Day by Day in NW Montana - December 2009

By: bionicdan , 5:20 PM GMT on December 01, 2009

December 2009 (Slide Show)


Thursday, December 31, 2009
There was some additional light snowfall overnight to bring the total for the event to just 1.3". After some glimpses at the sky, returning clouds brought another light snowfall. The hope is for a glance at that "blue moon" tonight, but the forecast isn't favorable for this location.

Light Snow in the Trees and the Horses Grazing
Horses along the trees after light snow today

Wednesday, December 30, 2009
The day provided just a bit of sunshine from time to time. This resulted in slightly warmer temperatures. Late in the afternoon, clouds returned to add just another light covering to the current 4" or so that blankets the area.

Horses Along the Fence Line during the Afternoon Walk
Winnie and others along the upper fence line getting some carrots

Tuesday, December 29, 2009
A very consistent (if boring) weather pattern continues in NW Montana. Mostly cloudy conditions. Very light snowfall. Temperatures staying just above the single digit values and failing to break out of the teens for another day. (Since all of the outdoor view have looked the same for the last couple of days, I decided to show the indoor scenes since Christmas).

Dog Tired during the Holidays
Titan and Ginger resting with Patti

Monday, December 28, 2009
Clouds continue with just a very, very light floating of snow today. (Almost like there is white lint falling from the air).

Vincent (again) Resting in the Dog Bedroom
Vincent on a cushion in the dog bedroom

Sunday, December 27, 2009
The inversion overcast returned again today. As has been the pattern, overnight the sky was mostly clear and by daybreak, clouds dominated. Looking out over the treeline this afternoon, I could see just some brightness of sunlight, while everything was cloudy lower and here at the ranch.

Dog and Cat Nap
Cinnamon and Scamp resting on the couch

Saturday, December 26, 2009
Mostly cloudy returned for the day today, with just a bit of snow in the air, too. The trend seems to be repeating: Mostly clear overnight for a nice cool down, followed by clouds for most of the day. Repeat until the wind blows hard next spring and the loop changes. (Well, actually, almost any day the weather can change!)

Vincent
Vincent, waiting to jump up into my lap

Friday, December 25, 2009
Merry Christmas to all! The clear sky the allowed the stars to shine brightly overnight became a gray high overcast by daylight. Light snow fell during the morning giving a peaceful quiet to Christmas day at the ranch.

Taffy and Titan hunt for Gifts under the Tree
Taffy and Titan getting their Christmas presents

Thursday, December 24, 2009
The clear sky hung on for most of the overnight period but clouds soon moved in during the first light, blocking the sunrise. Mostly cloudy conditions persisted through the day. However, the clouds began to break just as the sun was over the edge of the hill and tree line to the southwest; thus, setting the stage for another fine cool-down tonight.

Susan Boyle's Performance of Silent Night


Evening Sunlight Glow on the Distant Mountains
Evening sun lights the Swan Range 15 miles to the east of the ranch

Wednesday, December 23, 2009
The clouds departed overnight leaving just some lingering cloud formations at sunrise. With the departure of the overcast, so have gone the milder temperatures. As I write this the temperature has fallen from around 30 at sunrise to just below 20 degrees at 10:00 am. I think we had the max early today! ... Update: The varying temperatures rose again slightly during the early afternoon. The horses decided it was a great afternoon for splashing in the melting waterhole. However, clearing conditions later in the afternoon, and dryer air, resulted in the dip into single digit temperatures during the evening. A good cool-down is in store again for NW Montana.

Morning Reflections on the Creek
Sunrise reflections on the creek

Tuesday, December 22, 2009
There was a break from the cloudiness and fog today as the sun managed to show beginning around mid morning. The temperature rose accordingly through the middle 30's and continued the snow melt process. Shortly after noon, clouds again moved into the area and the temperatures dropped before hitting 40 as the clouds took control.

Sunny Mid Day as the Box Elder Basks in Sun and Snow
Box Elder tree in mid day sunshine

Monday, December 21, 2009
Today was another day with cloudy sky, light rain, and some fog. The continued mild temperature is slowly melting the snow pack, leaving only about 5" on the ground.

