Sunday, September 19, 2010

September 2010

September was a very WET month here by the Rocky Mountains in northwestern Montana! I mean really wet (rain and snow) There was actually no summer to speak of (although, we did mention summer on many occasions and we were wondering where it was). Since there is nothing a person can do about the weather that comes their way, you just try to enjoy it.

The good part of the wet year is that the meadows stayed green longer than usual as did our lawns. Everything was lush in our area of Montana. Wild flowers were abundant and beautiful.

Since I don't seem to know how to manipulate this site to add labels to my pictures, I will explain them.

The first picture is what I took of our snow on Friday, September 17, 2010. When I took the picture the flash went off and really highlighted the soft wet snow coming down in the early morning -- the snow amounted to about 3 to 4 inches and melted later in the day.

The second group of scenery pictures were taken yesterday, September 18, 2010, in Glacier National Park on the east side. We live and ranch on the east side of the Rocky Mountains -- the windy side of the mountains! It is a short drive to St. Mary and the east entrance to Glacier National Park. These pictures were taken near one of the most photographed areas in the park -- Wild Goose Island. The clouds were low and it was hard to get too many shots. When the clouds are low and the mountains are wrapped in the cloud "fluff", I call it mystic! A mystic wonderland of mountain peaks poking through the clouds or just the bottoms showing. The waters are serene, no wind howling and churning up the water. Intermittent rain making the foliage fresh and looking new.

The leaves are changing in and around the park. I long to see some really red maples in the mix, but none grow here by the Rockies. Now, if only, Mr. Wind stays away for a while so we can enjoy the lovely fall colors.

I was informed that Logan Pass (Going-to-the-Sun Highway) will close today (September 19th) for traffic going all the way across the pass. However, the east side will stay open to the top of Logan Pass (18 miles from St. Mary) through October 18th -- weather permitting. I do not know the plans for the west side of Logan Pass. There is considerable construction and repair work going on past the top of Logan Pass on the west side.

The last two pictures are of Meadow Muffin and Marvin. Marvin raised this little orphan filly from a few days old -- the first picture is of MM in 2008 and the second picture is of MM just the other day. MM is very gentle and is being introduced to a saddle.

I am having a very hard time realizing that our long-awaited "summer season" has come and gone with very little of that season appearing! We had snows very late into our "spring" and then so much moisture. It is 42 degrees here today.

Take care everyone and have a great day.

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