snaps" Around Gracier National Park...plus

Postby PeteE » Thu Mar 14, 2019 10:16 am

MarxMN wrote:Pete,

More great pictures.

It is neat to see the North Fork in the winter.

I do like the mostly buried fence. It is a good contrast to the mountains in the background.

We have a lot of snow like that too - and the snow piles. However, our forecast is fro warmer temperatures and rain the next few days - and maybe flooding.

Bill


Thanks Bill.
The North Fork area looks totally different in the winter doesn't it?
Yeah, I liked that fence too. Just like that fence over on the East side. Remember that one on US89 ? 8)

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Postby MarxMN » Sun Mar 17, 2019 8:32 pm

Yes - I like your pictures of the eas side fence too.

Fence lines remind me of our farm - all those fences that need to be repaired periodically so teh cattle do not get through the fence. I enjoy seeing other people's fences.

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Re: 2019 "Snaps" Around Gracier National Park...plus

Postby PeteE » Sun Mar 17, 2019 10:28 pm

MarxMN wrote:Yes - I like your pictures of the eas side fence too.

Fence lines remind me of our farm - all those fences that need to be repaired periodically so teh cattle do not get through the fence. I enjoy seeing other people's fences.

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Thanks Bill. I like fence lines for photos because they give perspective to the image...if that's the correct term.

Happy St Patrick's Day!

I was at Lake McDonald today and look who decided to come see me!! :D :D
I have no idea why Clyde stopped being so skittish--at least for today.
But I'm sure glad. I heard Bonnie answering his calls. She was up towards the head of the lake somewhere.

:arrow: :arrow: :arrow: :arrow: :arrow: :arrow: :arrow:

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Good look at Clyde's massive bill and his splayed out bent hallux on his right foot
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I have a few more images from today. I'll get them up in the morning.
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Re: 2019 "Snaps" Around Gracier National Park...plus

Postby PeteE » Mon Mar 18, 2019 7:47 am

Most of Lake McDonald is still frozen up pretty hard.
Here's a few snaps from around the boat dock.

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And a few more of my friend Clyde. I'll never understand why he and Bonnie were so skittish and refused to come near me for the last two months.
But the according to the experts on raven behavior that I've read, ravens are extremely intelligent, and like people--unpredictable 8)


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Re: 2019 "Snaps" Around Gracier National Park...plus

Postby thorn726 » Wed Mar 20, 2019 12:49 am

Great photos! Clyde is looking well. we finally went and took a look at the snow here, a good 10+ feet in the mtns, ours is already melting, looks like you will be socked in for awhile yet...
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Re: 2019 "Snaps" Around Gracier National Park...plus

Postby PeteE » Wed Mar 20, 2019 7:01 am

thorn726 wrote:Great photos! Clyde is looking well. we finally went and took a look at the snow here, a good 10+ feet in the mtns, ours is already melting, looks like you will be socked in for awhile yet...


10 feet!!
Wow, we don't have that sort of snow down here; maybe at Logan Pass though. :)

Yeah, that old bugger Clyde is doing well. He's just a bit infuriating with his odd( to me) behavior!! :)
Snow here is now melting steadily the last 4-5 days. Cold nights have prevented any flooding.
Warmer weather through the weekend will be cause for the melt out to continue.

The good news is this weather has made cross country snow skiing a delight.

Thanks and take care

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