Afternoon View Southeast with Light Fog over the Snow
Afternoon View to the SE with light fog from the snow melt

Sunday, December 20, 2009
The melting of the snow over the past few days has resulted in a hanging of that moisture just above the ground and tree line today. Temperatures stayed at just around freezing for most the the overnight time period and continued to hold there for most of the day.

Fog Over the Treeline
Fog over the treeline

Saturday, December 19, 2009
A cloudy day again today that just about duplicated yesterday. Temperatures were slightly above freezing again and made some of the packed snow trails a little icy. This afternoon's snowshoe trek included fetching a Christmas tree from the woods.

Bringing in the Christmas Tree
Patti carrying the Christmas tree during the snowshoe outing today

Friday, December 18, 2009
After all of the nice sunshine that took place yesterday, today returned to a mostly cloudy mode. It still managed to push above freezing and a little more snow melt took place, but the day had a cold feel to it from beginning to end.

View across the Paddocks late in the Afternoon
Cloudy afternoon view to the southeast

Thursday, December 17, 2009
Cloud cover overnight gave way to partly cloud conditions early in the day. The breakup of the clouds resulted in mostly sunny conditions through mid-day and into the afternoon. The snow pack slid from the remaining roofs today and the depth was reduced to just 7". Mild temperatures combined with the freshly melted snow is likely to result in foggy conditions tonight and tomorrow morning.

Mid Day View across the Pastures
View along the fence line between pastures three and four

Wednesday, December 16, 2009
A light snowfall again took place overnight. The temperature had stayed mild through the night and rose enough during the day to change some falling snow into light rain. The milder temperature also caused snow to slide from some of the metal roofs. Late in the afternoon, some light fog was forming due to the melting of the snow that took place during the day.

Light Fog in the Distance Late this Afternoon
Dunder standing by the fence line late this afternoon

Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Cloudy conditions through the night and into the day today made for a little more snow (1.8" counting an overnight snow that was followed up with an evening event). It was somewhat warmer today with the evening temperatures holding at near the maximum for the day. Some of the snow is beginning to lose its grip on the fence posts and rails.

Snow Hanging from the Hitching Rail Log
Snow beginning to lose its grip on the hitching rail

Monday, December 14, 2009
Just a little more brightness to the day today as the snow event has ended and the sun tried to break through to highlight the whiteness of the new snow. A total of 11.8" for the snow event. The cold air created a wonderful dry snow covering for the entire area.

Trees Along Upper Pasture Trail
Snowshoeing along the upper pasture fence-line this afternoon

Sunday, December 13, 2009
Cloudy and an additional light snowfall overnight. The total for this event (so far) is 10.0" of light fluffy snow (water equivalent was 0.62", so, pretty dry snow). This snow was just perfect for an afternoon snow-shoe trek around the ranch.

Snowshoeing the First Major Snowfall of the Season
Snow-shoe outing merge of Daniel and Patti out on the trail

Saturday, December 12, 2009
Clouds through the night kept the temperature above zero today (giving us a three-day streak!). Snow began falling during the mid morning and the forecast has it continuing through today and possibly tomorrow, too. This should finally provide an insulating layer for the ground. The last couple of days has seen the ground temperature (sensor at 15" deep) drop from the low 40's to nearly frozen conditions (33.4 this morning).

Horses Enjoy Lunch during the Snowfall
Snow falling as the horses eat lunch

Friday, December 11, 2009
Mostly cloudy through the day today. This resulted in somewhat warmer temperatures but with just a trace of snow the air had a 'damp-coldness' to it that is not as noticeable when it is just cold and dry.

Feeding Carrots to the Horses during the Morning Walk
Daniel feeding the horses during the morning trail walk

Thursday, December 10, 2009
Cloud cover overnight kept the temperature in the positive numbers. Along with the somewhat less cold air, some light snow managed to fall from the clouds. It continued as a not quite perfect three bears day; not too hot, not too cold ... but, maybe a stretch to call it "just right".

Color in the Evening Sky
Almost clearing at around sunset gave the sky some color

Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Clouds crept in late yesterday and resulted in slowly rising overnight temperatures (after a double-digit below zero evening). This also resulted in just a trace of snowfall (hardly enough to track a cat). The overcast conditions continued for most of the day as the temperature rose through the single digits and even made it into the positive double-digit range for part of the day.

Light Fog in Morning View of Neighboring Farm
Neighboring farm during morning view as fog and haze linger

Tuesday, December 8, 2009
It was clear from sunrise to sunset today. (Even before sunrise, too, I expect). This resulted in cold overnight temperatures. Even with full sunshine today the temperature remained cold all day. The cold will continue for a few more days. As I write this, the thermometer shows -12 degrees (at about 8:30 PM).

Neighboring Ranch during Mid-Day Walk
Bright sunlight during mid day view of neighboring farm

Monday, December 7, 2009
A mostly sunny day at the ranch today. The sunshine can deceive you into believing that it is quite nice out (and, actually, it was ... just a bit on the cool side). As cold conditions are likely for awhile, tonight the horses moved into the barn instead of staying outside overnight like they usually do.

Bright Sunshine during some Cold Weather Days
Bright sunshine during the late morning

Sunday, December 6, 2009
A cool day today at the ranch. The day was a mix of mostly cloudy conditions (not that the sun provides much warming when the angle is such as it is lately (and will be for the next few weeks) along with some wind. However, as often happens, clearing took place early in the evening and has set the stage for a strong further cool-down tonight. Oh, and it as I mentioned, it was quite windy for most of the day today and that added to a general wintry feel to the entire day.

Passing Snow Flurries to the Southeast
Snow passing to the southeast around mid-day today

Saturday, December 5, 2009
It has a winter-like feel about it today, after an overnight of light clouds that were still remaining when the snow of late yesterday ended. Not quite as cold overnight as yesterday, but still a definite "chill" in the air today. This caused Ginger to put on her coat (if you can see it, or her) for the morning walk. Since the house was a little cool, too, Ginger kept her coat on after the walk was over. Later in the day, the wind increased during the afternoon, and the forecast is for a real cool-down during the next couple of days.

Ginger after the Walk (still wearing her coat)
Ginger resting after the morning walk

Friday, December 4, 2009
Cold overnight with a morning firery start. During the daytime there was a mix of clouds and some sun. Late in the afternoon, the clouds gathered enough to drop just a trace of snow. The conditions at the last animal check were mostly cloudy, with just a glance at the departing moon as it drifted through the sky.

Fire in the Sky at Sunrise
Morning sun with a burst of fire lighting the sky

Thursday, December 3, 2009
There was a mix of clouds with the nearly full moon overnight. This mix turned into a mostly cloudy sky for the day today. Just a little hint of sunlight from time to time. By late evening, those clouds began to disappear again and single digits approaching zero can be expected overnight.

Just a Hint of Sun on the Southeast Hills this Morning
A little sun visible above the southeast hills this morning

Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Mostly clear to totally clear conditions overnight made for a cool night, indeed. Single digits around the area. Today, with the full sunshine, it made it back to 30 degrees. But, it is going to drop down again tonight as crystal clear conditions continue.

Clouds Over the Southeast Hills This Afternoon
A sunny day with some clouds drifting over the hills

Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Some light clouds dropped a little snow overnight that coated the ground this morning. The sky had cleared by sunrise time giving a clear if somewhat cold look to the ranch.

View of the Box Elder Tree in Mid Morning Sunlight
Bright sunlight and fresh snow around the Box Elder tree


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46. bionicdan
5:00 AM GMT on January 02, 2010
Quoting surfmom:
I can assure you, your Frisians thank you for selecting Montana for retirement and not SWFL.

Have a friend with a most gorgeous young stallion Frisians..... he's the only horse I've ever met w/ an air conditioner in his stall.

they seem to have an especially rough time here with their coats - yours are outstanding


I think you are right. Our herd seems to do just fine in the cold weather. They've been pampered this winter with overnights in the barn, but they really prefer being outside in the snow.
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45. surfmom
6:08 PM GMT on January 01, 2010
I can assure you, your Frisians thank you for selecting Montana for retirement and not SWFL.

Have a friend with a most gorgeous young stallion Frisians..... he's the only horse I've ever met w/ an air conditioner in his stall.

they seem to have an especially rough time here with their coats - yours are outstanding
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44. bionicdan
5:28 PM GMT on January 01, 2010
seflagamma, MNTornado, Shore: Thank you all for the Happy New Year messages. Greetings back to you as we begin another month and year!
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43. shoreacres
2:28 AM GMT on January 01, 2010


Best wishes for 2010 ~ health to all, as much prosperity as you can stand and lots and lots of time to enjoy those big Montana skies!
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42. MNTornado
2:26 AM GMT on January 01, 2010
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2010
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41. seflagamma
12:56 AM GMT on January 01, 2010
Quoting bionicdan:
seflagamma: Well, it will be a long time before we break out the beach chairs here in NW Montana! Thanks for stopping by and reminding me that there might have been a warmer retirement community that I could have selected.


Yes warmer but I doubt you would enjoy the
"people congestion" we have down here! LOL


If I could handle "Cold" I probably would not be in the tropics; I could "retire" so much earlier and less expensively if I could handle a little Cold, as in Norther Mississippi! LOL

But I cannot so I will stay here and continue to work!


Happy New Year!
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40. seflagamma
12:53 AM GMT on January 01, 2010
Hi Dan,

One of my friends in Montana!
I have a goal to get back on the running track again on January 4th! then keep it going again!
6 miles by mid April!

Thank you for all your wonderful photos and posts from a region many of us will never see!


Gams


To all my wonderful WU Friends,

Happy New Year 2010 !!!





Wishing you all a Healthy, Prosperous and Joyful New Year.


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Love you all,

Gamma and Family!


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39. bionicdan
6:45 PM GMT on December 28, 2009
Quoting surfmom:
I feel like Alice in Wonderland this morning --I just discovered and fell down a new Rabbit hole...HORSES IN THE SNOW - I've never seen horses in the snow....thank you , thank you.

and Friesians!!! ... I did have the most enjoyable visual adventure -- even a dressage lesson : ) thanks, feel like a had a most wonderful 2 hour vacation.


Glad to provide a vacation. The horses in the snow is always fun to see. They did some running back and forth along the fence line yesterday, but I didn't video it. (They were supposed to just come in nicely for lunch, but some sledders on the hill north of the ranch 'keyed' them all up into running around for a-half-an-hour, instead).
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38. bionicdan
6:37 PM GMT on December 28, 2009
Quoting shoreacres:
Speaking of decorations ... and I found something that may make you smile, even if you don't pursue the project. Next year you could deck the halls with fine components!

And, if you need some toys to go under the tree, there's always this.


Great ideas! I think I still have coffee cans full of parts I took out of TV's and radios quite some time ago, too. (Like the big resistors, etc. shown in at the Evil Mad Scientist's site).

Loved the "Bristlebot", too. Pretty clever idea! (Big smiles here!)
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37. surfmom
4:25 PM GMT on December 28, 2009
I feel like Alice in Wonderland this morning --I just discovered and fell down a new Rabbit hole......

I think I spent all morning immersing myself in your world and vids.....

HORSES IN THE SNOW - I've never seen horses in the snow....thank you , thank you.

and Frisians!!! -- let's say NOTHING, absolutely nothing got done in the house this morning, absolutely NADA.... But I did have the most enjoyable visual adventure -- even a dressage lesson : ) thanks, feel like a had a most wonderful 2 hour vacation.



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36. shoreacres
2:43 PM GMT on December 28, 2009
Speaking of decorations, I was doing a little aimless link following this morning while I finished my coffee, and I found something that may make you smile, even if you don't pursue the project. Next year you could deck the halls with fine components!

And, if you need some toys to go under the tree, there's always this.
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35. bionicdan
5:50 AM GMT on December 28, 2009
Quoting shoreacres:
... I hope your Christmas was happy, and everyone both near and far was able to celebrate in good health...


It was a nice Christmas.

Certainly the times have changed. It is a lot calmer when not faced with a travel schedule (or a work schedule) around the holidays. It can be spent like most every day, only a little more special (like seeing the mountain glow, the fragile tree, and the empty bird nest ... it all is good).

Your mention of the twelve days of your Christmas tradition reminds me of years (and years) ago, when I worked for a large company. I remember getting just a regular old tree out of the woods at a friend's place (just a branch tree, not an evergreen) and assigning people the task of providing the "12-Days of Christmas" decorations (according to the song: "On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me ..." during the days 'before' rather than after, Christmas. It resulted in quite a great competition by the 3rd year or so, and I remember one of the years, the tree sprouted leaves during the 12 days. I'll have to check my hard-copy photo albums and see if I have any photographs of the tree. I know I took some. It was always a great time!
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34. shoreacres
4:37 AM GMT on December 28, 2009
I took a little vacation from the blogs - been gone three days and I feel like it's been forever! it was worth it, of course - it's been a long time since we've had family together for Christmas, and there were some stories flowing - in this day of Facebook and Twitter, it's hard to imagine there was a time that families had secrets, but mine certainly did. How you could keep a child from learning the things I learned this holiday I'll never know .... some of it's pretty funny, but I need to do some digging in newspaper archives to be sure I have all my facts straight before I start sharing ;-)

I enjoyed the casual photo of your tree. You're right - those sparse branches make a terrific foil for the lights. But that evening glow on the mountains is just stunning. What a gift to be able to live around such things.

The nest you left me made me smile and smile - it reminded me of "People, Look East" and the verse about "guarding the nest that must be filled". I saved the picture - I'll bet I find a use for it sometime in this year. It's lovely.

I'm in my glory now, of course, since I've got 9 more days of Christmas to celebrate. I actually used to hang with a crowd that held a 7th Day of Christmas Party rather than a New Year's Eve party. I'll grant you there were as many funny hats and as much champagne, but it was an interesting way to approach it. I do like New Year's Eve better - but I'll admit my best New Year's eves have been in places where they ring really, REALLY big bells at midnight!

I'm running on like someone who's been blogging deprived - I hope your Christmas was happy, and everyone both near and far was able to celebrate in good health.
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33. bionicdan
4:32 AM GMT on December 28, 2009
Quoting oneshotww:
I prefer the look of Rio when is hair long but ...


I like the longer ear and hair look too! But, it was taking Patti about 30 minutes to brush out each ear! Even though I try to get rid of all of the burr plants, the dogs seem to find them!
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32. oneshotww
5:26 AM GMT on December 27, 2009
I prefer the look of Rio when is hair long but I hear ya about the burrs, etc. We've come back from a tromp thru the woods and I've picked as many as 30 little ones off him. The short hair is so much easier but I worried about him being cold - so far he's been OK though.
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31. bionicdan
5:15 AM GMT on December 27, 2009
Quoting oneshotww:
Hey Dan, hope you & yours had a good holiday. I saw a pic of your standards in someone else's blog - I was surprised that their hair was short. I would have thought you'd let it grown long for winter warmth? I know that their legs can get covered with snow balls and it makes a mess tho'.


That was the greatest picture! As for the short hair. Cold does not seem to bother them even with the trimmed look. Titan still rolls in the snow to cool down! And, mostly it is for the burrs that otherwise catch in their coats while running through the woods.

Happy Holidays!
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30. oneshotww
4:15 AM GMT on December 27, 2009
Hey Dan, hope you & yours had a good holiday. I saw a pic of your standards in someone else's blog - I was surprised that their hair was short. I would have thought you'd let it grown long for winter warmth? I know that their legs can get covered with snow balls and it makes a mess tho'.

Rio says hey to all the doggies.
Rudolf's Understudy
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29. bionicdan
6:29 AM GMT on December 26, 2009
GardenGirl, Blizzard92, PeaceRiverBP, incogkneetoe, calpoppy, juslivn, Shoreacres, plapman, MNTornado:

Thanks for the greetings everyone! I need to get to other blogs more to return the visits!
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28. MNTornado
7:42 PM GMT on December 25, 2009
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27. plapman
5:05 PM GMT on December 25, 2009
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26. shoreacres
2:06 PM GMT on December 25, 2009


Best wishes for the day, and always!
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25. juslivn
7:45 AM GMT on December 25, 2009
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24. calpoppy
3:11 AM GMT on December 25, 2009
Happy Holidays! I always carry my snowshoes when I hike in the mountains in the winter and the spring. They have come in very handy. Here we got to use our snowshoes last December when we received an unusual near 3' of snow. They are great to make pathways with. Enjoy the day!
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23. incogkneetoe
12:58 AM GMT on December 25, 2009

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22. PeaceRiverBP
12:22 AM GMT on December 25, 2009


Just stopping by to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and the Happiest and Healthiest of New Years!

~ Beth and Lorne and all the Critters


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21. Zachary Labe
7:51 PM GMT on December 24, 2009
bionicdan- Have a wonderful Christmas!!!
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20. GardenGrrl
7:03 AM GMT on December 24, 2009
Merry Christmas and all the holidays to you and yours :-)
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19. bionicdan
4:54 PM GMT on December 23, 2009
MNTornado: That's a lot of snow people activity!

shore: Thank you for the wonderful card and good wishes.

I am glad you were able to take some time to look through the pictures. There is a snow slide video link in the text for December 17, this year, too. I got quite a bit of the slide that came off of the arena. The horses ran from where I took the pictures out so far you can't even see them in the video. They took off before I started the video when the first snow "thudded" to the ground.

It is funny sometimes how horses eat hand fed items. Usually I slice the apple so they don't try to take it all at once and choke on it.

The woods trees tend to be pretty thin compared to the "lot-bought" or "store-bought" version. Just some light strings through the branches and no heavy glass bulbs. I like the natural trees better now!
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18. shoreacres
3:53 AM GMT on December 23, 2009
What a delight to have some time tonight to really browse the photos. I absolutely love the snow hanging from the hitching rail - I remember last year's snow slide. It just was wonderful watching that stuff slideslideslide off the barn (?).

I got a chuckle out of the photo of the horses getting their carrots. I think I told you I had my first experience of feeding an apple to a horse this year. What a riot. You wouldn't think such a big mouth could be so delicate, taking bites around that apple instead of just gulping it down!

The tree's great, too. That's the kind of tree that makes me want to start stringing cranberries and popcorn. Enjoy celebrating around it - my very, very best to all of you!

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17. MNTornado
8:23 PM GMT on December 20, 2009
FUN IN THE SNOW - FUN IN THE SNOW - FUN IN THE SNOW - FUN IN THE SNOW - FUN IN THE SNOW

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16. bionicdan
2:04 AM GMT on December 17, 2009
Quoting msmontana:
... Guess I'd better get some snowshoes! L.L. Bean here I come.....

The snowshoes can be quite useful for the winter, that's for sure. Today, warmer temperatures melted some of the snow, and other tasks prevented us from doing a snowshoe outing. There still should be enough snow left tomorrow to get out again, though.
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15. msmontana
2:41 AM GMT on December 16, 2009
Hi Dan!
Enjoyed your "Trek Around the Ranch" today. Especially loved the horses and Patti trying to stop the dogs' snuba-ing down the trail ahead of her! Poodles can be tricky sometimes, but she is doing pretty good with them! Got so involved with the video that I almost burnt the chocolate chip cookies I was baking! I was actually out of breath hiking with you guys! :) Felt like I was crunching along in the snow too! Great entertainment! Guess I'd better get some snowshoes! L.L. Bean here I come.....
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14. bionicdan
10:26 PM GMT on December 13, 2009
Quoting msmontana:
Hi Dan!
Enjoyed the lunch and munch photos of the horses today!


Thanks!

More snow for all to enjoy today. Just back from an afternoon snow-shoe outing. I think we've added another inch or so to the 10" measured this morning.
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13. msmontana
9:08 AM GMT on December 13, 2009
Hi Dan!
Enjoyed the lunch and munch photos of the horses today!
The snow is slow getting there this year, but the cold sure isn't! The guys have had to scale down their work day to 5 hours on my house due to the freezing conditions (wind chill) up on my bluff. The siding should all be on by next week and the heating is going in (none too soon...). It is really starting to look like a house now! Thank you for your great reporting and photos. They mean a lot!
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12. bionicdan
5:34 PM GMT on December 12, 2009
juslivn: Thanks regarding the evening colors image. My quick draw camera case comes in handy sometimes.

Ginger woofs back!

Today it looks like we'll try to do a little 'catch-up' regarding the snow. After a gray start to the day, the mid-morning has turned into a steady snowfall. Just a trace has been hanging on since the beginning of the month. The next couple of days is expected to provide a needed insulating layer.
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11. bionicdan
5:19 PM GMT on December 12, 2009
shoreacres: Indeed, timing is everything for those days with a colored morning or evening sky. It looks like timing (and experience) is an important factor in your work projects, too!

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10. juslivn
3:26 PM GMT on December 11, 2009
Hello Dan: Very pretty colors in the sunset wednesday! and hello to ginger, she's cute in her warm coat. I'm suprised you weren't quite as cold as we were? Maybe I'm moving to Montana to get away! (uhm?? I'm really thinking about what I just said??? uhm maybe just a summer home!) We got blasted pretty good here, and it has at least climbed up to 11 degrees today. Have a really nice weekend and will see you soon!
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9. shoreacres
5:04 AM GMT on December 11, 2009
The color in your evening sky tonight was almost identical to our morning sky. I was talking to Sandiquiz this morning about it - very unusual. There were clouds in the east which refracted the light from the rising sun downward - everything was bathed in the most glorious peach-pink glow, but only for about five minutes.

It reminded me again about a basic rule of photography - first, you have to be there!

I managed to get a final coat of varnish on today in 45 degree weather. The key to being successful? Knowing what you can get away with!
It wasn't hard by any means at the end of the day, but it had tacked off enough that fog or dew shouldn't bother it. This is the time of year I do so much gambling I don't need to go to Vegas!
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8. bionicdan
3:39 AM GMT on December 07, 2009
shoreacres: No excitement over the snowfall for us. And, as your edits have emphasized, the cold here and will likely hang around for a few days. As I write this, at 8:30 PM on Sunday evening, the thermometer is showing -2 already. I hope we can stay out of the double-digit below zero numbers tonight (and the rest of the week, too, for that matter)!
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7. bionicdan
3:33 AM GMT on December 07, 2009
seflagamma: Well, it will be a long time before we break out the beach chairs here in NW Montana! Thanks for stopping by and reminding me that there might have been a warmer retirement community that I could have selected.
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6. bionicdan
3:30 AM GMT on December 07, 2009
plapman: The ground here is just covered with a little "skim" of snow. Not near enough to act as an insulating layer for the cold that is now here. Like for you, this little layer of snow will probably be the layer that finally goes away next spring.
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5. shoreacres
3:57 PM GMT on December 05, 2009
Good morning, Daniel ~

Our excitement is over - the snow is gone, the frost nearly has melted from the roofs and cars and the sun's shining in a clear sky. We should hit 40-45 today, which is well below our average, but nice and holiday-seasonish for shoppers.

It was a lovely day yesterday - nothing in the world's better than big, fat, lazy flakes. The best part of all came the night before, though, when I was walking home from mom's and it smelled like snow. The sky looked like a snow sky, too - and sure enough, within 12 hours we had snow!

Now I'll have to go back to contenting myself with your photos. Well, until the next time. With El Nino setting up, this might be a two-snow year!

EDIT: Just saw what's going on around Babb and Cutbank - freezing fog, 16, blowing snow, etc.
Looks like it's going to go east of you from your forecast - stay snug ;-)

EDIT AGAIN: Whoops! Revised forecast includes the dreaded phrase, "bitter cold". I'll bet the horsies get their blankets tonight!
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4. seflagamma
3:32 PM GMT on December 05, 2009
Good morning Dan,

Your ranch is so pretty!
Love looking at your pictures.

Just stopping by to say Hello!

this is us:

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3. plapman
1:45 PM GMT on December 02, 2009
Good Morning Dan
The ground is white today on the northern edge. It's my guess I'll be able to see the same snow till April now if I look for it.
Have a great day
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2. bionicdan
1:08 AM GMT on December 02, 2009
Lydine: Thanksgiving was great.

Thanks for the nice comments about the ranch. The new snow, combined with clear sky will provide a good cool down tonight. I expect we'll get into the single digits. The last couple of days have been very pleasant for this time of the year, so, it all has to 'average-out'.
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1. juslivn
11:59 PM GMT on December 01, 2009
Hi Dan and family! Back from the trip and catching up. Hope your Thanksgiving was nice. Ranch looks beautiful in the dusting you had. I see we may get the cold diving our way from MT...Very warm day today though, and the moon is just amazing! Take care and have a good rest of the week.
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